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Best French Toast Recipe

French toast is classic for a bunch, and it’s one of the easiest recipes to make. Serve it simple with maple syrup or go more adventurous with banana berries and bacon. The basic recipe for french toast has always been the same and doesn’t really change.
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French toast with strawberries and blueberries on a marble countertop.

It’s so simple, just 3 ingredients, bread, eggs, and milk. Although saying that there are a few things you can do differently depending on your tastes. French Toast was used years and years ago as a way to revive lost bread, basically old stale bread. French Toast is one of my favorite brunch recipes and it’s a perfect way to use up old bread that you might otherwise throw in the bin.

More about French Toast

This classic French Toast is a recipe that I absolutely love to make – especially on a lazy weekend morning. There’s just something special about this rich and delicious French Toast drizzled with warm maple syrup! And I’ve been making it for so long that I’ve perfected the steps so that it is so easy. Whether I’m making it for a crowd of weekend guests or for just the three of us, I can have it on the table in minutes!

French toast just has such a way of starting the morning off in the best way. Paired with a bowl of fresh fruit, a few slices of bacon, and drizzle of maple syrup, and this will be a meal that will fill their spirits as much as their bodies.

EQUIPMENT FOR THIS RECIPE

  1. Mixing Bowl  
  2. Whisk 
  3. Chopping Board  
  4. Chefs Knife  
  5. Cast Iron Skillet

Ingredients

  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Cup | 250ml Milk | Cream | Half and Half | Dairy Alternative
  • 2 tsp Sugar (optional)
  • 6-8 1 inch Slices of Bread
  • Butter for frying

What bread to use for French Toast?

You can really use any type of bread you would like but here are a few good options!

  • Brioche
  • White Sandwich Bread
  • Sourdough Bread
  • Crusty Bread

Instructions

1. First start with making the eggy mixture that the bread is going to get dipped in. In a medium-sized bowl crack in 3 free-range eggs. This mixture will be enough to make about 6-8 slices so enough to serve about 3-4 people depending on how hungry you are. Use a whisk to thoroughly beat the eggs together until there is no longer any separation between the yolks and whites.

2.  Now, you need a cup of milk. Use a whisk to mix the milk and eggs together until well combined. Now onto the last ingredient, bread. Soaking it in milk and eggs adds back that moisture that’s been lost. To make the dipping of the bread so much easier pour the eggy mixture into a low-sided dish.

3. Heat a heavy-based frypan over medium heat, Take two slices of your stale bread and place them into the eggy mixture. After about 10 seconds turn the slices over and leave them for another 10 seconds. If you have thicker slices you’ll need to leave them for about 15 or 20 seconds so they have a chance to soak up more.

4. Place about half a teaspoon’s worth of butter into your pan, drain the bread so it no longer drips and place it into the pan, following with the next piece. You’ll need your heat over medium or medium-low, any higher and you’ll burn your toast. 

5. After about 5 minutes on one side flip the toast over to the other and leave for another 5 minutes to cook. If you do have thicker slices they will need longer. Remove the toasts from the pan and repeat with the remaining slices. Serve your French Toast topped with your favorite toppings or keep it simple by just drizzling over maple syrup. 

homemade french toast

Some common questions about the french toast

What type of bread can I use?

Really anything! If you’re trying to make definitely indulgent French Toast, brioche is a terrific choice. The number one rule here is to simply ensure your bread is a touch vintage and rancid, don’t use fresh bread because it has too much moisture. Thick or skinny slices paintings too, they’ll simply take special quantities of time to cook dinner through.

Can I make this French Toast in advance?

You can make the custard in advance and place it into the fridge until you are ready to cook the french toast.

Some quick steps for french toast 

  • Whisk the eggs, milk, and sugar together until well combined.
  • Heat a medium-sized fry pan over medium heat and add half a teaspoon of butter
  • Dip two bread slices in the egg mixture for 10 seconds on each side.
  • Place the bread slices in the frypan and cook for 5 minutes on each side over medium to medium-low heat.
  • Repeat with remaining bread slices before serving with maple syrup.

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