Just for Mom: French Toast

Real Fresh, Real Delicious Mother's Day Breakfast 

Impress mom with a little something extra special this Mother’s Day—breakfast in bed! This French toast recipe is perfect for showering Mom with love and attention; it’s easy to pull together, quick to clean up, and delicious to dive into.

Mother's Day French Toast

Fruit and maple syrup covered French Toast

      • 8 large slices hearty white sandwich bread
      • 1 ½ cups whole milk, warmed
      • 3 large egg yolks
      • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
      • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (plus additional butter for cooking)
      • ¼ teaspoon table salt
      • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
      • Maple syrup for serving
      • Optional: Fresh fruit for serving. Try sliced bananas, strawberries, or blueberries.
      • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 300 degrees.
      • Place bread on wire rack set in rimmed baking sheet.
      • Bake bread until almost dry throughout (center should remain slightly moist), about 16 minutes, flipping slices halfway through cooking.
      • Remove bread from rack and let cool 5 minutes.
      • Return baking sheet with wire rack to oven and reduce temperature to 200 degrees for keeping cooked French toast warm. 
      • Whisk milk, yolks, sugar, cinnamon, 2 tablespoons melted butter, salt, and vanilla in large bowl until well blended.
      • Transfer mixture to 13- by 9-inch baking pan.
      • Soak bread in milk mixture until saturated but not falling apart, 20 seconds per side.
      • Using slotted spatula, pick up bread slice and allow excess milk mixture to drip off; repeat with remaining slices.
      • Heat ½ tablespoon butter in 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat.
      • When foaming subsides, use slotted spatula to transfer 2 slices soaked bread to skillet and cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes.
      • Flip and continue to cook until second side is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes longer. 
      • Adjust temperature as needed if cooking too quickly.
      • Transfer to baking sheet in oven to keep warm.
      • Wipe out skillet with paper towels.
      • Repeat cooking with remaining bread, 2 pieces at a time, adding ½ tablespoon of butter for each batch.
      • Serve warm, passing maple syrup separately and fresh fruit on top, as desired. 
(If using an electric griddle, set temperature to about 350 degrees and add 2-3 minutes per side for cooking time)
Tip:  Warm milk and butter in microwave together until just long enough to melt the butter, about 45-60 seconds. 
Serve with fresh coffee or juice plus a side of fresh fruit to the complete the meal. Make breakfast even more beautiful with fresh flowers and a card from your neighborhood Brookshire Brothers. Your mom will be blown away by your thoughtfulness and your attention to detail. And don’t forget to do the dishes! Happy Mother’s Day!
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Angela LarsonAngela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas.