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This Basic French Toast recipe is one you will want for your go-to breakfast recipes. It is incredibly easy, but makes the perfectly soft, fluffy and chewy french toast.

basic french toast topped with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries on a white plate

How Do You Make French Toast From Scratch?

The key to an amazing french toast from scratch is basically two things:

  1. Good Bread. My favorite type of bread for French Toast is french bread or homemade sourdough bread. Some other types of bread that are great for french toast:
    • Brioche – a richer version of sandwich bread. It is a sturdy bread which allows it to hold its shape after soaking up the egg mixture, and cooks into a finished dish with a crisped outside and a soft, creamy inside.
    • Challah – This is an eggy bread that is somewhat similar to Brioche.  It can soak up the egg mixture without collapsing and browns nicely on the outside but leaves you with the creamy insides want with French Toast.
    • French Bread – This is a firm-crusted bread and has no problem soaking up custard and staying sturdy. Unlike brioche, challah, a baguette makes a french toast that is more chewy.  Let it soak extra long in the egg and milk mixture to make sure it’s thoroughly softened.
    • Homemade Sourdough – This bread is often more chewy and sturdy that regular white bread. It can soak up the egg mixture and maintain its delicious texture. It is definitely more on the chewy side as a finished product, but I love this texture!
  2. The Right Milk to Egg Ratio. The milk and egg mixture makes a huge difference in the texture of your french toast. If you add too much milk, the bread will soak up more liquid and will likely be soggy in the middle. If you have the right balance, the bread will soak up some liquid, but the egg will cook and balance it out giving it a creamy texture in the middle and crisp edges on the outside.

Why Is My French Toast Soggy?

If you add too much milk or sugar to your egg mixture, the egg in the mixture won’t cook, which will give you wet, soggy french toast.

What is the Secret to Good French Toast?

There are a couple of tips that can take your french toast game from good to amazing! They aren’t complicated and are easy for every home chef to learn!

  1. Make sure that your egg custard mixture soaks into your bread. Instead of quickly dipping your bread into the mixture, let it sit in the egg mixture for a minute or two and really soak it up.
  2. Cook french toast on medium heat. Cooking it too hot will give you a burned outside and a soggy inside. If you use a medium heat, the outsides can cook to a golden brown and the inside will get to that creamy texture we all love!
  3. Use a mixture of oil and butter to grease your pan. The oil will help prevent the butter from burning, and the butter will give the outside of your french toast that amazing buttery flavor.
  4. Whisk the egg mixture thoroughly. Nobody likes a thick glob of egg on their french toast! Whisk thoroughly so that everything is mixed evenly.

Now you are a French Toast pro! Enjoy making this delicious breakfast recipe for your family!

basic french toast topped with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries on a white plate

Basic French Toast

This Basic French Toast recipe is one you will want for your go-to breakfast recipes. It is incredibly easy, but makes the perfectly soft, fluffy and chewy french toast.
4.2 from 5 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Basic French Toast
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 2 slices each
Calories: 461kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 8 slice french bread day old is best
  • 2 tbsp butter

Serve With

  • 2 cup berries strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
  • 4 tablespoon maple syrup, pure

Instructions

  • Whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla, and salt together in a wide, shallow container.
  • Slice the bread into slightly thicker slices that sandwich bread.
  • Heat large skillet or griddle, and melt butter.
  • Quickly dip the bread slices in the batter, making sure they're not in too long and getting over-soaked.
  • Cook on medium heat, cooking both sides until golden brown and crisp.
  • Serve with fresh fruit and drizzled with maple syrup.

Notes

If you want to make savory french toast, leave the vanilla out and season the batter with salt and pepper.
To add some sweet flavor depth,  grate some nutmeg and add a pinch or two of cinnamon, all spice and/or ginger into the batter.
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Nutrition

Calories: 461kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 482mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 23g

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5 stars
This was a hit to 4 picky eaters!! Ages 5-9 approved!!! Thank you for sharing.

Side note, I used whole grain wheat bread which added depth.

5 stars
5 stars with a few changes: I doubled the eggs, and used just a splash of milk for a thicker batter. I didn’t include the nutmeg and eliminated the salt. I melted margarine in the skillet over medium heat and sprinkled a little extra cinnamon on both sides of the bread while cooking. Family loves this recipe! Very easy and very tasty.