French Toast


Preparation info

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New York Cult Recipes

New York Cult Recipes

By Marc Grossman

Published 2013

  • About

French toast is one of the first things I learned to cook as a child. When I would go to a diner with my mother for breakfast, she would always ask them to make it well soaked.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes


  • 300 g (10½ oz) challah
  • 4 eggs
  • 70 ml (2¼ fl oz) milk
  • 70 ml (2¼ fl oz) thin (pouring) cream
  • 3 drops natural vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 40 g (1½ oz) butter or 2 tablespoons neutral cooking oil
  • maple syrup and butter, to serve



Cut the challah into 2–3 cm (¾–1¼ inch) slices. The loaf can be fresh, but slightly stale is even better. Mix all of the other ingredients, except the butter or oil, with a fork or a whisk until combined. Soak the bread in this mixture for a few minutes on each side until the slices are fully saturated.

Cooking and Serving

Brown the soaked slices in a frying pan over medium heat in the butter or oil for 2–3 minutes each side. The slices should be golden on the outside but still moist on the inside. Serve with maple syrup and butter.