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Several Different Ways to Make French Toast

Updated on May 12, 2009

French toast is a great food be it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It offers grains and proteins and can be served in several different ways offering you a wide range of options. Be it smoothered in syrup or topped with fruit you can that it is a great food. It is also a great way to feed the kids and is easy (and inexpensive) to make. Plus there are lots of ways to enjoy this great food.

Basic Recipe

The basic recipe is to take beaten eggs and dip toast into the egg. Each side of the bread should be thoroughly covered. You then fry the toast in a pan until it is golden brown and all the egg mixture is cooked.

Simple additives: Some people add a splash of milk. Others add a teaspoon of sugar and or salt. Others sprinkle in cinnamon. The key is to choose your additives and mix well with the eggs.

Five to six (without milk) eggs should be enough for 8 to 10 slices of bread. It should be noted that milk and or cream makes a softer less eggy toast. Straight egg makes a stiffer toast closer to fried eggs.

Danelle's Suped Up Basic Recipe

I like to follow my own recipe. So I mix four eggs, a generous splash of milk (I know it would help if I measured it), about three tablespoons of syrup (I don't like maple syrup so I simply use table syrup), and mix it really well. I add cinnamon and a small dash of nutmeg. I then stir it up to get the powder wet. I spray my fry pan (or griddle) with olive oil cooking spray so that it doesn't add a lot of fat. Then I dunk my bread and cook over medium heat till golden brown on both sides. Makes about 8 to 10 slices of toast. If I run out of mixture I add a little bit more and if I run out of cinnamon I add more of that too so each of my pieces of toast has a generous topping of cinnamon.

Creamy French Toast

  • 1 cup half and half
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons of honey that has been warmed in the microwave for 20 seconds
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 8 slices of bread
  • 4 Tablespoons of butter

Mix all ingredients except bread and butter well. Dip the bread into the mix and back at 375 degrees for about 30 seconds each side. Place 1 Tablespoon of butter into a fry pan and melt. Fry two slices of the french toast in it for 2-3 minutes each side till golden brown. Repeat with remaining slices. Serve immediately.

Fluffy French Toast

  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar
  • 12 slices of bread

Mix all ingredients (except the bread) into a bowl and mix well. Lightly oil your griddle or frying pan and begin to warm. Soak your bread in the mixture and fry until golden brown.

Baked French Toast

  • 1 French loaf cut into 1" slices
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 1/2 cups of half and half
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Butter a 9x13 bake pan. Arrange your bread slices on the bottom. Mix all ingredients and pour over bread. Let sit overnight.

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of light corn syrup or maple syrup

Mix the topping ingredients together and simmer on stove till it gets bubbly. Then pour over the egg and bread mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. Flip and bake another 5 to 10 minutes until firm.

Creme Brulee French Toast

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of corn syrup

Melt butter and mix in sugar and syrup until well melted and bubbly. Butter a 9x13 inch pan and pour sugar mixture in bottom. Arrange 6-8 pieces of french bread in pan with the crusts removed.

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of half and half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon triple sec (orange flavored liqueur)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix remaining ingredients together and top the bread with it. Let soak in the refrigerator overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees while the mixture comes to room temperature. Bake 35 minutes. Flip and broil other side for 3-5 minutes until golden brown.

Topping suggestions for Creme Brulee French Toast-

  • Sprinkle the top with cinnamon sugar before baking. Or~
  • Reserve some of the brown sugar mix that is put on the bottom and mix with pecans. Top just before done baking.

Thymey-Wimey French Toast

Admittedly sweet French Toast isn't for everyone. There are lots of options out there and a good portion of the world that eats "French Toast" in a variety of ways. Not into the sweet? Maybe this recipe will be one you will enjoy.

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 thick slices of crusty bread
  • 2 teaspoons of dried thyme leaves
  • 1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Whisk milk and melted butter together. Soak bread into milk mixture. Top the first side of the bread with 1/2 of the dried thyme. Heat a dry skillet and fry the bread thyme side down for about 5 minutes (keep the temperature on medium low). Sprinkle the remaining thyme on the bread and flip. Fry for about 5 minutes. Your goal here is golden brown on each side. Next transfer the bread to a baking sheet and top with cheese. Bake for about 10 minutes until cheese is bubbly. Serve immediately.

Create Your Own

The real great thing about French Toast is that you can take these ideas and create your own. Whether you like it really sweet, only a little sweet, or not sweet at all there are lots of great ways to make great French Toast. Experiment with your own ideas and have fun while doing it. Of course, you don' t have to stop with what goes into the French Toast recipe! There are also a ton of different options for topping your French Toast as well!

Toppings

There are a lot of ways to top your french toast. Here are just a few to get you started. Common toppings include: syrup, jam or jelly, fresh fruit, whipped cream, powdered sugar, honey, peanut butter, and even bacon. Or you can whip up one of the following!

Cream Cheese Topping-

  • 1- 8 ounce package of cream cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons of cool whip

Blend all ingredients until they are smooth. Top your French Toast with it or use it for the filling in French Toast sandwiches and top with syrup or powdered sugar.

Strawberry Topping-

  • 1/2 cup of syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons of triple sec (orange liqueur)
  • 3/4 cup of purred strawberries

Heat in a pan about five minutes, stirring well. Serve on top of hot French Toast immediately.

Apple Cinnamon Topping-

  • 4 cups of peeled and sliced apples
  • 1 cup of water

Cook for about 5 minutes until soft.

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 Tablespoons of cornstarch

Whisk ingredients together. Add 1/2 cup of water and 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice to the apples. Then slowly whisk in the sugar/cornstarch mix. Cook for about one minute to warm and thicken. Serve over hot French Toast.

French Toast is a famous breakfast food and can be good for any meal of the day. Served with fresh fruit and a glass of milk it is also a fairly well balanced meal and something you are likely to get the kids to eat (and enjoy). In addition, it is inexpensive and tasty too. Have fun with your French Toast and try something new today!

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  • Kristen Howe profile image

    Kristen Howe 

    3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

    I love French toast. Great tips to make your own from scratch.

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    Kristen Howe 

    3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

    Great creative ideas for making french toast. I might try it out and experiment some day this year. Less calories is the way to go for me.

  • Rosie writes profile image

    Rosie writes 

    7 years ago from Virginia

    I can't wait to make your version! I've been wanting to make french toast for a long time now but just haven't done it. Your article explained it easily and even gave topping ideas. Even though it may be a high calorie meal, you can eat smaller portions or make a brunch out it with fruit. Delicious!!! Thanks!

  • aidenofthetower profile imageAUTHOR

    aidenofthetower 

    8 years ago

    Joe...It is certainly true that this should definitely be a once in a while treat. I would not recommend enjoying it if you are on a diet or in any way worried about your calorie intake. After all...it isn't healthy.

    With that in mind, French toast doesn't have to be a nightmare on your diet. You could make it with your favorite bread and an egg substitute. Use a cooking spray on your pan if you don't have really good pans. I have really good non-stick cookware so I just skip the oil and spray lowering the fat content of all our food.

    Serve with sautéed vegetables and fruit with low fat milk for a very balanced breakfast that is good for you. Just make sure you are skipping the syrup!

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    Joe 

    8 years ago

    Jesus, this is a 1600 calorie breakfast (the creamy one)

    Even if you eat a few slices, it's 200 calories for a slice of bread in this stuff...

    Not to mention all the unhealthy fats in this >>

    Hope someone sees my comment and avoids something like this. This breakfast is a feast, and a treat. Bring the recipe down to 150 calories per slice by getting rid of all that butter and using 5 cal/tbsp butter.

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