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How Long You Should Soak Bread For French Toast
French toast is the ideal breakfast for a Saturday morning, but making it's still possible to botch this classic dish. Beyond choosing the right kind of bread — Food Crumbles recommends thick slices of bread with a sturdy, close-knit structure — soaking your bread for the right amount of time is also crucial.
Even if you're in a hurry to get breakfast on the table, the dip-and-go method isn't the best for French toast — you need to let the bread soak in the egg and milk mixture for the most tender results. Martha Stewart recommends soaking the bread for 10 minutes on each side, instead of just dunking it briefly.
Allowing the batter to reach into every nook and cranny of the spongy bread will create French toast with a soft, custardy center and a crunchy and crisp outer layer. And remember, a sturdy bread such as challah or brioche will give you the best results for your extra few minutes of prep, with no mushiness.