On Friday I happened to find myself lunching at Panera Bread and on the way out I noticed a table full of heavenly looking raisin bread. While I’m not oft to purchase raisin bread I’m also nearly 8 months pregnant so any even slightly appetizing looking food is purchased immediately. I ended up picking up this sweet loaf of bread knowing just what I’d use it for… breakfast! On Saturday instead of our typical pancakes or waffles I turned this gift from Panera into Raisin Bread French Toast and the results, as you can imagine, were delightful!
Want to Make Your Own? Here’s What You’ll Need
A Loaf of Raisin Bread – you should be able to find it in the bakery of your grocery store but if you can’t find it, go with something thick like Texas Toast or brioche
1 Cup of Milk
3 Whole Eggs
1 Tsp of Vanilla Extract
1 Dash of Nutmeg
1 Dash of Salt
Powdered Sugar – for garnish
Start with the heat… first set your griddle or pan to medium high heat and your oven to 300 degrees. Next whisk together milk, eggs, nutmeg, salt and vanilla. If you didn’t end up using a bread that is already sweet (like raisin) then be sure to add a little extra nutmeg and vanilla, and even some cinnamon if you’re so inclined.
Once you’ve whisked your ingredients your egg batter should resemble egg nog in color and consistency.
Grease your griddle or pan with butter or non stick cooking spray then add a piece of bread to batter. Lay bread on top of batter and then flip over… no need to submerge, the bread will quickly soak up the mixture without you pushing it too hard.
Allow excess batter to drip off bread and place down on griddle. Cook each piece of toast for 2-3 minutes on each side.
Ever make French Toast only to discover that your toast is still mushy inside? Here’s the solution, once the toast is crisp on both sides place on a cookie sheet (lined with parchment or non-stick surface) and place in your now hot oven. Bake for 10 minutes, this will cook the inside of your toast and keep it warm while you work your way through the whole loaf.
Once baked all the way through, remove from the oven. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve!