The Best French Toast

filed under: Pancakes + Waffles on September 11, 2019

Making French Toast for your family is an easy and fantastic way to start the day! Follow my easy tips and tricks to make sure your French Toast is perfect, every time! Don’t miss my amazing Breakfast Strata, Apple Fritters, and Homemade Monkey Bread if you are looking for other amazing breakfast options!

Best French Toast


How to Make French Toast

This easy recipe will be your go-to for perfect French toast! It uses simple ingredients like

  • eggs
  • milk
  • vanilla
  • sugar
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • bread

Topped with organic maple syrup (this is a must in our house) and you have the perfect breakfast!

French Toast Recipe

What Kind of Bread is Used in French Toast?

I find that the easiest option is regular store-bought bread. No muss, no fuss. Just grab a loaf of your favorite white or whole wheat bread and get started! However, there are a few other options that I will use when I am feeling fancy:

  • Baguette
  • Challah
  • Brioche
  • 12-Grain 

It has been said that the optimum size for french toast is between 3/4 inch and 1 inch thick. I have found that the thicker the bread, the longer it needs to soak and therefore you run the risk of soggy French Toast. A loaf of bread from the grocery store is anywhere from 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch thick and seems to work perfectly for this recipe.

How to Make French Toast


How do You Cook French Toast?

We prefer to make ours on a griddle set to 375°F. However, we have also made it in a skillet and find that they have a beautiful dark crust that can add some texture to any ole French Toast recipe. One trick is to add a pad of butter directly under each piece of bread as you cook it. I also have Air Fryer French Toast Sticks as another delicious way to cook breakfast.

No-Fail French Toast

How to Serve French Toast

By far our favorite is butter + syrup! Occasionally I will sprinkle a little confectioners sugar on top. Other amazing options:

Stacked French Toast

We have made french toast many times before, but this version is really, really, really good.  I have never added vanilla or sugar to the milk mixture before… such a ‘UFF-DA’ moment! (Sorry, I am part Norwegian)

And so easy!

Seriously… try it!  You will not be disappointed. This truly is the BEST French Toast!

4.84 from 6 votes
Best French Toast
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 mins
Total Time
14 mins

A tried and true recipe, we love this no-fail French Toast!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: French Toast
Servings: 6 people
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup milk, I recommend whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, you can add more or less to your tastes
  • 10-12 slices bread
  • pure maple syrup
  1. Beat eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon with wire whisk until smooth. Heat griddle 350°F to 375°F, and grease griddle if necessary. (I did not)

  2. Dip bread into egg mixture (do not soak it) then place on griddle. Cook 2-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  3. Serve with room temperature butter and syrup and or fresh fruit.

french toast

Looking for other great Breakfast Recipes?

Breakfast Strata

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Homemade Glazed Donuts

Stuffed French Toast

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  • Miki says:

    I love your site but I’m a diabetic and rarely see recipes I can enjoy with my family. 😩

    • Pat Chebowski says:

      I’m with you Miki – my husband and I both diabetic – it’s hard wanting to eat smart but still taste good.

  • Janice says:

    I’m From Philippines,usually some filipinos wanted to have heavy breakfast. So, i tried making french toast for our snacks with your recipes .and turns out super duper delicious! #cravingfrenchtoast everyday😋😋😋

  • Betsy says:

    A touch of nutmeg elevates the French toast also. I’m

  • Suzanne says:

    I made a mistake one morning and pulled out the almond extract instead of vanilla….best mistake ever!!!

  • Sue says:

    Left over French toast is easily reheated in regular pop up toaster. Same setting as toasting a slice of bread. Outside gets even crispier and is better than reheating in micowave oven.

  • Louise Nolan says:

    Great recipe! I didn’t have whole milk so I used half skim and half heavy cream. And, I used challah bread. Best french toast I’ve ever made!

  • I’m Lynn says:

    Cinnamon French toast is how we’ve made French toast as long as I can remember. I don’t order French toast in a restaurant because they don’t put cinnamon in the milk and eggs. Another recipe that isn’t the same without cinnamon is Texas sheet cake. ⚾️🍰.

  • Jackie says:

    Do you make this recipe with fresh bread or stale bread.

  • Traci says:

    For an even more decadent French toast, use egg nog instead of milk.

  • Peggy says:

    can u use this recipe for waffles?

  • Joy says:

    I, too, am diabetic. I do wish that you had had the courtesy of addressing Miki and Pat’s comments. Something would have been better than totally ignoring them. I do enjoy reading your recipes and occasionally making one.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I am not diabetic. I do not, and will not, be offering options for diabetics because that is a serious health issue that requires expert advice as well as nutritional training. There are MANY diabetic-friendly websites that cater to folks with diabetes.

  • Trina barnes says:

    I loved your recipe for French toast. It’s one of my favorites.

  • Shannon says:

    I add to my egg mixture a flavored coffee creamer instead of milk…YUM! Also brown sugar and syrup!

  • Cynthia says:

    Hello. I made French toast for my very first time last week and I am 59 years old. 😊 I used briouch bread. Made it for 1. That 1 is me!
    I was in heaven. 💋 I’m generally a pancake gurl. I can’t wait to try out more of your Recipes. Thank you.
    Cynthia California 7/1/21

  • Linda says:

    I love french toast. I use 1/2&1/2 and seperate my eggs … I add the cinnamon,and vanilla to the yolks and beat the whites and sugar til foamy then mix every thing together. All your recipes are wonderful and love to riff off of them

  • Georgianne says:

    My husband is diabetic and could definitely have this! The key is to make your own bread!!! Store bought bread has fillers and preservatives that create the carb problem. He can eat homemade bagels now that I make them myself!!! He could eat those in the store because it would raise his sugar! I know… We tested this and it’s true! I hope you try and start enjoying food again.

  • Georgianne says:

    Correction: he couldn’t eat the store bought bagels!!!

  • Sherrie says:

    I have too add sugar and vanilla. My only add to this recipe is to heat the oven to 350°. After frying toast place on baking sheet. Put in the oven for about 5 min. This keeps it hit but ut adds a crispy-ness of yum.

  • jenene says:

    So yummy!!!

  • Mary says:

    I am not diabetic, but I never put sugar or any flavourings in my mixture. It is pure egg and milk and salt and pepper. Then when it is fried, I will add any sweetness if I choose. Jam, honey syrup, or just like it is.

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