If you’ve got an egg and some hefty bread, you can whip up a quick, delicious breakfast in your toaster oven with a minimum of fuss and mess. This Baked French Toast recipe is perfect for your toaster oven, producing four slices of crispy, not soggy, French toast in about 15 minutes.
This technique can also be used in your regular oven when you need to feed an army. But I find it perfect for feeding just Dwaine and I on one of these cold Colorado mornings.
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There are three simple steps involved – whipping up a custard from eggs and milk, soaking the bread, then baking/broiling the bread to a crispy finish. I recently had 7 children and 10 adults at the house for our annual Easter Egg Hunt, and was able to rotate through an entire loaf of bread while I showered and shaved!
Use the Best Bread
The recipe calls for “Quality Sandwich Bread.” In my experience, using a really cheap bread will be a problem. The cheapest breads are just too light and airy to make it through the soaking process. The surface immediately begins to dissolve as soon as it touches the milk/egg mixture. I recommend something a bit heftier – like a Texas Toast, 100% whole wheat or wheat/nut – to hold up to this. My Honey Whole Wheat Bread would be perfect!
Make Cleanup Easier
The original recipe also had you soak the break in the baking pan just before putting the whole thing in the toaster oven. The problem there is that if the bread doesn’t soak up every morsel of custard, it will toast into the corners of your pan, making cleanup a super-chore. I recommend soaking in a separate dish, then flipping the toast into a pan lined with a silicone-baking mat (see recommendations below). Giving the baking pan a hefty coating of non-stick spray isn’t a bad idea, either.
Regular pan-fried French toast can be soggy. The edges might get crisp, but the middle can be a bit damp and eggy. This recipe produces a uniformly crisp toast, slightly sweet with a hint of cinnamon. You can eat it on-the-go, just as it is – or sit down with some butter and syrup while enjoying a hot cup of coffee. I know you’ll enjoy it!
Baked French Toast
- 1 lg Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 tsp Brown Sugar packed
- 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- Dash of Salt
- 1 tbsp Butter melted
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 4 slices Quality Sandwich Bread Or Texas toast
- Heat your toaster oven to 425F. Prep a toaster-oven sized baking sheet with cooking spray and a sheet of parchment paper – or better yet, a Sil-pat or other silicone baking sheet.
- Whisk together egg, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon and salt until the sugar is dissolved. Continuing the whisking, slowly add the melted butter, then the milk.
- Pour this mixture into a shallow dish, then lay out 4 bread slices. Once you’ve laid them out, flip them to coat the other side. You can let them sit for a minute to mop up all the custard.
- Transfer the soaked slices to your baking sheet and bake at 425 for about 10 minutes. Switch the oven to Broil and broil the top until the slices are golden brown – about 5 minutes more. You may need to rotate your pan.
- Remove from the oven and flip each slice. Serve with fruit, syrup, confectioner’s sugar, or just grab-and-go.
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