French toast: When perfected, it has that golden ratio of soft custard to chewy crust to caramelized exterior. Not too dry or too soggy, it melts in your mouth while still standing its ground against a generous pour of maple syrup or a wedge of butter. It's the stuff of languid weekend mornings, of breakfast in bed. These seven recipes run the gamut from sweet to savory, simple to extravagant -- but all of them are sure to result in plates licked clean and requests for more.
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Get the recipe on Food52. The extra step of infusing the rosemary into the milk of the custard here is nothing short of genius—every bite delivers that heavenly aroma, rounded out beautifully by the vanilla. The maple syrup facilitates a crunchy, caramel-y exterior, and the crème fraîche offers the perfect cool and creamy counterpoint to the rich toast. - lisina Photo: James Ransom
Get the recipe on Food52. There's nothing to making this French toast. You whip together the eggs and cream, dip the bread into the resulting custard, and fry it in butter. Outside is a crisp crepe-like shell. Inside, pudding. What are you waiting for? - Amanda & Merrill Photo: Sarah Shatz
Get the recipe on Food52. This is a special breakfast, not meant for every day, but for an Occasion. You know, like having friends over on a Sunday morning, or seducing a new mate. The croissants develop almost unbelievably crisp edges when they're dipped in egg and milk and then fried in butter. - Merrill Photo: Jennifer Causey
Get the recipe on Food52. This easy recipe might just make you turn your back on sweet french toast forever. It still pairs well with eggs and bacon, but (dare we say it?) this french toast would also make a mean Monte Cristo. - Amanda & Merrill Photo: Sarah Shatz
Get the recipe on Food52. This makes the perfect decadent weekend breakfast. The tea flavor was mild but noticeable, the sugar crisped up nicely while frying, and the substantial soak time gives each slice that soft, custardy texture without any mushiness. - Omeletta Photo: James Ransom
Get the recipe on Food52. We love this French toast! The cornflakes added a nice crunchy texture to the outside of each slice, but the best part may be the easy to make but delicious butter. - Amanda & Merrill Photo: James Ransom
Get the recipe on Food52. A few well-chosen ingredients go a long way in this simple but gratifying recipe. Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and just a touch of brown sugar are added to the egg and milk, which also happens to be spiked with rum. - Amanda & Merrill Photo: Sarah Shatz
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