2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups milk
1 cup flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
12 slices Texas style toast, cut in half diagonally
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
In a large skillet or frying pan, heat about 1/4 inch of canola oil over medium heat. Heat the oil to about 375 degrees. Test the oil heat by flicking some water into the frying pan. If it sizzles it's just right.
While the oil is heating, whisk the eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla, milk, flour, and baking powder together in a shallow dish or pie plate.
Working quickly, take each half slice of bread and dip both sides in the mixture. Don't allow the bread to become too soaked in the butter. Gently shake the bread to remove excess batter and place in hot oil. Cook, until puffed, golden brown, and a nice, crispy crust has formed on each side (probably 3-5 minutes per side; you really need to babysit them and make sure they're cooking correctly.) and then remove the oil and drain on a paper towel. While cooking remaining French toast, keep cooked pieces warm in an oven set to the lowest temperature it will go.
When ready to serve, roll each piece in cinnamon sugar. We made up Strawberry Sauce also, and drizzled this on top!!