Who doesn’t love to make and share a homemade French Toast recipe with friends and family?
Our classic recipe for the perfect light and fluffy French toast takes breakfast and brunch to the next level. The sweet aroma of cinnamon and the bright flavors of orange juice and cognac gently soaked bread is just too heavenly to believe!
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Perfect French Toast
One dish to deliciousness, that’s what we love about our French toast! Fancy enough for a celebration, but easy enough for simple everyday breakfast requests, it always comes out light, fragrant, and absolutely divine! We even have the new and creative ideas to prepare French toast so you can create your own signature recipe. You’re welcome!
Is French Toast Really French?
Sorry, but no. It was originally created by the Romans as a way to re-use leftover bread. In France, it’s called ‘pain perdu’ which means “lost bread” but sounds very fancy and elegant.
French Toast Ingredients
BREAD A classic French toast recipe always starts with dried bread of some sort so it can soak up the custard-like batter. Thickly sliced is better!
DAIRY Eggs and milk are whisked together with freshly squeezed orange juice.
FLAVORINGS & SEASONINGS The chef can use any variety of seasonings, mostly cinnamon and sugar. We also added lemon zest and vanilla.
TASTY ADDITIONS We also added some cognac or Grand Marnier for a baked sweet/savory flavor that is truly unforgettable!
Best Breads for a Basic French Toast Recipe
The best French toast still comes from bread that is dried out, but there are so many delicious breads to choose from! Use any from this list for perfect results every time!
- French bread
- Hawaiian bread
- Texas Toast (found in the freezer section)
Basic French Toast Recipe
- Slice bread 1 inch thick. Dry on a wire rack in the oven overnight.
PRO TIP: If time is short, gently bake bread slices in an oven at 200° F for 15 minutes. Cool bread completely before proceeding.
- In a large bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients except for butter and oil.
PRO TIP: Eggnog can be used as a quick and easy batter, perfect for the holidays!
- Place bread slices on the bottom of a prepared baking dish with sides. Pour batter evenly over the slices and gently flip each piece over multiple times until the bread is soaked.
- Preheat the oven to 200° F to keep the cooked pieces warm while the other pieces are being fried.
- Heat equal parts of butter and oil in a skillet. Fry slices of French bread and move to the preheated oven.
PRO TIP: Combining oil and butter keeps the pieces from burning.
- Wipe the skillet between frying the slices. Use tongs to grip a paper towel if the skillet is too hot to wipe. Serve immediately for best texture.
Toppings for French Toast
- Serve French toast with warmed maple syrup, and a sprinkle of powdered sugar, or a dollop of strawberry or blueberry jam.
- Also delicious with whipped cream, of course!
- We also like sliced bananas, almonds, mini chocolate chips, or even a dollop of Nutella!
Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. French toast is best when it’s enjoyed right away, but leftover pieces can be reheated to crispy perfection in a toaster oven or under the broiler for about 4 minutes per side. I also pop it in the toaster to heat it up!
Other Easy Breakfast Recipes!
- Banana Overnight Oats – simple and delicious!
- Peach Sourdough Muffins – quick grab n’ go breakfast
- Breakfast Bake Recipe – overnight recipe
- Breakfast Strata With Sausage – perfect for weekends
- French Toast Casserole With Apples – family favorite!
- 12 slices bread thick sliced if possible
- 6 eggs
- 1 ½ cups milk
- 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
- ¼ cup orange juice fresh squeezed is best
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- zest of 1 lemon (about 1 Tablespoon)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons cognac or Grand Marnier (or other liqueur) (optional)
- 4-6 Tablespoons butter
- 4-6 Tablespoons oil
- Dry bread by laying on a wire rack overnight* or bake at 200˚F for about 15 minutes (then cool completely).
- In a large measuring cup or medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, juice, sugar, zest, cinnamon, salt, and cognac if using.
- Place bread in a single layer in a baking tray with sides. Pour egg mixture on bread. Flip slices a number of times, until bread is coated and soaked, about 15-20 minutes. There may be a small amount of egg mixture remaining in the pan, but most will have soaked into the bread.
- ***Preheat oven to 200˚F. Place a wire rack on a baking tray and set aside.
- Over medium heat in a skillet, or on a griddle, heat equal parts butter and oil (about 1 Tablespoon of each for a skillet, and 2 Tablespoons of each on a skillet). Fry bread slices 3-4 minutes per side or until golden. Serve immediately or transfer to wire rack on the baking tray and place in oven to keep warm.
- Wipe skillet or griddle, and repeat, adding butter and oil to fry remaining French toast.
- Serve warm with maple syrup or your favorite toppings.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.