Looking for the perfect way to start the day? Then only a fresh batch of french toast will do. It turns out this basic recipe has existed much longer than you might expect: it goes all the way back to a cookbook published in the 4th or 5th century. For reference, what we now call French toast is older than France the country. Pretty impressive!
In searching for the best french toast, we discovered a few not-so-secret secrets: thicker slices of bread work better than thinner for absorbing batter, and pre-toasting the bread in the oven before dipping it in the batter prevents sogginess. Keep those tips in mind as you take a look at our favorite french toast recipe…
French Toast Recipe
30min to prepare serves 4
- 8 thick slices bread (a hearty white bread should work, about 1/2" slices)
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk, warmed
- 4 eggs
- 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted plus extra for skillet
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Place bread on a wire rack or baking sheet. Bake bread about 8 minutes. flip, then bake another 8 minutes. Remove from rack and let cook 5 minutes.
- Whisk together milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended.
- Transfer the mixture to a large baking pan.
- Soak the bread in the mixture about 20 seconds per side, then transfer to a separate baking sheet.
- Lower oven temperature to 200F to keep cooked french toast warm.
- Add butter to a skillet, and cook over low heat. Transfer slices of bread to the skillet and cook until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes, then flip and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.
- Transfer toast to a baking sheet, and place in the oven.
- Repeat until all toast is cooked. Serve warm with butter, powdered sugar, and/or maple syrup.
Recipe adapted from the Food Network