Though I really enjoy preparing meals that my family likes - I especially love making French Toast for my kids. Making this brings back memories of my Grandfather. My 'papa' helped me to mix, dip and cook French Toast one morning after I had stayed the night with him and Grandma. I may have helped my mother make it before that day - but that memory with him sticks out. I also remember that after breakfast, we washed and cleaned out his car.
:: 1 loaf of bread (I use Texas Toast and let it sit for a week before use)
:: 6 large eggs
:: 1 1/2 cups milk
:: 1/4 cup of orange juice (freshly squeezed and orange drink substitute work as well)
:: 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
:: 1 tablespoon sugar
:: 2 tablespoons sugar (separate from above ingredient)
:: 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
:: 2 tablespoons cinnamon (separate from above ingredient)
:: 1 tablespoons zest of lemon (optional)
:: 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
:: 1/2 teaspoon salt
Heat skillet over medium heat. Melt vegetable oil or butter in skillet. (I use a large electric skillet)
Mix together the milk, eggs (beaten), orange juice, vanilla extract, nutmeg, salt, lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon sugar.
Dip bread into mixture and then place onto skillet. Each side should only take a few minutes to properly cook.
Mix together 2 tablespoons cinnamon and 2 tables sugar. Sprinkle over bread after placing it on the skillet. Flip bread when ready and sprinkle that side as well.
Toppings: I serve warm with butter and syrup. Bananas, strawberries and cream are also great additions!
Leftovers: I place the leftover pieces of French Toast into a freezer bag and save. They can be removed easily and heated in the microwave.