Liquid mixture (let sit overnight if time permits):
2 cups milk
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 ½ Tablespoons pure vanilla extract
1 ½ Tablespoons sugar
1 large loaf of challah bread -a few days old so that it's firm throughout, sliced 1 inch thick
Vegetable oil for frying
In a shallow dish, combine eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract and sugar.
Soak bread on both sides. Place in pan and let cook few minutes until golden brown. Flip bread, cover pan and let cook 1 minute (this ensures the french toast is cooked through and not soggy).
Uncover and let cook another minute or until golden brown.
Remove bread from pan, add additional oil and repeat process with remaining pieces of bread.
Serve hot with butter and maple syrup. Serves 6.