French Bread French Toast
French Bread French Toast brings breakfast to a whole new level — soft centers and crunchy exteriors are the perfect combination with our egg mixture that is spruced up with cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Add your favorite syrup and toppings and breakfast or brunch is set!
Why This Recipe Works
- French bread French toast. We are leveling up our French toast game by using French bread instead of Texas toast or regular bread. Trust me when I say French toast using French bread is the best!
- Best French toast recipe. The egg and milk mixture the French bread is dipped in is especially delicious! Using the right combination of eggs and milk, with the addition of vanilla, brown sugar and salt, we get the perfect ratios of everything for french toast perfection!
- French Bread: I used 2 loaves French bread from Costco. You can use more or less. Depending on how large your loaf is, you may only want/need one. Doing thick slices of bread will help the bread not get soggy.
- Eggs: Getting the right ratio of fresh eggs to milk is crucial to the right flavor and texture of the French bread French toast recipe.
- Milk: Use whatever percentage of milk you have: 1% milk, 2% milk or whole milk are fine. If you use a milk substitute like almond milk or coconut milk, just note the flavor will be affected.
- Brown Sugar: Adding a touch of brown sugar to the milk mixture will give these French toast slices the perfect hint of sweetness. It’s the secret ingredient for french toast!
- Cinnamon: The added cinnamon provides an added flavor profile.
- Vanilla Extract: Use high quality vanilla for best flavor.
- Favorite Toppings: Prepare your favorite french toast toppings: warm maple syrup, buttermilk syrup, fresh fruit, whipped cream, etc.
- Slice the bread. Slice the French bread in 1/2-inch slices and discard ends or use for something else.
- Make the egg milk mixture. Combine 6 large eggs, 1 3/4 cup milk, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp kosher salt to a large bowl or blender. Mix until combined. If using a blender, transfer to a large bowl.
- Heat griddle. Heat a pancake griddle to 300º-325ºF or medium heat.
- Dip the French bread. Once the griddle is warm, dip a slice of bread in the egg mixture and flip to coat both sides. Place egg-coated bread on the griddle. Continue with enough slices of french toast to fill the griddle.
- Cook the French bread French toast. Cook the French bread for about 3-4 minutes each side until the outsides are golden brown. Don’t cook on too high of heat or else the outside will be cooked and the inside will be raw and mushy. Remove the French toast from the griddle and brush the top of each slice of french toast with melted butter.
- Serve! Serve this amazing French toast immediately with your favorite syrups, fresh berries, and whipped cream. Enjoy!
This French bread French toast recipe makes enough to serve about 6-7 people, 3 slices per person.
I like using a shallow dish for the egg and milk mixture so it’s easier to dip the bread.
If you want to make a bunch of French toast and eat all together, you can place the French toast on a baking sheet or baking dish in the oven preheated to 200ºF to keep warm.
Cutting the bread 1/2-inch thick will make the slices thick enough to be substantial while staying thin enough to absorb the egg mixture and cook well.
You don’t want to cook the French toast too quickly. Keep the griddle on medium heat, no higher. Otherwise you will cook the outsides before the inside of the bread can cook.
Finishing off the French toast with some butter is the perfect way to add that buttery flavor to the mix.
Make Ahead, Storing, and Freezing
Make Ahead: I recommend making French toast when you want to eat it. However, if you’d like to prepare something in advance, you can prepare the egg mixture the night before and store it in an airtight container in the fridge to be used the next morning.
Storing: Store any leftover French toast in a ziplock bag or airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. Reheat in the toaster or on the griddle for best results.
Freezing: To freeze, flash freeze until the slices are solid. Then store in a ziplock bag or airtight container with parchment paper between the slices to avoid sticking together. Store in the freezer for up to 1 month.
I like reheating French toast in the toaster or on the griddle for best results. Reheating in the microwave will work, but you won’t get that crisp outside and soft inside.
Don’t let the slices sit in the egg mixture for too long. Soggy french toast is from letting the bread sit in the mixture too long. Place the piece of bread in the mixture, then flip it. You want to fully cover the bread with the mixture without letting it sit too long to soak up.
I don’t think you need to let the bread sit out overnight for French toast, but you do want a nice loaf of French bread that has that chewy crunchy crust on the outside. This will help the French toast hold up well. People will often use stale bread for french toast. Day-old bread is great for french toast.
French bread, of course! It provides the perfect texture, making it the best bread for french toast!
More Breakfast Recipes
- Chocolate Chip Waffles
- Almond Milk Pancakes
- English Pancakes
- Buttermilk Waffles Recipe
- German Pancakes
French Bread French Toast
- 2 loaves French bread - (I used the loaves from Costco, feel free to half the recipe if you want to make less). Also note, if you have a large French loaf, you may only need 1!
- 6 large eggs
- 1 3/4 cups milk
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar - packed
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- butter - for topping, optional
- Slice the French bread into ½ inch slices, discard the very ends or save them for later use.
- In a large bowl (or a blender) add the eggs, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Beat or blend until combined. If using a blender, transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
- Heat a flat griddle to 300°- 325°F or medium heat. Dip a slice of bread into the egg mixture and turn it over to coat both sides. Place the egg coated bread on the warm skillet. Continue dipping the bread and placing it on the skillet until filled.
- Cook about 3-4 minutes per side. The outsides should be golden brown. The key to making French toast is to cook it on medium heat (don’t want it too hot otherwise you’ll scorch the outsides and the insides will be raw and still mushy).
- Just prior to removing the French toast from the griddle, add a small piece of butter to the top of each bread… totally optional, but I love doing this!
- Eat immediately with desired toppings, or place the French toast in a 200°F preheated oven until ready to serve.