Have you ever forgotten your grocery in the car overnight? Or am I the only one going crazy around here? I bought a baguette for dinner and somehow between the crying daughter and the barking dog I left it in the car. I didn’t even remember it until I got back in the car the next day, there it was on my front seat, lonely and stale. If it had been left one more day I think I could have used it for a rolling pin. Well all is not lost, cause a stale baguette makes a delicious french toast, in fact if you use a fresh baguette it tastes completely different, the french toast will be less chewy and much softer and if you like to make your french toast with a soggy or soft middle you need to use a fresh baguette.
Let’s start by making the French Toast custard, you’ll need a rectangular container, crack and add 3 eggs, 1 cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 tablespoon vanilla, 1 tablespoon rum ( I think this is my Caribbean influences coming out here) and a pinch of salt.
Whisk your french toast custard together so it’s all mixed well.
Slice your baguette into 1 inch slices
Place them into the french toast custard mixture and let sit for about 2 minutes. Turn the soaking slices over and leave for 2 more minutes.
Whilst the bread is soaking, warm a frying pan or griddle on medium heat. When warm add 2 tablespoons of butter and coat your pan. Lift your french toast out of the custard and shake off any excess custard mixture, place into your pan. The key is to cook the french toast on a low heat so as not to scramble the egg on the bottom, the low heat will allow the custard to cook slowly and all the way to the center.
Cook your french toast on each side about 7 minutes until golden brown. Serve with maple syrup, a fruit compote, whipped cream or whatever takes your fancy.