We have had this Puffy French Toast recipe a few times, but each time we have done it a little different. This was our favorite so far as it’s rolled in cinnamon sugar right before serving. It’s like a berry cobbler!

deep fried french toast

This Puffy French Toast recipe is so much fun to mix up your breakfast routine! Brunch will never be the same when you eat those delicious, fluffy french toasts! That’s right, deep fried french toast rolled in cinnamon sugar!

Please note, you really should not make this fried french toast recipe on a flat skillet. It needs to be cooked in the hot oil because it is meant to puff, in fact it’s deep frying the french toast.

deep fried french toast rolled in cinnamon sugar

What to Serve on Puffy French Toast

There are a lot of amazing toppings for french toast, everything from the simple to the decadent. Because this puffy french toast is coated with a batter, fried in oil and then coated in cinnamon sugar you may want to take it easy on the toppings.

I know what you’re thinking, nutella the heck out of it. Yes, you certainly could do that and I wouldn’t blame you at all, but listen a berry sauce is my go-to as I’m all about the balance. If you aren’t, here are some other ideas:

deep fried french toast

Puffy French Toast

Start to make your puffy french toast by creating a simple batter to coat the bread in.

We’ve found that thick Texas style bread usually works best as it can hold up to the hot oil. If you can’t find Texas toast we still recommend using French bread or Brioche so it will still be thick enough.

Heat oil in a deep skillet until popping.

Dip the bread in the batter, letting it drip slightly so it isn’t too clumpy.

Quick Tip for Frying

Here’s a really quick tip before you fry your french toast. You’re going to be tempted to toss the french toast into the oil from high above in order to protect your hands from getting burned, but that’s the opposite of what you want to be doing. Get your hand down close to the oil and gently lower it in so that the oil doesn’t slosh out and burn you.

Fry each side of the bread until lightly golden. It will go dark quicker than you think so keep a lose eye on it.

Remove the bread to a paper towel lined plate. After a quick sit on the paper towel, gently lift the french toast into a pie dish with cinnamon sugar, coating both sides.

Serve immediately.

Can French Toast Be Reheated?

French Toast may be reheated in the toaster.

Or to reheat more servings, unwrap slices, place on baking sheets and bake in preheated 375°F oven until hot, 8 to 10 minutes.

Is French Toast From France?

Actually, one of the earliest versions of French Toast has been traced to ancient Rome.

French toast is also found in 17th century England.

French toast is called pain perdu, in France, meaning “lost bread.”

Can French Toast Be Baked?

French Toast can be baked instead of fried.

French Toast RECIPES

Puffy French Toast

4 from 1 vote
Servings: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


We have had this Puffy French Toast recipe a few times, but each time we have done it a little different. This was our favorite so far.  


  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 Cups Milk
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 12 Slices Toast, Texas style, cut in half diagonally
  • Cinnamon Sugar


  • In a large skillet or frying pan, heat about 1/4" of vegetable oil (not olive oil) over medium heat.
  • In a shallow bowl or pie plate, whisk together eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla, milk, flour, and baking powder.
    2 Eggs, 2 ½ Tablespoons Sugar, ½ teaspoon Salt, ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract, 1 1/2 Cups Milk, 1 Cup Flour, 2 ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Working quickly, take each 1/2 slice of bread and soak it both sides in the milk/egg/flour mixture. If you leave it in too long, it will get soggy, but you want to make sure enough of the egg mixture has soaked into the bread.
    12 Slices Toast
  • Gently shake to remove excess batter and place in hot oil.
  • Cook until puffed, golden brown, and a nice, crispy crust has formed on each side (probably 3-5 minutes per side; you really need to babysit them and make sure they're cooking correctly) and then remove from oil and drain on a paper towel.
  • When ready to serve, roll each piece in cinnamon sugar. (Don't skip it. It's delicious!)
    Cinnamon Sugar


left overs can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 days, or freeze for 3 months


Serving: 1gCalories: 142kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 5gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 250mgPotassium: 180mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 89IUCalcium: 106mgIron: 1mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 300 + Back to School Recipes Every Kid Loves

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Puffy French Toast coated in cinnamon sugar and berries on top