This recipe is super special to me because it combines both my mother's and mother-in-law's French toast recipes. My mom's has always been a favorite, but I also love the twist that my mother-in-law adds. She uses challah bread and her secret ingredient is orange zest. Whenever she serves it for brunch, people are always pleasantly surprised by the subtle orange flavor. I combined these two recipes to create my favorite French toast. I hope this becomes one of your favorites too!
Perfect French Toast
8 slices challah or brioche bread
2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup pancake mix
2 tsp. granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Zest from 1/2 of an orange
Unsalted butter or cooking spray for greasing
Maple syrup and/or powdered sugar for topping
Preheat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. In an 8 x 8 glass baking dish or pie plate, whisk the eggs, milk, and vanilla together. Beat in the pancake mix, sugar, cinnamon, and orange zest until well combined.
Lightly grease the griddle or skillet. Coat both sides of the bread in the egg mixture, and place on the griddle. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Serve with hot maple syrup or dust with powdered sugar.
Source: Much Kneaded's Moms