French toast is an easy breakfast or brunch dish that's always a crowd-pleaser. It's a great way to use up extra bread, especially if it's a little stale. Whole wheat bread is ideal for French toast because the texture is denser than white bread, but you can use any bread you'd like. Try fluffy white bread, seeded, sourdough, challah, brioche, cinnamon-raisin bread—whatever you have available.
Make sure that you let the bread stand in the egg and cream mixture for a minute before frying so it becomes saturated. The liquid will make the bread puff up slightly as it cooks, and the interior will be creamy with a delicious browned crust on the outside.
Serve the French toast with a dusting of powdered sugar, berries, and maple syrup. Consider offering more butter on the side, as well as jam or compote and whipped cream. Fruit syrups are also fun, as are mini chocolate chips or chocolate sauce.
- 12 slices whole wheat bread (or another type of bread)
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup half and half
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Serving Suggestions:
- Powdered sugar
- Maple syrup
Gather the ingredients. Place a large skillet over medium heat.
Combine the eggs and half and half in a large, shallow bowl. Beat well to combine; stir in the vanilla and salt.
Place the butter in the skillet and let it melt; swirl the pan to make sure the butter coats the bottom.
Working in batches (however many will fit in your pan), soak the bread in the egg mixture for 1 minute on each side.
Lift the bread out of the custard mixture and let it drain briefly before placing it in the skillet. Cook the French toast over medium heat, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 5 to 8 minutes. Repeat with the remaining bread and egg mixture.
Serve immediately with your favorite toppings and enjoy.
How to Store
Leftover French toast can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in a skillet for a few minutes until warm. The French toast can also be frozen for longer storage. Separate the slices with parchment paper and store them in a container or zip-top bag for up to 3 months. Reheat the slices in a toaster or toaster oven.
- This recipe is easily halved if you're only serving a few people.
- You can use an electric griddle or skillet for this recipe, or cook the French toast on a griddle on the stovetop.
- When making French toast in several batches, keep the finished slices warm in the oven until it's time to serve.
- If you are slicing the bread yourself, cut the pieces so they are between 3/4 and 1 inch thick.
- Different types of bread may require more or less time in the egg mixture; softer, less dense bread will need a shorter soak in the custard while a heartier bread (such as whole wheat) will need a little longer.
- If you think the bread is too soggy, you can squeeze it a little (like a sponge) before placing it in the skillet.