We Like Toast! French Toast!

Joey loves anything that involves syrup.  I'm also pretty sure that breakfast is his favorite meal. Though he loves waffles (he made sure I bought myself a waffle iron for Mother's Day), I think that French Toast is his favorite breakfast food. The bigger the better and serve with butter!  I love making French Toast for the kids!

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.

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