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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
- 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 remaining toasts. Once all of the toasts are done, bake another 10-15 minutes to set the custard.
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.
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.
Croissant French Toast is the ultimate treat. Cut in half, then dip and sauté the same way as any other bread.
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.
- 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.
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
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
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.
Cost to Make:
Calories: 260 kcal
Servings: 9 slices of French Toast
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.
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 sautee 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 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.
French Toast Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Vitamin A 484IU10%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.