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from "Country Egg, City Egg" by Gayle Pirie and John Clark

Thick slices of sweet baguette soak thoroughly in the egg mixture for a custardy interior and a golden crisp exterior. Depending on the season, you can garnish the French toast with sautéed apples, fresh berries, peach or nectarine slices, sliced bananas, toasted almonds, powdered sugar, or orange butter.

For Four

1 day-old baguette
4 eggs
1 egg yolk
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon orange flower water (optional)
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons unsalted butter

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Slice the baguette on a gentle bias into 20 slices, about 3/4 inch thick.
Beat the whole eggs, yolk, milk, vanilla, orange flower water, sugar, and salt together, and blend well. Pour the mixture into a shallow dish. Submerge the slices of bread and prick their surfaces with a fork for better absorption. If the bread is fairly dry, turn it over frequently and press the bread into the batter, massaging the batter into the bread. It is important to let the bread sit in the batter for at least 15 minutes before cooking; this ensures a custardlike interior when the bread is cooked.
Melt the butter in a cast-iron skillet or on a seasoned griddle over medium heat. Place the bread slices, in batches, into the foaming butter and turn the heat to low. Cook each piece of bread 3 to 4 minutes on each side, just until the bread is golden brown and the inside is like pudding. If the French toast cooks too long, the surface of the bread becomes tough. Add more butter to the skillet if necessary. Serve on warm plates.

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Product nutrition and information
 Quantity Ingredients Est.Price
  FreshDirect Wheat Baguette, Frozen - $1.99/ea
  Nature's Yoke Natural Cage-Free Large White Eggs - $3.99/ea
 1 dozen
Optional Ingredients for Garnish
  Golden Delicious Apples
This product is currently unavailable.
  Driscoll's Strawberries - $3.99/ea Save! 2 for $7.00
 approx. 16oz
  Driscoll's Blackberries - $4.49/ea Save! 2 for $8.00
 approx. 6oz
  Blueberries - $4.49/ea Save! 2 for $8.00
 approx. 11oz
  Jersey Fresh Peach - $2.29/lb
  Yellow Bananas - $0.79/lb
  Just FreshDirect Blanched Almond Slices - $6.99/ea
  Domino Powdered Confectioners Sugar - $1.69/ea
You May Already Have
  Amish Country Farms Organic Whole Milk - $4.59/ea
 1/2 gallon
  Spice Select Pure Vanilla Extract - $3.99/ea
 2fl oz
  Domino Granulated White Sugar - $2.79/ea
  Morton Regular Salt - $0.89/ea
  Land O'Lakes Unsalted Butter - $6.29/ea
 4ct, 4oz ea
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