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Recipe: How to make French Toast

Updated on September 24, 2011

It’s the perfect breakfast or desert, some scrumptious French toast. However, to get that perfect sweet taste it requires more than just an egg and some bread. My super secret ingredient: sugar. Lots of it.

You will need...

  • Bread
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • (Powdered) Sugar
  • Vanilla extract or vanilla sugar
  • Butter or oil
  • A frying pan
  • Optional: toppings like fruit and cinnamon

First: bread

First, pick your bread. I recommend using bread that you’ve laid to ‘dry’ for an afternoon. Stale bread will suck up the egg mixture better. Don’t use bread that’s been lying around for a week or two however, mold does not work well with eggs. When it comes to the kind of bread, you can use whatever kind you like. I prefer using white bread, primarily because it’s a little sweeter than darker bread, and sweet is what you’re aiming for with this dish.

Second: egg mixture

Now that you have your bread ready, it’s time for the eggs. The amount of eggs depends on how big your slices of bread are. I’d recommend starting with one egg per person; you can always add some mixture. Take a plate or a wide, shallow bowl, and break the egg(s). Add some milk. There are no real measurements when it comes to making French toast. However, I use about one cup of milk for 3-4 eggs. Now for the most important ingredient: sugar. You can use regular sugar, or powdered sugar. I prefer the latter, because it will dissolve better. No if I’m honest, when I add the sugar, I use a lot. And I mean really a lot. With regular sugar it’s approximately 1 tablespoon per egg, but when it comes to powdered sugar I just go crazy. So just add sugar until you think it’s sweet enough for your taste. Now mix the egg, milk and sugar with a fork.

Now here comes the secret trick. When you want your toast so taste donut-like, add some vanilla. You can add vanilla extract or vanilla sugar. I wouldn’t recommend using a vanilla stick; your bread won’t soak it up. Now stir with your fork, and place the bread into the mixture.

Third: heat

Whilst your bread is soaking, put a frying pan on your stove. Add either unsalted butter, or olive oil. Remember: you don’t have to deep-fry French toast, so just add enough butter or oil to prevent the bread from sticking to the bottom of your pan. Whilst your butter is heating, flip your bread over in the egg mixture so the other side will get soaked as well.

Once your pan is warm enough, put the slices of bread in it. Don’t turn up the heat too much, or the outside will burn whilst the inside will not be cooked yet. When one side is brown, flip the slices over and cook the other side until its brown as well. Then turn of the heat, scoop the slices out of the pan and place them on a plate. Add topping if you want to, or, for example, some cinnamon. Enjoy while still hot!


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    • Robin Oatley profile imageAUTHOR

      Robin Oatley 

      6 years ago

      Hi Jools and John! I'm happy to see my hub is bringing French toast back into everyone's mind =)

    • John MacNab profile image

      John MacNab 

      6 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      Thanks Robin. I haven't had french toast in years; in fact I'd forgotten all about it, but it is just about to be reincarnated thanks to your hub.

    • Jools99 profile image

      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Yummy! I haven't had my breakfast yet and wondered what to have - now I have decided. Voted up, shared, etc,etc

    • Robin Oatley profile imageAUTHOR

      Robin Oatley 

      7 years ago

      Hey Kayha! Now you're giving me ideas, I suddenly crave French toast..

    • kayha profile image


      7 years ago

      French toasts are so delicious. I use quite a lot of sugar too. I think I am going to make it tomorrow for breakfast. Thanks!

    • Robin Oatley profile imageAUTHOR

      Robin Oatley 

      7 years ago

      Brown sugar can taste great as well, I agree. When I want to use brown sugar I just spread it out on the toast after I'm done baking, as a topping.

    • oldcoincollector profile image


      7 years ago

      I love French Toast and I make it pretty much as you have described here. I prefer using brown sugar but it can be difficult to get it mixed well.


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