I have been making french toast since before I was a teenager, so imagine my surprise when I learned what I had been missing in my recipe from an episode of the Dick VanDyke show. You heard me right! Our family was all snuggled together watching one of our favorite family shows and the next thing you know a painter that practically moved in with Rob and Laura began to make breakfast. You guessed it, he was making french toast. He shared his secret ingredient of ‘vanilla extract'!

Not long ago, I decided that I was going to change up my nearly 30 year old basic recipe and flavor it up some. I also decided to add a twist that my sister, Brenda taught me when I watched her cooking at a young age. Needless to say, my family loves it!

Here is what I do:

  • 7 eggs (to feed 6 people, some of which that can't seem to get enough french toast)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp sucanat (brown sugar works, too) with cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • dash of real salt

Mix this thoroughly and using an organic sour dough bread, I dip it in the mixture and then cook a few minutes on one side. Then I flip it over, and cook a few minutes on the other side. I serve it warm with maple syrup!