French Toast is breakfast favorite, usually served with real maple syrup and a sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar. This easy French Toast recipe is simple enough to be made by anyone, no skills required.
The recipe calls for Texas Toast, but you can use any bread of your choice. We prefer a thicker bread like Texas Toast or Challah Bread. But in a pinch I have made this recipe with regular sliced bread. I don’t recommend brown or whole wheat bread, because it just doesn’t seem to absorb the egg mixture as well.
Also make sure the bread you use is not fresh. Day old bread works better because it tends to hold the egg mixture in more and does not fall apart when transferring from the egg mixture to the pan. Usually I try to use a loaf of bread that I have had at least 3 or 4 days.
One bread variation, that some of my kids like, is using cinnamon raisin bread to make this recipe. It adds a little more flavor and the raisins add texture to the finished product. When using raisin bread, I cut the cinnamon is half in the egg mixture.
Also the addition of nutmeg adds a little more flavor, but not everyone likes nutmeg, so it is optional. You can also sprinkle nutmeg on top of French Toast before serving instead of adding to the egg mixture. I do this because I love nutmeg, so whether it is in the recipe or not, I add nutmeg on top with cinnamon and confectioner’s sugar.
What to do with leftover French Toast
I make larger batches on the weekend and store them in an air tight container in the fridge to have on hand for a quick weekday breakfast before school or work.
Leftover French Toast can also be reheated on a sheet pan in a 350°F oven for 10-15 minutes. Or you can reheat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes but they will be softer and lose the outside crunch. A toaster, set at 3-4 minutes, also works to reheat the French Toast, although toasters do vary so the timing may need to be adjusted.
Easy French Toast can also be frozen for later use. Place slices in an air tight container or freezer bags, with parchment paper or waxed paper between the slices. Freeze for up to 3 months. Heat from frozen in the oven or microwave until heated through.
Easy French Toast
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg, optional
- ⅛ cup sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup flour
- 1 loaf Texas Toast bread, white, at least 1 or 2 days old
- 1 stick butter for frying pan
- In a flat bottomed container, beat eggs and milk together until blended and smooth
- Stir in vanilla
- In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, salt and flour.
- Slowly add flour mixture to the egg mixture, beating to avoid clumps
- Heat frying pan over medium heat and melt a Tbsp of butter to coat the pan well, add more butter if needed to coat the entire bottom
- Dip one slice of bread at a time in the egg mixture, turning to coat.
- Lift bread carefully out of the egg mixture and let it drain a little over the bowl, before transferring to the heated frying pan.
- Cook for 3-4 minutes or until lightly browned before flipping.
- Cook the other side until browned, about 3-4 minutes
- Repeat with remaining slices of bread, you may have bread or egg mix leftover depending on how fresh your bread is.
- Serve hot with maple syrup