The Best French Toast

04.28.2018

This is my idea of the absolute best French Toast. This easy french toast recipe has the perfect ratio of milk to eggs, and a bit of cream gives it a delicious richness. Plus it has plenty of vanilla and cinnamon for a flavor no one will be able to resist. And when you start with a bakery loaf of homemade-style bread you know it’s going to be amazing!

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French toast is one of my favorite breakfast foods and I’ve been making it since I was probably 7 years old, so I’d hope by now that I’ve been able to perfect it.

This is a go-to weekend breakfast at our house and everyone gets excited when they wake up and smell that cinnamon flavor in the air. Who could resist this diner style breakfast?

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Ingredients You’ll Need for French Toast

  • Hearty french bread, brioche or sourdough bread
  • Milk
  • Cream
  • Eggs
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Vanilla
  • Butter for griddle
  • Maple syrup for serving

french toast ingredients

How to Make French Toast

First preheat an non-stick electric griddle or a non-stick griddle on the stove-top (over medium-low). Even non-stick skillets work but you’ll want to use a few.

Cut the bread into slices. I usually cut about 3/4 to 1 inch thick.

brioche sourdough or french bread for french toast

Whisk together the eggs and cinnamon in a rectangular shallow dish. Whisk vigorously so it the cinnamon will blend and scrape the sides of the dish as it sticks. I like to mix the eggs and cinnamon together first because then all the cinnamon doesn’t just float right to the top as much while dipping slices.

eggs and cinnamon in shallow dish for french toast

Then whisk in milk, cream, sugar and vanilla extract. I like to use plenty of vanilla. It gives the french toast a delicious flavor. Which kind of milk do you need to use? I prefer whole but really any will work, but if you go with skim add more cream and use a little less milk.

milk and cream added to mixture for french toast

Then dip the slices. The length of time you let them rest in the custard/batter mixture varies depending on the type of bread and how quickly it absorbs. Challah and Texas toast will likely only need a brisk dip on each side while country French bread and sourdough will need a few seconds to soak.

If you find that the slices absorbed a little too much liquid you can gently squeeze the sides inward like squeezing a sponge.

bread dipped in custard mixture for french toast

Transfer the slices to a buttered griddle (butter the griddle immediately before adding slices or it will burn).

Cook until golden brown on bottom about 2 – 3 minutes then flip and continue to cook 2 – 3 minutes longer. Cook time will vary with every brand/model of griddle so just keep an eye on them. And if cooking on the stove they may cook pretty quick.

six slices of french toast cooking on electric griddle

Then serve warm with your favorite maple syrup. Are you a real maple syrup fan or pancake syrup?? I grew up on pancake syrup but I’m starting to like real maple better.

Want to see how easy this French Toast Recipe is? Watch the video!

Best Bread for French Toast

For best results you’ll want to use a bakery bread here versus the factory made down the bread isle. I’ve used the hearty country French bread (not those feather light airy loafs, we’re talking the sturdy stuff), sourdough bread, and brioche (which is what’s pictured here). I love all of them!

If you can’t find any of those I’ve also used a hearty white bread or Texas toast (which you’ll find down the bread isle), they just don’t have that fresh homemade flavor. But the’ll still make pretty delicious french toast if that’s what you can find.

So since the bread is the main ingredient of the french toast just be sure to start out with delicious bread. Then also you don’t want to use bread that was made just that day, let it rest in a sealed bag for a day or two first (I also love to do that because it softens up the crust on an otherwise harder to slice messy crusty loaf).

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French Toast

5 from 3 votes
This easy french toast recipe has the perfect ratio of milk to eggs, and a bit of cream gives it a delicious richness. Plus it has plenty of vanilla and cinnamon for a flavor no one will be able to resist. And when you start with a bakery loaf of homemade-style bread you know it's going to be amazing!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 210 kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 slices brioche, hearty crusty french bread or sourdough*
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Butter for griddle
  • Warm maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat a non-stick electric griddle to 375 degrees (this can also be done in a large non-stick skillet or griddle pan over medium-low heat).

  2. In a large shallow dish whisk eggs with cinnamon.

  3. Add in milk, cream, sugar and vanilla and whisk to blend well.

  4. Butter griddle just before you'll be adding bread.

  5. Working with one slices of bread at a time, dip bread into mixture (if using brioche dip quickly, hearty french bread may needs to soak a little longer), flip and dip opposite side.

  6. Place on griddle, let cook until golden brown on bottom, about 2 minutes, then flip and cook opposite side until golden brow, about 2 minutes longer.

  7. Serve warm with maple syrup.

  8. *This is not the soft and fluffy French bread this is the sturdy more solid kind. Cut slices about 3/4 to 1-inch thick.

  9. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
French Toast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 133mg 44%
Sodium 190mg 8%
Potassium 52mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Sugars 2g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 10.1%
Calcium 5.8%
Iron 3.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

21 comments

  • Donna Nygaard: This was very good. Had to turn the heat up higher than medium to briwn though. August 1, 2017 at 10:50am Reply

  • Jocelyn: I love this french toast recipe! The ingredient proportions are perfect, and I like the addition of flour. I used homemade cinnamon swirl bread with fantastic results. Thank you so much. May 10, 2015 at 4:31pm Reply

  • Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg: Oh my my! This looks fabulous. This would be the perfect anniversary meal to make for my boyfriend. We love Sunday breakfast more than most things and hardly find time for french toast; this has to change. I need a LOT of this in my life. April 28, 2015 at 9:41am Reply

  • Kelly: Oh my goodness, this looks and sounds amazing!

    xx Kelly April 27, 2015 at 8:12pm Reply

  • Kathy: Yum!! I would not add the sugar as the maple syrup is a gracious plenty. And I don’t add flour either. Makes it a little cleaner eating:) And if you take out the cream and milk, the egg sets up around the toast and makes it look so yummy. Sounds wonderful!! April 27, 2015 at 9:40am Reply

    • Deni: Kathy–perhaps just eliminate the eggs, spices, and maple syrup altogether, and enjoy some good ol’ dry toast! Ultimate in cleaner eating! Sorry, couldn’t resist :) April 27, 2015 at 12:31pm Reply

  • Amber @ The Bewitched Baker: French toast has always been one of my favorites as well. Your method looks delicious! April 27, 2015 at 5:12am Reply

  • Jenna: French toast is the ultimate breakfast food!! I love how you combined all the ingredients in the blender. I’ll have to try that next time I make it! April 26, 2015 at 10:29pm Reply

  • Elle @ Only Taste Matters: It’s one of my favorite as well! Now I have a go to recipe! Thanks! Pinned! April 26, 2015 at 2:54pm Reply

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