Servings: Serves 9
Ingredients 6 eggs3/4 cup whole milk1/4 cup sugar1 teaspoon vanilla1 teaspoon cinnamon3/4 cup brown sugar1 3/4 cups coarsely ground whole almonds3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs1 loaf (16-ounce) white bread (1 to 2 days old), cut into about nine 1-inch-thick slices8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter , plus additional for topping1 cup maple syrup1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 200°. Place a baking sheet in oven to warm. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Whisk until blended; set aside. Combine brown sugar, nuts, and bread crumbs.
Combine maple syrup and vanilla; set aside in a pitcher.
Dip a slice of bread in egg mixture and allow excess egg to drip off. Lay bread on nut mixture, then flip to coat both sides. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt about 1 tablespoon butter without allowing it to brown. Cook French toast until golden on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes, being careful not to let nuts burn. Place on baking sheet in oven and continue with remaining slices. Dip and coat each slice just before cooking, adding more butter as needed.
Serve with syrup and butter, if desired.