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Chef John's French Toast

Rated as 4.65 out of 5 Stars
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"So you think you know how to make French toast? Maybe you beat a couple eggs, a splash of milk, a quick dip, fry it up in some butter, and drizzle with a little syrup? Sounds pretty good, and for 95% of the world that is what they consider French toast. But if you want truly amazing French toast, give this classic restaurant method a try."
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Ingredients

30 m servings 199
Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, allspice, and salt together in a large bowl. Place bread slices in egg mixture and soak, turning to coat, until bread is completely saturated.
  3. Melt butter in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, cook bread in hot butter until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer toasted bread to a baking sheet.
  4. Bake toast in the oven until outside is crisp and slightly puffed, 12 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 199 calories; 4.9 29.8 8.7 69 396 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Wow! I've been making french toast for years and thought I was doing it right..."if it ain't broke don't fix it". I never knew about a "classic restaurant method". I just did it the way my Mom a...

Most helpful critical review

Nothing fancy about this recipe. It is the all around basic Frech Toast Recipe, except the unnecessarily added allspice. The real secret to French Toast is using stale bread (aka "Day Old") ...

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Wow! I've been making french toast for years and thought I was doing it right..."if it ain't broke don't fix it". I never knew about a "classic restaurant method". I just did it the way my Mom a...

Made this for family breakfast and it was really good. I didn't have French bread on hand, but used a thicker sliced bread. The cinnamon and all spice give a nice flavor. I added a very small am...

UH MA ZING! Thank you Chef John for another 5 star hit :-) After trying your perfect mashed potatoes recipe, I always look for your version for what I'm looking to cook up. All who've sat down a...

Nothing fancy about this recipe. It is the all around basic Frech Toast Recipe, except the unnecessarily added allspice. The real secret to French Toast is using stale bread (aka "Day Old") ...

Still awesome! Only edit is to double the mixture if your using "country" type wider slices or thick cuts. I chopped up some apples and coated w allspice, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and a little ho...

French toast is OK, but I think what I don't like about it is the custard-y texture. This recipe is crisp and yummy! Great flavors. Cooking on the stove and then crisping in the oven is wonde...

Outstanding, like all of Chef John's recipes! Just one question, C. J.; where's the pinch of cayenne? ;-)

Who knew I was making French Toast wrong all of these years????!!! I will never make French Toast another way! Delicious, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Absolutely delicious! Eve...

I didn't have thick bread, so I used regular instead. Had in oven only ten minutes at 375*. Very good flavor and crisp outer layer. So easy and nice to be able to make other breakfast food wh...