| 1 loaf white bread – unsliced OR 1 loaf French bread -- unsliced
1 cup milk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs – beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup bacon grease OR 1/4 cup vegetable oil
Confectioners' sugar -- for garnish
Cut the bread into 3/4-inch-thick slices. Heat the milk in a saucepan; add the sugar, stirring to dissolve. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Add the eggs, vanilla, and salt; mix well. Dip each slice of bread into the milk mixture until well coated. Place in a flat dish and pour the remaining liquid over the bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In a heavy skillet, fry the bread in very hot bacon grease until golden on both sides. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugars. Serve hot with maple syrup.
Variation: Add 2 tablespoons of Grand Marnier to the milk; decrease the sugar to 1 tablespoon and the vanilla to 1/2 teaspoon.