My favorite food has always been French toast. French toast is my go-to breakfast food; I’ll always choose it over pancakes or waffles. It’s the best, and I’m spilling the beans on how to make it today. Don’t worry; it’s effortless and delicious.
What’s even better? You can stay at home and participate. While I enjoy eating breakfast at restaurants, I prefer a hearty breakfast at home, wearing my pajamas. Trust me when I say that homemade French toast is always superior. You won’t be able to stop raving about this recipe after you’ve tried it.
This dish works as well for breakfast or dinner. As a family, we frequently have breakfast for dinner.
The Best Bread to Use
Brioche bread is the ideal option for making French toast. It’s perfect for making delicious French toast because it’s buttery, light, and fluffy. This is some seriously decadent bread, but it’s well worth it. The key to perfect French toast is using high-quality bread. Bakeries and even some supermarkets stock brioche these days. We love the sliced brioche bread that can be found at Trader Joe’s.
Texas toast, Challah, or French bread can be substituted for brioche if you can’t find it. All of those choices are solid ones. Use gluten-free bread if you require a gluten-free version of the recipe.
Soggy or stale bread from the day before works best, as it will absorb more of the batter. So, get your bread a day or two to make French toast. Did you know the French don’t even call French toast that name? Instead, they use the term “pain perdu,” meaning “lost bread,” because they typically make French toast with stale bread.
There are only five essential items, and I’m willing to bet you already have them on hand:
- Extract of vanilla
- A Hint of Salt
When making French toast, we like to use whole milk because of its more extensive fat content; however, you may also use heavy cream, almond milk, or coconut milk. Minor adjustments to the tastes won’t diminish the final product’s deliciousness.
- Use heavy cream if you want your French toast to taste particularly indulgent. Mixing half milk with half heavy cream is another option.
- For the best French toast, use unsweetened vanilla almond milk. The heightened vanilla taste is lovely.
- Milk made from coconuts also works great! The flavor of the coconut is delicious.
How to Make French Toast
- An electric griddle or skillet heated over stovetop flames can be used. An electric grill is our preferred cooking method since it allows us to cook multiple items simultaneously. Before you begin cooking, get the griddle or skillet nice and hot.
- Use a pie dish or other similar dish to mix the batter. I whisk the ingredients together in the pan to avoid dirtying additional equipment. The batter can be mixed using a whisk or a fork. Be sure to give the egg and milk mixture a good beating.
- You can’t make good French toast without vanilla and cinnamon, so don’t leave them out. They give the bread a wonderful flavor.
- An insider tip: include half of the cinnamon. Add the remaining cinnamon after half of the French toast has been cooked. This will ensure that the cinnamon flavor is evenly distributed throughout the French toast, not just the first few bites.
- The bread cubes in the French toast batter can be flipped using a spatula, fork, or tongs.
- French toast batter should completely cover both sides of the bread. You want the bread to completely absorb the egg mixture on both sides. Don’t let the bread soak up too much of the sauce or it may become mushy.
- Melt the butter and cook the bread. It will add flavor and make a beautiful crust on the French toast. Melt a small amount of butter on the hot griddle or pan. Arrange the soggy bread cubes in the hot, buttered skillet.
- To achieve a golden color, cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
Keep It Warm
French toast can be kept warm in the oven at 200 degrees F for up to 30 minutes.
Arrange the French toast pieces on a wire rack inside a large baking sheet. It will dry out if you bake it for too long. Serve it while it’s still hot and fresh.
The classic combination of butter, real maple syrup, and powdered sugar is hard to beat. When fresh berries are in season, I also include them. Brown Butter Buttermilk Syrup is a wonderful treat that I sometimes create for myself and drizzle on top. It’s delicious, and you should try some:)
To go for it, try including:
- A blob of whipped topping
- Almonds, sliced
- Sweetened pecans
- A few granola clusters
- A spread of your favorite nuts
- Cut up bananas
How to Store & Reheat
Refrigerator: Place leftovers in an airtight container and keep them there for up to 2 days.
French toast can be made ahead of time and frozen. You may freeze the slices for up to two months if you arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet and then transfer them to a freezer bag. Defrost and reheat.
Reheat: Toast French toast slices in the toaster or reheat on a hot griddle or skillet. French toast can be reheated in the microwave, although I find that doing so makes the bread soggy.
Though delicious on its own, this French toast will steal the show at any breakfast party when served alongside the following:
- Sausage or Bacon
- Brown potatoes that are fried to a golden crisp
- Cured eggs
- Pasta with eggs
- Potatoes for Breakfast
- Salad of fruit