Serves 2-4 (depending on the greed).
3 egg yolks.
3 tablespoons sugar.
400ml of milk full fat please but skimmed would be fine too.
3 pieces of cinnamon bark or a good roll.
Vanilla beans If you have/afford it one pod scraped and all of it into the milk.
1tsp each of Butterscotch, Almond and condesned milk flavourings and vanilla if you don’t have the pods.
Good Bread loaf unsliced. I recommend those ones made with butter like a Brioche. Slice the loaf into thick slices about 2inches.
Syrup of choice
Whipped Cream (if you like)
First you need to place the milk in a saucepan with the cinnamon sticks and vanilla pod scraped and the stems in and bring just to the boil.
Whilst the milk is getting to a boil, separate the eggs and keep the whites in your freezer. You can defrost them and whip them up for pancake or something else later.
Mix the egg yolks and the sugar together till just incorporated. No need for beating it till it doubles in size or anything of that sort.
When the milk has come to the boil just take it off the heat, don’t turn off… add a bit to the egg yolk mixture whisking vigorously. Quickly turn the egg yolk and hot milk mixture into the remaining milk. Return to a medium low heat and stir slowly for about 5mins, transfer to a bowl then chill over ice or transfer straight to the freezer to chill.
That is essentially custard or a crème anglaise
Take your bread slices and soak in the custard
Dip it round the custard say twice on each side and preferably in a non stick pan add a small knob of butter and fry each side till nicely browned and stack about 2 per person and serve with a knob of butter. At the dinner I served it with lashings of milk chocolate syrup but I would strongly recommend dark chocolate though, cuts across the sweetness in my view. Or just simply with some good ole maple syrup.
Please feel free to indulge and pipe mounds of whipped cream or serve with fresh fruit like Berries, which have tart or bananas.
P:S i apologize for the poor picture as i had to use my friends blackberry to take the shot as my fuji died… promise to have a better pic up soon. Also, please feel free to try and take some pictures and send to the firstname.lastname@example.org