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This recipe is your Classic French toast with a surprising ingredient in the batter. You’ll never do French toast any other way after making this recipe! 

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Easy French Toast Recipe

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. 

Whhhhaaaaatt?

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!

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

French Toast Ingredients

It is likely that you have all the ingredients you need to make this basic french toast recipe in your fridge already. This recipe is simple, here is what you will need:

  • Egg
  • Whole Milk
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Nutmeg (optional)
  • Granulated Sugar
  • All-Purpose 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!

What’s the Best Bread for French Toast? 

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.

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

How to Make the BEST French Toast

Here are the basics steps to learning how to make french toast. Trust us, it’s easy! 

  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.

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

Can I Make This Recipe Dairy-Free?

This homemade french toast 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.

How to Keep French Toast Warm

Cook the french toast as directed in the instructions and then store it 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.

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.

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

Our Favorite French Toast Toppings 

There are so many ways to dress up a stack of simple french toast. Homemade syrups, diced fruit, powdered sugar, you name it! Here are some of our favorite french toast toppings besides plain maple syrup and butter: 

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

Tips for the Best French Toast

When dredging the bread slices in the french toast batter, be sure to let it sit for a good 10 to 15 seconds on each side so it has time to really soak up the egg mixture. 

Note that the cinnamon and nutmeg in the french toast batter are optional, but highly recommended! They give this homemade french toast a wonderful flavor without overwhelming the dish.

Before cooking the classic french toast, flick a few droplets of water onto your griddle to make sure it’s nice and hot. If the water doesn’t immediately sizzle and steam off, you need to wait a few more minutes otherwise your french toast won’t turn golden brown while it cooks. 

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

3.93 from 234 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
This recipe is your classic french toast with a surprising ingredient in the batter. You'll never do French toast any other way after making this recipe! 

Equipment

  • Electric Griddle

Ingredients

  • 1 Egg Large
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter Unsalted, melted
  • 3/4 Cup Milk Whole
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 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 too)

Instructions

  • 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, salt 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!

Notes

How to reheat french toast: 
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
How to Make Perfect French Toast
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 352 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 137mg46%
Sodium 413mg18%
Potassium 58mg2%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 691IU14%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • I love French Toast And I can’t wait to try this recipe!! God Bless you and your whole family!! The family that cooks and does things together… stays together and is a much healthier family unit!! Happy Happy Holidays!! Thank you for this and all your other recipes! I’m new here and LOVE to cook!! Thank you!
    Bess

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    • Thank you so much Bess! Happy holidays to you too! We would love to hear what you think about this french toast when you try it!

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  • I’ve made this for my mother for mother’s Day this year and now today for her birthday!! Amazing recipe, it’s so good! This will definitely be my go to french toast recipe for a long time.

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    • Thank you so much Jessica! This is totally my go-to breakfast recipe these days!

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  • Seriously the best french toast I have ever made! I just followed the easy recipe and even my husband was wowed. The flour and milk make all the difference! Thank you

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    • Yes!!! Thank you Alivia! I seriously cannot stop eating this french toast!

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  • How do you watch the video? I am sure I am missing something but I can’t find any of your videos to watch.

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    • Hi Sylvia! The video is embedded in the post, so it appears right after the subsection titled “How to Make the Best French Toast”. Let me know if you can’t see it or find it.

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  • First time I ever saw someone mention cheese on French toast. My father made the French toast with American cheese (melted on top) and I have been eating that way for my entire life. I introduced it to my family and my kids just love it but my wife refuses to even try it. Cheese goes with almost any breakfast, so why not French toast. Yum.

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    • I never say no to cheese! And it is so good on French toast! Thank you for taking time to leave a comment!

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  • I just tried this French toast recipe and it came out amazing! I forgot to take pictures, jesus! It was too delicious! This is absolutely the best bread for French toast. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thank you sooooo much Melinda! So glad you enjoy it!

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  • Absolutely love this recipe. I always thought I made the best French toast since I learned how to make it in home ec class in middle school. The recipe called for nutmeg so I always added it to my French toast and my daughter loved it. Well now we made this and it’s the new family favorite way to make French toast. I will never make it any other way again. My daughter asks for this all the time so we make it every weekend. Love this recipe. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe.

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    • Yay! Thank you so much Scott! We are so obsessed with French toast in our house. It makes an appearance on our table at least once a week.

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  • This is also a Saturday family breakfast for us! We literally make it every weekend and we eat every bit of it. Can’t say I see the “extreme cholesterol and carbs.” Extreme seems a bit dramatic and you can always substitute ingredients and eat in moderation.

    I personally like the consistency of using a little less flour but it’s great as the recipe is written.

    This recipe has definitely become a staple in our family and will continue to be for a long time!

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    • Thank you so much Matt! Good golly I can’t pass up this French toast!!

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  • This recipe needs to be preceded by a health warning, such as; “This recipe may lead to diabetes cancer and stroke. Limit consumption to one bite.”

    High saturated fat, extreme cholesterol and carbohydrates. I wouldn’t feed this to my dog. And we wonder why obesity is rampant?

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    • It’s all about balance and moderation! This definitely isn’t something we have everyday or every week even. But special occasions call for special feasts and this is the best French toast ever!

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  • I just wanted to say that I have been making this recipe almost every Saturday. My 4 year old loves them, and my husband makes sure i always have all of the ingredients in stock. I am looking foreword to make more of your recipes!

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    • Yay! Inna, you have made my day! I love hearing about families gathered around one of our recipes! Thank you for taking time to leave us a comment!

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  • Made it this morning. I’m new to making food at home so still trying to gain confidence. This was really nice and my wife enjoyed it too.

    Now going to browse rest of the recipes.

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    • I’m so glad you guys liked it! Enjoy the journey! It’s so fun to cook!

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  • i see that you put salt in the ingredients but I cant find it on the directions?

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    • I fixed it. Add it and whisk it in while you do the sugar. Thanks for catching that!!

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  • I have made this french toast recipe 3 times and each time my future mother in law has told me she loves it! I don’t use the texas toast that recipe recommends, I use a cheaper option and buy a giant loaf of a french baguette in the walmart bakery section ($1). If you’re lucky half off for second day freshness.

    Will definitely recommend and pass on the recipe!

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    • Love to hear this! Thank Analia! I bet it’s delicious with a french baguette!

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  • Yum! I will make this again…loved it. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Yay! So glad to hear this!

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  • I have a question, you say spread the butter, do you mean on the pan? Or on the bread before you dip it? I assumed it was the pan and then one of these reviews confused me so now I’m extra confused lol

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    • Yes, on the pan. Sorry for the confusion!

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  • My favorite French toast recipe ! Definitely a breakfast/brunch staple.

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    • Isn’t it so dreamy! Thank you, Joyce!

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  • This recipe was delicious! I’m a French today snob, I’ll just own up to it. I remember loving French toast from when I was young, but never feel like it lives up to that memory. I was absolutely craving French toast for the past week so I finally made it, using this recipe. WOW! Exactly what I have been wanting, this has just become my go to recipe it’s amazeballs! I subbed half and half for the whole milk, and added a tablespoon of brown sugar and went heavy on the cinnamon and nutmeg. So friggin good I wish I had doubled it, which is saying something cause usually one piece is enough. I ate 2 and still want more.

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    • You are the best, Caitlin! Thank you so much for the review and sooooo glad it redeemed French toast for you!

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  • This recipe is legit. I went to the trouble of baking Challah yesterday for the specific purpose of making French toast for Mothers Day, so I didn’t want my egg mix to disappoint, and it absolutely did not. I don’t think I have ever put butter in my mix, and it is a game changer. Those little balls of butter brown perfectly on the bread, just like a great grilled cheese sandwich. This recipe is going to be my go-to in the future.

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    • Thank you so much for the feedback Ben! So glad it was a hit for you!

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      • Its really good but if i cut the bread in stick will it be the same?

      • Yes, that should work great!

  • Just made them this morning with brioche bread. My family said it’s the best French Toast ever.

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    • Yay! You’ve made my day!! So glad it was a hit with your crew!

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  • Delicious! Great comfort food amidst the pandemic of 2020. I used Challah bread and topped with fresh raspberries. To speed things up I put all the ingredients (except raspberries and syrup) into a pitcher that came with my immersion blender and whisk everything together very quickly and thoroughly.

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    • So glad you enjoyed them Andrea!!

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  • So I’m assuming that we add the egg into the mixture, because it is only mentioned in step one and nowhere else in the instructions.

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    • You whisk the egg in step 1 and then continue to add ingredients to it in steps 2 and 3. Then you soak the bread in that mixture. I hope that makes sense! Enjoy Sheryl!

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      • Can i use heavy cream instead of whole milk?

      • I haven’t tried it, but you probably can. Let me know if you do!

      • I love this recipe and have made it several times. Can I use almond milk instead of whole milk?

      • Yes, that will work great! Thank you for the support!

  • Good job and Thank You I’m so excited and I can’t wait to try Your recipes and they look so yummy

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    • Thank you so much Janet!

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  • I have never met another family who puts cheese on their french toast! My mom has been doing it since she was a kid and doesn’t remember how her family started doing it but it meant that I grew up doing it too! It is my favorite breakfast. Add some syrup to absorb into the bread, And then an American slice of cheese on top… then add a little more syrup!! My sister and I love it!! My boyfriend had me over and his mom made challah French toast with cream cheese on the inside: so good! I’d encourage you to go back to the cheese haha

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    • I don’t ever say no to cheese! I love there are more people out there who put cheese on french toast!

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  • Amazing!! Best french toast I’ve ever had.

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    • Yessss!! Thanks Marlei!

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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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