The BEST French Toast! Fluffy and tender on the inside, gloriously browned on the outside. Learn how to make amazing French toast, from what bread to use, the perfect batter, and how to cook
Is there nothing better than French toast for Sunday breakfast?
Thick slices of bread, soaked in a mixture of beaten eggs with milk and cinnamon, toasted in a frying pan, and served with butter and maple syrup. This has to be one of our favorite, and most indulgent, breakfast dishes.
Best Bread for French Toast
French toast comes out best if you work with thick slices of French or Italian loaf bread that are several days old. That way they’ve had a chance to firm up, which will make the slices hold up better when you dip them in the egg-milk mixture and fry them.
Thin slices of fresh bread tend to fall apart or get mushy when you do this, making for lousy French toast.
French Toast Additions
- Powdered Sugar: Many people love to sprinkle powdered sugar over their French toast! Personally, I think there’s is plenty enough sugar in the maple syrup, so I don’t bother with adding more.
- Orange zest and Triple Sec: One of my favorite variations, the idea for which I picked up from The Silver Palate Cookbook 20-some odd years ago, is to add some orange zest and a bit of Triple Sec orange liqueur to the batter for extra zing.
How to Keep French Toast Warm
Preheat your oven to 170°F, and place a baking sheet in it. Transfer cooked slices of French toast to the baking sheet in a single layer to keep warm as you’re cooking additional slices. Do not place the slices on top of each other or they will get soggy.
Best Toppings for French Toast
The classic topping for French toast is butter and maple syrup (or pancake syrup), but feel free to get creative with these toppings. Choose one or mix and match.
- Chocolate chips
- Ripe banana slices
- Fresh berries like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries
- Whipped cream
- Lemon curd
- Chocolate-hazelnut spread
- Cinnamon sugar
- Apple butter
More Easy French Toast Recipes to Try
- Honey Ricotta Stuffed French Toast
- Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole
- Eggnog French Toast
- French Toast Casserole
- Blueberry French Toast Casserole
- 4 large eggs
- 2/3 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 8 thick slices 2-day-old bread (better if slightly stale)
- Butter (can sub vegetable oil)
- Maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
- 1/4 cup triple sec
- Fresh berries
- Make the egg mixture: In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and cinnamon. Stir in the orange zest and/or triple sec if using. Whisk the mixture until well blended and pour into a shallow bowl, wide enough to place a slice of the bread you will be using.
- Soak bread slices in egg mixture: Place each slice of bread into the milk-egg mixture, allowing the bread to soak in some of it.
- Fry the French toast: Melt some butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Shake off the excess egg mixture from the bread and place the bread slices onto the hot skillet. Fry the French toast until browned on one side, then flip and brown the other side.
- Serve: Serve the French toast hot with butter, maple syrup, and/or fresh berries.