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! // addapinch.com

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

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! // addapinch.com

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 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

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 for French Toast

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 Easy 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 too wet. This will prevent your French toast from becoming 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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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.

To serve from frozen, you can use either of the following methods to reheat.

  • 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

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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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

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182 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. If your bread seems too soggy, I’ve found this solution: I toast the bread first, as brown as you like. It gets soft in the dip anyway, but not as soft as untoasted.

      1. Always perfectly worded and presented.
        Was a fan in Fiji and now in California, I still go to your site for decadent recipes.
        Will surely try these scrumptious cookies that I stumbled upon while searching for your French Toast recipe. 🙂

  2. I totally love it. Made it with sweet bread and it is the bomb! Also no splashes at all! Safe from butter or oil. Yum!!!

  3. I’m starting to do this for my guardian as a way to find SOMETHING for us to have for breakfast – I’m keeping a COPY of this so I’ll have it handy every time I’d be cooking it.

  4. Ahhhhh, yum! Thank you. I was craving French toast and looking for a recipe and finding nothing but “challah bread” and other higher end breads when what I had on hand was nature’s own wheat sandwich bread. Worked like a charm, tasted great! 

  5. Besides NOT leaving the slice of bread in the mixture for a LONG time, if you want to cook a slice of French Toast for 2-3 minutes, I’ve noticed you have to SET your stove burner to MEDIUM/LOW – this is OPTIMAL because MEDIUM would BURN the slice, while LOW would require you to FLIP over and over AGAIN.

    1. I’m sorry you burned your bread, Brittany. I had further information in the blog post, but have added more clarification to the recipe now. Hope that helps. Thanks!

  6. Thanks so much for the recipe! My hubby and I are trying it out in the morning. I’m sure you may not see this post before then, but for future experimenting, do you think brown sugar would work in the recipe? I might just try it out and let you know if it was okay or not! Again, thanx for sharing! Can’t wait to try it…sounds delish!

    1. Hi Teri,
      Yes, brown sugar would also work in this recipe. You can also use maple syrup or honey as the sweetener, if you’d prefer. I hope you both enjoy it!

  7. Robyn, my recipe is similar but I have cinnamon sugar in a can and just shake a little in the egg mixture. I like the comment about toasting fresh bread. I plan to try that. Your recipes are great.

  8. My grandma taught me to make this type of French toast 50 years ago. I don’t measure anything, and she taught me to pour enough sugar over the top of the egg in the dish to just cover the top. That makes the sweetness just right! We like to eat our cooked French toast with a smear of peanut butter and syrup. 🙂

  9. I just made this and it’s hands down the best French toast I have ever eaten. The person I made it for said “yum” and then just ate in silence for 30 seconds until it was gone. Glad I found this recipe 🙂

    1. I love that you shared this story, Susanna! I’m so glad everyone loved this French toast. It is our favorite, too! xo

  10. This French toast was really good! It had the right blend of all the different tastes a little bit salty and sweet cinnamon vanilla. I added a little pat of butter on top as I served them. These are really really good pieces of French toast. One of the best recipes I’ve tried.
    BTW, I’m texting this as I eat them! Yum!

  11. I just made this recipe and it turned out so delicious! I have Celiac Disease, so I used GF bread and it was perfect. This will definitely be our new go-to french toast recipe.

  12. So I jumped out the window made mascarpone put it in with the coconut coffee creamer and nutmeg with raisin bread off the chain!

  13. Thanks for sharing your recipe, my son needed a French toast recipe for a cookery lesson at school, he loved it and found it easy to do.

  14. Hi Robyn love your recipe I put a twist on it l made two slices put orange marmalade and cream cheese on between put it ba k on the grill under a cover for 45 seconds and served added a little powdered sugar outrageously good

  15. Just made French toast using this recipe but added powdered sugar before serving and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe 

  16. I made this for my dads birthday without the vanilla extract, and he loved it! I totally recommend this for anybody who is making French toast for breakfast before school, anniversaries, unions, pretty much anything this would work for, thank you Robyn!!!

  17. This wa a really good recipe and I believe any bread you have at home will do. Store brought bread is what i had to use. Kust remember as author said to flip the bread fast and not let it soak. My boys ate there so fast before i could even take a second bite. Recipe is so easy the boys made ages 11 and 14 y/o made themselves more and didnt want to wait for mom. Thanks for an easy and very delicious recipe.

  18. Quick, easy and DELICIOUS. We always have bread, eggs and milk but we rarely have French Toast. This was a real treat. Thank you for this recipe.

  19. Very easy recipe. I used Kings Hawaiian rolls cut in half and it made the French toast so sweet that syrup wasn’t needed. I doubled the recipe and added 1/2 tsp of nutmeg. You do have to continually mix the mixture as the heavier ingredients will settle.

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