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French Toast Recipe (VIDEO)

This French Toast is crisp at the edges with a tender custard-like center. This is the perfect weekend breakfast and easy way to feed a crowd.

Watch the video tutorial for the secret to French Toast that is perfectly cooked and never soggy.

French Toast on a plate served with butter, powdered sugar and maple syrup

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We love special breakfasts for the weekends and holidays like Easter and Christmas. Some of our favorites are Crepes, Quiche Lorraine, and of course, French Toast because it tastes like dessert for breakfast.

French Toast Recipe Video

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The Secret to the Best French Toast?

Try this method once and it will become your go-to base for French Toast. Sautéing in hot butter crisps up the edges and transferring the toasts to a hot oven is genius. It keeps the toasts warm for serving all at once, plus it sets the custard in the center and you’ll even see them puff up in the oven. You’ll never worry about soggy toast again.

French toast arranged on a serving platter

Ingredients for French Toast

This recipe feeds a crowd and will make 8-10 slices (depending on the size of your bread slices). It’s also easy to cut the entire recipe in half for a smaller batch.

  • Eggs – use 6 whole eggs and 2 yolks for a richer custard base.
  • Milk – any kind will work (see substitution ideas below)
  • Salt – balance the sweetness
  • Vanilla extract – or use bourbon, rum, or brandy for variety
  • Cinnamon – to make this a Cinnamon French Toast
  • Honey – warm honey is easier to blend
  • Butter – use unsalted
  • Bread – 1 lb of thick-sliced bread (options below)
Ingredients for making French toast with eggs, milk, cinnamon, honey, butter, salt

The Best Bread for French Toast

You can use any thick-sliced bread. Sweetbread like Challah or Brioche are favorites, but a plain Texas toast also works great.

  • Brioche bread – a sweet bread for a brioche French Toast
  • Challah – makes a Challah French Toast
  • Easter Bread – our raisin-studded sweetbread
  • Texas Toast – convenient since it comes pre-sliced
  • White Country Loaf – slice into 3/4″ thick pieces
The best breads for making french toast

Pro Tip for Bread: Use bread that is a day old and a little dry. If time allows, set your bread slices out onto a wire rack to air dry for 1-2 hours before using.

Bread slices arranged on wire rack

How to Make French Toast

This is a simple breakfast to make. Watch the video above and you will be a pro in no time.

  1. Slice bread – into 3/4″-thick pieces and preheat the oven to 275˚F.
  2. Egg mixture – In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, yolks, milk, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and honey until well blended. Transfer to a casserole dish.
  3. Preheat skillet – set a large cast-iron or heavy skillet over medium-low heat and melt in 2 Tbsp butter.
  4. Soak Toasts – just 30-40 seconds per side.
  5. Sautee French Toast – transfer to the hot buttered skillet and sautee 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown.
  6. Bake – transfer toasts to a baking sheet and keep them in a 275˚F oven while sauteeing remaining toasts. Once all of the toasts are done, bake another 10-15 minutes to set the custard.
Step by step how to make Egg dip and soak bread

Common Questions:

Can I make this a baked french toast casserole?

Yes, follow the baking instructions for French Toast Casserole Here.

Can I substitute the milk?

Any kind of milk (1%, 2%, or whole milk), half and half, or heavy cream will all work great. You can also use dairy-free milk such as coconut milk or almond milk.

Can I make French Toast in the Air Fryer?

To make French toast in the air fryer, spray the air fryer basket with nonstick spray. Place soaked toasts in a single layer and air fry at 400˚F for 8-9 minutes flipping halfway.

Can I use croissants?

Croissant French Toast is the ultimate treat. Cut in half, then dip and sauté the same way as any other bread.

Croissant French toast on plate with berries

How to Serve French Toast

Sometimes keeping it simple is best and we often just serve with maple syrup and butter. If you really want to make it more interesting, try our Bacon Pecan Caramel French Toast topping.

Stacked french toast drizzled with maple syrup and topped with berries

Make-Ahead:

  • To Refrigerate: Allow the cooked toast to cool completely to room temperature then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
  • Freezing: Arrange cooked and cooled toasts on a baking sheet and freeze for 2 hours then transfer to a freezer-safe bag for easier storage. Thaw in the microwave 45-60 seconds, or thaw in the refrigerator overnight
  • To Reheat: warm on a skillet, or in the air fryer or toaster until hot.
Make ahead French Toast ready for the freezer

This French Toast Recipe is the perfect breakfast. It’s easy, tasty, and perfectly cooked every time. It also reheats so well – you’ll hope for leftovers.

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French Toast Recipe

5 from 14 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
French Toast Slices on a plate with butter and maple syrup

This French Toast is crisp at the edges with a tender, custard-like center. Watch the easy video and learn how to make the best French Toast.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$10
Keyword: French Toast
Cuisine: American, French
Course: Breakfast
Calories: 260 kcal
Servings: 9 slices of French Toast

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp warm honey
  • 1 lb bread such as Challah, Brioche, or Texas Toast (about 8-10, 3/4”-thick slices)
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter to saute toasts

Instructions

  1. Slice your bread about 3/4" thick, and arrage on a wire rack for 1-2 hours if time permits to dry out the bread slightly. Preheat the oven to 275˚F.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, yolks, milk, salt, vanilla, cinnamon and warm honey until well blended and honey has dissolved. Pour into a casserole dish that fits 4 pieces of toast at a time, or as many as will fit your skillet at a time.

  3. Preheat your skillet over medium-low heat and melt in 2 Tbsp butter.

  4. Dip 4 pieces of bread into the egg mixture at a time and soak for 30-40 seconds per side depending on the thickness of the bread. Remove bread slices from egg wash letting excess drip back into the dish then place the bread slices into the hot skillet and sautee for 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown.

  5. Transfer to a baking sheet and place in the oven to keep warm at 275˚F. Repeat step 4 with remaining toasts, adding more butter as needed. Once all are sauteed, keep them in the oven for another 10-15 minutes for the custard center to fully set then serve warm with your favorite toppings.

Nutrition Facts
French Toast Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 191mg64%
Sodium 312mg14%
Potassium 143mg4%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 484IU10%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 103mg10%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Iryn
    April 5, 2021

    Last night I made your brioche bread and it turned out perfect. Today I made french toast out of it and it was a hit! I’ll be making both again next time we have a family gathering. Tasty and so easy to make. Love your recipes and often browse the site when I don’t know what to make ☺️

    Thank you and ‘behind the scenes crew’ for making it happen, lots of work goes into it I’m sure 💚

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 5, 2021

      Yay, wonderful to hear that! I hope you and your family will love every recipe that you will try.

      Reply

  • Marsha Kinghorn Steiner
    April 3, 2021

    I’m so glad I found your site. Love your videos and recipes. They are so good but easy at the same time with not a million ingredients! Making the french toast for Easter breakfast.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 3, 2021

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment! I’m so glad you’re enjoying our blog and recipes, Marsha!

      Reply

  • Donna Scott
    April 1, 2021

    I love all of your recipes, especially when you include your adorable children.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 1, 2021

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment! I’m so glad you’re enjoying our recipes!

      Reply

  • Gaye
    March 31, 2021

    Did you cover them while holding in the oven?

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  • Wrenetha
    March 31, 2021

    I love, love, love this recipe Natasha! I followed the recipe exactly how it’s written, using Brioche bread & it was delicious!! I’ve made it 4 times in 1-1/2 weeks. It’s a family favorite & will be my go to recipe for Saturday mornings! Yum, yum, yum! 😋😋Thanks so much!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 31, 2021

      Wow, that’s awesome! I’m happy that you and your family found your new favorite recipe. Thank you for your great review and feedback!

      Reply

  • Cris G
    March 30, 2021

    Your recipes are the best. I just made the French Toast with brioche bread. It was out of this world and your video really helped

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 30, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Maria Valerio
    March 28, 2021

    Just tried this recipe and it was a big hit with the family!!! Best french toast I have ever had.
    Thanks Natasha!!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 28, 2021

      Love it, Maria! Thanks for your wonderful review and feedback.

      Reply

  • Jessica
    March 27, 2021

    This french toast is so delicious! Even my husband who doesn’t like french toast said it was good and he wants me to make it again.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 27, 2021

      It’s the perfect treat! I’m so happy you both enjoyed this recipe, Jessica!

      Reply

  • Anagha
    March 25, 2021

    This Looks Amazing Natasha! Can I Use Flaxseeds As A Replacement For Egg?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 25, 2021

      Hi Anagha, I haven’t tested that to advise, If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

      Reply

  • jana
    March 22, 2021

    it looks so good i will try it tommorow

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 22, 2021

      I hope you love this recipe Jana!

      Reply

  • Salma
    March 22, 2021

    Tried it so yummy can you make wool roll bread

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  • Joanne
    March 20, 2021

    It looks so good. I will have to make this.

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  • Athina
    March 20, 2021

    I made them today, we are 2 people and we ate half a loaf of bread because of them! They came out crispy and puffy, they were just perfect!!
    I used less sugar and didn’t add cinnamon to the egg mixture, but i tossed them in sugar and cinnamon when i took them out of the oven, they were amazing! Thanks for the baking idea

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 20, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Athina!

      Reply

  • Dale J.
    March 20, 2021

    Наташа, Tous de Jour makes a loaf of bread that is the same as croissant, just in loaf form. Makes great French Toast.

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  • Julio Stoopen
    March 20, 2021

    Muchachita Bonita
    (With respect to you and your family)
    I love your recipes and videos
    I enjoy all of them.
    Thanks a lot

    Reply

  • Melissa C
    March 20, 2021

    Hi Natasha! Is there anything that you suggest I can make with the extra egg custard mixture? I hate for it to go to waste and I have so much left over.

    On a side note, I love all of your recipes and follow your blog religiously!!! 🙂

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    • Natasha
      March 20, 2021

      Hi Melissa, You can refrigerate it and use it the next day or make some extra and freeze the french toast. You can also make a small French Toast Casserole with it. In the future, it’s totally ok to cut this recipe in half if you want fewer toasts.

      Reply

  • JoAnn
    March 19, 2021

    We love to have French Toast for dinner

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  • Anna
    March 19, 2021

    My whole family absolutely loved this French toast! It will be our weekend breakfast from now on. So easy and so delicious!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 19, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Beth
    March 19, 2021

    Yummy! My teens are going to love this for breakfast! Can’t wait to give this a try!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 19, 2021

      I hope you all love this recipe, Beth!

      Reply

  • Valentina
    March 19, 2021

    This french toast recipe is so EASY and so delicious! The whole family loves when I make this easy french toast recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 19, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Valentina!

      Reply

  • Kimberly H
    December 23, 2020

    May I use the thick regular french toast bread and add honey for the sweetness. If so this will be my Christmas Morning breakfast.

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  • Lena
    July 17, 2020

    I’m curious, is this something i can make ahead of time and freeze? At what point could I freeze? After frying or after baking?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 19, 2020

      Hello Lena, this French toast does freeze and reheat well. I would thaw frozen toasts before reheating them.

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    • Gina
      March 20, 2021

      I often freeze French toast and it works out great.

      Reply

  • Brianna Parks
    November 17, 2019

    Really great recipe, I love the use of vanilla and I love your recommendation on using a specific type of bread, it definitely makes it taste a lot better!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 18, 2019

      I’m so glad that was helpful, Brianna! Thank you for that awesome review.

      Reply

  • Masha
    October 18, 2018

    Is this something i could cook today and bake in the oven the next day?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 19, 2018

      Honestly I haven’t tried baking the next day, Masha. If you experiment I would love to know how you like it!

      Reply

  • Angela Zhovkly
    August 11, 2018

    If I don’t have honey could I replace it with brown sugar? Because my friend tried it and she said that it worked.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 11, 2018

      Hi Angela! That would be great to try! I’m all for trying to thins! Let me know how you like it!

      Reply

  • Tzivia
    November 6, 2016

    This was my 2 time making this yummy delish French toast recipe and wow came out ten times better my dad was in total heaven he even gobbled down the 2 slices in a jiffy and he can be particular thanx so much Natasha dear your breakfast recipes totally rock just like all your others happy blessed Sunday cheers

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 6, 2016

      What a sweet scene! Thank you for sharing that with us 🙂

      Reply

  • Erica
    August 14, 2016

    Turned out fantastic! Thanks 🙂

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  • Joyce
    July 27, 2016

    Can you just use regular white sliced bread?

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 27, 2016

      Yes that would work fine, but you might add a little sweetness to the mixture if desired since white bread doesn’t have the sweetness of the sweet breads.

      Reply

  • Tzivia
    March 9, 2016

    Forgot the honey but I think it was sweet enough instead added Israeli sea salt a pinch of nutmeg and a little cinnamon and sugar also vanilla extract the pure not the imitation first fried it in butter and a little oil then drained on plates and then popped them in the oven wow I must say gurl they give off a certain taste where it’s very yummm and super crispy gotta make it like this again thanx @ usual Natasha always adding more to my cooking and baking repoirtoire love it

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 9, 2016

      I’m so happy you’re enjoying the recipes! 🙂

      Reply

      • Tzivia
        March 10, 2016

        Ya ditto me 2 o actually made this @ my bff Ariella s house she just had a baby girl recently and is slowly regaining her strength 2 cook and bake so not I only did I end up cooking for me and her but also for her 11 and 3 4 year old daughter who came home from school early she really let me take over her kitchen tho I’m curious Natasha did u add the raisins before or after making the French toast

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  • ira
    February 1, 2014

    hi Natasha
    My mom makes a similar recipe but we never baked them after sautéing. Does it make them more crispy on the outside? Thanks for the recipe…looks amazing!

    Ira

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 1, 2014

      It just insures that everything cooks through :).

      Reply

  • Julia
    August 4, 2013

    These were delicious 🙂 I love the idea of putting them in the oven at the end.. gave me time to cut fruit & make scrambled eggs and still have warm French toast to go with it all, LOL. Great recipe, thank you!

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 4, 2013

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and so true; it does buy you some time all while keeping the french toast warm and perfect when you’re ready for it 🙂

      Reply

  • Olga
    April 2, 2013

    adding vanilla extract to the ingredients is also yummy =]

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 2, 2013

      I agree Olga :).

      Reply

  • Ludie
    June 13, 2012

    have you ever been to Biscuits Cafe in Portland? (I’m not sure where you’re from)
    I’d love the recipie to their french toast-By far the best ever tried!!! Nowhere on the net…(((

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 13, 2012

      No I e never been there sorry. I’ll try to remember it if we are ever in that part of the world 🙂

      Reply

  • Olya
    June 7, 2012

    Hi:] where do u buy challah bread?

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 7, 2012

      We made our own for this recipe; see the Portuguese Easter bread link above 😉 I think Challah is sold in nicer supermarkets and Some European stores. I don’t recall ever seeing it at Winco or Walmart.

      Reply

  • Viktoriya
    April 16, 2012

    Just had a thought! With the extra paski around why not make bread pudding? It’s already sweet AND has raisins already in it..I already started with some baguette I had lying around, wish I woulda used the paski though since I still have a loaf n it getting stale..

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 16, 2012

      That’s a great idea! I’ve never tried that before, but why not? 😉

      Reply

  • Vlad
    April 7, 2012

    This is what I’m having tomorrow morning!

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 7, 2012

      Sweet! Happy Easter morning!

      Reply

  • Inessa-GrabandgoRecipes
    March 30, 2012

    Ohhh… yum, I can’t wait until Easter… Looks realy good 🙂

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 30, 2012

      Thanks Inessa! 🙂

      Reply

  • Roxanne
    March 30, 2012

    Looks amazing!!! Gotta give it a try 🙂 Thanks for all you do Natasha.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 30, 2012

      You’re welcome Roxanne; I call it my fun work 🙂

      Reply

  • Emma
    March 29, 2012

    gotta try thanks

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 30, 2012

      You are going to love it 🙂

      Reply

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