Perfect French Toast

Courtesy of the Food Network Magazine

Preheat oven to 350

4 eggs
1 1/2 cups of half and half or milk
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp sugar
pinch of salt
6 thick slices of bread
1/2 Tbsp butter plus 4 Tbsp

Mix first 6 ingredients in a shallow bowl. Heat butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, dip bread in the egg mixture and cook until golden, 2-3 minutes per side, adding more butter as needed. Trasfer to a baking sheet and bake until puffed, about 8-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt remaining 4 Tbsp butter in the same skillet until browned, about 5 minutes. Drizzle the French toast with the browned butter and maple syrup.

Tips: Avoid thin sandwich bread. Make sure the skillet is hot so the bread will crisp immediately - a good pan will turn our soggy bread. Resist the urge to press the toast with spatula - this makes for a dense, not fluffy outcome.

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