anybody else like french toast????? French Toast, Lost Bread, and Pain Perdue Ingredients: 1/2 stick margarine or butter 1 stick butter or margarine cut into pats 4 eggs, beaten well ¾ cup milk or evaporated milk 1 Tbsp. grated orange zest ¼ cup fresh orange juice 2 Tbsp. sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1/8 tsp. nutmeg 8 slices stale French bread, 1 inch thick Pinch salt Powdered sugar for dusting Instructions In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, orange zest, orange juice, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and salt. Then, in a 12-inch non-stick skillet, melt down two pats of butter or margarine until it begins to sizzle. Meanwhile, dip the bread on both sides in the egg/milk coating until thoroughly covered. Then place the slices on a wire rack over a sheet pan for a few minutes to allow the excess coating to drip away. All that's left is to fry the slices in the butter over a medium or medium-high heat until they turn a richly golden color with web-like markings. This should take about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Repeat the procedure as often as need to cook all the bread slices. Avoid smashing down on the slices as they cook-this will keep the French toast light and airy. I suggest you serve the bread immediately from the skillet and dust the slices liberally with powdered sugar. Chef's Notes: 1-Suitable breads for making French toast include French bread, brioche, or challah (egg bread). The trick to creating "perfect" French toast is to get the right staleness to the bread. This is best accomplished by making the slices then spreading them out on a table overnight. Of course, if push comes to shove, you can always lightly toast the slices before converting them to Lost Bread. 2-In addition to powdered sugar, French toast can also be served with Steen's Cane Syrup, or a light sprinkling of granular sugar, or a combination of 4 tablespoons of raspberry preserves creamed together with 4 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter. The raspberry peanut topping is best if spread over the French toast while it is piping hot right from the skillet. 3-One of the classiest toppings for French toast is Orange Crème. It is made by whisking together 1 cup of heavy cream, ¼ cup of sugar, 1/3 cup of orange juice concentrate, and a splash of good brandy. Beat the mixture almost to a froth and serve it slightly chilled. Ummmm!