Alton Brown’s French Toast + Maple Chipotle Bacon

Ingredients

1 cup half-and-half
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons honey, warmed in microwave for 20 seconds
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 (1/2-inch) slices day-old or stale country loaf, brioche or challah bread
4 tablespoons butter

Directions

In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, honey, and salt. You may do this the night before. When ready to cook, pour custard mixture into a pie pan and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Dip bread into mixture, allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side, and then remove to a cooling rack that is sitting in a sheet pan, and allow to sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a 10-inch nonstick saute pan. Place 2 slices of bread at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on rack in oven for 5 minutes. Repeat with all 8 slices. Serve immediately with maple syrup, whipped cream or fruit.

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Tonight, I think I made some of the BEST french toast I’ve ever had. Too bad Ben didn’t get to have any of it, he’s still at work but is getting dinner though. He would have probably liked this too, and it’s by one of his favorites: Alton Brown. This french toast is so rich, and custardy. I don’t even know if that is a word. While I was eating it I couldn’t help but squeal with delight the way Giada does on her show. It was that good! From now on, I’m going to be making french toast Alton Brown’s way.

I also made some bacon. We had some ground chipotle chile on our sweet potato fries for dinner on Saturday night, and I thought that would be good on the bacon with some maple syrup. Sweet and spicy! Sure enough it was. You have to be careful about how much chipotle you use too, because I had put way too much on the sweet potato fries and couldn’t eat the rest. I put just enough on the slices of bacon. YUM!!!

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