French Toast is a weekend treat at our house, and you’re going to love this recipe because it’s the Best French Toast you’ll ever make!
French Toast is a favorite in our house. This French Toast recipe is easy to make and very delicious, try it once and it will become your Sunday tradition too!
French Toast Ingredients
- Eggs – I use large or extra large eggs, so if you tend to purchase smaller sized eggs then you may need to add an additional egg to the batter.
- Vanilla – Make sure you’re using real vanilla. I know it’s gone up in price pretty substantially in recent years, but I find that it’s still affordable if I purchase it at a warehouse store like Costco. Also, it’s not something we use in our every day cooking, so I don’t mind the occasional indulgence in something a little more expensive.
- Cinnamon – Ground cinnamon for this, sometimes I’ll sprinkle a little more on top before serving too.
- Nutmeg – Some folks have strong feelings about nutmeg. I personally am a huge fan, I even add it to my mac and cheese and my pumpkin soup! But if it’s not your thing, you can skip it here.
- Sugar – My husband and I are diametrically opposed on this ingredient. When he makes this French Toast recipe he skips the sugar (and in his defense, my kids still love it) – but I think French Toast should be slightly sweet, so I like the addition of a little brown sugar to the batter. If I don’t have brown sugar sometimes I’ll use powdered sugar.
- Milk – I strongly suggest using whole milk or even half and half or heavy cream. Lowfat and fat free milk will technically work, but the end result will have a much heavier egg flavor and won’t be as rich tasting.
- Bread – A hearty thick sliced bread is ideal for this recipe. You could even make a batch of our French Bread recipe or beer bread and use that (YUM). In a pinch regular sandwich bread will work too, just make sure not to soak it too long or it will get soggy and possibly fall apart.
How do you make French Toast
- To make the best French toast, first, In a shallow dish or bowl, whisk together everything except bread and milk.
- Next, pour in milk and whisk a little more until everything is incorporated.
- Then, dip bread in wet mix, turning and coating both sides evenly.
- Finally, cook bread slices in a buttered nonstick skillet on medium. Flip and brown both sides.
- Last, dust with powdered sugar and drizzle with maple syrup.
Topping Ideas for French Toast
Classically French Toast is topped with powdered sugar and real maple syrup. At our house, my oldest likes whipped cream on his French Toast, while the little ones like blueberries and strawberries.
I am partial to some toasted nuts and whipped butter.
Best bread for French Toast
A hearty bread sliced thick makes the perfect base for French Toast. I like to use this French Bread recipe whenever possible, but for the most part we just pick up a loaf of thick sliced bread from the market.
Folks often ask, can you make French toast with regular bread, and the answer would be yes, you can make French toast with regular bread. Just be careful not to soak to long as it may create a soggy result.
How do you make crispy French Toast
To make crispy French Toast, use extra butter and get the skillet hotter than you normally would. I find cooking it in a cast iron pan helps make the edges perfectly crispy.
Why is my French Toast soggy
Soggy French Toast is usually the result of soaking your bread for too long. If you soak the bread to long, then it’s difficult to get the toast cooked all the way through and you will often end up with a soggy middle.
You want to soak your bread just long enough to get it well wetted on both sides, but not saturated. The only time you want to saturate the bread is if you are doing a French Toast Casserole where you will put it in the oven until it is baked all the way through.
Is French Toast healthy
French toast is not healthy, but it is also not inherently unhealthy. French toast has grains and carbohydrates from the bread, dairy from the milk, and protein from the milk and eggs.
If you want to make your French Toast healthier, skip the added sugar and serve with fresh fruit instead of syrup.
French Toast making tips
- Use whole milk, half and half, or heavy cream in the batter.
- Don’t over soak the bread.
- Use butter (or ghee, or clarified butter) to cook your french toast.
- Make it with a thick cut, sturdy bread.
Can French Toast batter be saved
French toast batter can be saved or made ahead for up to one day. If you want your morning to go quicker, make the wet mixture in the evening before bed and store it in the refrigerator overnight. Give it a quick whisk before using.
Do not soak the bread ahead of time, or you will end up with a soggy mess. The only time you want to soak the bread for any extended period of time is if you are making a French Toast Casserole.
Can French Toast be frozen
French Toast can be frozen after it is cooked. Let the French Toast cool, then store it in a freezer container (preferably air tight to avoid freezer burn). Reheat in the microwave or toaster oven.
I love to make a big batch on our big griddle and keep it in the freezer for quick and easy breakfasts.
What to serve with French Toast
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French Toast Making Tools
- Oil mister – This is the perfect gift for folks who want to make sure they know exactly what they’re spraying on their pans. We like to put olive oil in ours, but you could use anything from vegetable oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, or whatever you like! Just pump the top a few times and it sprays a fine mist of the oil you chose.
- 15″ Cast iron pan – This. Pan. Is. Huge. Literally massive. I have two and they’re sooooooo amazing. I love using these on my grill to make a beautifully seared steak or some yummy Old Bay shrimp. And in my oven or on the stovetop when the weather’s no good for grilling!
- Electric mixer – I love love love love love (x’s 100) my stand mixer. Really and truly. But my daily work horse is this handheld electric mixer. It even comes in allll the colors. Which, yay!
- Tilt n Drain Griddle – This awesome griddle has a heavy cast aluminum base with premium nonstick surface assures stick-free cooking and easy cleaning! We use it for everything from pancakes, to eggs, to chicken breast, and seared steak!
How to Make French Toast
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 3/4 cup milk
- 8 slices bread thick sliced
- In a shallow dish or bowl, whisk together everything except bread and milk. Pour in milk and whisk a little more until everything is incorporated.
- Dip bread in wet mix, turning and coating both sides evenly.
- Cook bread slices in a buttered nonstick skillet on medium. Flip and brown both sides.
- Dust with powdered sugar and drizzle with maple syrup.