Do you know how to make French toast? If you have never tried this recipe, the step by step instructions will be of help. We shall give you some serving suggestions and storage tips as well. Finally we shall list the most popular variations of the classic recipe and ideas how to prepare eggless and gluten free French toast! So, read on and find out how to make your breakfast is not only delicious, but fresh and appetizing!
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How to Make French Toast – Ingredients:
- ⅔ cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
- Pinch of Salt
- 6 thick slices of bread
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, or more as needed
- Fresh fruits of your choice, to serve
- Whisk milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, if using, and salt together in a shallow bowl.
- Lightly butter a griddle and heat over medium-high heat.
- Dunk bread in the egg mixture, soaking both sides. Transfer to the hot skillet and cook until golden, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
- Serve immediately.
What Is the Best Bread for French Toast?
The best bread for preparing French toast is Brioche. This is a rich, soft and flavorful bread made with a lot of eggs and butter. Challah is another type of bread suitable for French toast.
Of course, any other type of bread can be used – from a French baguette and sourdough to homemade toast bread, cinnamon-raisin bread, etc. You just need to make sure that the bread is a bit dry or slightly stale. Why? Because stale bread or bread that is 2-3 days old will absorb the egg mixture better without getting soggy and falling apart. You can experiment with sweet and savory French toast recipes, depending on your personal taste.
How to Serve Your French Toast?
The simple answer to this question is – serve with whatever you like! Here are some suggestions:
- Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, mulberries, banana slices, etc.
- Maple syrup
- Dusted with powdered sugar
- Top your French toast with fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.
- Whipped cream or ice cream
How to Store French Toast?
In case you have any French toast left, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and serve it later. Make sure that the French toast is completely cool and wrap in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
You can also freeze French toast. Breakfast freezer meals will make your life easier on busy (or not-so-busy) mornings. Wrap each slice in plastic wrap and place in freezer-safe bags or containers. Place in the freezer and store for up to 2 months.
What Are the Most Popular French Toast Recipe Variations?
Now that you know how to make French toast, let’s talk about the variations of this recipe that you can try at home.
- French toast sticks are hugely popular and real fun to make. All you need to do is cut each slice of bread into 3-4 sticks before dipping them in the egg mixture.
- French toast rolls are the perfect way to make your breakfast or brunch more interesting! To make rolls, simply roll each slice of bread into a flat piece. Spread your filling on a thin layer, roll, dip into the egg mixture and cook.
- Stuffed French toast is another fantastic variation of the classic recipe. There are two methods to prepare stuffed French toast. The first one is to spoon the filling onto one slice of bread and top it with another slice. The second method is to use thicker slices and cut a “pocket” for the filling. To make the “pocket”, simply cut a wide slit into the middle of the top of each bread slice You can use cream cheese and fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, strawberry preserves, nutella or anything else that you like as a filling for your French toast.
Can You Make French Toast without Eggs?
Yes, absolutely! You can prepare French toast without eggs. Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to 1 cup whole milk and dip the bread into the mixture before frying.
Can You Prepare Gluten Free or Vegan French Toast?
To make gluten free French toast, simply use gluten-free bread. To make a vegan version of the French toast, substitute butter and milk with vegan butter or neutral oil and oat milk, almond milk, coconut milk or any other plant-based milk.