Preheat large, nonstick skillet over medium low to medium heat.
In a large, shallow dish, whisk milk, eggs, cinnamon and vanilla together until well combined.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter onto pan. Soak two slices of bread in egg and milk mixture, 3 seconds per side, and transfer directly to hot pan. Fry each side 30 seconds to 1 minute or until evenly golden in color. Remove from pan to a baking sheet. Keep cooked french toast pieces warm in a 200 degree oven.
Continue this method until all slices of bread have been fried.
Serve warm french toast with powdered sugar, strawberries, whipped cream, maple syrup or any other desired toppings.