(note: this would have been posted ON Sunday, but blogger wasn't letting me upload pictures yesterday. For the record, though, it was ready to go on Sunday) : )
This recipe is based off the most delicious french toast I've ever eaten from Dixie Quick's Cafe in Omaha. It is SO yummy, and so easy. We almost always have all the ingredients to make it, so it is a great last minute meal or and easy weekend lunch. We always scour the "day old" bread selection at our local grocery store and buy loaves of french bread to keep in our freezer. If we feel like french toast, it's as easy as defrosting a loaf!
based on the dish from Dixie Quick's Cafe in Omaha, NE
1 loaf french bread (day old is best)
1/3 cup milk
1-2 Tbsp. orange juice
1/4 tsp. vanilla
butter for the pan
*(note: I put measurements here, but to be honest, I never measure any of this, so those are just best guesses...feel free to add more or less of any ingredient until you find the best combo for you).
1. In a shallow dish (e.g., a pie pan or round cake pan), combine the eggs, milk, OJ, and vanilla with a whisk.
2. Slice the bread into slices about 3/4" thick.
3. Preheat a skillet over medium heat (about 325 degrees). Coat the pan with butter.
4. Dip the slices of bread quickly into the milk mixture. Coat each side with the mixture, but don't soak the bread. Just about 3 seconds per side is plenty. Only prepare as many slices as you can fit in your pan at a time.
5. Place slices in your pan. Cook about 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown.
6. Remove slices from pan. To keep warm and prevent from getting soggy while you cook the rest, place slices on a cooling rack set inside a rimmed baking pan. Place pan in an oven set to "warm."
Serving suggestion: serve with butter, maple syrup, powdered sugar, whipped cream, or fresh fruit (or all of the above!)