French toast has that wonderful taste similar to a sweet roll – one bite leads to another and all you can think of is “yum”! Add one extra step when making your French toast and you have a crunchy texture that makes it so good. The taste is all French toast and the crunchy texture is wow.
Panko is a Japanese bread crumb that creates a crunchy texture like no other. Now that it’s more main-stream, you can buy Panko in the international aisle of most larger grocery stores. (In Grand Rapids, you can find it at Meijer.) Don’t think you can use a substitute bread crumb – it will not be the same.
For the best French toast, use the best bread. Challah, sour dough, French bread, Italian bread all make wonderful French toast.
Crunchy French Toast Recipe
Ingredients for Crunchy French Toast:
- 4 slices bread, cut in half
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup milk or cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 cup Panko
- Oil (enough for a shallow layer in the bottom of your pan or griddle)
Directions for making Crunchy French Toast:
Poor a shallow layer of oil on a griddle or a large skillet. Turn griddle to medium-high heat.
Whisk together the eggs, milk or cream, vanilla, and cinnamon. Put Panko on a plate or in a shallow bowl. Dip bread slices – one at a time – into the egg mixture. Do not let it soak; put a slice in, turn it over, and let it stay in the mixture just long enough to absorb some. Quickly put the bread in the Panko, turning to coat it on each side.
Place the bread on the hot griddle, brown one side, then the other. Continue cooking until golden brown on both sides. (Careful not to burn it.) Serve with syrup or preserves.
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