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Basic French Toast

  • Author: Sabrina Russo
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


The keys to perfect French toast are good quality, day-old bread, and generous amounts of butter, cinnamon and real maple syrup.


  • 4 slices day-old bread, such as challah, brioche or country white bread*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp whole milk or cream
  • Dash vanilla extract
  • Dash of cinnamon, plus more for serving
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 tbsp butter


  1. Make batter: Beat together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.
  2. Heat pan: Heat a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Melt butter in pan, using 1 tablespoon for every 2 slices of bread.
  3. Dip & cook: Dip bread in egg mixture, coating thoroughly, and shake off any excess before adding to pan. Cook French toast for about 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Cook in 2 batches, if needed.
  4. Serve: Sprinkle with cinnamon, drizzle with warm maple syrup and top with powdered sugar, if desired. Enjoy.


  • If using fresh bread, place on baking sheet in a 325°F oven and partially dry out for about 3-4 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Pan fry
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 2 slices French toast
  • Calories: 399
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 791mg
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 42g
  • Protein: 16g

Keywords: french toast, classic, basic, challah