This is the easiest French toast at home recipe made using homemade French bread slices that are dipped in the perfect batter and sauteed in butter for a deliciously soft, sweet, and tasty breakfast!
French toast is a traditional morning dish that has been enjoyed by families for decades. It is a simple, yet delicious meal that requires only a few ingredients. For many, this sweet and savory bread is a go-to breakfast choice because of its supple texture and balanced flavor.
This classic French toast recipe is no exception, combining the rich tastes of eggs, sugar, and vanilla essence to produce a pleasant and comfortable dish. Natural sweeteners like pure maple syrup or raw honey, along with fresh fruit, make a delicious accompaniment to any meal.
This recipe is ideal for a weekend brunch or any other occasion where you want to begin the day on a delectable note. So, grab a loaf of French bread, and let's start making the best French toast ever!
Want to learn how to make French toast at home? Then keep on reading!
Table of Contents
- What is French Toast at Home?
- What Makes This French Toast at Home Recipe Special?
- What You Need to Make French Toast at Home
- How to Make French Toast at Home (Step-by-Step)
- Tips for Making the Best French Toast at Home Ever
- Recipe Variation Ideas for French Toast at Home
- How to Store Leftover French Toast at Home
- Similar Recipes You'll Love
- Recipe Card
- The Tastiest French Toast At Home (Quick and Easy Recipe)
What is French Toast at Home?
French toast, also known as eggy bread or gypsy toast, is a delicacy cooked by soaking bread in a mixture of beaten eggs, milk or cream, sugar, and spices, and then frying it till golden brown. The meal can be served with a number of toppings, including fresh fruit, maple syrup, honey, or powdered sugar.
It is usually served as a sweet breakfast or brunch food. French toast is a simple and adaptable dish that can be cooked with a variety of bread and modified to individual tastes by adding various spices or flavorings to the egg mixture.
It has been a favorite meal for generations and is well-known throughout the world and for a good reason! Everyone needs to have a good French toast recipe handy, and this one is about to become your new favorite!
What Makes This French Toast at Home Recipe Special?
Delicious: The egg mixture's blend of savory and sweet flavors, together with the bread's crispy texture, make a delicious combination that makes it delightful to eat.
Versatile: This French toast recipe can be easily adapted to suit any preference. Top it with syrup or honey for a sweet kick, or some cream and fruit!
Easy: This is an extremely easy French toast recipe. It requires very few ingredients that are probably already in your pantry, and you can fry them up in no time!
What You Need to Make French Toast at Home
All you need are some simple, pantry staple ingredients to make this delicious French toast at home. Let's look at each of these in more detail:
- Eggs: We'll need a few large eggs to mix the rest of the ingredients in. Once the mixture is ready, we'll soak it up with the bread and then fry it.
- Sugar: Sugar is what gives our French bread that delightful sweet flavor. Try to use organic sugar if you can, but regular sugar works as well.
- Salt: We're going to use a pinch of salt in the egg mixture also. This will help bring out the other flavors and balance some of the sweetness.
- Vanilla extract: Pure vanilla extract will add a mildly sweet flavor with very nice floral notes. It's perfect for this French bread recipe and also pairs well with maple syrup.
- French bread: We will also need a full loaf of French bread to make this French toast. I think the best bread is homemade French bread since it's free of preservatives and extra tasty, but you can use storebought also.
- Unsalted butter: We're going to fry up the French toast with some unsalted butter. It will make our French toast even richer.
- Maple syrup: Maple syrup is my personal favorite topping for French toast. If you want, you can also replace it with some honey.
- Fresh fruit: This ingredient is optional, but it really adds a nice touch to this recipe. Try some fresh berries or bananas for a touch of natural sweetness and extra flavor.
How to Make French Toast at Home (Step-by-Step)
Making French toast at home is easier than you think. Here's what you need to do step by step:
First, cut thick slices of bread out of a loaf of French Bread.
Whisk the eggs, sugar, salt, and pure vanilla extract in a mixing bowl with a hand whisker until well combined and the sugar dissolves.
Next, heat a medium-sized frying pan, skillet, or griddle to medium heat. Add ¼ tsp. butter to the pan.
Dip each side of a bread slice into the egg mixture and place it in the center of the heated pan.
Sauté for about a minute per side or until golden brown in color. Repeat these steps with each slice of bread.
Tip: For a faster process use a larger pan, ½ tbsp. of butter and fry 3 toasts at a time.
Remove the bread from the pan and place it onto a serving platter.
Top with fresh fruit, and drizzle organic maple syrup or raw honey for an irresistible morning meal or afternoon brunch!
Tips for Making the Best French Toast at Home Ever
Use day-old bread: For French toast, stale bread works best because it absorbs the egg mixture better without getting too soggy. For a similar result, you can dry out fresh bread in the oven on a baking sheet for a few minutes.
Don't overcrowd the pan: Cook the French toast in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan, which can result in uneven cooking and steaming instead of frying.
Let the bread soak for the right amount of time: The bread should be soaked in the egg mixture for about 30 seconds on each side or until fully coated. Oversoaking the bread can lead to a soggy texture.
Use thicker bread: To prevent the toast from being soggy I recommend slicing your bread thicker. Also, stale bread works best for the toast. If your bread is fresh I like to toast bread slices in the toaster before dipping them into the egg mixture.
Recipe Variation Ideas for French Toast at Home
This French toast recipe is absolutely delicious and perfect as is, but here are some ideas if you're looking to change things up and personalize the flavor:
- Add cinnamon: Add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg to the egg mixture to give the French toast a warm, spicy flavor.
- Try different bread: French toast is a great way to use any leftover bread you have around the house. Brioche, sourdough, and challah are good choices.
- Add chocolate: Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to the egg mixture to create a chocolatey French toast. Top with whipped cream and fresh berries for an indulgent breakfast.
- Try some coconut:: Use coconut milk instead of regular milk in the egg mixture, and add a handful of shredded coconut to the bread before cooking. Top with strawberries and blueberries.
- Use nut milk: You can use almond milk or any other nut milk you like in place of the 2% and whole milk in this recipe.
How to Store Leftover French Toast at Home
Storing leftover French toast at home is easy. First, let the toast cool completely before wrapping it in a layer of plastic wrap and placing it in an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for up to three days.
When you are ready to eat the leftover French Toast, simply heat in a skillet or on a griddle over medium-low heat until warm throughout.
You can even freeze these French toasts! Wrap each individual French toast with plastic food wrap or place it inside a heavy-duty freezer bag and freeze it for easier serving and thawing. You can freeze them this way for up to 2 months.
To defrost, you can place the preferred amount of slices of French toast into the fridge and let it thaw gradually overnight. If you are in a rush, you can defrost your French toast in the toaster oven for 20 minutes at 350 F.
They pair great with a hot cup of homemade latte.
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The Tastiest French Toast At Home (Quick and Easy Recipe)
French Toast Ingredients
- 4 – large eggs (I used home raised chicken eggs)
- ¼ cup – organic sugar (or depending on the sweetness level you prefer)
- ⅛ tsp. – sea salt
- ½ tsp. – pure vanilla extract
- 1 loaf of French Bread (or bread of your choice)
- Unsalted butter for sautéing
French Toast Topping Ingredients
- Organic maple syrup or raw honey
- Your favorite fruit or choice
How to Make French Toast at Home
- First, cut thick slices of bread out of a loaf of French Bread.
- Whisk the eggs, sugar, salt, and pure vanilla extract in a mixing bowl with a hand whisker until well combined and the sugar dissolves.
- Next, heat a medium-sized frying pan, skillet, or griddle to medium heat. Add ¼ tsp. butter to the pan.
- Dip each side of a bread slice into the egg mixture and place it in the center of the heated pan.
- Sauté for about a minute per side or until golden brown in color. Repeat these steps with each slice of bread.
- Tip: For a faster process use a larger pan, ½ tbsp. (2.5 g) of butter and fry 3 toasts at a time.
- Remove the bread from the pan and place it onto a serving platter.
- Top with fresh fruit, and drizzle organic maple syrup or raw honey for an irresistible morning meal or afternoon brunch!
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