This classic French Toast recipe is so delicious, easy to make and perfect for breakfast or brunch! Enjoy the BEST French toast in minutes with this recipe and helpful tips!

This French Toast recipe is so easy to make and perfect for breakfast or brunch! A classic and delicious favorite, it’s the best French toast ever! //

This classic French Toast is a recipe that I absolutely love to make – especially on a lazy weekend morning. There’s just something special about this rich and delicious French Toast drizzled with warm maple syrup! And I’ve been making it for so long that I’ve perfected the steps so that it is so easy. Whether I’m making it for a crowd of weekend guests or for just the three of us, I can have it on the table in minutes!

French toast just has such a way of starting the morning off in the best way. 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.

Classic French Toast Recipe

I’ve been making this classic French Toast recipe for as long as I can remember. I love that it makes the best French Toast with just a few ingredients that you can customize to your tastes! There are a few basic ingredients that you’ll need.

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! //

What are the Ingredients for French Toast?

  • Bread
  • Eggs
  • Milk – you can use your favorite milk or milk alternative in this recipe if you want to make your French toast without milk.
  • Salt – add a pinch of salt to balance the flavors and sweetness
  • Sweetener – you definitely have options for the sweetener to use based on your personal preferences.
  • Flavorings – I love to include vanilla extract and ground cinnamon for a classic French toast flavor. You can omit the cinnamon, if you prefer or add more for a more pronounced cinnamon French Toast.
  • Butter – melted on the griddle for cooking and then add a pat for serving, if desired.
  • Maple syrup – real maple syrup is required in our family for the perfect French toast! You can also use a fruit syrup like my blackberry syrup if you prefer.

What is the Best Bread for French Toast?

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. Use whatever you have on hand!

  • Challah bread
  • Sourdough bread
  • Sally Lunn bread
  • Texas Toast
  • French Bread
  • Sandwich bread

What Milk to Use

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

French Toast without Milk

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.

What Sweeteners to Use

I have tested this 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 recipe (which is delicious when served with maple syrup!)

  • Maple Syrup
  • Honey
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Confectioner’s Sugar

How to Make the Best French Toast

  1. 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.
  2. 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 does not absorb too much liquid. Make sure to follow this so that your bread does not get soggy.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve. Serve immediately with your syrup of choice.
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Easy with Common Pantry Ingredients

Like I’ve mentioned, my recipe can be made with simple ingredients that most of you will have on hand. I love that it’s this easy! 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!

Make-Ahead French Toast

You can absolutely make this recipe ahead of time.

  • Up to 30 Minutes: Prepare the cooked French toast and place in a single layer onto a baking sheet and hold in a 250º F oven for up to 30 minutes.
  • Up to 24 Hours: Prepare the French toast batter and place into an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 24 hours. When ready to cook, stir the batter to combine well and then proceed with the recipe as written.
  • Up to 3 Months: See the freezer instructions to follow.

How to Freeze French Toast

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.

Cinnamon French Toast Recipe

While this recipe already includes cinnamon, to make this recipe as a Cinnamon French Toast, you’ll simply increase the amount of cinnamon in the recipe to 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.

More Breakfast and Brunch Favorites:

There are many scrumptious breakfast and brunch recipes

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Here’s my Best French Toast Recipe. It makes a classic breakfast or brunch recipe that everyone loves! I think you’ll love it, too!

Best French Toast Recipe

This French toast recipe makes a delicious breakfast or brunch. Make this simple, yet perfect French toast recipe that everyone will love.
4.99 from 69 votes

Review Recipe

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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 4
Course Breakfast
Calories: 225kcal
Cuisine American, French
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 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
  • butter


  • 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.


You are simply dipping your bread slices into the egg mixture. If you leave your bread in the mixture for an extended amount of time, it will absorb more liquid and take longer to cook through.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 307mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Calcium: 218mg | Iron: 2.2mg
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Robyn xo

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From the Add a Pinch recipe archives, originally published 2014.

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181 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. Had to come back and rate this one – my husband said it was the best French toast he’s ever had. Made it with a croissant loaf and it was amazing!

  2. Always make this but use a lighter version with egg beaters and skim milk. Also use vanilla and maple extract and brown sugar instead of sugar. Deelish!

  3. Honestly, I was very shocked that 1 cup of milk worked with the 2 eggs!  The texture of the French toast is perfect.  Nice, and moist.  Thank you for the recipe!

  4. This may be a silly question but do you put more butter in before each time you put new bread in the skillet? 

    1. I do. Same with pancakes. I spray with PAM spray & then a little butter, and I add a little butter each round of pancakes or french toast. This also means you’re not using too much butter on any one slice (and it’s not getting burned onto the pan or the toast)

  5. The recipe was great, I used agave syrup as a sweetener. Yes you better off using 3 eggs if your making 8 slices and the dried ingredients do settle to the bottom so you need to mix it every time your about to dip a slice of bread in your batter. I also used brioche bread which took the recipe to another level. 

    1. Hi Shae,
      So glad you like this recipe. I only use the 2 eggs and have not had a problem with the dry ingredients settling on the bottom of the pan. Make sure you mix all the ingredients really well before you start dipping your bread into the batter. Hope this helps. Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Gina. So glad you found this recipe you could use without dairy. I have many recipes here you should be able to find that either have no dairy or you could use a substitute. Enjoy!

  6. I’ve made your recipe for a good while now and it really is the BEST! I dropped by to read again about which breads you recommend for french toast and decided it was way past time for me to tell you how much my family and I enjoy it!
    It’s just so delicious drizzled with warm maple syrup on a lazy weekend morning. The aroma gets everybody to the table in a hurry. 😉

  7. I meant to give this 5 stars with my comment (it deserves 10 stars!) but I forgot to do that, so here it is!
    Thanks again for this favorite french toast! 🙂

  8. I never leave comments but this is well worth it! I’m stuffing my face now! I’ve gotten into baking my own bread and had a half loaf left over and starting to get a little stale so I used it in this recipe. So delicious! The only alteration I made (my family secret) (not a secret anymore) is I added a dallop of plain whole milk yogurt in place of sour cream, which I usually use, and actually liked it better than the sour cream. I’m not even sure exactly what this does but it was passed down to me from a grandmother that makes killer french toast every Sunday. Sorry grandma for spilling the beans but everyone deserves good french toast! Will be making this over and over again! Thank you!!!

    1. Thank you so much for leaving this sweet comment, Christina. I bet your grandmother will not mind that you spilled her secret. She sounds like she shares recipes just like my grandmother did. xo

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