This easy French toast recipe is perfect for the weekday or over the weekend – it only takes 30 minutes and a few ingredients to make.
There are few breakfasts that are better than thick-cut bread slices soaked in vanilla-scented egg and milk custard and toasted until golden brown.
We like our French toast served simply — a sprinkle of powdered sugar or drizzle of maple syrup is all we need.
That doesn’t mean you couldn’t go big with the toppings, though. A good friend swears by cinnamon sugar (we included a recipe below). Or, try berries, whipped cream, honey or whatever else you can think of.
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How to Make Our Easy French Toast Recipe at Home
This French toast recipe is so easy to make.
Start with thick slices of day-old bread then soak them in a mixture of eggs, milk, cream and vanilla extract.
Throw the thoroughly soaked bread into a pan with some hot melted butter and cook until golden brown on both sides. Simple.
A+J Tip: Work in Batches Using a Warm Oven
If you’re making French toast for many, use this little trick we picked up from making waffles. Heat your oven to somewhere between 170º F and 200º F. Then slide the cooked French toast into the oven to keep warm.
They should be fine for quite some time without drying out. This is a great way to reheat any leftovers, too.
What’s the Best Bread to Use?
We really like to use bread that will soak up the egg and milk mixture as much as possible. French, Italian, brioche or Challah bread all work wonderfully. We have even used sourdough bread, which was delicious.
Why Do I Need to Use Day-Old Bread?
Fresh bread just isn’t good for making French toast — it falls apart or becomes mushy. Stale bread is drier than fresh and tends to soak up the egg and milk mixture easily.
One more thing, just as fresh bread will fall apart or become mushy, so will thinly sliced bread. Try slicing the bread 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch thick.
What you need to know. One or two-day old bread is best for making French toast. If the bread is fresh, it will crumble or fall apart when added to the egg mixture or during cooking. French, Italian, brioche or Challah bread are all great for this.
Special Equipment. Baking sheet, bowls, whisk, large baking dish and heavy-bottomed skillet or griddle.
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) milk
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 8 slices day-old bread (3/4-inch-thick)
- 3 tablespoons butter, plus more for serving
- Optional toppings: Powdered sugar, maple syrup, berries, whipped cream, cinnamon sugar (recipe below)
- 1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Heat oven to 200 degrees F (93C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Slide baking sheet into oven. (It is best to make French toast in batches, so this is to keep cooked batches warm while the rest are cooked).
- Whisk eggs, milk, cream, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt together until well blended.
- Line bread slices up in a large baking dish (it is okay if they overlap). Pour egg mixture over bread slices then move and flip the bread around so each slice is completely moistened with the egg mixture. Continue to move the slices around in the egg mixture until the bread has soaked it all up.
- Melt a tablespoon of butter in a heavy, large pan or griddle over medium-low heat. Working in batches, transfer a few slices of the soaked bread to the pan and cook until golden brown and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
- Transfer cooked French toast to warm oven while you cook the remaining bread slices. Add additional butter as needed for each batch.
- To serve, transfer warm toast to plates then top with favorite toppings.
- Combine sugar and cinnamon then stir until well mixed.