Weekend mornings were made for French toast. Okay, and for staying-at-home, playing-hooky-from-work weekdays too. Plus those moments when you just want to eat breakfast for dinner. Scratch that. Anytime is French toast time.
French toast is a comfort food so simple and so universal that it doesn’t need a recipe, just a few pantry staples paired with a bit of know how, and you’re all set. Our guide below will show you how to achieve golden brown and eggy perfection without any strict rules or measurements. Plus, we’ve also gathered eleven of our favorite French toast recipes that will put your new bread-flipping skills to good use.
From the store to the kitchen to the table: We outline the steps that get you from something raw to something cooked using simple ingredients, free of measurements and complicated techniques. A method that you can have in your back pocket and whip out whenever you like. We call it recipe-free cooking.
You will need:
Shallow glass bowl like a pie plate
Large nonstick frying pan
Six slices of bread
Maple syrup (optional)
Super-easy steps to make super-satisfying, basic French toast:
1. Heat the oven to its lowest setting (warm or 200 degrees Fahrenheit; it will take at least 20 minutes to warm up).
2. Crack the eggs into your shallow glass bowl and mix with a fork. Add two times as much milk as beaten eggs. Mix well with the fork.
3. Add a pinch of salt, one spoonful of vanilla, and two spoonfuls of sugar. Mix with the fork.
4. Put as many slices of bread in to soak as will comfortably fit on the bottom of the bowl. Let the bread soak for a few minutes, turning it over to coat both sides, then remove and repeat with the remaining slices.
5. Heat the frying pan on the stove, and add a few pats of butter. Melt the butter over medium-high heat until foamy.
6. Add two slices of soaked bread to the pan. Fry until golden brown on one side, flip with a spatula, and fry the other side.
7. When the first bread slices are finished, move them to your baking sheet while the rest are cooking. Put the baking sheet in the oven to keep the finished slices warm until you’ve fried all the bread.
8. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, transfer the French toast to a plate, and serve with maple syrup, if desired.
When we say basic, it’s because this recipe is as easy as pie—er, toast . But it’s not basic, flavorwise: with a good dash of vanilla and cinnamon, it has decadence to spare. Get our recipe.
Got an army of hungry brunchers coming over? This effortless casserole-style French toast will feed them all. Just lay out your bread in a baking dish, pour the custard base on top, and bake the whole thing at 350 until it’s all puffy and brown. Get our French Toast Casserole recipe.
Are you so over maple syrup? These sandwich-style creations up the ante with a touch of sweetness from whipped cream, orange liqueur, and marmalade. Get our French Toast Sandwiches with Marmalade recipe.
Think of this as breakfast, deconstructed. The bread is torn into chunks, placed in a dish, and coated with a spiced egg mixture, making for a free-form French toast jumble that you can dig into with a spoon. Get our French Toast Strata recipe.
This is what happens when French toast decides to go on holiday down south to Italy, picking up cannoli cream, orange zest, and chocolate chips as souvenirs after a memorable jaunt to Sicily. Get our Cannoli French Toast Rolls recipe.
Although French toast may be a humble dish, you’re still welcome to make it extra special and fancy by using extra rich and eggy challah bread and topping it off with carefully sliced fruit. Get our Challah French Toast with Strawberries recipe.
This toast is so decadent that it could easily qualify as dessert. Flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla bean and topped with rum-soaked pineapples and an (optional) scoop of ice cream, it’s certain to satisfy even the most aggressive sweet tooth. Get our Spiced French Toast with Roasted Pineapple recipe.
You know that come brunch day, your French toast wants some friends sidled next to it on the plate, like bacon. Well, what about if instead you put that bacon on your French toast, for an irresistible combo of salty and sweet? *Worlds collide.* Get our Ultimate Maple-Bacon French Toast recipe.
Way before dessert mash-up hybrids became a thing, Brazil was already getting creative with its sweets. Rabanada is toast dressed up like a churro, featuring a heavy dusting of cinnamon and cocoa powder over bread coated in a sweetened condensed milk and egg mixture. Get our Rabanada (Brazilian-Style French Toast) recipe.
Even French toast can swing both ways—that is, to both the sugary and savory sides. Here, it tosses aside its innocent, sweet image, getting stuffed full of sultry and salty ham with mustard and cheese—oh my! Get our Ham and Gruyère French Toast recipe.