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Cinnamon-Raisin French Toast

Cinnamon-Raisin French Toast

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Servings: 4
Known in France as pain perdu (lost bread), French toast is a clever way of reviving stale bread. Here, we put a delicious twist on this classic dish by using cinnamon-raisin bread.


  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 slices Cinnamon Raisin Bread, each about 3/4 inch thick
  • Unsalted butter for cooking
  • Confectioners' sugar for dusting
  • Maple syrup for serving


In a bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar and salt and whisk until blended. Pour into a shallow bowl. Add the bread, 2 slices at a time. Soak, turning once, until soft, about 1 minute per side.

Set a Breville gourmet grill to the sandwich setting and preheat according to the manufacturer's instructions. Generously brush the griddle with butter. Place 2 bread slices on the griddle and lock the top plate so that it just rests on top of the bread. Cook until the bread is golden and crisp underneath, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the bread, lock the top plate again and cook until the bread is golden and crisp underneath, 3 to 4 minutes more. Transfer the French toast to a warmed platter. Repeat to cook the remaining bread.

Dust the French toast with confectioners' sugar and serve immediately with maple syrup. Serves 4.

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