Alton Brown recommends letting your french bread soak overnight. I took a Costco baguette, halved it and thirded the halves so they fit into a ziplock baggie, mixed up 4 eggs with coconut sugar, vanilla and 1/2 cup of kafir, 1/2 cup of milk and got as much air out of the bag as possible.
He says to cook them in the oven. I laid out the soaked bread in a glass dish and roasted it in the oven for 45 minutes. While it was baking, I peeled, halved and cored pears and an apple to roast along side the bread with 1/2 tsp of butter where the seeds scooped out. The pears were perfectly ripe.
And while all of that was being done, I put 1/2 a cup of dried strawberries (not freeze dried, just dried wild strawberries) in a bowl with 3-4 tbs port.
The little tiny bit of butter in the roasted pears was all the butter the french toast needed. The little bit of strawberry soaked port just gave it a hint of savoriness.
I didn’t make it pretty on the plate, but the yumminess of what is on the plate should make up for that. It’s been a while since I’ve had enough spoons to cook with, but I’ve been craving french toast for so long this was definitely worth the wait. It made a massive amount and should freeze really well. Costco baguettes are huge.