Basic French Toast

Basic French Toast
The Spruce
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
211 Calories
11g Fat
14g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 211
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 244mg 81%
Sodium 262mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 13g
Calcium 207mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a delicious, basic French toast recipe made with eggs, milk, and bread. Serve this popular breakfast dish with butter and maple syrup. Round out a delicious savory and sweet brunch menu with bacon or sausage.

Did you know you can freeze French toast? Make big batches and freeze slices of cooked and cooled French toast in small food storage bags for easy breakfasts throughout the week. Just reheat in the skillet or pop the frozen slices in the toaster.

For a richer French toast, use thick slices of brioche bread or challah, along with whole milk, light cream, or half-and-half. Or make a French toast dessert with sturdy slices of pound cake!

See the tips and variations below for some additional ingredient ideas and topping suggestions.


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  • 4 large eggs
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 to 10 slices bread, preferably stale or day-old

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Break the eggs into a wide, shallow bowl or pie plate and beat them lightly with a fork or whisk.

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  3. Stir the sugar, salt, and milk into the beaten eggs.

  4. Coat a skillet or griddle with a thin layer of butter, shortening, or oil. Place it over medium-low heat.

  5. Place the bread slices, one at a time, into the bowl or plate. Let the bread soak up egg mixture for a few seconds and then carefully turn to coat the other side. Coat only as many slices as you will be cooking at one time. 

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  6. Transfer the egg-coated bread slices to the hot skillet or griddle. Heat slowly until bottom is golden brown. Turn and brown the other side.

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  7. Serve French toast hot with butter and syrup. See the serving suggestions and tips below.

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  8. Add bacon or sausage and fruit or berries for a hearty breakfast.


  • Use thick slices of bread and soak it just long enough to absorb the egg mixture, but not so long it becomes saturated.
  • If you're serving the French toast all at once, keep slices warm in the oven set on the 200 F or "warm" setting while you make subsequent batches.
  • Freeze extra French toast for another day. Arrange the cooked French toast on a baking sheet, freeze for 1 hour, then seal in freezer bags. Freeze for up to two months. Just reheat the French toast in the toaster or skillet.

Recipe Variations

  • Add an extra teaspoon or two of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and a teaspoon of cinnamon to the egg mixture for cinnamon spiced French toast.
  • Use part light cream, half-and-half, or heavy cream for a silkier, richer egg batter.
  • For a change of pace, use toppings instead of syrup for your French toast. Powdered sugar, chocolate chips or nuts, berries, or a streusel mixture are just a few tasty alternatives.