Breakfast, Anyone?!

Happy Friday!  Every now and then you run across a recipe that sounds just fabulous (this one is courtesy of the Pioneer Woman).  And, while I’m not a huge fan of French toast, this particular recipe may make me change my stance.  Positively delicious!

Crunchy French Toast

Ingredients
3 eggs
1/4 cup of Half-and-half
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/3 cup of sugar
4 slices of whole wheat bread
1 cup of Panko breadcrumbs
1 stick of butter, melted
Softened butter and maple syrup

Directions
In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, half of the sugar, and half of the cinnamon .  Set aside.

In a separate shallow dish, stir together the panko breadcrumbs with the rest of the sugar and cinnamon.  Use a fork to stir in 2 Tablespoons of the butter to slightly moisten the crumbs.  Set aside.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the rest of the melted butter over medium-low heat.

One by one, dunk the bread in the egg mixture (turning to coat), then lay them in the dish with the panko crumbs, turning them over and pressing them gently so that they stick and totally cover the surface.

Place them into the skillet with the butter and let them cook on the first side for five (5) to six (6) minutes, watching closely to maek sure the crumbs don’t burn.  (If they start to darken too fast, turn the heat down slightly and keep an eye on it.)  Turn them over and let them cook for 3 minutes on the other side.

Transfer the pieces to individual plates and serve with butter and syrup.

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