French Toast

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There are many, fancy variations on this basic recipe. This easy recipe works with many types of bread – white, whole wheat, brioche, cinnamon-raisin, Italian, or French. Serve hot with butter or margarine and maple syrup.

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Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
Servings:
3
Yield:
6 slices

If you're looking for the best French toast recipe on the internet, you've come to the right place. This tender, fluffy, and indulgent recipe comes together quickly and easily with just five ingredients you already have on hand.

How do you know it's good? Because this deliciously easy recipe has earned nearly 2,000 rave reviews from the Allrecipes community. Happy home cooks call it a "definite keeper" and "a Sunday morning favorite" (among many other ringing endorsements).

Here's everything you need to know about making the best French toast of your life, including the best bread to use and what ingredients you need. Plus, get our best storage secrets and freezer hacks.

a close up, overhead view of two slices of golden-brown french toast plated and topped with melting butter and syrup
Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

How to Make French Toast

It's easier than you think to make restaurant-quality French toast in the comfort of your own kitchen – you just need a skillet, a few staple ingredients, and a good recipe. That's where we come in!

Best Bread For French Toast

The best breads for French toast are brioche, sourdough, French bread, or challah. These varieties are dense and sturdy enough to handle total saturation in the wet, milky, egg custard without falling apart. However, in a pinch, any thick-sliced white bread will do.

French toast is traditionally made with day-old slices because they absorb the eggy mixture better than fresh ones (and this method prevents waste – it's a win-win). Of course, a slightly stale loaf is certainly not a requirement. If you only have fresh bread on hand, that'll work just fine.

Learn more: The 5 Best Breads For French Toast (And Bread Pudding)

French Toast Ingredients

Every home cook has their own twist on basic French toast, but most variations contain the following ingredients:

White Bread
Thick-cut bread is the base for all French toast. Sturdy, dense, slightly stale slices absorb the custard-like egg mixture better than thin, airy ones.

Eggs
When it comes to French toast, eggs are essential. The proteins solidify once they're heated, which binds the batter together and ensures a rich texture. The fat, meanwhile, adds extra creaminess.

Milk
You can technically use any liquid to make French toast, though milk is most popular. Not only does milk add the necessary moisture, but the fat gives the batter extra richness. This recipe calls for whole milk because it creates the ideal texture. You can easily substitute half-and-half, cream, or your favorite alternative milk – full-fat varieties will produce the creamiest consistency.

Vanilla and Cinnamon
The best French toast is warm, cozy, aromatic, and sweet. The cinnamon and vanilla in this recipe are optional, but we definitely recommend using them for the most delicious experience. You could even add a little nutmeg or sugar if you feel like it.

Salt
Don't skip the salt! Just a pinch won't affect the flavor. Salt helps break down the eggs, incorporate them into the batter, and prevents egg chunks in the finished product.

Butter
Like so many of the most decadent foods, the best French toast is made with butter. If your French toast has the tendency to burn, try frying the batter-soaked bread in a combination of butter and oil.

Is French Toast Really French?

Nope! French toast (pain perdu in French) isn't actually from France. Legend has it that a man named Joseph French from the U.S. created the sweet breakfast dish in 1724 and named it after himself. However, that's probably not true: People were frying milk- and egg-soaked bread in Ancient Rome, according to early recipes.

It's more likely that modern French toast was invented by 15th-century cooks who were on a mission to use up stale bread.

How to Store French Toast

Let your leftover French toast cool completely, then place it in an airtight container (such as a zip-top bag or a reusable storage container). Store it in the fridge for about one to three days.

Can You Freeze French Toast?

Yes, you can freeze a big-batch of French toast for up to three months. Arrange the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet, freeze for at least four hours or up to overnight, then store frozen French toast in a freezer-safe container for two to three months. When you're ready to eat it, just throw it on a baking sheet and bake at 375°F until hot and cooked through, about 8-12 minutes.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I used fresh French bread with this recipe," says ATOMICLUSH. "It came out quite good. I added a little bit of sugar to the recipe to give it a little sweetness and I topped it off with powdered sugar!"

"Fast and easy, and made with ingredients you already likely have in the house," raves JENNYDEVALL.

"This recipe is really good and easy, and you can even make it with cheap sandwich bread if that's all you have on hand," according to Bryan R. "The key to this recipe is not to soak the bread too much. Put your slice in the mixing bowl, flip it right over, and then put it on the griddle. I experimented with soaking the bread more, and it ends up being soggy and undercooked."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams

Ingredients

  • cup milk

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (Optional)

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (Optional)

  • salt to taste

  • 6 thick slices bread

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, or more as needed

Directions

  1. Whisk milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt together in a shallow bowl.

  2. Lightly butter a griddle and heat over medium-high heat.

  3. Dunk bread in the egg mixture, soaking both sides. Transfer to the hot skillet and cook until golden, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve hot.

    a close up, overhead view of two slices of golden-brown french toast plated and topped with melting butter and syrup
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

Cook's Note:

You can use nutmeg instead of cinnamon if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

240 Calories
6g Fat
34g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 240
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 478mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 174mg 13%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 190mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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