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Thick slices of bread, dipped in a vanilla cinnamon custard then fried in butter. This French Toast Recipe is soft on the inside while brown and slightly crispy on the outside. Plus it’s not as hard as you think! Extra tasty if served with oven-roasted bacon and my cinnamon roll syrup.
But First, what is French Toast?
French Toast is a super easy and versatile sweet (and sometimes savory) breakfast food. It is made by soaking bread in an egg-milk mixture and then frying it in a hot pan.
French Toast is the perfect Sunday morning breakfast or weekend brunch staple. Whether it’s served sweet or savory, it is oh so delicious no matter the time of year. 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.
Best Bread for French Toast
While you could use sandwich bread for this recipe, you’ll end up with thin sad-looking soggy French Toast. The best bread to use for French Toast is day-old Thick-Sliced Texas Toast. This stuff is twice as thick as regular bread and holds the batter really well. What you’re left with is a soft interior with a crispy outside. Just what you want!
Other great options are challah bread, brioche, and Italian or French loaf bread. For thicker and hardier bread, the soaking time in the batter will increase.
Flavoring the Batter
A basic French Toast batter consists of milk, eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla. Using this traditional combination will give you great results. However, you could also flavor the batter with different ingredients to give your French Toast a little more flavor. Here are some suggestions:
- Orange or Lemon Zest
- Pumpkin Spice
- Coconut Shreds or extract
- Crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch
How to Make French Toast
Only four simple steps to french toast heaven! From 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.
Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon together in a large, shallow dish.
Melt 1 tablespoon of butter onto the pan. Soak two slices of bread in egg and milk mixture, for 3 seconds per side, and transfer directly to the hot pan.
Fry and Repeat
Fry each side for 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 with maple syrup, powdered sugar, strawberries, whipped cream, or anything your little heart desires.
Keep the toppings simple or experiment to make the perfect french toast for your family! For all of my syrups and spreads, <– see here!
Here are some of my favorites:
- Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc.
- Powdered Sugar
- Butter and Syrup
- Cooked Cinnamon Apple
- Homemade Whipped Cream
- Chocolate Chips
- Chocolate Spread
- Lemon Curd
- Honey Butter
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.
More French Toast Recipes to Try!
Now that you’ve got basic french toast mastered, try these other variations of french toast!
- Cinnamon Roll French Toast
- Classic French Toast Casserole
- Brioche French Toast
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch Encrusted French Toast
- Lemon French Toast
- Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast
- Macro Friendly French Toast Casserole
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The printable recipe card is down below, enjoy 🙂
Classic French Toast Recipe
- 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.
- Bread: Use anything from Texas Toast, Challah, Brioche, French Bread, or even a sliced Baguette. Be sure that the bread is a couple of days old and note that soaking times will vary based on the thickness and hardiness of the bread.
- Batter: Flavor your batter with things like orange zest, pumpkin spice, or shredded coconut.