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This Classic French Toast recipe is so easy to whip up and is filled with amazing custard and cinnamon flavor. Top it with a drizzle of pure maple syrup and some fresh berries and everyone will be smiling all day after an amazing breakfast!
French toast is my all time favorite breakfast food. I love it so much, I often make it for dinner too. My kids love breakfast for dinner meals. Which ever time of day you decide to make this recipe, you will not be disappointed! It is so incredibly easy and quick to make which is great for company. They too will not be disappointed.
Plus, the kids can help! My kids love to help and this recipe is a great way to get the kids learning in the kitchen. They can help with adding ingredients and whisking together, dunking the bread and placing on the griddle, and the great finale of flipping the toast. Which seems to be my kids favorite part.
This post was originally posted on 01/28/2020 and updated on 07/07/2021.
Classic French Bread Ingredients
- French Bread: Using French bread creates the classic chew of French Toast, but you can use Challah bread, Brioche slices, Texas Toast bread or thick sliced Italian bread or even a simple sandwich bread.
- Sugar: Honey can be used in place of the sugar. The sugar can also be omitted if you desire a less sweet French toast.
- Heavy Whipping Cream: If you want to keep it a little lighter you can use half and half or milk. Any type of milk will work, I most often use cream of 2% cows milk.
How to Make Classic French Toast
- First step, slice the French bread at a diagonal to get at last 12 slices of bread.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon.
- Add the cream and whisk to combine everything.
- Dunk the slices of bread in the custard turning over to evenly coat the bread.
- Place the bread on a 350°F preheated electric griddle or in a frying pan with some butter over medium heat.
- Cook each side of toast for 2-3 minutes, until a deep golden brown and there is no raw custard visible.
- Lather with butter, powdered sugar, berries, peanut butter, hazelnut spread, or chocolate chips, next drench with syrup and DIG IN!
How to Freeze French Toast
This recipe is great because you can freeze it and have it ready for an extremely fast breakfast any day of the week.
To Freeze: Once the French toast is completely cooked and cooled, place it in a single layer on a parchment lined sheet pan. You can stack it too, but use parchment paper in between the layers to prevent sticking. Then place the sheet pan in the freezer for a few hours. Once frozen, put the French toast in a freezer safe air tight container or zip top bag. Label, date and place back in freezer. The French toast will stay fresh in the freezer for 3-4 months.
To Reheat use any of the following methods:
- Microwave: place toast on microwave safe plate with a damp paper towel over it and reheat for 1-2 minutes flipping half way through.
- Toaster: Place toast in toaster and toast until warmed through.
- Oven/Toaster Oven: Heat oven to 350°F and place toast on sheet pan in a single layer. Cover with foil and heat for 10 minutes or until warmed all the way through.
FAQs About Classic French Toast
In my opinion, the best bread is a loaf of French bread cut about an inch thick at a diagonal. However Brioche, Challah and Texas Toast also make really good French Toast.
First, the custard should have more eggs than cream. Adding too much cream or milk will make the custard too wet and will result in soggy bread. Also, do not let the bread soak for too long in the custard. The bread will absorb too much and then the middle of the toast will be too soft and soggy. Also, make sure the toast is being cooked all the way through.
Other Delicious Breakfast Recipes:
- French Toast Casserole
- Homemade Belgian Waffles
- Strawberries & Cream Stuffed French Toast
- Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches
- Best Ever Egg Bake
- Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes
- Instant Pot Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal
- Biscuits & Gravy
Classic French Toast
- Preheat electric griddle to 350°F or a skillet with butter over medium heat.
- Slice French Bread about 1 in thick at a diagonal to get at least 12 slices.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon very well until cinnamon is all incorporated and not clumped together.
- Add cream and whisk until fully incorporated.
- Dunk the sliced bread into the custard flipping the bread to coat it evenly.
- Place the coated bread on the griddle or in skillet.
- Cook each side about 2-3 minutes until a deep golden brown and there is no more raw custard visible.
- Lather with butter, powdered sugar, berries, peanut butter, hazelnut spread, or chocolate chips, then drench with syrup and DIG IN!