Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cinnamon French Toast

"Heavy on the cinnamon, and light on the clove." 
 If you love movie quotes you may remember 
this one from, It's A Wonderful Life. 
That's how Clarence, the angel, ordered his
 mulled wine at Martini's Bar, just before he and
 George Bailey were thrown out into the snow. 
Well, this French toast is heavy on the cinnamon, 
and that makes it just right.
 Slice your bread into thick 1" slices.
Add flour to a shallow pan; a pie pan works great, 
whisk in the milk, then eggs and the rest.
I only used 1/3 the recipe this morning, so don't
 let the amounts in the pictures confuse you. 
We don't drink whole milk but I often buy a quart
to use in cooking; pancakes, mashed potatoes, 
stratas/bread casseroles, baking, and French toast.
 Heat a large pan. I like to use my favorite; 
cast iron because it gives the toast a crispy crust. 
Add butter and let it get foamy hot. 
The unusual ingredient, flour keeps the bread
from becoming soggy and gives it a slight crispy
crust. The rest is easy. Just make sure you let
the bread soak up the egg mixture-
at least a minute per side.
 That's what makes the centers nice and fluffy.
 Cook on medium heat for 2 minutes per side or 
until golden and cooked through.
 Have warm plates in the oven ready for serving. 
Plate with a dusting of powdered sugar, a drizzle 
of maple syrup, and fresh berries.

Cinnamon French Toast
1 loaf bread; 
French, challah, or brioche
1 C whole milk
1/4 C flour
3 eggs
1 T cinnamon
1 T sugar
1 t vanilla
pinch salt
Slice the bread into 1" thick slices.
Put the flour in a shallow pan and whisk in 
the milk until smooth; then whisk in the eggs
and remaining ingredients. Soak the bread 
slices in the mixture, turning the bread until 
the liquid is thoroughly absorbed.
Heat a large skillet on medium and add
2 T butter. When melted and hot, add the
bread and let cook at least 2 minutes each
side until golden and cooked through. 
serves: 12 slices

*Clarence: Wait a minute, wait a minute, I got it. A mulled wine, heavy on the cinnamon, and light on the cloves. There we go, off with you lad and look lively.


  1. Oh Rita this recipe looks so delicious, I love the bread you used and I love the addition of the berries, they make everything so fresh,..thanks...Phyllis

  2. Never have seen a French toast recipe with flour in it. I will no, I must try this out ! BTW I love your beautiful red dishes. are they a set? do they have a name ? I'd love a set !!

  3. Well this cinnamon french toast is just so fresh and seems healthy for breakfast. It would be best served for my mother who is old. Thank you for sharing and I think it's one of those easy desserts.