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How to Make French Toast

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Love that buttery french toast that is soft on the inside while brown and slightly crispy on the outside? It’s not as hard as you think! Learn how to make French Toast the simple (and delicious) way.

French Toast is the perfect Sunday morning breakfast or weekend brunch staple. Whether its served sweet or savory, it is oh so delicious no matter the time of year. Lots of hot spots in New York have this on their menu, but today I’m teaching you how to make French Toast at home that turn out just as delicious. My version is super easy with only a handful of ingredients needed to throw this together. Extra tasty if served with oven-roasted bacon and my cinnamon roll syrup.

how to make French Toast

But first, what is French Toast?

French Toast is a super easy and versatile sweet (and sometimes savory) breakfast food. It is made from soaking bread in an egg-milk mixture then frying in a hot pan.

There are a ton of recipes out there for french toast but today I am giving you the basic recipe that you can customize how you like. Simple, easy, and delicious, just in time for breakfast.

Looking to up your breakfast game? Try these recipes out: Perfect French Toast CasseroleFrench Toast Pigs in a Blanket RecipeCinnamon Toast Crunch Encrusted French ToastLemon Cream French Toast, and Caramelized Banana & Cream Cheese Filled French Toast.


French Toast Recipe

You only need six main ingredients for this recipe. Odds are you have all of these in your fridge and pantry! If you want something a little fancier, be sure to check out my Brioche French Toast.

  • Eggs & Milk– the basis for our custard we will dip our bread in.
  • Bread – I like using thicker, ‘texas toast’ slices of day-old bread for a recipe such as this one.
  • Cinnamon & Vanilla– hello tastemakers! I love the hint of cinnamon and the slight sweetness vanilla adds.
  • Butter – melted in the bottom of a pan, this is my favorite way to ‘fry’ these pieces of bread.

How to Make French Toast

How to Make French Toast

Only four simple steps to french toast heaven! Start to finish this should take 30 minutes or less 🙂Be sure to scroll down to the printable recipe card for the more detailed ingredients list and directions.

  1. Make the custard: Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon together in a large, shallow dish.
  2. Soak the bread in the custard for about 3 seconds per side.
  3. Transfer the soaked bread to a hot, buttered nonstick skillet to fry until golden in color on each side; 30 seconds to 1 minute per side.
  4. Serve warm with maple syrup, powdered sugar, strawberries, whipped cream, or anything your little heart desires.

How to Make French Toast


French Toast can last up to four days stored in the fridge in an airtight container. If you aren’t going to eat those leftovers within those four days I recommend freezing them!

Or it can be stored in the freezer for about three months for an easy make-ahead breakfast. Perfect for those busy mornings!

Simply reheat in the microwave 30 seconds or until hot.

French Toast Recipe


Keep the toppings simple or experiment to make the perfect french toast for your family! Here are some of my favorites:

  • Berries. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, look for which berries are in season and pile them high!
  • Powdered Sugar. This is a classic topping to really any sweet breakfast meal. Couple this with some fresh lemon juice for a sweet-sour taste.
  • Butter and Syrup. Once again super simple and classic. But it’s classic for a reason because it’s so good! Buttery, sweet perfection.
  • Cinnamon Apple. Chop up some apples, then throw them in a small pot with a bit of water, sugar, and cinnamon. Simmer until apples are soft. In the end, you’ll have an apple simple syrup with delicious cooked apples. You’re welcome.
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When I’m serving something sweet, I love a good savory element that will balance the breakfast out. For this particular recipe, I happened to make the oven-baked bacon, listed below, but any of these options are delicious!

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How to Make French Toast

How to make French Toast! Thick slices of bread, dipped in a vanilla cinnamon custard and fried in butter. SO dreamy with maple syrup. 
servings 12 pieces
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins


  • 1 loaf thick sliced bread a few days old, ideally
  • 3/4 cup cold milk
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • powdered sugar optional
  • maple syrup optional


  • 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.


Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 351mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: french toast, french toast recipe, how to make french toast

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