from "The Joy of Cooking" by Irma Rombauer
Yields 8 slices (which feeds 2 ravenous people)
2/3 cup milk or half-and-half
2 Tablespoons sugar or maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla or 1 Tablespoon rum (I used vanilla)
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 slices white sandwich bread
Butter as needed
Ok, get ready this is complicated:
(1) Whisk everything together, except the bread and butter, in a shallow pan (I used a pie plate)--
2) Heat a skillet on medium/high heat, add 1 Tbs of butter, and as it foams up take a piece of bread, dip it on one side in the mixture, dip it on the other side, wipe off the excess egg, and drop it in the skillet; take one more piece of bread and do the same and then let that bread fry---leaving it alone for 30 seconds or so, adjusting the heat so it doesn't cook too fast.
(3) Sift confectioner's sugar over the top and serve with maple syrup.