03/22/2013 09:56 am ET Updated May 22, 2013

7 Ways to Start Your Day With French Toast

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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7 Ways to Start Your Day with French Toast