This is the only French Toast recipe you’ll need and you can use whatever bread you prefer. Serve with maple syrup and your favorite toppings for the perfect weekend breakfast.

Watch the video tutorial and learn our tips for making the best French Toast that is perfectly cooked and never soggy. You’ll love step 5 which is perfect for feeding a crowd!

Stacked French toast drizzled with maple syrup and topped with berries

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Did you know French Toast isn’t really French? It originated in Rome and was invented as a way to re-purpose stale or leftover bread. It’s still a pretty brilliant idea today! We’ve done so many variations of French Toast including Caramel French Toast and French Toast Casserole.

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Tips for the Best French Toast

  • Dry out your bread – stale, day-old bread absorbs liquids better
  • Batter consistency – adding the extra egg yolks creates a thicker and richer batter that will cook up better and prevent soggy toast.
  • Sautéing in hot butter crisps up the edges
  • Oven-finished – transferring the toasts to a hot oven keeps toasts warm for serving all at once, plus it sets the custard in the center. You’ll even see them puff up in the oven.

Ingredients

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 recipe in half for a smaller batch.

  • Eggs – use 6 whole eggs and 2 yolks for a richer batter.
  • 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.
  • Vanilla extract – or use bourbon, rum, or brandy for variety.
  • Cinnamon – our favorite spice, but you can also add a pinch of nutmeg
  • Honey – adds sweetness to the batter. You can also substitute it with sugar.
  • Bread – 1 lb of thick-sliced bread (see options below)
Ingredients for making French toast with eggs, milk, cinnamon, honey, butter, salt

What is the Best Bread for French Toast?

You can use any thick-sliced bread. Challah, Brioche and Texas toast are our favorites. Any of these will work well:

  • Sweet Breads Brioche bread, Challah or Easter Bread
  • Texas Toast – comes pre-sliced into thick slices
  • White Country Loaf – slice 3/4″ thick pieces
  • Sourdough – the spongy texture is perfect for soaking up the custard without getting soggy
  • Croissant – transforms French Toast with a unique texture. We shared a recipe for this in Natasha’s Kitchen Cookbook.
  • Banana Bread – if you want a treat in the morning, sliced banana bread is a terrific choice.
The best breads for making french toast

Pro Tip:

This recipe is the best way to use up 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.

How to Make French Toast

This is a simple breakfast to make. You will master it in no time.

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

Can I make French Toast in the air fryer?

Yes. To make it in the air fryer, spray the air fryer basket with nonstick spray. Allow any excess egg wash to drip back into the dish then place soaked toasts in a single layer and air fry at 400˚F for 8-9 minutes flipping halfway.

French toast arranged on a serving platter

To Serve

Sometimes keeping it simple is best and we often just serve it with maple syrup and butter. Here are more great options to keep breakfast interesting:

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

Make-Ahead

  • To Refrigerate: Allow the cooked toast to cool completely to room temperature then store it 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 for 45-60 seconds, or in the refrigerator overnight
  • To Reheat: warm on a skillet, or in the air fryer or toaster until hot.
Make ahead French Toast on a baking sheet

We love special breakfasts for the weekends and holidays like Easter and Christmas morning especially since French Toast tastes like dessert for breakfast.

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Easy French Toast Recipe

5 from 126 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
This French Toast is quick and easy to prepare and is a genius way to use up leftover bread. It's a hearty and satisfying breakfast and perfect to feed a crowd.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 9 slices of French Toast
  • 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

  • Slice your bread about 3/4" thick, and arrange on a wire rack for 1-2 hours if time permits to dry out the bread slightly. Preheat the oven to 275˚F.
  • 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.
  • Preheat your skillet over medium-low heat and melt in 2 Tbsp butter.
  • 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 saute for 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown.
  • Transfer to a baking sheet and place in the oven to keep warm at 275˚F. Repeat step 4 with the remaining toast, 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 Per Serving

260kcal Calories28g Carbs10g Protein12g Fat5g Saturated Fat1g Trans Fat191mg Cholesterol312mg Sodium143mg Potassium1g Fiber4g Sugar484IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C103mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Easy French Toast Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
260
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
12
g
18
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
191
mg
64
%
Sodium
 
312
mg
14
%
Potassium
 
143
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
28
g
9
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
10
g
20
%
Vitamin A
 
484
IU
10
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
103
mg
10
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy French Toast, French Toast, French Toast Recipe
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 260
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  • David
    June 14, 2024

    Good recipe, just had it with coffee.

    You are one of the few people on the Internet that know it’s not so French as the name suggests.

    The first recorded recipe was Roman but it was around before the Roman Empire too, many centuries before France existed as a nation. The Romans called it “another sweet bread”, but should we all just call it “egg fried bread” for clarity ?

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  • Pam Devita
    April 2, 2024

    Love you recipess quick easy ty do you have a apple cake recipe?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 2, 2024

      Hi Pam! I sure do! Search Apple cake or Apple in my blog search field (top right) and you’ll see my apple cake options! I hope this helps.

      Reply

  • Dawn L. Turner
    March 20, 2024

    This recipe is fantastic! It browned up such a pretty color and the flavor was outstanding! I served it to my visiting in-laws; in fact, my brother-in-law ate them without any syrup!

    I have loved all of your recipes and videos! I received your cookbook as a Christmas gift & love it and the pictures and stories! Keep them coming!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 20, 2024

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

      Reply

  • Kathy H
    March 7, 2024

    Hi Natasha! Love almost every recipe of yours and your fun way of presenting them. My #1 question is how many pieces of toast equals the carbs ratio? My husband is a diabetic (Type I) and I need to know for injection amount. Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 7, 2024

      Hi Kathy, it would be one slice per serving.

      Reply

  • Andrea
    February 23, 2024

    This is the best French toast I’ve ever eaten. Putting it into the oven for 10 minutes after browning is definitely the secret. The crust has a crisp, and the center is so custardie. WOW you have to try this . I won’t ever make French toast any other way.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 23, 2024

      Hi Andrea! I’m so glad you loved it! Thank you.

      Reply

  • Sha
    February 7, 2024

    I’m having this again for Vday breakfast! It’s so delicious and filling. So impressive!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 7, 2024

      Sounds like a plan! Enjoy!

      Reply

  • Kristyn
    February 6, 2024

    This really is the easiest & best french toast recipe!! We make breakfast for dinner once a week & this is one of our favorite things to make!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 6, 2024

      Thanks for your good comments and feedback Kristyn!

      Reply

  • Abby
    February 6, 2024

    Needed to use up a bunch of eggs and this was the perfect recipe for that. The french toast was so delicious and easy to make.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 6, 2024

      This really is the best recipe for that, I’m so glad you loved it, Abby!

      Reply

  • Marie
    January 22, 2024

    I made this for my husband over the weekend with brioche loaf bread. Oh my word, it was sooo good!!! I haven’t made french toast in a long time, but this recipe knocked it out of the park!!! Will definitely be keeping this for the future!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 22, 2024

      That’s fantastic to hear, Marie! This recipe is an absolute delight and so special, I’m so thrilled you both loved it! Thank you for sharing your positive experience & wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Lupe
    December 15, 2023

    Hi Natasha,

    This recipe sounds good and french toast is one of my favorite breakfast dishes.
    HOW would I make a smaller batch? What other sweetners could I use instead of sugar?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 16, 2023

      Hi Lupe! I haven’t tested any, but I think so.

      Reply

  • Aileen Sigua
    August 31, 2023

    Thank you! It’s a great idea to put it in the oven after frying. Thank you so much.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 31, 2023

      You’re welcome!

      Reply

      • Aileen Siquioco Sigua
        October 22, 2023

        I’ve cooked it again today. I use lesser amount of liquids so not to use the oven, and with more sweetener. Sugar instead of honey. Thank u!

        Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          October 22, 2023

          You’re welcome, hope you loved the results!

          Reply

  • kathy
    August 11, 2023

    Fantastic recipe! My family loved the the recipe….I used Texas toast..

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 11, 2023

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

      Reply

  • Francis Mercado
    July 16, 2023

    Hi Natasha!
    Thank you again for another award winner delicious recipe!
    My husband loved it.
    Love it!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 16, 2023

      That’s wonderful! I’m glad it was enjoyed.

      Reply

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