Best French Toast Recipe
Our super classic french toast recipe is everything you need in your weekend morning—the kind of easy, joy-spreading food that takes a pretty-good lazy morning into the realm of greatness. A dash of cinnamon and a touch of vanilla add a cozy warmth to the French toast batter, and swapping heavy cream in place of milk gives it all the restaurant-y richness we crave in a brunch recipe. In other words, this really is the best French toast recipe of all! We’ve perfected it, and we’re not afraid to say it! So grab yourself some good maple syrup—seriously, go for the good stuff—and whip up the best French toast that’s ever graced your breakfast table.
Everything You’ll Need to Make Our Easy French Toast Recipe
If you’re a person who keeps heavy cream in the fridge at all times, firstly we salute you! And secondly, you’ve probably got everything you need to make French toast! If you’re not, though, no worries. A quick grocery run and you’ll be set. Here’s what you’ll need to make French toast:
Bread. And speaking of bread, you might be wondering what is the….
Best Bread for French Toast
One of the delightful things about making French toast from scratch is that you can work with what you’ve got! You, too, can have a spur of the moment French toast feast—no grocery runs required. So yeah, you can totally use that whole wheat bread that you usually use for PB&Js to make French toast. However, if you do have the chance to plan ahead, your French toast will be more restaurant-like if you use a slightly richer bread. Our very favorite breads for French toast are:
Challah. This tender, squishy, rich braided bread is a classic restaurant favorite for French toast, and we love it too!
Brioche. Even richer than challah, buttery brioche French toast is a seriously luxurious way to start the day. Live it up!
How To Make French Toast
French toast is so easy to make from scratch and it’s actually kind of…fun? You can enlist the kids’ help, if you’re feeling up for a team effort. Or just put on some good music and have fun yourself! We love watching the butter bubble and quickly rushing the soaking, cinnamon-scented bread to the hot griddle and then—ahhhh—that beautiful sizzle! Then you start to smell the sweet, toasty fragrance of the French toast and just all it’s pretty darn exciting. Sip your coffee, flip the bread and get ready for a seriously exciting breakfast. Here’s how to make French toast:
Make the French toast batter! Whisk the eggs, heavy cream, vanilla extract and cinnamon until fully combined.
Melt some butter until it’s bubbly!
Soak the bread slices in the cream-and-egg batter. About 30 seconds on each side.
Cook the French toast! Lay a soaking wet slice of bread in the bubbling hot butter and let it brown. Then flip the French toast and brown the other side.
More butter. Repeat with the rest of the bread until you’ve made a mountain of gorgeous, golden brown, homemade French toast!
Dig in! Serve the French toast with warm maple syrup and plenty of extra butter.
Please Pass the Syrup!
We’re not saying we’re never going out for brunch again. However, once you realize how easy it is to make French toast at home—and that it’s not just easy but also pretty fun!—it does get kind of hard to put on real clothes and go out for brunch and wait for possibly mediocre French toast. So if this recipe ruins going out to brunch for you, sorry! But also you’re welcome! When you make it, we’d love to hear about it, OK? Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!