Any dense bread such as challah, brioche, or sourdough will make rich French toast.
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups heavy cream, half-and-half, or milk
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
6 one-inch-thick slices of bread, preferably day old
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
Pure maple syrup, for serving (optional)
1. Whisk together eggs, cream, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl;
2. Place bread in a shallow baking dish large enough to hold bread slices in a single
layer. Pour egg mixture over bread; soak 10 minutes. Turn slices over; soak until
soaked through, about 10 minutes more.
3. Preheat oven to 250º. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet, and set aside. Heat
2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat.
Fry half the bread slices until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer
to wire rack; place in oven while cooking remaining bread. Wipe skillet, and repeat
with remaining butter, oil, and bread. Keep in oven until ready to serve. Serve
warm with pure maple syrup, if desired.