How to Make French Toast (the RIGHT way)

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This Easy French Toast recipe goes back to the basics with simple ingredients from your pantry. Your family will love this yummy breakfast staple.

When it comes to breakfast, you can never go wrong with a classic family favorite like this French Toast. Much like our homemade pancakes, this French Toast recipe uses simple ingredients that you probably have in your pantry. Try serving them with our easy Hash Browns and a side of sausage links and/or bacon to complete your delicious breakfast!

French Toast

French Toast is a delicious and classic breakfast food. A slice of bread is soaked in an egg based batter and then pan-fried and topped with toppings such as butter, syrup, fresh fruit, homemade whipped cream, jam, or honey. The egg batter usually has sweet additions like cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar.

What Bread is good for French Toast?

My favorite bread to use for French Toast is brioche. Brioche is light and airy with a very buttery taste. It complements this recipe very well. If you want to try another type of bread, make sure it is sliced thick so it doesn’t fall apart in the batter. Some of my other favorites are sourdough, potato bread, Challah, and Texas toast. Recently, I went to a restaurant where they served French toast made with banana bread. It was amazing! So, you can try all kinds of different things.

Is it really French?

I hate to be the one to tell you, but no, this recipe is not from France. This style of cooking bread originated all the way back in the Roman Empire. It was created as a way to save old bread that had gone stale. By dipping it in the batter, cooking it, and topping it with honey, you could cover up the fact that it was stale. Other countries have different versions of this recipe, including France. There, they call it “pain perdu,” meaning “lost bread”. The name as we know it, came from an innkeeper in the 1700s named Joseph French who served the dish at his inn and called it “French’s Toast”. Eventually people dropped the “‘s” and just called it French Toast.

Recipe Tip

Egg batter for making French Toast in a glass pie dish next to a loaf of sliced brioche bread

Make your egg mixture in a glass pie dish. It is the perfect size and depth for dipping the bread.

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A plate of French toast slices topped with blackberries, syrup and whipped cream

How to Make French Toast (the RIGHT way)

5 from 2 votes
This Easy French Toast recipe goes back to the basics with simple ingredients from your pantry. Your family will love this yummy breakfast staple.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • Griddle or skillet



  • Add eggs to a shallow dish like a pie pan. Whisk until combined. Then add milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar. Stir until combined.
    Egg mixture for French toast in a glass pie dish
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Dip one slice of bread, front and back, in the egg batter. Once both sides are covered, place the slice in the pan. Repeat with each slice of bread.
    A slice of brioche bread soaked in French Toast batter
  • Cook the slices until both sides are golden brown. Serve immediately with your favorite toppings.
    Maple syrup being poured onto a plate of french toast slices

Nutrition Information

Calories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 12gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 166mgSodium: 363mgPotassium: 195mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 273IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 130mgIron: 3mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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