Bell-less, Whistle-less, Darn Good French Toast

. Bread. Eggs. Cream. Butter. Just your run-of-the-mill ingredients, right? They're probably sitting on your shelf right now, happily embracing their plain-ness and versatility, looking safe and unassuming in their shades of beige.

That's about to change.

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It's about to change because said bread, eggs, cream, and butter are about to be made into Bell-less, Whistle-less, Darn Good French Toast (the winner of Your Best French Toast contest). The recipe cuts to the chase, forgoing spices and extracts, focusing instead on said eggs, cream, bread (challah bread), and butter. You whip together the eggs and cream, which form a custardy mixture, then dip the eggy bread into this custard, making sure to gently squeeze the bread with your fingertips to draw the eggs and cream to the center. Then, you fry the bread in butter. Outside is a crisp crepe-like shell. Inside, pudding. What are you waiting for?

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Making French Toast

Bell-less, Whistle-less, Darn Good French Toast by Kayb

Serves 4
1 loaf challah bread
3 eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
butter, for grilling and serving
Good maple syrup, for serving

1. Slice challah into 3/4 to 1-inch thick slices.

2. Whisk together eggs and cream.

3. Heat a griddle or flat grill pan over medium high heat, and add 1 tbsp butter for every two pieces of French toast it will accommodate; swirl butter around to cover surface.

4. Dip slice of bread in egg and cream; flip and repeat. Add to griddle, and grill until golden (approximately 90 seconds) on one side; flip and repeat.

5. Serve with additional butter, if desired, and good quality maple syrup. The experience is enhanced with the addition of good quality smoked bacon.

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