Ready in under 15 minutes, this Homemade French Toast recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients that are already in your pantry. It’s a great way to use up a stale loaf of challah or brioche bread and it’s always a hit with family and friends!
Table of Contents
- This is the Best French Toast Recipe
- Why the type of bread matters to make The Best French Toast
- Best French Toast ingredients
- How to make Homemade French Toast
- Classic French Toast Recipe tips
- Serving Suggestions for this Classic French Toast Recipe
- Storing Leftover Homemade French Toast
- More Breakfast Favorites
- Classic French Toast Recipe Recipe
If you are tired of your boring breakfast routine, this French toast recipe is the answer to your Saturday morning blues! With hints of cinnamon and vanilla, buttery crisp edges, and a custardy center, this is the best French toast recipe around and runs circles around your mom’s basic French toast.
This is the Best French Toast Recipe
In many homes, french toast is a staple breakfast food. It’s so simple to make and tastes delicious with lots of different toppings. I've got a whole list for you below, if you are looking for inspiration, but I especially love topping it with honey. It's something I picked up when we were traveling through Cappadocia in Turkey and I've preferred french toast with honey ever since.
The french toast recipe that I’m sharing today is by far the best french toast recipe. Not only does it hold up well with the challah bread, but the added brown sugar and nutmeg in the egg mixture helps to bring it all to life and really packs a flavorful punch you didn’t know that your plain french toast was missing.
Why the type of bread matters to make The Best French Toast
One of the great things about french toast is that you can make it with almost any type of bread. But thicker bread makes the best french toasts because it can hold up to the added moisture that it will be soaked in and give that custard-like texture the really good french toast is known for. Regular white sandwich bread has a tendency to fall apart and doesn't bring a lot of flavor to the table to begin with.
I've even used leftover homemade rolls a few days after a holiday dinner to make french toast by slicing them horizontally into halves or thirds (depending on how big they are). It works really well and is a great way of using up leftovers without letting them go to waste!
Fun fact: french toast isn’t actually French, although they do eat it there. In France, it’s referred to as “pain perdu,” which means lost bread, and it is eaten as a dessert. It’s called lost bread because the dish is supposed to use old, stale pieces of leftover bread.
If I have my druthers, though, I will always make french toast with homemade challah bread. Brioche bread is my second choice, followed by Italian bread, french bread, and Texas toast.
Also, you can totally make cinnamon roll french toast using unfrosted cinnamon rolls that have been cut in half or in thirds and it is fantastic. Another delicious option is my apple fritter bread, banana bread, or panettone (an Italian Christmas bread).
Best French Toast ingredients
The ingredient list for french toast is really simple. You can make french toast without cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, or vanilla, but each of those little additions makes a big difference in this french toast recipe!
- Whole milk (or even heavy cream)
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
How to make Homemade French Toast
- Make the custard: In a shallow baking dish, like an 8x8" baking dish or a pie plate , whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Be sure to whisk really well! Nobody wants bits of fried egg around the edges of their french toast!
- Heat the griddle or frying pan: Melt the butter on a griddle or in a large skillet over medium heat. You should hear the butter sizzling, but you don't want it to burn so be careful not to leave it too long.
- Soak the bread: Working in batches, if needed, dip both sides of the sliced bread into the egg mix. The longer you let it sit in the mixture, the more custard your bread will absorb, and the longer it will take to cook through. Also, bread that is stale soaks up more custard than bread that is fresh, so your soak time will vary depending on the type and condition of the bread you use. That said, I don't let it soak longer than 4-5 seconds per side. If you oversoak the bread, you run the risk of soggy french toast that doesn't cook all the way through.
- Fry the french toast: Place your french toast down and fry the bottom side until golden brown, flip, and repeat. Continue doing this until all of the bread has been used. It should take 1-2 minutes to fry each side of the french toast, so make sure your heat isn't too high or too low.
- Serve: Transfer your french toast to a serving plate, dust with powdered sugar, and serve it with your favorite toppings and sausage or bacon on the side!
Classic French Toast Recipe tips
- Use the right bread: Use thick slices of bread, like brioche or challah, as they absorb the batter well and offer a rich flavor.
- Batter Balance: Create a batter using eggs, milk or cream, vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, and spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. Ensure the mixture is well-combined but not too runny or too thick.
- Soaking Time: Let the bread soak in the batter for a few seconds on each side, allowing it to absorb but not become overly soggy.
- Pan Preparation: Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat and add butter or oil. This helps prevent sticking and adds flavor.
- Cooking Technique: Cook the soaked bread until it’s golden brown on each side. Ensure it’s cooked through but not overly dry.
- Temperature Control: Make sure your heat isn’t too high, or you’ll end up burning the outside of the toast before the inside is properly cooked.
Serving Suggestions for this Classic French Toast Recipe
While I already mentioned that I love French toast with honey (seriously, it's so good and if you haven't tried it, I highly recommend it), there are actually a lot of different things that you can top your French toast with including:
- Butter (because we are frying our French toast in butter, I never feel the need for more, but to each his own)
- Maple syrup (so basic but who cares when it's so delicious?)
- Coconut Syrup
- Freshly whipped cream
- Fresh fruit
- Jams or preserves
- Flavored butter (like Whipped Cinnamon Honey Butter or Raspberry Butter)
- Buttermilk caramel syrup (Kneader's in Utah serves their French toast like this and it's amazing)
- Peanut butter
- Or even vanilla ice cream for dessert!
It’s crazy how, with a little creativity, an easy French toast recipe can become a completely different experience each time. That alone, definitely makes it one of the best breakfast foods.
Storing Leftover Homemade French Toast
Let the French toast to cool down to room temperature before storing it. Place the leftovers in an airtight container or wrap them tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then refrigerate for up to 2-3 days.
Can I freeze this Fluffy French Toast?
Yes, French toast freezes well. To freeze, wrap each slice separately in plastic wrap or wax paper to prevent sticking. Place the individually wrapped slices in a freezer-safe bag or airtight container. Frozen French toast can last for about 1-2 months without compromising taste too much.
How to reheat The Best French Toast
Reheat leftover French toast in a toaster, toaster oven, or microwave until warmed through.
If frozen, thaw the French toast slices in the refrigerator overnight before reheating. Reheat in the oven or toaster oven for a crispy texture or use the microwave for a quicker result.
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- Aebleskiver | Danish Pancakes
- Fluffy Toasted Coconut Pancakes
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- Cinnamon French Toast Sticks
- Carrot Cake Pancakes
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Classic French Toast Recipe
- 4 large eggs
- ¼ cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 8 slices challah bread or brioche bread
- 4 Tablespoons salted butter
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
- In a shallow dish like an 8x8" pan or pie plate , whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.
- Melt butter on a griddle or in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Working in batches if needed, dip both sides of each slice of bread in the egg mixture, then fry until golden brown in the butter. Flip and cook on the other side until golden brown. Repeat with remaining bread.
- Transfer to a serving plate and dust with powdered sugar. Serve with your favorite syrup or honey.