Classic French Toast

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The BEST French Toast Recipe! It Is easy to make at home and the perfect breakfast for weekends or any day! Serve this light and fluffy french toast with butter, maple syrup, and powdered sugar.

French Toast Recipe

French toast has always been my favorite breakfast. If I have a choice between pancakes, waffles, or French toast, I always pick French toast. It is the BEST and today I am sharing all of my tips for making perfect French toast. Don’t worry, it is SO simple, but SO good!

And the best part? You don’t have to leave your house. Sure, I love going out for breakfast, but I would much rather stay in my pj’s and eat a delicious breakfast at home. Homemade French toast is always better, trust me. After you make my French toast recipe, you will be a fan for life.

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Best Bread

Brioche bread is hands down the best bread for French toast, in my opinion. It is rich, buttery, fluffy, and makes the most amazing French toast. It is definitely a very indulgent bread, but SO worth it! If you want the best French toast, you have to start with the best bread! You can find brioche at most bakeries and some grocery stores carry brioche too. Trader Joe’s sells sliced brioche bread and it is GOOD, our very favorite!

If you can’t find brioche bread, you can use Texas toast, Challah, or French bread. They are all good French toast options.

Day old bread or stale bread is actually better because it will soak up the batter better. So if you know you are going to make French toast, buy your bread a day or two in advance. And did you know that the French don’t even call French toast, French toast, it is “pain perdu,” which means lost bread because they use stale, aka “lost” bread.

Batter Up!

French toast batter is easy to whisk up. You only need five ingredients and I bet you have all of these in your kitchen right now:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Mix the batter in a shallow pan or pie pan. I mix the batter right in the pan so I don’t have to dirty another dish. You can use a whisk or fork to mix the batter together. Make sure the eggs and milk are thoroughly beaten together.

Do not skip the vanilla and cinnamon, these two ingredients are essential for making the best French toast. They add so much flavor to the bread. Pro tip-add half of the cinnamon and mix it in. When you have cooked half of your French toast, add the rest of the cinnamon. This will make sure all of the French toast pieces have a good amount of cinnamon and not just the first few pieces.

Substituting Milk

We use whole milk because the higher fat content makes the French toast nice and creamy, but you can substitute heavy cream, almond milk, or even coconut milk. The flavors will change a little, but the end result will still be delicious!

  • Heavy Cream-use heavy cream for an extra decadent French toast. You can also use half milk and half heavy cream.
  • Almond Milk-unsweetened vanilla almond milk makes great French toast. I love the extra vanilla flavor.
  • Coconut Milk –coconut milk works well too! I love the rich coconut flavor.
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How to Make

  • You can use an electric griddle or skillet on the stove to make the French toast. We like to use an electric griddle because we can cook several pieces at the same time. Make sure the griddle or skillet is nice and hot before you start cooking the French toast.
  • Make sure you soak each side of the bread in the French toast batter. You want both sides of the bread to soak up all of the egg mixture. Don’t leave the bread in the mixture too long or it will get soggy.
  • You can use a spatula, fork, or tongs to flip the bread in the French toast batter.
  • Cook the French toast in butter. It will give the French toast extra flavor and create a nice golden brown crust. Place a little butter on the hot griddle or pan and let it melt. Place the soaked pieces of bread onto the hot, buttery pan.
  • Cook on both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  • You can keep your French toast warm in a 200 degree F oven for up to 30 minutes. Place a wire rack on a large baking sheet and place the French toast slices on the rack. Don’t leave the French toast in the oven for too long or it will dry out. It is best served fresh and hot!
  • You can freeze French toast. Arrange slices in a single layer on a baking sheet to freeze, and then transfer to a freezer bag and freeze for up to two months. To reheat, place the French toast slices in the toaster and toast! You can reheat the French toast in the microwave, but I think it makes the bread a little soggy. I prefer the toaster.

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Toppings

We love to top our French toast with butter, pure maple syrup, and a dusting of powdered sugar. The boys call the powdered sugar snow and they love a good snow storm on their pieces of French toast:) I also like to add fresh berries when they are in season. Sometimes, for a special treat, I will make my Brown Butter Buttermilk Syrup to pour over the top. It is so good you will want to drink it:)

If you want to go all out you can add a dollop of whipped cream, sliced almonds, candied pecans, a sprinkling of granola, nut butter, banana slices, jam, or even a little Nutella.

Serving Suggestions

This French toast is guaranteed to be the star of any breakfast and it is good on it’s own, but if you want a full breakfast spread, you can serve the French toast with:

You can enjoy this French toast for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner. Our family loves breakfast for dinner, especially when French toast is on the menu. The boys always lick their plates clean:)

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See, I told you I love French toast! 🙂 And I know you are going to love this Classic recipe! It’s a winner!

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Classic French Toast

This easy, light and fluffy French toast is a family favorite! Make it for breakfast today!
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
Cuisine
American
Servings
4

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 slices Brioche bread
  • Unsalted butter, for cooking
  • Maple syrup, powdered sugar, and berries for serving, if desired

Instructions

  1. If using an electric griddle, preheat the griddle to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a shallow pan or pie plate, add the eggs, milk, vanilla, half of the cinnamon, and salt. Whisk until well combined.
  3. Dip each side of the bread in the egg mixture. Note-add the other half of the cinnamon after you have dipped half of your bread slices and mix again. This will make sure all of the slices get a good amount of cinnamon.
  4. Melt a little butter on the hot griddle or in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the French toast until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes on each side.
  5. Serve the French toast warm with maple syrup, powdered sugar, and berries, if desired.
  6. Note-to keep the French toast warm, heat the oven to 200 degrees F. Place a wire rack on a large baking sheet and place the French toast on the rack. Keep warm in the oven for up to 30 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Classic French Toast
Amount Per Serving (4 slices)
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 166mg55%
Sodium 366mg15%
Potassium 202mg6%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 285IU6%
Calcium 144mg14%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    1. All that fancy bread is way too expensive for a minority mom like myself but if I refrigerate normal 99 cent bread it stays together just fine and it comes out great. Not as eggy of a taste as other recipes.

  1. 5 stars
    I can positively say this is the most delicious French toast ever… it’s exactly the way I make it! Sooo good.
    For special occasions I do the regular drizzle of maple syrup, sprinkled with powdered sugar, then add fresh strawberries and a dollop of fresh whipped cream.
    Sometimes I make extra and let it cool on the wire rack, then put the cookie sheet with the wire rack into the freezer. It freezes better on the rack than it does just on the cookie sheet. When frozen they go into a freezer bag. While they’re not as good as fresh, it’s quick work to put in the toaster oven to reheat. If you plan to freeze, don’t butter them fresh off the griddle. The butter will melt in the toaster oven and it can set off the smoke alarm! It would probably drop into a regular toaster too, but I don’t have one, so I haven’t tried that.
    Yummy!!! Love your recipes!
    Jan

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe! I used Texas toast and really appreciated the advice of adding the cinnamon in stages for later batches of french toast.

    1. If you put the cinnamon in a cup add cinnamon and a little bit of water, then stir with a fork then pour into the batter. The cinnamon does not sit on top of the batter.

    1. Yes, I have added a little vanilla coffee creamer to the milk, skipping the vanilla and sugar when I had run out of vanilla. 

  3. 5 stars
    I was in charge of making breakfast while camping in Yosemite. I used this recipe and used Trader Joe’s brioche bread. (recommended in another recipe.

    EVERYONE said this was the best French bread they had ever had!

    Even though we were camping, I did the full breakfast. Berries, real butter, maple syrup (no imitation stuff), sprinkled powdered sugar over the toast, gourmet sausage and scrambled eggs. Added a small arrangement on the table of pine sprigs, random leaves and twigs. Whatever was nearby.

    It made the camping trip feel very special. The group even asked me to make it again the following day. Double decadence!

  4. I’ve prepared this recipe twice now, and I love it! Today I went to 2 bakeries specifically for the brioche before I finally found it at Whole Foods, and it was worth the running around in the early morning city heat!(and I found some tiramisu gelato while I was there :). I baked thick cut crispy bacon and served it with fresh blueberries and strawberries and warm maple syrup per your recommendation. So thank you for helping me create a perfect Sunday brunch for me and my partner. I’m looking forward to making this again when fall arrives.

  5. 5 stars
    I thought I was good at making French Toast already. I included most of these ingredients, but this weekend I followed all these steps. WOW!! Crazy delicious! I we served a little fruit compote on the side and my kids begged for the same thing for dinner!

  6. I always do orange zest in mi French toast batter along with what you have listed. It’s a total game changer and I promise you will be doing it every time after you try it. Especially when you do it with buttermilk syrup…perfect flavor combinations. 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    Always a great breakfast hit, I love this and any of y’all’s recipes that I research from ur site! ¡mil gracias!
    provecho.

  8. Hi, I’m curious as to why many dessert-type recipes call for unsalted butter. I have tried many recipes both with salted and unsalted butter and far prefer salted. To me, unsalted butter has no taste and leaves the finished product less delicious. If there is a special reason for using unsalted butter, please let me know! Thank you.

    1. Great question! Most call for unsalted butter so you can control the amount of salt in the recipe. Salt is a MUST to make recipes taste good…I just always add the amount I want. If you want to use salted butter, you certainly can!

  9. 5 stars
    I love French Toast, as does my family. I used to do it this way, but several years ago changed to putting fresh ground nutmeg in the batter. the cinnamon sugar was put out as one of a variety of toppings. Yum.

  10. 5 stars
    It was perfect. I used 1/2 cream and 1/2 milk
    Sliced bakery loaf of white bread…1 inch thick
    Cut bread in triangles and layered like the picture garnishing with strawberries and blueberries, powdered sugar and drizzled with syrup.
    It was fantastic. Served on heated plate from the microwave and hot syrup

  11. I do NOT add cinnamon to the milk. Instead I mix cinnamon and sugar (2-1) into a small shaker. After dipping the bread into the milk I sprinkle one side of the toast and place it face down onto the hot griddle; then I sprinkle the other side. This way I get cinnamon sugar evenly on each slice and the toasted color is perfect.
    PS: I always have a shaker of cinnamon sugar mix in my spice drawer to sprinkle onto buttered toast when I’m in the mood.

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