This is absolutely the best French toast you’ll ever eat! Crispy on the outside, custardy on the inside. And rich! You don’t really need honey or syrup.


  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 T honey, warmed in microwave for 10 seconds
  • 2 T of vanilla
  • 1 T of cinnamon + cinnamon to sprinkle before grilling
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Bread choice:

  • 5 croissants – slice lengthwise and be careful not to make the bottom too thin or it will not absorb the custard
  • Loaf of Challah – slice thick


In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, honey,  salt, cinnamon, vanilla and orange zest. You may do this the night before. When ready to cook, pour custard mixture into a pie pan and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Dip bread into mixture, allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side, and then place on a cooling rack that is sitting in a sheet pan; allow to rest for 1 to 2 minutes.

Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a 10-inch nonstick saute pan. Sprinkle two slices of bread with cinnamon, then place in pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on rack in oven for 3-5 minutes. Repeat with all slices.

Serve immediately with maple syrup, warmed honey, whipped cream and/or fruit.

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