Most people believe that the trick to making the perfect French toast is using day-old bread. Stale bread absorbs the mixture of eggs and milk a lot better and has lesser chances of falling apart when it’s being fried.

I personally prefer the simplicity of a classic French toast with a generous drizzle of maple syrup because there isn’t much that can go wrong. All you need are a few slices of bread, eggs, and some powdered sugar to dust on top. 

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at three French toast recipes and learn about some tips and tricks to make the most delicious, restaurant-quality French toast at home. 

What Is French Toast?

The primary ingredients for a French toast are bread and eggs. You can also add milk and cinnamon to the whisked eggs if you want to enhance the flavor. French toast is usually served with slices of fresh strawberries and bananas that make it hard to resist.

French toast goes by several names all over the world. ‘Eggy bread,’ ‘German toast,’ and the ‘Poor Knight of Windsor’ are just to name a few. It seems that this popular breakfast item has been around for quite a while. The oldest recipe can be traced back to Ancient Romans in the 300s or 400s AD. 

How to Make French Toast

What You Need:

  • 2 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups of heavy cream or milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons of butter (unsalted)
  • Maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 6 slices of bread (preferably day old and 1-inch thick)

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, cream/milk, vanilla extract, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt, and then set it aside.
  2. Place all six slices of bread in a shallow baking sheet in a single layer. Pour your egg and milk mixture over them and let them soak for about ten minutes. Turn them over and let them sit until they’re soaked all the way through. 
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a skillet and place it over medium heat. Fry the soaked slices for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until they’re golden brown.
  4. Serve with maple syrup. 

Watch this video to learn how to make French toast using just a handful of ingredients.

What You Need:

  • 1 cup of almond/non-dairy milk (unsweetened)
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ½ tablespoon of maple syrup or agave nectar
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • Vegan butter or coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (ground)
  • 4/5 slices of bread

What You Need:

  1. Add all the ingredients, excluding the bread, in a shallow bowl and place it inside the fridge for about 10 to 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat your griddle to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and add a tablespoon of vegan butter/coconut oil to grease it. 
  3. Dip all the slices of bread in the mixture and let them soak for about 20 seconds on each side. If you’re using dry bread, leave them in for a little longer.
  4. Place the soaked slices on the griddle for about 3 to 4 minutes and flip them over until both sides are golden brown.
  5. Dust powdered sugar on top and serve with strawberries and maple syrup. 

Watch this video for the easiest recipe to make the most delicious vegan French toast at home. 

What You Need:

  • ½ cup of milk
  • Butter
  • 12 large eggs
  • 12 slices of day old bread (white or whole wheat)

What You Need:

  1. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Whisk your eggs and milk together in a bowl and pour half of it into a large, shallow baking tray.
  2. Add six slices of bread to the mixture and let them soak for a couple of minutes. Turn them over and wait until they’ve completely absorbed the egg mixture.
  3. Grease your baking tray with butter and carefully place the slices on it in a single layer.
  4. Pop the tray into the oven and bake the slices for around 6 minutes. Turn them over to make sure both sides have turned a beautiful, golden brown color.
  5. Serve them with your choice of syrup and dust some powdered cinnamon sugar on top.

Tips and Tricks

Get High-Quality Bread

If you want your French toast to turn out great, you need to use high-quality bread. Make sure the bread you’ve purchased has a dense and cakey crumb so it can absorb the egg-based mixture properly. You can use brioche, traditional white bread, or Challah to make the fluffiest French toast with a creamy interior.

Add a Little Bit of Booze

You can add cinnamon, nutmeg, or vanilla to your egg-based mixture to elevate the flavor of a classic French toast. I suggest adding a few tablespoons of fortified wine, like sherry, to make a restaurant-style French toast at home. It’s a nice addition to the recipe to make the French toast extra crispy on the outside. 

How Long Does It Take to Make It?

When you’re making French toast, you need to fry all the slices for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. If you’re following the simplest recipe of a classic French toast, it shouldn’t take more than 15 to 20 minutes to make it. 

Why Is Your French Toast Soggy?

If you’ve made your French toast from fresh bread, then there’s a great chance that you’ll end up with a soggy end product. Fresh bread has a lot of moisture that doesn’t allow it to completely absorb the mixture without falling apart. 

If you don’t feel like waiting for the bread to go stale, you can slice your load and dry it out yourself. Dried out bread will soak the mixture perfectly.

Another thing you could be doing wrong is adding too much milk and sugar to the mixture. Too much dairy won’t allow the egg to cook properly and leave the bread wet and soggy.

Should I Toast Bread for French Toast?

If you don’t have day old bread in your kitchen but you’re craving some French toast, then here’s what you can do. Instead of drying out your bread the natural way, you can simply toast it in the toaster. This will keep the bread soft on the inside while giving it slightly crisp edges.

Conclusion

To make the perfect French toast, you need high-quality bread that’s at least a day old. If you don’t have the time to wait, then you can cut your loaf into slices and toast them to dry them out.

The perfect French toast is dry and crispy on the surface and tender in the center.  If you’re vegan, you can simply use almond milk and ground chia seeds instead of egg and milk in the batter.

We hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and will give one of these recipes a try!

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  1. you have cinnamon listed twice is this correct?

    Vegan French Toast
    What You Need:
    1 cup of almond/non-dairy milk (unsweetened)
    ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
    ½ tablespoon of maple syrup or agave nectar
    ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
    ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
    Vegan butter or coconut oil
    1 tablespoon of chia seeds (ground)
    4/5 slices of bread
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