Santa Fe (Railroad) French Toast

Total Time
25mins
Prep
15 mins
Cook
10 mins

People have been making fun of the railroad for years, but no one jokes about their legendary French Toast. The train might have run late, but when indulging in a breakfast like this, who cared? I realize the cream adds calories, but suggest that you resist the temptation to use milk! It's worth the extra time on the treadmill! NOTE: Besure to use stale bread otherwise you're french toast may be soggy!

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • 6 slices firm white bread (day old, I use leftover sourdough) or 6 slices challah, 3/4 inch slices cut in half diagonally
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Garnish

  • confectioners' sugar
  • warm maple syrup

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Position rack in middle of the oven.
  2. Arrange bread in a single layer in a baking dish.
  3. Whisk together cream, eggs and salt and pour over the bread.
  4. Soak bread, turning once, until most of liquid is absorbed but bread is not falling apart, about 2 minutes.
  5. With a slotted spatula, carefully transfer soaked bread to tray.
  6. Heat 1/2 inch oil in a heavy skillet over moderate heat until registers 325 degrees.
  7. Fry bread 3 or 4 pices at a time, turning once, until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes per batch, maintaining 325 degrees.
  8. Transfer to paper towel to drain briefly then arrange in a single lager on baking sheet.
  9. Once all bread is fried, bake toast until puffed, about 4 minutes.
  10. Dust with confectioners sugar and serve with syrup or honey.