Prep: 20 minutes | Cook: 10 minutes | Serves: 4
4 slices of crusty Italian bread, sliced 1-inch thick
3 large eggs
3/4 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons salted butter
1 tablespoon canola oil
Whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla, lemon zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and salt together. Set the bread in a single layer in a shallow baking dish. Pour the liquid over the bread, making sure to coat the top of each piece. Let the bread soak for 5 minutes, then flip the bread.
Heat the butter and canola oil over medium in a large skillet. Once the butter becomes foamy (about 5 minutes), add the soaked bread in one layer and let it cook for 4 minutes, then flip. Cook for another 4 minutes, then add additional minutes on each side to make sure it's evenly golden brown.
Serve hot with butter and syrup, or a dusting of powdered sugar.
Liza Hawkins | (a)Musing Foodie
aMusingFoodie.com | February 2013