French Toast with Hot Mapled Rum

These tasty soldiers are meant to be eaten, then followed by a shot of sweetened rum -- they'll certainly keep the festivities going.

  • Yield: Makes 12

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2012

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 slices (1/2 inch thick) day-old brioche bread
  • 1/2 cup spiced rum
  • 1/2 cup grade B maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

  2. Place bread in a shallow baking dish large enough to hold slices in a single layer. Pour egg mixture over bread; soak 5 minutes. Meanwhile, gently heat rum and syrup in a small pot over low heat until just warm.

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Fry 2 bread slices until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a wire rack set over a baking sheet and place in the oven to keep warm. Repeat, using remaining bread and butter.

  4. Once all French toast has been cooked, slice into 3/4-inch-wide strips. Divide syrup among 12 shot glasses, and place 1 or 2 strips of French toast into each glass. Serve immediately.

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