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 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 recipe, you will be a fan for life.
And this recipe is also great for brunch or even dinner. Our family loves breakfast for dinner!
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The Best Bread to Use
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 options. If you need the recipe to be gluten-free, make sure you use gluten-free bread.
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.
You only need five ingredients and I bet you have all of these in your kitchen right now:
- Vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
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.
How to Make French Toast
- You can use an electric griddle or skillet on the stove. 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.
- 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.
- You can use a spatula, fork, or tongs to flip the bread in the French toast batter.
- 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.
- Cook the bread slices 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.
Keep It Warm
You can keep 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 it in the oven for too long or it will dry out. It is best served fresh and hot!
You can’t go wrong with butter, pure maple syrup, and a dusting of powdered sugar. 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
- Your favorite nut butter
- Banana slices
- A little Nutella
How to Store & Reheat
Fridge: If you have leftovers, you can store leftover pieces in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Freeze: You can also 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. Thaw and reheat.
Reheat: You can reheat on a hot griddle, hot skillet, or place 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.
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:
- Bacon or Sausage
- Crispy hash browns
- Baked eggs
- Egg casserole
- Breakfast potatoes
- Fruit salad
More French Toast Recipes
- Crunchy French Toast
- Ice Cream French Toast
- Pumpkin French Toast
- Cinnamon Raisin French Toast
- Baked French Toast Muffins
- Cinnamon Streusel Baked French Toast Sticks
- Cinnamon Baked French Toast
- Coconut Crusted French Toast
- 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
- If using an electric griddle, preheat the griddle to 350 degrees F.
- In a shallow pan or pie plate, add the eggs, milk, vanilla, half of the cinnamon, and salt. Whisk until well combined.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve the French toast warm with maple syrup, powdered sugar, and berries, if desired.
- 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.
Have you tried this recipe?
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This was the first time making French toast and my husband said it was the best he’s ever had! I used regular whole wheat bread which worked out well. My three kiddos devoured it. I added blueberries and sliced strawberries on top! So good and easy. Thank you so much for sharing and for the simple instructions!!
I tried this recipe, yes very good however I barely had enough to do 7 pieces. Next time I will increase it by doing either a quarter or half more of this recipe.
This looks delicious! My 7 year old grandson and I made chocolate sourdough bread today, in the morning we are trying fresh toast using this recipe. Can’t wait to try it.
Simple, ingredients on hand, and most important delicious. Grandkids eat lots of them.
This is the only recipe you need! Cooked up perfectly. Brioche bread is the BEST if you can find it, although quite expensive. I used all organic ingredients this time, including the maple syrup. My family agreed it was the best French toast they’d ever had. I will use this recipe in the future.
I have always soaked for a short time. Don’t want to waste all these ingredients. I recommend some soaking. its great.
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