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How to make proper french toast

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The perfect lover's weekend breakfast, this french toast is so simple that I've occasionally been known to throw it together for an indulgent weekday treat (just for me).
What you'll need: 
2 large eggs
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
zest of one orange
4 thick slices of fresh brioche
1 tbsp butter
for topping: honey or maple syrup, fresh fruit, powdered sugar
Whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla and orange zest and pour into a shallow dish which will accommodate brioche slices tightly in one layer.
Leave to soak for 1/2 hour, flipping the brioche after 15 minutes so that it gets evenly coated. Be careful, as it might become a bit soft and break apart when flipping.
Heat butter in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Remove brioche carefully from the egg mix (most will be absorbed at this point), and place in the pan. Fry until golden brown on both sides and cooked through. The bread will be slightly custard-y in the centre.
Add the toppings of your choice.
Devour with gusto.
Experiment with different seasonal toppings; honey with blueberries and raspberries in spring and summer, maple syrup with apples fried in butter and cinnamon in fall, bananas fried in butter and a little rum, and a drizzle of melted dark chocolate in winter, etc.


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