When this recipe was tested, it was met with universal acclaim. "This is the best French toast I've ever tasted" sums up most of the comments. The difference between this and everyday, run-of-the-mill French toast? The quality of the ingredients. Start with a high-rising, sturdy, tasty bread; challah is a particularly good choice, as is English Muffin Toasting Bread. Slice it thick; we found 5/8" just about right. Bathe it in cream and eggs accented with nutmeg, vanilla, and a touch of rum. Sauté it gently in butter; keep it warm in a hot oven, then serve it, on warmed plates, with sifted sugar and maple syrup. Crispy on the outside, toothsome/tender within, this is the French toast of which dreams are made.