Perfect French Toast for Mother's Day

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French toast is the perfect indulgence for mom for breakfast in bed. It is easy to make and is best made the day or night ahead. It can be made with many different types of bread from soft white to challah, brioche or even croissants. French toast is at its best when the bread is sliced 1 inch thick but as slices from most commercial loaves are only 1/2 inch here's the way I've worked it out to simulate a 1 inch thick regal slice of french toast. To make it extra special, if your mom likes raisins, use cinnamon raisin bread.

French Toast for One Perfect Mom

1 large egg
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons milk
1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
a grating of nutmeg
2 slices of soft white bread, sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 teaspoon butter, preferably unsalted, frozen
Optional: powdered sugar, cinnamon and or maple syrup

Equipment: a griddle or large heavy frying pan

Place a heatproof dinner plate in the oven and turn the heat to low.

In a medium bowl, combine the egg, cream, milk vanilla and nutmeg and whisk lightly just to blend. Place the mixture in a pan large enough to hold the 2 slices of bread side-by-side and add the bread. Allow the bread to sit for a minute or so to soak up the mixture and then turn each slice over to absorb all of the remaining mixture on the second side. Move the bread slices around to be sure they pick up all of the egg mixture. (When turning the bread over in the egg mixture, it helps to use two pancake turners.) Alternatively, dip or brush one slice at a time, using a scant 1/4 cup per slice.

Heat the griddle or frying pan on medium high heat until hot enough to sizzle a drop of water. Impale the frozen butter on a fork or hold it carefully on either side and run it quickly along the surface of the hot griddle or pan to film it lightly with butter. Set one piece of bread on top of the other.

Fry the bread, 2 to 3 minutes a side or until golden brown.

Cut the french toast diagonally in half if desired and arrange on the heated plate. Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar and cinnamon and drizzle with maple syrup if desired.