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A super easy recipe for French Toast that can be adapted to your tastes. Delicious and always a family favorite!
Make this for the family today!
Step by step instructions and photos below!
It’s been well documented that I’m a big fan of breakfast. From banana pancakes, oatmeal waffles, oven baked bacon, eggs or a corned beef hash, I’m in. Any time of day, too! Breakfast is WAY too good to only eat in the morning.
My kids order French Toast in restaurants every time we are out for breakfast, but they always prefer the recipe that I make at home.
I often make them a cooked breakfast on a weekday morning before school because this recipe is so quick and easy!
If you think French Toast is complicated, I’m here to tell you – it really isn’t! I’m sharing a basic French Toast recipe with you today, and encourage you to make it your own and change it up to suit your family’s taste.
You could skip the maple syrup in the custard and use powdered sugar, brown sugar or honey – or leave it out altogether.
However you make it – I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does!
I have included step by step photos and instructions, as well as tips and tricks in the post. If you’d rather skip all that, scoot right on down to the full recipe card located at the bottom of the post.
What is the secret to good French Toast?
It’s all in the bread (see the notes box), and milk/egg ratio. You’ll need 1 cup of milk/cream per 4 eggs. You’ll need 1 egg per 2 slices of bread.
Why this recipe works
- This easy French Toast recipe can be made super fast, with zero notice.
- Common ingredients. No traipsing to a specialty store for 1 item!
Kylee’s Notes & FAQs
Add a pinch of salt to your custard. This will combat the sweetness, and enhance the flavor.
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract is another way to add flavor, as well as almond extract.
If making for a crowd, after cooking – add slices to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while you cook the rest.
Want to make this a little more festive? Add a shot of whisky or brandy to the custard. Maybe don’t serve this to kids if you do that, though.
The best bread for French Toast
- You can use any kind of bread you like, Challah is a good one but Brioche is my favorite. It’s better to get bread you have to slice yourself so you can control the thickness, but, use what you have!
- Whole wheat, white bread, or thick slices of Texas toast – all will work just fine. Sandwich bread is “okay” if you can’t find anything thicker.
- Day old, or slightly stale bread works better than super fresh bread. The drier the bread, the better it can soak up all the yummy custard!! If you have to use fresh bread, you can try drying them in the oven a little. 250 degrees F for 10 minutes should sort them out!
The full list of ingredients and quantities is found in the printable recipe card below.
- Brioche bread. Preferably a loaf that you can slice thickly yourself. See notes for alternatives.
- Eggs. 2 eggs per 4 slices of toast.
- Milk. You can use cream, half and half or milk. I recommend full-fat versions of everything for the best custard.
- Maple Syrup. I use this both as a topping AND in the custard. Switch it out for a sweetener of your choice if you prefer.
- Cinnamon. While this IS optional, it brings a great flavor to the finished toast. Subtle, and delicious.
How to make French Toast from scratch
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The full list of ingredients, quantities and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
Make the custard
Whisk together the eggs and milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon.
Add the custard to a shallow bowl if not already in one!
Dip and cook
Dip the bread in the custard, making sure to flip several times. Let the excess drip off and cook in batches 2-3 minutes each side until golden brown and cooked through.
Serve with extra butter, maple syrup and powdered sugar if desired.
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How to make Basic French Toast
- Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
Make the custard
- Whisk together the eggs and milk, then add the maple syrup and cinnamon.
Dip and cook
- Add the custard to a shallow bowl, and dip slices of bread in the custard, making sure to flip several times. Let the excess drip off and cook in batches 2-3 minutes each side until golden brown and cooked through.
- Top with butter, maple syrup and powdered sugar if desired.
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