I have made french toast for years. My mother in law called me one day and said she got some bread on sale and she had 2 loaves for me. It did not last long! We all love this bread. When I tried it for my french toast I knew I wouldn't use any other bread. These ingredient's are not exact. Play around with this recipe and make it your own!! Any bread can be used. A nice thick bread is preferable.
I like to leave my bread out for a while and let it dry out some. ( I learned this from watching Alton Brown's cooking show) He suggests over night but sure as I do that something with come up and I will waste my bread.
When your bread is ready ( you can use it right out of the package in a pinch) Mix the eggs,milk,cinnamon, and vanilla in a shallow dish. A small square casserole dish is what I use.
dip the bread in the egg mixture. Make sure your griddle is hot with just a smidge of butter for "grease" make sure your bread is covered in mixture
Place your bread on your griddle and flip pretty soon after you let it sizzle. despite the butter mine usually sticks just a bit. Flipping soon seems to prevent this. Could be because of the egg I have no idea.
make sure it cooks to brown on each side, you may have some actual egg with your french toast! Don't be alarmed it tastes good with syrup too!
I like to have a oven ready on warm if your making it in a skillet so you can serve it all at once and it's all still warm.
Our preference for eating is warmed up syrup a pat of real butter and some powdered sugar. ENJOY!