Easy French Toast

Learn how to make French toast perfectly every time! Custardy, lightly sweet, and golden brown, it's a delicious weekend or holiday brunch.

French Toast

This classic French toast recipe is one of my favorite things to make for brunch. Whether it’s Christmas, New Year’s, Mother’s Day, or a regular old lazy weekend morning, just thinking about French toast makes my stomach start growling. What could be more crave-worthy than thick slices of bread with custardy middles, crisp edges, and a mound of fresh fruit on top?

This French toast recipe is delightfully quick and easy, so Jack and I make it whenever we have day-old bread in the house. Still, it has the flavor of a special-occasion treat. The eggs make it nice and rich, and cinnamon and cardamom fill it with warm flavor. Top it with whatever fresh fruit happens to be in season. We use berries in the summertime, but at this time of year, bursty pomegranate seeds are hard to beat.

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How to Make French Toast

If you’re learning how to make French toast for the first time, you’ll be shocked by how simple it is! To start, you’ll need these basic ingredients:

  • Eggs and almond milk  – They create the custardy base. If you don’t have almond milk on hand, any milk will work. My homemade oat milk is great here!
  • Cinnamon & cardamom – They add warm, spiced flavor.
  • A pinch of sea salt – It accents the sweetness of the maple syrup.
  • Good bread – I like challah bread for French toast because it’s lightly sweet and tender. If you can’t find challah, ciabatta is just as good (plus it’s dairy-free).
  • Maple syrup – Is it possible to serve pancakes, waffles, or French toast without it?
  • And fresh fruit – Use whatever’s in season! The extra color and flavor take this recipe over the top.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

French Toast recipe ingredients

After you assemble your ingredients, mix up the custard. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, and spices with a pinch of salt. Then, dip in each slice of bread, making sure both sides are fully coated.

While you preheat a griddle or nonstick pan, set aside the dipped bread on a plate or baking sheet. This way, the batter has a chance to soak all the way through each slice!

Finally, cook! Cook the French toast for 1 to 3 minutes per side over medium-low heat. Slices are ready when they’re nicely golden brown.

Top with fresh fruit and a drizzle of pure maple syrup, and enjoy! Yep, it’s that easy.

Hand using whisk to combine eggs, milk, and spices in a large bowl

Best French Toast Recipe Tips

  • Better bread = better French toast. Whatever you do, don’t use pre-sliced sandwich bread for this recipe. It quickly becomes soggy, and its edges don’t crisp up as they cook. Instead, opt for a high-quality loaf of bread that you can cut into thick slices. I often make French toast with challah, but other types of bread, such as brioche, ciabatta, and sourdough, work nicely too.
  • Day-old bread is best. Slightly dry, stale bread guzzles up the egg mixture like a sponge, making for really flavorful French toast.
  • Give the custard time to soak in. No one likes to cut into a slice of French toast and find that it’s just plain bread inside! After you dip the bread slices in the egg mixture, set them aside for a few minutes while you preheat your pan. This small step give the custard a little more time to hydrate bread, so it’s soft and spiced the whole way through.

Easy French Toast Recipe Variations

  • Spice it how you like it. I call for cinnamon and cardamom here, but other warming spices like ginger or nutmeg would be equally delicious.
  • Zest it up! Add 1 teaspoon orange or lemon zest to the batter.
  • Vary the fruit with the seasons. I call for macerated strawberries and raspberries in this recipe, but you could easily use other berries, cherries, or peaches in their place. In the fall, the stewed apples from this recipe would be delicious, and pomegranate seeds are my #1 choice in the winter.
  • Or try another topping. Not in the mood for maple or fruit? Dust your French toast with powdered sugar instead. A drizzle of peanut butter would be tasty too!
  • Make it vegan! Try this yummy pumpkin version in the fall, or make this classic recipe any time of year.

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Classic French Toast

rate this recipe:
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 6 mins
Cook Time: 16 mins
Total Time: 22 mins
Serves 4
Lightly sweet and golden brown, this easy French toast recipe is the perfect weekend brunch! I love serving it with macerated berries in the spring and summer, but feel free to substitute whatever fresh fruit is in season.

Ingredients

Macerated Berries

  • 2 cups diced strawberries
  • ½ cup frozen raspberries, thawed, with their juices
  • Pinches of cane sugar

French Toast

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup almond milk, or any milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 8 1-inch slices challah bread* (see note)
  • Coconut oil, for brushing
  • Maple syrup, for serving

Instructions

  • Make the macerated berries: In a medium bowl, combine the strawberries, raspberries, and a few pinches of sugar. Set aside for 10 minutes for the berries to soften. Stir before serving.
  • Make the French toast: In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt. Dip each slice of bread into the mixture and set the soaked bread aside on a large tray or plate.
  • Heat a non-stick skillet to medium heat and brush with coconut oil. Add the bread slices and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Reduce the heat to low as needed to cook thoroughly without burning. Serve with maple syrup and the macerated berries.

Notes

*To make dairy-free french toast, use ciabatta bread.

 

 

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  1. Emily
    05.09.2019

    I’ve always thought of French Toast as a really fancy breakfast and I’d never contemplated making it at home before reading this recipe. I’ve never heard of Challah bread before either, but I’ll see what I can find in my local town.

    Emily | Snippets of Emily’s Life xx

  2. Susan
    05.09.2019

    This sounds absolutely scrumptious. I love the idea of cinnamon and cardamom to spice it up. I would add a couple of scoops of protein powder to the custard just because I can’t afford to have a mostly carb breakfast (I am trying to avoid becoming diabetic). Definitely want to try this, and am hoping I can find the right bread, which is not easy in my city.

  3. Sabrina from newkitchenlife.com
    05.10.2019

    love this adaption with almond milk, and other flavors, thank you

  4. jenna
    05.13.2019

    YUM – this looks so good! I absolutely love french toast with this type of bread, but my sister does not… But maybe I will make it anyways! Thanks for sharing!
    -Jenna ♥
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  5. Nova
    05.17.2019

    How adorable! There is a little crescent moon in your coffee cup.

    I really appreciate that you can make this recipe dairy-free. Thank you!

  6. DaveO
    03.01.2020

    5 stars
    Great Breakfast – I opted for the Apple Topping that you suggested.

  7. Michele
    12.22.2020

    Could you break up the bread into chunks, pour the egg mixture over it, and bake it in the oven for around 20 minutes or so??

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