¼ c. sugar
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 c. half and half
One 9- to 10-in. loaf of brioche, challah or white sandwich bread, sliced ¾ in. thick (about 12 slices), lightly toasted
Vegetable oil, for grilling
Butter and maple syrup or jam, for serving
1) Preheat grill to medium. In a shallow baking dish, whisk the eggs with the sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Whisk in the half & half.
2) Working in batches, add the slices of bread to the egg mixture and turn to coat; let stand until well soaked, 1 to 2 minutes.
3) Lightly oil the grill grates, then grill the soaked bread over moderately high heat until dark brown grill marks form on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Flip and grill for about 2 minutes longer, until the French toast is cooked through.
4) Transfer to plates and serve with butter and maple syrup or jam.