From the kitchen of: Isabel Makes: 6 slices
Total time: 10 min to prep, 10 minutes to cook
I have recently found the BEST bread to use for french toast. I can now die happy. If you’re new to billy bread, here’s the scoop. Locally made right here in Richmond by Billy Bread Bakery, billy bread is a naturally leavened bread that has five simple ingredients: wheat flour, spelt, rye, water and sea salt. These five ingredients crafted together makes the ultimate french toast. It holds up perfectly when soaked in the custard because it has this wonderful hearty crust and the inside is firm and chewy. I’ve made french toast a million times before with other types of bread, but they turn out either too moist or too tough. I will never go back to soggy french toast ever again. So go ahead, find yourself some billy bread if you’re in Richmond, and make yourself one hellava damn good french toast.
6 1-inch slices of Billy bread or any rustic Artisinal bread
1/2 cup milk
1/2 can of 5 oz. evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sugar
freshly grated nutmeg
2 tablespoon butter
1. Pick your bread. There are so many choices to choose from. If you live in RVA, go ahead and spend $5 on Billy bread. I found mine at Little House Green Grocery. If you don’t live in RVA, any crusty, rustic bread will certainly do. Slice 6 1-inch thick slices and set aside.
2. Prepare the custard and soak the bread. In large and shallow dish, combine the eggs, milk, evaporated milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar. Once custard is well-combined, soak the bread. Lay the bread slices in the dish and allow one side to soak for about 3 minutes. Flip the bread over to soak the other side. The thicker and more stale the bread is, the longer it will soak. There should be little to no liquid left.
3. Cook the french toast. Heat a large non-stick skillet at medium temperature. Once the pan is hot, add 1 heaping tablespoon of butter. The butter will melt and slightly bubble. Add three slices of the soaked bread and cook one side for 2 minutes or so. Flip over once it’s golden brown and cook the other side for another 2 minutes. If pan is getting to hot, lower the temperature slightly. Repeat this step for the remainder of the bread.
4. Serve hot. Stack three perfectly cooked french toast on a warm plate, drizzle maple syrup and sprinkle some powdered sugar. Dive right in and enjoy!!
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