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B. Smith's French Toast

Treat Your Mom Like a Queen

French Toast
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

As part of our huge Mother's Day Blowout, B. Smith shows us some delicious recipes that are easy enough for the kids to make for mom (with Dad's help!).


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 10-ounce loaf day-old French bread
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Fresh strawberries, cleaned and quartered, for garnish
  • Cary's Sugar Free Maple Syrup
  • Confectioners' sugar, for garnish
  • Fresh mint leaves, optional for garnish
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat oven to 250ºF. Place eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar, nutmeg and lemon zest into a large bowl. Blend mixture together with a wire whisk until mixture is combined, and pour into a 9-x-13-x-2-inch metal or ceramic baking pan. Slice the bread on the bias into 1-inch-thick slices (you should have 12 pieces). Place the bread pieces into the egg mixture, let soak for 5 minutes, then turn the slices over, and soak the flip sides for another 5 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.

    Place the melted butter and canola oil in a small bowl and stir well to combine. Using a pastry brush, spread about 2 tablespoons of the butter/oil mixture on a nonstick griddle or skillet over medium-high heat. Place 4 prepared bread slices at a time on the griddle and cook about 2 to 3 minutes per side, just until pieces are golden brown and crispy on the outside.

    Remove slices to a cookie sheet; place in preheated oven to keep warm. Continue cooking the rest of the prepared bread slices in the butter/oil mixture until done.

    To serve, place two slices of Pan Perdu on each plate and garnish with fresh strawberries. Drizzle with a generous portion of warmed syrup and a dusting of confectioner's sugar. Garnish each plate with fresh mint leaves, if desired.

    Food styled by Karen Pickus

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: french bread, milk, vanilla, strawberries

    Course: Breakfast, Brunch

    More Info: Kids Friendly

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