What’s different about these French Toasts? It uses condensed milk and if I had any dulce de leche left I would have used that instead.

The bread you use makes a difference too. I choose brioche over white and definitely white over wholegrain. French Toast is not meant to be health food so if I am going to make it, I am going to make it tasty! Skip the wholegrain bread which will taste much better anyway as a sandwich.

If appearance matters to you, than choose older bread.  A thicker sliced bread works better than a thinner slice. It will not only soak up the custard dip much better, the bread will hold up sturdier after frying. You won’t find a floppy slice on you plate. The brioche I used in my feature image is about as thin a slice as I would go ~1/2″ (1.5cm).

I like these with fresh berries, some bananas and just a touch of maple syrup as the custard dip was already sweetened with condensed milk. 

French Toast

Prep: ~ 10 minutes 
Cook: ~ 5 minutes
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Level: Easy
Makes: 6 slices
Oven Temperature:
Can recipe be doubled? Yes
Make ahead? Yes

Ingredients

1 cup = 250ml =8.45 US fl oz

6 sandwich slice of brioche (~1/2″ [1.5cm] thick)

Custard Dip
2 eggs
~1/4 cup full fat milk
~1/4 cup condensed milk
~1 teaspoon vanilla extract
~2 Tablespoons butter
For frying
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon neutral tasting oil
Toppings
Berries, sliced bananas, maple syrup

Method

Custard Dip
1. Into a measuring cup, crack the 2 eggs, add enough milk to come up to 3/4 cup, then top with condensed milk until it reaches 1 cup.
2. Transfer to a mixing boil, add vanilla extract and whisk to mix well.
3. Set a large frying pan over medium heat, melt the 2 + 1 Tablespoon butter. Transfer out ~2 Tablespoon of the melted butter and add to the Custard Dip mix – whisk that in.
4. Into the same frying pan, add 1 Tablespoon neutral tasting oil to the remaining melted butter. Increase heat to medium-high but more towards medium.


Frying

1. Dip enough slices of bread to fit the frying pan. I would say that would be about 3 slices.
2. When the frying pan is hot, add the dipped bread. Fry ~3 minutes on one side or until golden brown. Flip and fry the other side, ~ 2 minutes.
3. Do the same for the last 3 slices of bread.

To serve
1. If you are doubling or tripling the recipe and serving many, place bowls of berries, sliced bananas and a jug of maple syrup for diners to help themselves.
2. On a huge plate, pile up the French Toast like a pyramid.

Tips

1. Bread to use
(1) Bread that has been sitting on your kitchen counter for a few days work best.
(2) Choose brioche over white. White over wholemeal.

2. Thicker-cut or thinner-cut slices of bread?
Thicker as it absorbs more custard mix and after frying up, it will be sturdy instead of floppy. At least 1/2″ (1.5cm).

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