Perfect French Toast (Felicity Cloake)

(Serves 2)
2 tbsp clarified butter (ghee), melted
2 large eggs
2 tsp granulated sugar, plus extra to sprinkle
¼ tsp salt
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of ground mace
Pinch of ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Finely grated zest of ½ lemon (optional)
2 tsp plain flour
2 x 2cm-thick slices of stale, good-quality white bread

Melt one tablespoon of the clarified butter and set aside. Beat the eggs in a wide, shallow bowl, and then whisk in the melted butter, the sugar, salt, spices and zest, if using. Stir a little of this into the flour to make a paste, then beat back into the egg mixture until smooth.

Heat the remaining butter in a frying pan over a medium-high heat. Meanwhile, soak the bread in the egg mixture for about 30 seconds a side until soft but not floppy. Put in the hot pan and allow to cook undisturbed for about two minutes until golden and crisp.

Turn and cook for about a minute or a little more on the other side, then put on to plates, sprinkle with sugar and serve with indecent haste.

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