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How to Make the BEST French Toast

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French toast has been one of my favorite breakfasts since I was a little girl. I love it no matter how it’s made, regular bread to specialty bread. But I still had to discover how to make the best french toast recipe, and I did!

This recipe is your classic French toast with a surprising ingredient in the batter. I can’t wait for you to try this! You’ll never do French toast any other way!

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A long time ago I was a little 7 or maybe 8 year old and my uncle came to visit. My dad’s brother was super into his convertible and we all loved to hop in and go for rides with the top down. He was so cool. 

One day we were sitting around for breakfast and my mom made french toast. Uncle Richard reached for the homemade maple syrup, hesitated and then switched to the homemade raspberry syrup and drizzled it all over the french toast quickly followed by powdered sugar. I was shocked. That much sugar on french toast and Mom didn’t say a word! 


I kept my eyes on my mom, stretched my skinny little arm out and snagged the powdered sugar. I was already halfway through my french toast but I sprinkled the heck out of the powdered sugar on my breakfast. It was so good!!!

Now I still will add a dusting here or there, but I don’t cover the whole thing like I used to. 

It’s so funny how much people influence our eating habits. Years later I was sitting at the kitchen counter at a friend’s house and his mom offered me french toast (yes, please!!!) but she added cheese to her’s. 


A photo of a stack of french toast covered in dripping syrup and fresh berries.

I felt that turn in my stomach immediately, this isn’t right. Cheese in scrambled eggs, cheese on a breakfast sandwich, but not cheese on french toast. Save that for a grilled cheese at lunch, folks. 

So obviously I had to try it. There’s no choice, you tell me your family has a tradition and I’m totally game on trying it. 

My mind couldn’t wrap around the idea of cheesy french toast at the age of 20, but taking that first bite sold me. It didn’t matter if it seemed all wrong, I was in. 

Now, I didn’t photograph it that way because I’ve never been able to remember if the cheese was inside or outside and I’m a weirdo about doing things right, but I will tell you this, it started my love of sweet and salty!

You should try some of our other sweet and salty recipes! Try our Salted Caramel Pretzel Snaps, Ritz Reese’s S’mores Bars, M&M Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark, Easy Kettle Corn, or our 5 Minute Reese’s Snack Mix.

A photo of syrup being poured over a stack of french toast covered in fresh berries.

What Type of Bread Should be Used?

You could use a decent white sandwich bread, and this will be delicious. But if you really want to do it right, go with brioche or challahTexas toast will also work great too!

Why Add Flour to the Batter?

The surprising ingredient I mentioned earlier is flour. Adding flour to the batter thickens it just slightly so you won’t even notice it, but it keeps the French toast from being just fried egg on bread.  It makes a perfectly crispy crust on the bread.

French Toast Ingredients:

It is likely that you have all the ingredients you need in your fridge already. This recipe is simple. Here is what you will need:

  • Egg
  • Whole Milk
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Nutmeg (optional)
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Salt

Simple, right?! I love a recipe I can make with a moment’s notice and not have to worry about having all the ingredients!

A photo of a stack of french toast covered in dripping syrup and fresh berries.

How to Make the BEST French Toast

We have a few tips for making the best French toast!

  1. Whisk the batter thoroughly until it is totally smooth with no separation
  2. Pour the batter into a shallow dish like a casserole dish or a pie plate. It allows the bread to get coated easily.
  3. Completely preheat the griddle to medium before adding the French toast. The French toast will cook fast – about a minute on each side.
  4. Butter the griddle before cooking your first round of bread
  5. Allow the bread to soak in the batter for 15-20 second on each side

Can I Make this Recipe Dairy Free?

This recipe can easily be made dairy free be substituting the milk with either coconut milk or almond milk. The batter will be a little different consistency, but it will still be super tasty! Then coat the griddle with something other than butter…coconut oil or a cooking spray works great.

A photo of syrup being poured over a stack of french toast covered in fresh berries.

Can it be Made Ahead of Time?

Yes absolutely! Cook the french toast as directed in the instructions and then store them on a baking sheet in the oven that is set to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. That will keep it nice and warm until you are ready to serve it.

Can French Toast be Frozen?

Yes! French toast makes a great freezer breakfast because it reheats well and quickly! To freeze French toast, cook it as directly and then allow it to cool completely on a wire cooling rack. Once it has cooled, place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You can stack a few layers of French toast on top of each other as long as you separate each layer with parchment paper. Place the baking sheet into the freezer until the French toast is solid. Store the French toast in freezer bags for up to 1 – 2 months.


A photo of french toast with a stack of french toast covered in dripping syrup and fresh berries.

How Do I Reheat French Toast?

There are three ways to reheat French toast. They all work great. It just depends on how much time you have.

  • Toaster – pop them in a toaster just like a piece of toast, the outside gets nice and toasty again
  • Oven – place the French toast in a single layer on a baking sheet and warm them up in the oven at 300 degrees for 5-7 minutes
  • Microwave – zap them in the microwave for about a minute, the outside won’t be crispy

Your search for how to make French toast ends here! This is the best batter, with the best kind of bread, with all the tips for how to cook it perfection! Cover these babies in our sensational buttermilk syrup, and you’ll be in breakfast heaven! Who wants to join me for breakfast?!

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a stack of french toast with maple syrup and berries on top

How to Make Perfect French Toast

4.1 from 21 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 Slices
Homemade french toast will never be the same. Check out all of our tips and a special recipe for the batter!


  • Electric Griddle


  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter melted
  • 3/4 Cup Whole Milk
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 Dash Cinnamon optional
  • 1 Dash Nutmeg optional
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Loaf Brioche or Challah Bread Texas Toast can be used


  • Beat the egg in a baking dish or pie plate.
  • Whisk in the melted butter, then slowly add the milk and vanilla, whisking to combine.
  • Add the sugar and flour while continuing to whisk until totally smooth.
  • Soak each side of the bread in the batter for about 15-20 seconds.
  • Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat and spread butter all over the bottom. I just hold a stick and rub it everywhere.
  • Cook the bread for about 1 minute, or until golden and flip the bread, cooking on the other side for equal time or until golden.
  • Serve with buttermilk syrup or any favorite syrup!
Nutrition Facts
How to Make Perfect French Toast
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 64 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 110mg5%
Potassium 48mg1%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 49IU1%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cheney Family

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

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  • Can I use natures own butter bread? Lol, serious question. Or will it just not work?

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    • Hi Danielle! That should work fine!

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  • Best French toast I’ve ever made!

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    • Yippee! Thank you Brittany!

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  • I thought I had the best ever recipe for French toast. I was wrong. This is delicious and the little crust on the outside is wonderful. I didn’t have enough milk so used part half and half. Wow! Thank you!

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    • Yay! Thank you so much for the comment! So glad you enjoyed it!

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  • I followed this recipe, but doubled it. Got 12 slices out of it and it’s a huge hit at home! I added extra vanilla essence and cinnamon powder cos we love it and the flavors were just beautifully subtle paired with blueberries and cream 😍😍 Thank you!

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    • Yay! Love to hear this! Thanks Tina!

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  • Thanks for the recipe. This was the best French Toast. I had to double the recipe for 1 loaf of bread. I also did not add the salt.

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  • I’ve made french toast lately with coffee creamer instead of milk. Caramel macchiato make for some decadent french toast. Splash of vanilla, or sometimes almond extract, and a dash of cinnamon.

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    • Oh yum! That sounds delicious! I’ll have to give it a try!

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  • I thought there would be cheese in this recipe.

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    • Definitely add some if you want! You know I’m all about it!

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  • Yummy! How much butter please?

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    • 2 tablespoons

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  • The 2nd step for this recipe says to “whisk the melted butter into the egg”. What melted butter? There is no melted butter on the ingrediant list.

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    • 2 Tablespoons of butter…the recipe has been updated! Thank you!

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  • Hi Carrian! I am so excited to try your French Toast recipe. Everything I have tried from you has been amazing and I have no doubt this will be too. I have one question. How much butter does your recipe require? You mention adding melted butter but no amount is given in the ingredients list. Just wondering. Thanks for clarifying.

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    • Hi Marisa! 2 tablespoons of melted butter is what you will need. I just added it in. It’s the second ingredient listed. Enjoy!

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  • You have excellent recipes. I’m always following your website. I’m trying. Thank you.

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    • Thank you so much!

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