The best French toast is made from the densest bread. Challah is our first choice, then brioche or sourdough. If all else fails, a premium sandwich bread can stand up to the task. Serve with real maple syrup.
Break the eggs, one by one, into a cup. (This will make it easy to take out bits of shell if they get into the cup.) Pour the eggs in a soup dish or pie plate, add the milk and vanilla extract, and scramble with a fork. Heat the butter in a frying pan over medium heat.
Cut the slices of bread in half if you wish. Soak the bread in the egg mixture, turning once. They should be saturated but not falling apart.
Brown the bread in the skillet, turning once, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side until brown. Serves 4.
Maple French Toast
Brown both sides of the French toast, then sprinkle grated maple sugar candy on the top and turn. Cook for 1 minute. Sprinkle the other side and turn once more.
Banana French Toast
Cut a pocket in the top crust of a 1 1/2-inch slice of Italian bread and stuff with a few banana slices. Dip in the egg mixture and cook as directed in step 3.