This dough is rich and yeasty and will be the perfect bread to use for French toast. My kids and I are in for a treat this weekend 🙂
Verdict: I made the kid’s French toast sticks with this bread (a huge hit), and I’ve toasted this for a quick (ahem…lazy) breakfast. It became golden brown and even more delicious – my toaster rarely gets it right! All the egg and sugar helped with that I’m sure 😉 Thanks for reading, enjoy!
Homemade Egg Bread for Texas Toast – adapted from Just a Pinch
6-7 cups AP flour (750g- 875g)
2 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter
2 tsp salt
3 large eggs
1. In a large mixer bowl combine 3 cups of the flour and the yeast. In a saucepan heat milk, sugar,butter and salt until warm (115^)and butter is almost melted; stir constantly. Add to flour mixture; add eggs,one at a time. Beat at low speed of electric mixer for about 1/2 minute; scraping bowl.Beat 3 minutes at high speed. Stir in as much remaining flour as you can mix in with a spoon.
2. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a semi-stiff dough this is smooth and elastic about 6 minutes. Shape into a ball. Place in a lightly buttered bowl; turn once to butter surface. Cover; let rise in a warm place till doubled, about 1 1/4 hours.
3. Punch down; divide dough in half. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Shape into 2 loaves. Place in 2 sprayed 9x5x3-inch loaf pans. Cover; let rise till nearly double about 35 minutes.
4. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 35-40 minutes. Remove from pans; cool on a wire rack.
If there is ever a good amount of bread left over by the weekend, I plan on using it for French Toast. The first time I made it, even M noticed a huge difference in flavor and texture. In three months, this is the second time I’ve had a chance to make this…which is a good thing. I use three to four eggs and half and half! If you’re going to make comfort food, you might as well take it to that level of decadence! This recipe is something I have developed over the years and we’re always happy with the results. Also, I recommend that you prepare the custard and that you leave the bread out to dry the night before. Thanks for reading, enjoy!
French Toast Ingredients –
8 to 10 thick cut slices of bread, Challah or brioche would be tasty
3 to 4 eggs
1 cup half and half
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 TBSP sugar
1. For the custard: Combine all the ingredients minus the bread in a bowl or measuring cup. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. This helps the flour absorb the liquid and eliminates any lumps and allows the ingredients to meld together.
2. In the morning, preheat your skillet to medium low. Be sure to add some unsalted butter to the pan to keep the toast from sticking…also, butter makes everything better! Pour the custard in a shallow baking dish and soak the first slice of bread. If you didn’t leave your bread out over night, be careful not to over soak your bread – it will just fall apart. Place the soaked bread in your preheated skillet and cook for 3 to 4 minutes a side – depending on thickness and how much custard the bread absorbed. Once the French toast is finished, pour some warm maple syrup over the top and enjoy!