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Use this tutorial to learn how to make easy French toast. Homemade French toast is a great way to use less-than-fresh bread. In fact, slightly stale, hard bread has the perfect texture to absorb the delicious, eggy custard.
Ingredients & substitutions
- Bread: Whatever you have! Many prefer the flavor of either plain white bread or eggy loafs like brioche or challah. French bread, cinnamon or baguettes, whole wheat are all great, too.
- Eggs: Again, any type will do, but keep in mind most recipes are written using large eggs. If not using larger ones, add splash of milk.
- Milk: Whole cow’s milk is traditional, but non-dairy milks work, too. For the richest flavor and texture, use heavy cream.
- Brown sugar: Any granulated sugar – white, sugar in the raw or turbinado – will work, too. If using one of the larger-grained sugars, thoroughly stir in milk to dissolve before adding eggs.
- Spices: Warm baking spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, cardamom, or pumpkin spice mix will all work well.
How to make french toast
- Add eggs, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a bowl, wide enough for dunking the bread easily.
- With a fork or whisk, briskly beat together eggs, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg until smooth.
- Dip the bread slices into the batter.
- Allow each slice to absorb the custard well on both sides.
- Transfer the dredged slices to the lightly greased griddle or pan.
- Cook on each side until golden brown.
Tips for making easy french toast
- Go for thick slices of bread. Thin slices tend to fall apart in the pan.
- Adjust the soak time for your preferred level of custard -y- ness. If you want a custardy, eggy toast, submerge for a longer time. Want to taste the bread in the middle? Do a quick dunk.
- Let the type of bread guide your soaking time, too. Stale bread and thicker or dense slices will need a longer soak than thinner or fresher breads.
- Don’t torch the toast. A nice medium-ish burner will allow the toast to brown (good!) while letting the middle of the toast gently warm (also good!)
Frequently asked questions
French toast is best enjoyed within two days.
Definitely. Allow to cool, wrap tightly in a freezer-friendly wrapping, and freeze for up to four months. Re-heat in the microwave or toaster oven.
Get creative with toppings: jam, a dusting of confectioner’s sugar, apple sauce, bananas, or dollops of whipped cream are all tasty, but it is up to you!
En Français, French toast is called pain perdu, or lost [stale] bread, a sad name that belies the deliciousness of this happy, thrifty breakfast classic. Now that you have the easy basic recipe for French toast, you can make this encore!
More French Toast Recipes:
- Stuffed French Toast
- Vegan French Toast
- Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
- Blueberry French Toast Casserole
- French Toast Casserole
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How to Make French Toast
- Preheat griddle or nonstick skillet on medium heat, and grease lightly with butter.
- In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg until smooth.
- Dip the bread slices into the batter, letting them soak well on both sides.
- Transfer the dredged slices to the lightly greased griddle or pan, and cook for 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
- Serve hot with maple syrup and berries, if desired.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.
Photo Credit: Erin Jensen