The Perfect French Toast Recipe

Have you been looking for that easy go-to breakfast option that will make you the star of the morning? The Perfect French Toast Recipe is one that even a beginning breakfast connoisseur can master and is a fail-safe way to be a hit at the breakfast table. Around our house, the weekends are brunch central – and that even includes the occasional breakfast-for-dinner option! Brunch, dinner, small crowds, soccer team breakfasts… this one covers down for it all!

The Perfect French Toast Recipe all finished and on a white plate next to all the raw ingredients. It has strawberries and powdered sugar on top.

Our French Toast (or “Freedom Toast” as my husband likes to call it) started out many years ago as some scrambled egg wash, white bread, and some cinnamon. We’ve made some serious tweaks and transformations since then and turned this dish into one of our all-time favorites; a true home-style comfort food. One of the game changers in this recipe that occurred was when we spoke with a chef in our town about french toast. He said that the biggest mistakes people make is NOT using whole milk. So for a big note: don’t skimp on the milk! Go full fat if you want the best results! Since we started using the correct dairy, we have never looked back.

How do I keep the french toast from becoming soggy?

In order to keep the french toast from becoming soggy, you will want to first, be sure that it doesn’t soak too long in the egg mixture. By adding the sugar to the egg mixture and cooking at a higher temperature (350 F), this helps prevent sogginess! The sugar hardens as it heats and it gives the french toast a great, slightly crunchy exterior. By not drenching the bread, the center isn’t fully soaked, so when the exterior is done cooking, you aren’t left with a soggy middle!

What are good sides for breakfast?

The options are endless when it comes to sides for breakfast. The standard go-to options are always bacon and hash browns. However, you can always get more creative! Great side options to french toast are:

  • Fruit Salad
  • Hash and Kielbasa Casserole
  • Cheesy eggs
  • Oatmeal
  • Sausage
  • Sautéed summer vegetables
  • Home fries with veggies
  • Chorizo
  • Fruit Skewers
The ingredients for The Perfect French Toast Recipe all laid flat on a placemat.

Ingredients for our The Perfect French Toast Recipe:

  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Whole Eggs
  • Egg Whites
  • French Bread
  • Garnish: Strawberries, Powdered Sugar, Syrup

How to make our The Perfect French Toast Recipe:

First, heat the griddle to 350 F.

Next, slice both loaves of french bread into 1-inch pieces. (This recipe to made with 2 loaves being used.) Once french bread is cut move on to dicing the strawberries and set both aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the two whole eggs and 3 egg whites with 2 cups of milk until bubbly and frothy. Once that the eggs and thoroughly beat, add in the cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla extract into the mixture and mix.

A clear mixing bowls with the eggs and milk, mixed and frothy.
A clear mixing bowl with the egg and milk mixture, with the cinnamon, vanilla extract and sugar being added.

Once griddle is heated, individually dip each slice of bread into the milk mixture, making sure to fully submerge the bread but not becoming completely soaked. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side.

Slices of french bread dipped in the egg mixture being cooked on a black flat top.

Tip:

*The bread has a tendency to soak up the cinnamon really quickly since the cinnamon doesn’t dissolve, so don’t hesitate to add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the mixture and stir after every 8 or so pieces of bread. This recipe is meant for 2 loaves of bread.

Place on serving plate, top with syrup, powdered sugar, and diced strawberries. Enjoy!

The Perfect French Toast Recipe all finished and  being served.

Breakfast is such a great meal because it really can be served all day long. Strawberries not your thing? Throw some fresh blueberries on this baby and you’ve got another home run. Can’t get your hands on french bread? Try using a good fresh roll of ciabatta bread! The variations are endless, but we are pretty partial to this particular recipe. Bonus: We usually cook this recipe with 2 loaves of french bread. Once cooked, throw the leftovers in a ziplock and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. This is a great breakfast to easily reheat and serve on a busy morning!

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Yield: 8-10 Servings

French Toast

French Toast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups of Milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Whole Eggs
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 2 loaves of French Bread
  • Garnish: Strawberries, Powdered Sugar, Syrup

Instructions

  1. Heat griddle to 350 F.
  2. Slice french bread into 1 inch pieces. Dice strawberries and set both aside.
  3. Whisk the two whole eggs and 3 egg whites with 2 cups of milk until frothy. (See picture.)
  4. Add the cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla extract to the milk mixture and mix.
  5. Once griddle is heated, individually dip each slice of bread into the milk mixture, making sure to fully submerge but not become completely soaked.
  6. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side.
  7. Place on serving plate, top with syrup, powdered sugar, and diced strawberries.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

*Add an additional 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the mixture after every 8 slices if the cinnamon is looking low.

*Whole milk makes a BIG difference. Try not to substitute this ingredient out.

* Strawberries offer a great natural sweetener that you won't want to leave them off!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 173mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 7g

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)



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