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How To Make French Toast

Updated on April 2, 2016

What the French Toast?!

This delicious dish of bread dipped in egg and fried is a popular feature for breakfast or brunch. Learn how to prepare this international treat and get lots of yummy recipe variations! I'll even show you how to make french toast step-by-step... so, are you ready for breakfast?

All you need is a slice or two of bread, at least one egg and you can make the most basic form of French toast. You can even use bread that is starting to get a little bit stale. You don't want to use your average, sliced bread or Wonder bread, that's just going to be awful. Bakery-style loaf bread is what you are after, something with a rustic crust and thick slices.

My Childhood French Toast - reminiscences and a rough recipe

French toast wasn't something that was made with a recipe when I was growing up. So what you're about to read here is a recipe, but it's not a formal one with anything measured.

French toast turned up for breakfast on weekends or holidays. My mom would take a pie plate, crack an egg or two into it (depending on how many people she was feeding), pour an unmeasured "splash" of milk into the egg and then whisk it a bit with a fork. Some people add spices at this point (cinnamon or nutmeg) but not at our house.

She often used "fancy" bakery-bought bread or challah if it was a holiday, but for weekends with just the family, the same sliced white bread we used for sandwiches would be used. She'd lay one or two pieces in the pie plate for a bit and let the outside of the bread soak up the egg/milk mix, then flip it over so that the second side got soaked too. Then she'd melt some butter in an electric frying pan, lay the egged bread in the pan and brown both sides.

These slices were served up most often with warmed maple syrup on the side, but once I had french toast at a friend's house with powedered sugar sprinkled on top, that became my preference. So Mom would bring out the powdered sugar for mine. Sometimes she put sliced fruit on top (bananas or strawberries) and sometimes we had bacon on the side.

As an adult, I don't often cook french toast at home, but it's definitely a favorite option if I go out somewhere for breakfast with friends.

If you'd like to make quick French Toast, here's what to do. This is a 1-2 person serving depending on how hungry you are or what else you're making for breakfast so multiply/repeat for a larger group.

- Get a pie plate

- Crack 2 eggs into the plate

- Whisk up with a dash of cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg and a splash of milk or cream

- Soak two pieces of bread in the egg, turning over after a minute to make sure you get both sides well coated (that's the picture shown here)

- Heat a large frying pan and melt some butter in it

- Cook the soaked bread so that both sides are well-browned

- Serve up on a plate with maple syrup or powdered sugar on the side

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She was so wild that when she made French toast she got her tongue caught in the toaster.

— Rodney Dangerfield

I went to a cafe that advertised breakfast anytime, so I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.

— Stephen Wright

French Toast Chefs Sound Off!

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      Valene 5 weeks ago from Missouri

      We grew up with our Dad making french toast for us on the weekends, especially during the holidays or when we had a day off school. Mom was the real cook, but Dad was the breakfast maker.

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      Patrick McCormack 13 months ago from Nottingham, England

      Never really tried to make French toast at home, will have to give it a go after reading this. Great Hub!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great recipe! I haven't had French toast in ages and would love to make it this month. Great hub, too.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      The quotes are hilarious. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Love those quotes!!! Blessed!

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      Edutopia 6 years ago

      Great lens, I'm getting hungry just reading it.

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      French toast is really tasty especially for a weekend treat. We add a teaspoon of salt and sugar with a bit of cinnamon. Thanks for sharing your sweet memories! Happy New Year!

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      frontblinker 6 years ago

      Great lens! love french toast - here is my recipe.

      three eggs

      2 glugs of milk

      teaspoon white sugar

      half teaspoon vanilla extract

      half loaf of Italian bread sliced one inch and allowed to dry out overnight

      fry in oil of choice over medium heat and enjoy

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      Tamara14 6 years ago

      One of my favorite foods for breakfast. Blessed~

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      SoniaCarew 6 years ago

      Love it, love it! Awesome lens!

      My late mother gave me several recipe books because I don't like cooking. But I found the most wonderful, most delectable french toast recipe in one. It is easy, and wonderfully awesome.

      Because of copyright issues, and all that, and I am so afraid to infringe any, I can't post it. But if you want it, contact me. I am so willing to share it.

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      oxfordian 6 years ago

      How amazing! I havie family visiting this week and just this morning, when we were discussing what everyone wanted for breakfast, I said I could make french toast, but I've never been very good at it. My speciality is pancakes. I'm trying out your method tomorrow! Thanks!

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      bandit28 6 years ago

      In my younger days one of my aunties convinced me and my step brothers that french toast one simply bread toasted on one side and buttered on the untoasted side! We knew she was lying really! Great recipe lens.

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      jopalei 6 years ago

      It's my wife's favorite and I'll be making some for her this weekend. Thanks for the Lens.

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      brittanyshaf 7 years ago

      going to have french toast for dinner! great lens!! blessings

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I love a good french toast. I'm lensrolling this to my own french toast lens.

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      whitebison2 9 years ago

      French toast is the best! Tasty work, and thanks for providing the "diet" alternatives!

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      Barbara Isbill 9 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      I love French Toast. 5 stars from a fan. I featured your lens on mine about frend toast!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I love French toast. It's been awhile since I made any. Thanks for the reminder.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      There's nothing better than "real" French toast.

      5* and favored