French toast always brings back memories of my former home. I used to get so excited when my mom would make a simple piece of french toast (regular white toast + common egg/cinnamon mixture) in the mornings for breakfast. Ever since those times, french toast has only existed at restaurants. Because I spent some time in Dallas visiting family these past few weeks, my cousin and I decided to host a breakfast one Saturday morning. To deviate from our normal routine of an arabic breakfast, we figured we would try something new and create a french toast bar. The recipe was simple, and the idea of a bar was like fulfilling any childhood dream. I started off with this recipe and made a few alterations considering the lack of access to ingredients + preferred taste. I also tailored it make 8 servings.
It's always preferred to use a thicker bread (like Challah or brioche), but unfortunately we couldn't find either of those at our local Walmart. We ended up using day-old french bread & it worked out just fine. However, I highly recommend toasting the pieces of bread before dipping into the egg mixture. If not, you'll get very soaked pieces & will lack the perfection of crisp on the outside with a soft center.