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How To Make Perfect French Toast (Poor Knights)

Last Modified: 02/12/11
First Published: 11/27/07
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French toast is perfect to serve for breakfast, brunch or a light lunch. This recipe is quitefrench_toast nice and produces a crisp outside and custardy inside. It is best to use day-old bread since it has some resistance and won’t get too soggy. There are several types of bread one can use, however country loaf, brioche and challah are especially nice.

If you coat the French toast (after they’re cooked) in cinnamon sugar, then you have “Poor Knights”. Other common additions to French toast include maple syrup, whipped cream and fresh fruit.
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General Info
Servings: 4
Total Cost: $2.87
Cost Per Serving: $0.72
Total Calories: 1,422
Calories/Serving: 355
Eggs, Chicken 2/3 Cups 95.11 Grams $0.32 148
Cream, Light, Half & Half 1 Cup 242.00 Grams $1.30 315
Extract, Vanilla Pure 2 Teaspoons 8.67 Grams $0.42 25
Salt, Kosher 1/4 Teaspoon 1.20 Grams $0.00 0
Sugar, White Granulated 2 Tablespoons 25.00 Grams $0.03 97
Flour, White Unbleached All Purpose 2 Tablespoons 0.53 Ounce $0.02 57
Bread, White 8 Cups 240.00 Grams $0.60 480
Butter, Unsalted 3 Tablespoons 42.00 Grams $0.19 300

4 servings


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of half-and-half (or milk in a pinch)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 8 thick slices of day-old stale bread (country loaf, brioche or challah bread)
  • butter


In a medium bowl, mix together eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, sugar and flour until smooth. Pour the mixture in a pie pan. Dip each bread slice into the mixture and let soak for about 30 seconds.

In a skillet (either cast iron or non-stick) melt about 1 tablespoon butter and cook the bread until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Place in a 375 degree oven for about 5 minutes, while you cook the rest of the bread. Serve immediately.