French toast is a classic breakfast recipe that makes a regular appearance at our breakfast table! This easy recipe is as simple as dipping bread into a mixture of eggs, milk, vanilla and a bit of sugar. It’s great for all occasions…regular days and holidays.
French toast is great for using up stale bread.
It’s true. Honestly, stale bread is great for making French toast, it soaks up the egg/milk mixture the best. But you can use fresh bread of course. And speaking of bread, you can use pretty much any kind of bread…the possibilities are endless: white bread, whole wheat bread, Brioche, Panettone, French bread…so many choices.
How do you like your French Toast?
This is an ongoing debate in our house! Some of us like soggier French toast, and some prefer it more firm. The great thing about this is you can do both, because it’s all about how long you soak the bread in the egg/milk mixture. If you like it firm, soak the bread quickly. If you like it a little less firm (soggy), soak it longer.
How thick should the bread be?
All different thicknesses work, but I feel like the ultimate thickness is about 3/4 of an inch. The bread isn’t too thick, but it’s thick enough that it results in a nice fluffy French toast.
- Milk: I prefer to use 2% milk, but you can use skim, 1%, whole milk or even cream.
- Eggs: Use large eggs.
- Bread: You can use white bread, whole wheat bread, oatmeal bread, Brioche, English Muffin Bread, Panettone, French bread, raisin bread…the possibilities are endless.
- Sugar: If you prefer, you can leave the sugar out.
- Flavour option: Sometimes we like to whisk in about 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon in with the egg/milk mixture.
- Whisk it well! Mix the egg and milk mixture well, you don’t want chunks of egg yolk or whites cooked onto your French toast.
- What to serve with French Toast: Butter and syrup! You can also dust it with powdered sugar. Some great sides are sausages, bacon and fruit.
- Make ahead tip! If you want to serve all the French toast at once, keep it in a 200 degree F oven until you’re ready to eat.
- Leftovers: Store cooked leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. If the toast is firm enough, you can reheat it in the toaster, if not, heat it up in the microwave or a warm skillet. You can also freeze the leftovers.
How to Make French Toast
- 4 eggs
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- slices of bread any kind you like
- Preheat a skillet or fry pan to low-medium heat.
- In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla. Mix well, you don’t want chunks of egg yolk or whites. You can even use a hand blender for this part.
- Dip the slices of bread into the egg mixture, coating each side. If you like your french toast firm, coat your bread quickly. If you like it a little less firm (soggy), soak it.
- Then gently shake out any excess coating and place the bread onto the preheated skillet for about 4 minutes per side. The sides should be golden brown.
- Serve with butter and syrup.
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