Ah, February… the most romantic month of the year. I think romance comes in many forms. Perhaps it comes when your partner does a household chore, randomly, when it’s typically your responsibility. Maybe it’s when your best friend, who lives a few hours away, sends you a text saying they miss you. It’s not always about chocolate and flowers (although don’t get me wrong, I love that too).
I’m the one who makes 98% of the meals in our home so for me, so when my husband voluntarily makes breakfast on the weekend, I feel like I’ve been swept off my feet. 🙂 I love sharing this morning moment with him and he makes a pretty mean breakfast. The best part is that he doesn’t wait for February 14th to roll around! He often treats me to awesome breakfasts, like this French toast.
French Toast Recipe
(About 2 to 3 servings)
- 4 eggs, beaten (or 1 cup of egg beaters)
- 1/2 cup dairy (* See note below)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 8-10 slices of bread
- Heat a skillet over medium-low heat.
- In a large shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, dairy, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract.
- Dunk one bread slice in the mixture, flip the slice of bread over and dunk it again.
- Cook the coated bread in the skillet until done on both sides.
- Repeat until you are out of the batter, out of bread, or sick of French toast.
* Virtually any dairy will work. I’ve used everything from skim milk to whole milk and heavier dairy including half and half, whipping cream, and heavy cream. I’ve found the higher the fat content in the dairy, the better it comes out. I have not tried non-dairy milk such as soy or almond milk, but I suspect they would also work.
This tastes best if served immediately after making.
This is another one of those recipes that people “just know how to make”. My husband learned how to make this as a kid and has literally never measured the ingredients for it. That made his efforts to cook this, write down the ingredients and the steps a true adventure. He obviously couldn’t do as he normally does where it’s a bunch of this and a splash of that.
There are one trillion French toast recipes out there (yup, I counted). I’m pretty picky with my French toast, but my husband’s recipe is super flavorful from the cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract. Look at all that spice in the bowl!
One of the secrets to making outstanding French toast is… are you ready? Cook it to how YOU like it. You weren’t expecting that, were you? Well, it’s true. If you prefer your French toast more custardy in the middle then you need only use thicker bread and soak it in the batter longer. If you find that the custard texture is not your preference you can dip the bread quickly into the batter. Bread thickness doesn’t matter a lot for that, but if you use thicker bread and quicker dips you will actually end up with dry bread in the middle. (And that doesn’t make it wrong!) My husband knows just how I like it, somewhere in the middle. 🙂
Even the type of bread you use should just be based on personal preference. This was prepared with Homemade Italian Bread left overs, but anything from cinnamon raisin bread to 12-grain earthy crunchy bread will work well.
As far as the cooking time, remember that it’s not supposed to be a super hot pan. It will take a few minutes per side so you just have to be patient. When you peek under the slice and see that it’s the brown color you like, then it’s time to flip it over. Also keep in mind that thicker slices of bread will take a little longer and if you soaked the bread instead of just dipping, that will add to the time as well.
Here comes the most important question of your day. What do you top your French toast with? According to my husband, powdered sugar and butter is the only way to go. Syrup on French toast, even high quality maple syrup, is just a sin. Save the syrup for your pancakes and waffles. Wait, did he just say powdered sugar, one of my favorite things of all time?! We are definitely made for each other. 🙂
I’d like to thank my boo for the many breakfasts that he’s made and also his patience for waiting to eat while I photograph them for my blog! (He does tend to get a lot of cold food for that reason.)
Mmm, melty buttery goodness with a side of sweet and spice!
What’s your favorite romantic gesture from a loved one?
Source: Tina’s husband
Here are some other fantastic breakfasts to serve your honey.