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This easy French Toast recipe will definitely up your breakfast game and bring everyone to the table!

Thick slices of bread are dipped in a vanilla custard mixture and cooked in a little bit of butter. Top a stack of fluffy French Toast with maple syrup or fruit.

Serve with fresh berries and bacon for the perfect weekend meal.

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Ingredients for French Toast

French Toast isn’t actually a French recipe; it’s claimed to be a Roman recipe of bread that was soaked in milk and then fried. Known in France as “pain perdu” (lost bread), this is the perfect weekend breakfast.

Besides being delicious, any good French Toast recipe is going to have milk, eggs, and some warm spices like cinnamon or even nutmeg. The best recipes are made with good bread, a thick mixture of eggs, milk or cream, and spices. The pieces are dipped in the egg mixture and then either fried or baked to fluffy perfection.

The Best Bread for French Toast: Choose thick, dense slices like brioche or challah for a nice fluffy French toast since they can soak more custard. You can use any type of bread, from simple sandwich bread to Texas Toast or baguettes. If using a thinner bread (like sandwich bread) be sure not to oversoak it in the egg mixture.

Eggs & Milk: Eggs and milk create the batter for a perfect, custardy texture. Milk can be substituted with other liquids (like dairy-free milk such as oat or almond milk, or even eggnog).

Sugar: Sweeten the custard with a bit of sugar or brown sugar.

Vanilla & Cinnamon: These are added for flavor; you can try other extracts or spices like pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice.

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How to Make French Toast

French Toast is really easy to make; it’ll become a staple breakfast or even dinner when you’re in a rush. It’s great with fried eggs too!

  1. Whisk together the wet ingredients in a shallow bowl.
  2. Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture, allowing the bread to soak in a bit of the custard.
  3. Cook in butter in a skillet or on a griddle until lightly browned on each side.

French toast can be made ahead and cooked before serving. Dip the bread slices per the recipe below and place them in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap overnight. Remove the baking sheet from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking and prepare as directed.

Serve immediately with warm maple syrup, an easy caramel sauce, or whipped cream with fruit and berries.

Tips & Variations

While mixing the ingredients, you could add other flavors:

  • Try almond, orange extract or orange zest, or apple pie spice.
  • Add a splash of Bailey’s Irish Cream or Grand Marnier.
  • Top with fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or sliced bananas

Make-Ahead French Toast: To make French toast an easy breakfast option, make a big batch on the weekend, and they can be either heated in the microwave or popped into the toaster on busy weekday mornings.

Breakfast for the Family

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Quick and Easy French Toast

This French toast recipe is a quick and delicious brunch option made with easy ingredients!

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 25 minutes

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  • In a shallow dish or bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt until well combined.

  • Preheat a skillet or griddle over medium-low heat. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the pan or on the griddle.

  • Dip the bread into the egg mixture, allowing a few seconds for the egg to soak into the bread. Flip the bread over and repeat on the other side.

  • Place the bread in the pan and cook over medium-low heat until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. (Add more butter as needed for the remaining slices of bread).

Cooking time can vary based on the thickness and density of the bread and the amount of custard soaked into the bread.
Cook over medium low heat to allow the custard to cook through without burning the outside of the bread. 
To feed a crowd, preheat the oven to 200°F and place a casserole dish or baking sheet in the oven, add slices of cooked French toast to keep warm until all batches are cooked through.
Sprinkle French toast with cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar after cooking if desired.

Calories: 236 | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 372mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2.7mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine American
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