The Best Classic French Toast

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The Best Classic French Toast – This easy French toast recipe makes homemade fluffy french toast using a cinnamon batter and any type of bread you want.

The Best Easy French Toast Recipe sliced on a plate with maple syrup, strawberries, and blueberries

What makes this an easy French toast recipe?

It can be made with common ingredients you probably already have on hand.  This recipe does not require you to go out and get fancy bakery style bread.  You could, but you don’t have to.  You can use the plain sliced sandwich bread you keep in your pantry, and still end up with the best french toast ever.

What is the best bread for French Toast?

I tend to think it’s whatever bread you already have. 🙂 That way, at the spur of the moment, you can whip up a delicious and simple breakfast recipe in minutes.  Having said that, I’ve tried this recipe with several different types of bread, and they all worked out perfectly.  Here are some ideas for French toast bread.

  • White bread (sliced sandwich bread, or bakery bread)
  • Whole wheat bread (sliced sandwich bread, or bakery bread)
  • Brioche (soft, buttery, eggy bread)
  • Challah (soft, eggy bread)
  • Texas toast (thick sliced bread)
  • Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  • Banana Bread – Try my Buttermilk Banana Bread Recipe

the best french toast sliced on a plate with a strawberry

How do you make French toast batter?

The batter for French toast is basically an egg custard.  It’s a mixture of eggs and milk that are mixed together.  I also like to add vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar to my custard to give the French toast fantastic flavor.

French Toast Ingredients:

This is everything you need to make this simple French toast recipe.  It’s probably stuff that you’ve already got on hand. (note* The full printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post)

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Bread
  • Toppings:  maple syrup, powdered sugar, fruit, etc.

How to make French Toast.

  • Add eggs to a large bowl.
  • Whisk until well scrambled. (Make sure they are very well scrambled so you don’t end up with streaks of egg on the French toast.)
  • Add milk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  • Whisk together.

Bowl of the custard ingredients for french toast: eggs, milk, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla

  • If your bowl isn’t large enough to fit a piece of bread, transfer the custard to a shallow dish.

piece of white bread about to be dipped into a pie plate full of french toast batter

  • Quickly dip a slice of bread into the batter, coating both sides.

dipping a slice of bread into the egg custard for simple french toast

  • Place the French toast in a buttered skillet.
  • Cook until the bottom is golden brown (about 3 minutes).
  • Flip the bread over.
  • Cook until the other side is golden brown (about 2 minutes).

flipping over fluffy french toast in a hot skillet with butter

  • Serve warm with your favorite toppings.

the best french toast sliced on a plate with a strawberry

How to make sure you end up with fluffy French toast.

Don’t let the bread rest in the egg batter for too long.  The bread should really only be in the egg mixture for about 2 seconds on each side to get completely coated.  If the bread soaks up too much custard, it can become soggy.  If the bread is lightly coated in the eggs, it stays fluffy.

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The best classic french toast recipe with pieces sliced on a plate with maple syrup, strawberries and blueberries

The Best Classic French Toast Recipe

5 from 10 votes
The Best Classic French Toast - This easy French toast recipe makes homemade fluffy french toast using a cinnamon batter and any type of bread you want.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

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Servings 3 servings (2 pieces per person)
Calories 337 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk -or your preferred milk/milk alternative
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter for cooking
  • 6 slices of bread -any kind of bread will work
  • For topping: powdered sugar, maple syrup, fresh berries, etc.

Instructions

  • Add the eggs to a large bowl. Whisk until well scrambled.*
  • Add the milk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Whisk until well combined.
  • If your mixing bowl isn't wide enough to fit a piece of bread, transfer the egg mixture to a shallow dish, such as a pie plate.
  • Place a 12 inch skillet over medium-high heat for 2 minutes (a griddle would also work well for this). Then, reduce the heat to medium and add 1 tablespoon of butter.
  • As the butter melts, use tongs to dip a piece of bread in the eggs to get it evenly coated in liquid and flip it over to coat both sides. Only let the bread soak in the eggs for about 2 seconds per side.** Let any excess liquid drip off of the bread, then place the bread in the skillet, fitting 3 pieces of bread in the skillet at a time.
  • Cook until the bottom is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Use a spatula to flip the bread over and cook until the other side is golden brown, about 2 minutes.
  • Repeat with the remaining butter and bread.
  • Serve warm. Top with traditional french toast toppings like powdered sugar, maple syrup, fresh berries, etc.

Notes

*Make sure the eggs are completely scrambled to ensure you don’t end up with streaks of egg on the french toast.
**Do not let the bread rest too long in the eggs or it will soak up too much liquid, making the french toast soggy. The bread really only needs a quick dip to get it completely coated.

Nutrition

Serving: 2pieces | Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 208mg | Sodium: 437mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 535IU | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 2.8mg
Course Breakfast, brunch
Keyword Easy French Toast Recipe, French Toast Recipe, The Best French Toast Recipe
Cuisine American
Author Amanda Finks
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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe, I used nature’s own butter bread and leftover hamburger buns. Served with sliced peaches, powdered sugar, and dash of cinnamon on top!

  2. 5 stars
    Great, easy recipe! I used oatmilk as a substitute along with Nature’s Own whole wheat bread, and it was delicious. My whole family scarfed it down! I threw all the ingredients into the magic bullet to make sure the egg was completely mixed in—I hate eggy French toast. We topped it with maple syrup AND powdered sugar because…why not?!?

  3. 5 stars
    This turned out delicious! I have made it twice now, and shared the recipe with friends. Thanks for all the tips since it had been a long time since I had made French toast and I was worried about it being eggy or soggy, but it was absolutely perfect. I used a griddle and regular sliced wheat bread. My daughter absolutely loved it. And I froze the leftovers and they turned out great. Thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe is a keeper! I’m so happy to have found it online. I’d used one inch-sliced Como Bread. It was delicious!

About Amanda Finks

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Zionsville, IN. I’m an avid cook, travel nerd, & lover of good food! I’m trained in Food Science & recipe development. It’s my mission to bring you the BEST recipes your whole family will love!

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