French Toast is quick to make and a great way to use up leftover bread. It’s a real treat that everyone in your family will LOVE.
French Toast is made from slices of bread that have been soaked in an egg mixture and then fried in butter. The results are crispy edges and a tender center. It’s a favorite sweet dish for breakfast and brunch.
How to Make French Toast
Making classic French Toast is so simple. It’s perfect for a fun weekend breakfast. Get the whole family involved and have the kids help you dip and soak the bread slices. Follow the instructions below to make a French Toast.
- Make the Egg Mixture – Whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla until combined. It’s best to use a shallow bowl for easier dipping.
- Dip Bread Slices – Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture, making sure to coat both sides.
- Fry French Toast – Preheat a skillet over medium heat with butter. Add the soaked bread slices and fry until golden brown on each side. You will need to work in batches. See tips below on how to keep the French toast warm in between batches.
Hot tip: You can use this recipe to make our Stuffed French Toast.
Tips & Secrets to The Best French Toast
Making French Toast is so simple, but check out these tips to avoid any issues and make the best French Toast ever.
- Keep French Toast Warm – Keep warm in the oven on a wire rack-lined baking sheet.
- Use Good Quality Butter – Butter plays a huge role in the flavor of the crust of the toast. You want to use your very best butter.
- Slicing Bread – You want to slice the bread into thicker, equal size pieces. Thick slices will give you a crispy outer layer and a soft, tender center.
- Day Old Bread is Best – Using slightly stale bread helps soak up the egg custard mixture without making the toast soggy.
There are a few tips to make sure your French Toast isn’t soggy. It’s best to use thicker slices of bread so the center doesn’t get soggy. Using slightly stale bread also helps the toast stay crispy and tender
Milk is essential in French Toast. Milk is mixed with eggs to form a custard mixture that the bread slices are soaked in. Without the milk, French Toast would have a stronger eggy flavor.
Brioche, challah, or french bread are best for making French toast. You can buy challah bread at the grocery store or make your own loaf using my easy challah bread recipe. You can also use croissants for a fun twist.
The bread slices only need to soak in the custard mixture for about 30 seconds on each side. You want to soak the slices just enough to coat the bread. If you soak the bread slices for too long, you may have a soggier French Toast.
You can reheat French Toast in several different ways. Microwave, oven, air fryer, or a pan on the stove are the most popular options. The microwave is the easiest option, but it does not get the toast crispy again.
Making French Toast In Advance
French toast reheats perfectly and you can make large batches of it in advance to have an easy breakfast or brunch.
- Refrigerating – Leftover cooked French Toast slices can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Store in an airtight container.
- Freezing – Leftover cooked French Toast slices can be frozen for up to 2 months. I recommend flash freezing on a baking sheet before transferring to a freezer bag or airtight container.
Hot Tip: If you are making a larger batch and wanting to keep them warm while you are still cooking, keep your oven at a low temperature and leave the toast on a baking sheet in the oven.
More Breakfast Recipes
- Breakfast Quiche – a savory breakfast pie that can even be made ahead.
- Perfect Crepes – you can serve this French staple as sweet or savory.
- Cottage Cheese Pancakes – crispy edges and a melty center that is so good.
- Chaffles – low-carb, keto waffles with only two ingredients.
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- In a medium sized bowl, whisk the eggs with milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract.
- Dip both sides of the bread slices into the egg mixture.
- On low heat, preheat a skillet with a tablespoon of butter. Add the soaked bread slices to the preheated skillet and fry until golden brown. Flip over and repeat.
- Serve your French Toast with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!