Thick slices of French toast bread seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg, and topped 4 different ways. This classic French toast recipe will become a regular in your breakfast rotation. No matter how you choose to top it.
This French Toast recipe is a breakfast favorite. It is rich and flavorful, and the different topping ideas make it fun for any day of the week!
French toast is not just for weekends. Make this easy French Toast recipe any morning you need a day brightener because this breakfast treat will definitely put a smile on your face. Say goodbye to soggy middles and hello to a delicious, fluffy French toast.
This french toast recipe has the perfect amount of batter to bread, and just the right flavor, making it a versatile french toast recipe for whatever your favorite toppings are. In fact, I am sharing 4 of my favorite ways to eat it in this post:
- Classic- With maple syrup
- Strawberries, whipped cream, and buttermilk syrup
- Churros- Dipped in cinnamon and sugar
- Bananas Foster- French toast topped with a banana foster mixture.
How Do You Make The Perfect French Toast?
French toast is a breakfast favorite in our house. Drizzle French toast with delicious maple or buttermilk syrup or top with fruit and whipped cream, no matter how you like to eat your French toast it truly is a breakfast treat.
Even though French toast doesn’t take that long to make and isn’t that hard, there are some road bumps that can come along when trying to achieve that perfect slice of French toast. How thick of a batter to make, how long to soak the bread, and what temperature to cook at are all factors in making the perfect french toast.
Nothing is worse than being so excited to eat French toast and then bite down into a slice and find it to be really soggy in the middle.
French toast doesn’t have to be a failed breakfast attempt and this French toast recipe produces the perfect French toast for the family.
Here is what you need to consider:
Be Selective With Your Bread Choice.
When making French toast ideally you don’t want to just use whatever sandwich bread you have on hand. You can, but the results won’t be nearly as good.
You want to use a bread that can absorb the egg mixture without turning mushy. In this recipe it calls for six thick slices of bread. And offers a few suggestions.
What are some good thick breads for French toast?
- Pullman loaf
- French bread
Make Sure To Use The Right Amount Of Liquid.
You want to make sure that you use enough egg and milk so that the bread won’t feel dry or like cooked toast. However, if you use too much liquid then the bread will fall apart and become a mushy mess.
Fortunately in this French toast recipe the ratios of liquid to bread have already been figured out and you don’t have to worry about the bread becoming too mushy or not having enough liquid. The ratio is perfect! Of course, eggs come in different sizes, so use your best discretion.
In this recipe I use 1/3 c of cream, plus 1/3 cup of milk, and 2 eggs for six slices of thick bread.
Avoid Soggy Bread.
Even with the right ratios of liquid sometimes the bread will still remain soggy in the middle.
Don’t worry I have a trick for this problem that I have incorporated into this recipe. And that helps you achieve perfect french toast every time.
Tip: While cooking the bread on the stove, cover the pan with a lid while you cook each side. This will help further cook the inside of the bread, minimizing the dreaded sogginess that so often happens with so many French toast recipes.
If cooking on a griddle, you can still try and cover it to cook it through, or use a slightly lower temperature (300 degrees) to cook.
Generously Grease The Pan To Prevent Stickiness.
You don’t want to lose the outer part of your bread to a sticky pan. Make sure to generously grease the pan with butter.
In this recipe I use about a tablespoon of butter on the pan.
Add A Little Flavor.
French toast is great with a little seasoning. In this French toast recipe I used the best combination of spices.
Nutmeg and cinnamon go great together in French toast.
How Do You Make Crispy French Toast?
This French toast has a great cook on it. It’s fluffy in the middle and has just enough crisp on the outer coating.
However, if you want an even crispier cook on the French toast there are some additional techniques you can try.
2 Tips to Making French Toast Crispy:
- Make a crunchy outer coating like you would for a fried batter. Add a flour coating to French toast.
- Create a crunchy topping to dip the bread in like cereal or another crunchy, complimentary food item.
- Fry the french toast in oil on the outside to get a crispy edge.
How Do You Make Fluffy French Toast?
One of the criteria that marks a good slice of French toast is a French toast piece that is nice and fluffy.
One reason that I love this French toast recipe is that is produces, fluffy, perfectly cooked French toast.
If you are having trouble making fluffy French toast, try this recipe. You will love it.
A couple things though that you can do to help with the fluffiness factor is to make sure that you pick a good French toast bread.
Use one of the breads listed above for a good French toast pick.
Another thing that some people will do to help with fluffiness is that they will add flour to the egg mixture. I have found this to be iffy. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.
However, this French toast recipe produces French toast that is plenty fluffy without adding flour to the egg mixture.
What Is A Recipe For French Toast?
French toast recipes have similar elements and components that make them different from one another.
Like for example, in this French toast recipe I like to use cream for a richer French toast, while some recipes will just use milk. The added fat is a great way to add flavor and richness to the french toast.
I also like the combination of cinnamon and nutmeg, while some recipes may omit the use of nutmeg or cinnamon. I like the flavor addition. It is subtle, but adds just enough dimension to the flavor.
In general though a French toast recipe consists of eggs, milk, butter, bread, and some optional seasonings.
This recipe includes all the standards, and has heavy cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. And produces consistently good slices of French toast.
How To Make This French Toast Recipe:
- Beat eggs, milk, salt, spices, and vanilla.
- Dunk bread in egg mixture.
- Place bread on already heated, greased pan and cook on both sides until bread is golden.
Tip: As already mentioned, cover the pan with a lid between sides, allowing to better cook the inside of the bread.
Just as easy as those few simple steps, you will have an enjoyable slice of delicious, fluffy French bread.
French Toast Toppings
Bananas and caramel make a great topping for french toast.
Classic French Toast
Rich and buttery, and so delicious. This classic french toast topped with maple syrup is a no brainer.
Strawberries, Whipped Cream, and Buttermilk Syrup
There is just something about this sweet buttermilk syrup I can’t get enough of, and on top of french toast, and topped with strawberries and whipped cream it is amazing.
Find the recipe for buttermilk syrup here.
Churros French Toast
All your favorite parts of a churro in french toast form. Cinnamon and sugar give it a nice crunch to compliment the fluffy, tasty french toast.
Say Hello To Perfect French Toast!
And if you are looking for some other French toast inspired favorites, try some delicious French toast casseroles, like Peach Cobbler Overnight French Toast Casserole or S’mores Overnight French Toast Casserole. Both are easy and delicious breakfast casserole choices.
Classic French Toast
- 6 slices challah bread
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp butter
Banna Fosters Topping
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 bananas firm
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsps ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp corn syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup whipped cream
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- Beat together egg, milk, salt, spices and vanilla.
- Heat a lightly oiled griddle or skillet over medium-high heat.
- Dunk each slice of bread in egg mixture, soaking both sides, leave in egg mixture for at least 30 seconds.
- Heat a skillet (with a lid) over medium-high heat, and add half the butter.
- Place french toast in preheated pan, with butter, and cook on both sides until golden.
- Cover the pan with a lid between sides. This will cook the inside of the bread, making it less soggy
- Serve hot.
Bananas Foster Topping Directions:
- In a small skillet, melt the butter.
- Add the brown sugar and stir until dissolved into butter.
- Add banana slices to pan, stirring so they are covered in caramel sauce.
- Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon.
- Bananas are done when they are warmed through.
- Pour bananas foster mixture over French Toast.
Churros Topping Directions:
- Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a shallow dish
- Remove the French toast from the pan and immediately dip in the cinnamon sugar, turning to coat completely.
- Combine all ingredients except baking soda in a saucepan
- Bring barely to a boil stirring the whole time
- Remove from heat
- Stir in baking soda, it will get frothy, but will settle down some
- Serve hot with fresh fruit and whipped cream over hot waffles.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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