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Author Notes: This is what we love to eat for breakfast on Christmas and New Year ’s Day. We take our time in the morning to prepare them…and to eat them. This is also a Portuguese Christmas traditional dish – rabanadas- and similar to the French toast, but with a more sophisticated flavor. —Candyland Queens
cups of whole milk
tablespoons of granulated sugar
tablespoon of honey (a high quality honey)
sugar and ground cinnamon mixed together
loaf of Italian Bread (16 oz) or any other type of loaf (use at least one-day old bread so the bread is firmer for the toasts)
cup of canola oil to fry
- Put the milk, sugar, honey, and the cinnamon stick in a small saucepan. Let it boil slowly for 3-5 minutes on medium-low. Set aside.
- Cut the loaf in 1.5 in. slices. Beat the eggs in a shallow dish.
- Heat the oil until a cube of bread browns in 30 seconds. Also have a plate aside with some paper towels on it. Once the toasts fry they can sit there so all the extra oil comes off.
- Now get ready: Soak both sides of the bread slices in the milk mixture and cover them with beaten egg. Quickly add the slices to the hot oil, in batches and fry on both sides until golden brown. Remove from the frying pan and drain them on the paper towels.
- Serve warm or cold sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. The rabanadas are ready and taste out of this world!