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Texas French Toast

I have already posted a recipe for French toast. This one uses Texas toast slices for the bread. It is made slightly different then my previous post.

Ingredients:
3 eggs
4 slices of Texas toast
1/4 cup half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 cinnamon for dusting
your favorite topping

Begin by whisking the eggs and half and half. When well mixed, add the vanilla extract.
Place the bread in a toaster oven for about a minute. You don't want to toast it, just slightly dry it out. This will help it hold together. Add the bread on slice at a time, coating both sides.

Lightly dust your dredged bread with cinnamon. Preheat griddle for several minutes. The pan is ready when a drop of water dances on the surface. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes, then flip and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove from heat and continue with the rest of the slices.  Add for favorite toppings and enjoy.






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1/2 pound fresh green beans
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1 teaspoon clarified butter
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon bacon bits

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Ingredients:
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1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 stick of melted butter
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
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1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
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