The other day I made Cinnamon Swirl Bread, which happened to be the first recipe featured on my site. It turned out so great that I automatically started thinking about what else I could do with it.
This morning I arranged all the pretty slices on a plate, so as to better brainstorm the matter. And then it hit me. The only logical thing to do came to mind. If at all possible, I turned this all ready extraordinary bread into an even more delectable and delicious breakfast.
I threw it over the edge.
Took it to the next level.
Kicked it into another dimension.
Start drooling now.
I turned this homemade bread into French Toast.
Yup. You can thank me right now. You’re welcome.
Here’s what you’ll need.
Very simple ingredients. Nothing Fancy. It’s incredible how these few ingredients can turn delicious bread into a heavenly breakfast.
Grab a shallow baking dish. I use a cake pan, I’m getting double usage out of my pan.
Now pour the milk into the pan. You can use any milk you have on hand, really. If you have whole milk, it’ll probably be better. All I had in the fridge was 2% milk. Its okay. It still works. It makes me feel a little better about the butter and cream and syrup I’ll be using later.
Next up: the heavy cream. Pure decadence. As I poured, I felt the clouds separating and the sun beaming into my window, while a harp serenaded me from a distance.
Add an egg.
Throw in a yolk for good luck. Why not? We only live once….this dish needs a little more cholesterol.
Now add some cinnamon. You already know how I feel about this precious commodity.
Need I say it again?
I LOVE cinnamon.
Throw in some nutmeg. Just a pinch. Nutmeg can easily and quickly overpower a dish. So just a minuscule amount. Believe me, it makes a difference. Also add the vanilla extract.
Whisk the batter together until well combined.
Gotta love that cinnamon. Wish you could smell my kitchen at this point. Get ready to dip and dunk and soak.
Get your pan or griddle pre-heating.
Yes, my griddle/grill has seen better days. Note to self: Buy a new one.
I just cant seem to part with it. We’ve been through so much. And hey, it still gets the job done.
Throw a dab of butter, and let it skate across the pan. Melting its way to tasty heaven. Pure. Flavor. Goodness.
Okay, back to the french toast dipping.
Gently lay the star of the show into the river of tastiness. I say gently because you have to treat something this beautiful with care and love.
Flip the slice over and push down so it soaks the batter better. Throw in another if space permits.
Continue dipping and soaking the bread until all are drenched. As you dip, place the slices on the hot griddle or pan.
Allow to cook for about 5-7 minutes until golden brown. Flip over and continue cooking the other side.
Stand back. Inhale. Admire your work as they continue to cook until golden brown perfection.
Arrange on a serving plate and devour immediately. Place about 3 or 4 on a plate for yourself. For me its 4 or 5.
This is a thing of beauty. I told you, its another dimension.
Its missing something.
Oh yea, powdered sugar. Why not? Maybe a little more. Not enough yet.
And the last ingredient. I mean come on, no french toast would be complete without….
That’s right. Maple Syrup. I’m drooling.
And now we’re done. Its perfect.
If you’ve made the cinnamon swirl bread from the previous post then save some slices for french toast the next morning. Its the perfect start to any day. If you don’t have some fresh homemade cinnamon swirl bread, no worries. This works great with whatever bread you have on hand. Challah, Brioche, French, Sour Dough. You name it. Enjoy.
Here’s the recipe:
Cinnamon Swirl French Toast
- 8-12 Slices Cinnamon Swirl Bread (Or any bread you have on hand)
- 1 Cup of Milk
- 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
- 3 Eggs
- 1 Egg yolk
- 2 tbs Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 tbs Butter
- Optional Toppings: Powdered Sugar, Fresh Fruit, Maple Syrup