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Gabor’s French Toast

Recipe Info

Difficulty: Easy
Mess Level: Low
Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 7 min


  • 4 Slices French Baguette (any ole baguette will do)
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon ground Cinnamon
  • ½ Cup Milk
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Mango (optional)


  1. Slice the baguette on a hard bias, if the baguette has score marks on the top, those are usually a pretty good angle to follow.
  2. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk together with the milk, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Heat one tablespoon of the butter in a cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat. If you like it very well cooked through, heat the skillet to medium-low.
  4. Dip one side of the bread into the egg mixture for 2 seconds, immediately flip and submerge the other side.
  5. If the bread is stale you might submerge it a second or two longer.
  6. Once the skillet is hot and the butter is sizzling, place two pieces of the bread down and then don’t disturb it for a minute or two.
  7. Check the bread and when it has a nice, browned crust on it, flip it over and repeat.
  8. Remove the toast and serve with warm maple syrup, fresh fruit and a dusting of powdered sugar. Enjoy!

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Savannah Says...

  1. How do I make my French Toast soft in the middle?

    1. Crank up the heat!
      The hotter the skillet, the faster the outside will cook, leaving you with a crunchy outside and a softer inside. Alternatively, don’t get the skillet as hot and cook the toast for longer. It will take longer to brown the outside, letting the inside cook through completely.
  2. Why should I cut the bread on a bias?

    1. Bigger is better!
      The more surface area you create the more area you have to caramelize (This is the sugars cooking)! This gives you an appetizing brown color and a delicious flavor. It also looks really cool!

Ramblings of a Line Cook

When Tony and I went to Costa Rica last September we stayed in an Airbnb on the coast of the Caribbean. It was called Coconut Love which I thought was a little cheesy but it was the only option with Air Conditioning. We briefly debated getting the “full” experience, mosquito nets and all but then noticed that Coconut Love offered a breakfast on the balcony every morning of your stay.

Being very fond of breakfast and air conditioning, we made our choice and booked the room. And what a good choice it was… The little town of Cahuita we stayed in was far from a tourists resort but our Airbnb was run by two of the spunkiest Canadians you’ll ever meet. They have created this amazing haven of cinnamon and palm trees, and nestled inside is a brightly painted brick house and the cabana that we stayed in.

I never really got the name Coconut Love, maybe it was just a draw for tourists but it didn’t seem to fit our hosts; Jessica and Gabor. For instance, one night I knocked on their door to ask for more toilet paper and they greeted me with “Come in! We’re drinking beer and listening to Metal.” Gotta love it!

Breakfast every morning happened between 7:30-8:30 am on their balcony while howler monkeys screeched from the trees. They brought us a french press of fresh coffee, orange juice, mango’s, scrambled eggs and THE BEST French Toast. It was a loaf of baguette bread that had been dipped in a cinnamony egg mixture and grilled to perfection.

So simple and so good. The whole experience was amazing and while I’ll never be able to recreate that exact experience, this french toast brings it pretty close.

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