The Griddle Cafe. It's the kind of place that's both crazy and comforting. The mobs of people waiting to get in can be nuts and the people watching is excellent. The immense portions are overly indulgent, but elicit the flavors of childhood. My go-to dish, Mom's French Toast, might be the best interpretation of this breakfast staple that I've ever had, so I wanted to try and recreate it at home, with a few alterations.I've spent many weekend mornings at a little spot known as
- 1 loaf of brioche (preferably one day old)
- 3 1/2 cups of milk
- 6 eggs
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 oz Grand Marnier (optional)
- 4-5 dashes Angostura bitters (optional)
- 1 tsp grated orange zest (optional)
- 2 tbs butter
1. Cut loaf into thick (1 inch) slices. Place milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, Grand Marnier and bitters into shallow baking dish, whisk to blend all ingredients together.
2. Place pan on stove and preheat. Once warm, add the butter and let it cook until it gets slightly brown, but not burned. Meanwhile, place 2 slices of bread into milk mixture, let them soak for about a minute, flip and soak for another minute.
3. Put the soaked bread into the pan and cook until golden brown (about 4-5 minutes), flip and repeat.
4. Serve hot toast right away, but if you're making batches, you can preheat your oven to 200° and place finished toast on a baking sheet and keep them inside the oven until ready to serve.