1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
4 thick slices of 2-day-old bread, better if slightly stale
Beat eggs, milk, cinnamon all-spice and vanilla together. Pour into a shallow bowl.
Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture, allowing bread to soak up some of the mixture. Melt some butter (or use vegetable oil) over a large skillet on medium high heat. Add as many slices of bread onto the skillet as will fit at a time. Fry until brown on both sides, flipping the bread when necessary.
Melt butter in skillet, add apples and brown sugar and saute on medium heat until soft, about 3-5 minutes . Remove skillet from flame, add calvados or cognac and ignite with fire. Once aflame, return skillet to stove till the alcohol has evaporated, then transfer to serving plate.
Serve the french toast hot with butter or maple syrup, apples on the side.
Serves 1-2. Double the recipe for 4 people.