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!

4.8 from 5 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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  • Renee (Kudos Kitchen) says:

    Can’t wait to find out what the surprise your hubby gave you is. What a sweetheart he must be! Your french toast looks yummy and I love that you said “Uff-Da” 🙂

  • Renee says:

    Yummy! I had french toast this morning too. I make mine with eggs, milk, cinnamon, touch of white sugar, touch of brown sugar, vanilla AND butter flavoring. Once it was cooked I put sliced bananas on top, and then some syrup, YUMMY!
    I used to be married to a Norwegian! My Jilly is half Norwegian. I can say a few things and count to 10, but thats about it. Jilly’s dad only speaks Norwegian to her.

  • 3rascalsmama says:

    Must be french toast season. 😉 I made some this morning, too. I actually used pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar in my egg/milk mixture and oh. my. word. was it AMAZING!! I also used a whole grain bread and that added another layer of flavor. And I also soaked the bread for a few minutes, too, and cooked it in a bit of butter, which I don’t usually do. It was the best french toast I’d ever made. Didn’t even need syrup!
    Hubby surprises are the best! 🙂 Have a good night!!

  • Brianne says:

    That’s almost exactly what I made the other morning but used Chalkah bread and made an apple compote as a topping and it was the best!! Yum!!

  • Joy Ellis says:

    That definitely looks easy enough for me to try! Once I am feeling better, I think I will give it a try. Blessings to you. 🙂

  • Kristin Smith says:

    My hubby makes the french toast for our family…and he has always added sugar and vanilla…I never thought to do that either! Now I am even more impressed by his talent! 🙂
    I also can’t wait to hear of this surprise….don’t keep us guessing too long please! 🙂
    Blessings friend! Kristin

  • Londa says:

    Oh, I love French toast! We will have to try this recipe! Any good outlets for inexpensive maple syrup? Should I find a tree to tap?
    ***This gift…is it a va-va-va-voom sort of deal??? hehe… Can’t wait to find out!

  • Amy K says:

    There’s something else we have in common…we are both part Norwegian! lol!
    I am thrilled for you that you’re feeling better. It’s evident in your energetic posts. My family loves french toast too, so I’ll have to try this recipe out – thanks for sharing it!

  • Jessica says:

    Come make this for my breakfast please?!
    And what a sweet hubby!

  • Liz says:

    Yum! Looks good!
    I am so glad you are feeling better and that the baby is just fine. I have been thinking about you and praying that you will have some relief. Waking up to sunshine and inspiration sounds like things are going in the right direction. 🙂

  • LindaSue Carter says:

    I’ve been adding sugar and vanilla for years…adds that extra YUM! Also try a dash of cloves and/or nutmeg 🙂 Glad you’re up on your feet again!

  • faith says:

    Mmyummmy! It sure gives me light on my face! happy sunshine ♥

  • Melissa says:

    I thought that everyone used cinnamon and vanilla in their french toast…guess I was wrong! Now I want some french toast. Maybe we’ll do breakfast for dinner. Thanks for the idea!

  • Bethany says:

    Yum! I love French toast. Sadly, my other half does not. This is really close to what I make, although I have never added salt. I’m going to have to try that.
    I’m guessing a new camera something????

  • Mark says:

    One addition to try out that will make this even better is bake yourself some homemade Brioche and use that for your bread! You will never have French Toast out again I promise you. I also add a touch of nutmeg to my liquid dredge when making French Toast.

  • Gianna says:

    You could bake it, too, about 10 minutes or so on each side at 350. I don’t even use the griddle for french toast anymore. I like having my french toast ready at the same time.
    That sounds marvelous! I might have to try it with my sister in law in a couple of weeks. She likes to try new things and is much more up to the challenge than I am.
    So are you feeling better? I hope so!

  • jenn says:

    I made french toast this weekend too! I’ve started adding cinnamon, but never thought about the other stuff to add. great ideas from your recipe as well as the other readers!!

  • Kim says:

    I always use vanilla, nutmeg, & cinnamon in my French toast – and I never have to worry abut leftovers! LOL!

  • Jenney says:

    Oh if it wasn’t 10:15 at night I would make some. Maybe tomorrow :o)
    PS I am so excited about your new little baby. So excited!!!!

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    I LOVE that Bridal Edition cookbook! I think someone gave it to us when we’d been married, like, 6 years! 😉 Everything in it is good and really straight-forward. I love it!
    Now, I’m going to have to try these!

  • Libby says:

    Yummmm I love French toast. My hubby makes the best. We will have to try this one out to see if it really is better 😉
    how are you feeling my dear?

  • ElizaBeth says:

    We add vanilla and cinnamon to pancake mix too. Sometimes nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice to change it up a bit. SO yummy!

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  • Rocket French says:

    I love French toast ! I just add some maple syrup… Delicious !
    I will try your recipe soon. Thanks.

  • Cinda says:

    I usually add a small amount of powdered sugar to my dry ingredients before mixing the batter. I’ll have to try regular sugar soon.