This hearty French toast uses whole-grain bread soaked in a maple syrup-infused batter though you can substitute it for a firm-textured white bread. Works well with fresh mango served alongside.
3 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup plus more, preferably warmed, for serving
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Six 1/2-inch-thick slices whole-grain bread
4 to 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons confectioners sugar, for garnish
1. In a large shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, the 1/4 cup of maple syrup, the vanilla and the cinnamon until the sugar is dissolved.
2. Soak the bread slices in the egg mixture, 1 slice at a time, for about 1 minute, then transfer to a tray or baking sheet but don’t over soak or the bread will fall apart.
3. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in each of 2 large heavy frying pans. Add the bread to the frying pans and cook over moderately low heat, turning once, until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side; if the pans are dry when you turn the toast, swirl in a little more butter. Transfer the French toast to plates, dust with the confectioner’s sugar and serve at once with the warm maple syrup