Best French Toast Recipe
This French Toast recipe is so easy to make and perfect for breakfast or brunch! Enjoy the best French toast ever with this recipe and tips!
French toast is one of those recipes that I absolutely love. I love to make huge platters of it when we have guests for the weekend or when Sam has friends who spend the night. But really, my favorite thing to do is to make this easy French Toast recipe for just the three of us.
Especially on a lazy weekend morning when I want to make something I know everyone will love. French toast just has such a way of starting the morning off like you are giving everyone as much love for their day as possible. Paired with a bowl of fresh fruit, a few slices of bacon, and drizzle of maple syrup, and this will be a meal that will fill their spirits as much as their bodies.
Easy French Toast Recipe
What Bread to Use?
But I have a little secret, even though I love French toast made with challah bread or thick slices of Sally Lunn bread, it is absolutely delicious and so easy with slices of our favorite sandwich bread.
Since we always have it on hand, it makes making this a whole lot easier than worrying about having to bake bread first or remembering to pick it up at the bakery.
- Challah bread
- Sourdough bread
- Sally Lunn bread
- Texas Toast
- Sandwich bread
What Milk Can You Use for French Toast?
I have another little tip, too. I do love French toast that has been made with heavy cream, but it is just fine made with whatever milk I have the refrigerator, too.
- Heavy Cream
- Half and Half
- Whole Milk
- Skim Milk
Can I Make this French Toast Dairy-Free?
You can also use dairy-free milk alternatives for making this French toast recipe. I love to use different ones depending on who I am serving. For instance, one family friend isn’t able to have dairy or almonds, so I use oat milk for theirs. They always love it! The flavor may change slightly depending on the milk option that you use.
- Coconut Milk
- Almond Milk
- Oat Milk
What Sweeteners to Use to Make French Toast?
I also have tested the recipe using various sweeteners with great success. It is delicious using maple syrup, honey, and coconut sugar as well as confectioner’s and granulated sugar. The flavor profile will change slightly based on the sweetener that you use. For example, using maple syrup will give a hint of maple flavor to the French Toast (which is delicious when served with maple syrup!)
- Maple Syrup
- Coconut Sugar
- Granulated Sugar
- Confectioner’s Sugar
How to Make the Best French Toast
- Whisk. To save on dishes and cleanup, I whisk together the eggs, milk of choice, sweetener, vanilla, and cinnamon right into shallow dish that I’ll use to dip my bread in.
- Dip. Once I have it whisked together well, I place my bread slice in on one side and then quickly flip it over to the other side since some sandwich breads will absorb the liquid super quickly. You’ll want to be sure that you are dipping your bread and not leaving for any time so that the bread absorbs too much liquid.
- Cook. Once both sides of the bread are coated with the liquid, I place them into the skillet with melted butter set over medium heat. They only take a few minutes to cook, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
- Serve. Serve immediately with your syrup of choice (we love maple!).
It takes the pressure off of me from thinking that I have to have exact ingredients in my house to be able to make a favorite breakfast or brunch. Because, let’s face it, sometimes I wake up and just know that this favorite breakfast recipe would be a great way to welcome the morning.
With just a few basic ingredients that I always have on hand, I know I can whip up this delicious recipe that my family will love!
Can I Make This Recipe Ahead?
You can absolutely make this recipe ahead of time.
- Place in a single layer onto a baking sheet and hold in a 250º F oven for up to 30 minutes.
Can I Freeze It?
- Freeze. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and place into the freezer until firmly frozen, about 30 minutes. Store the slices in a freezer-safe zip top or other airtight container for up to 3 months.
How to Reheat Frozen French Toast:
- Oven Method. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet and cover with foil. Bake in 350º F oven for 10 minutes until hot.
- Toaster Method. Reheat in a toaster oven until heated throughout.
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Here’s my Best French Toast Recipe. I think you’ll love it.
Best French Toast Recipe
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup milk, half and half, coconut milk, or almond milk
- pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 8 slices sandwich bread
- Whisk together eggs, milk, salt, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon in a flat-bottomed pie plate or baking dish. Place bread slices, one or two at a time, into the egg mixture and flip to make sure both sides of bread are well-coated.
- Melt butter in a large skillet or on a griddle. Place bread slices in skillet or on griddle and cook on medium heat until golden brown on each side, about 2-3 minutes.
- Serve immediately or keep warm in oven until ready to serve, but no longer than about 30 minutes.
From the Add a Pinch recipe archives, originally published 2014.