Classic French Toast Recipe

French Toast
Prep. time:
10 min
2 dishes

Origin: French toast, also known as “eggy bread” or “pain perdu” in French, is a timeless breakfast favorite enjoyed around the world. While its exact origins are unclear, French toast likely originated as a way to use up stale bread by soaking it in a mixture of eggs and milk before frying it to perfection.

Yield and Difficulty:

  • This recipe serves 2.
  • Difficulty Level: Easy

Ingredients for making Classic French Toast

  • · 4 slices of bread (such as white, whole wheat, or brioche)
  • · 2 large eggs
  • · 1/2 cup milk (whole milk or any milk of your choice)
  • · 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • · 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • · Butter or cooking spray for greasing the pan
  • · Maple syrup, powdered sugar, fresh fruit, or your favorite toppings for serving

How to Make Classic French Toast - Step by step Instructions:

  1. Prepare Egg Mixture: In a shallow bowl or pie plate, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon (if using) until well combined. This mixture will be the custard for soaking the bread.
  2. Soak Bread: Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture, allowing it to soak for about 15-20 seconds on each side. Make sure the bread is evenly coated with the egg mixture, but be careful not to oversaturate it.
  3. Cook French Toast: Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat and add a small amount of butter or cooking spray to grease the surface. Once the skillet is hot, add the soaked bread slices and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Serve: Transfer the cooked French toast to a plate and serve immediately with your favorite toppings such as maple syrup, powdered sugar, fresh fruit, or whipped cream. Enjoy the warm and comforting flavors of homemade French toast!

Nutritional Advantages

  • French toast made with whole wheat bread provides fiber, which aids in digestion and helps keep you feeling full.
  • Eggs are a good source of protein and essential nutrients like vitamin B12 and riboflavin.
  • Milk adds calcium and vitamin D to the dish, which are important for bone health

Recipe Alternatives for Dietary Restrictions:

  • For a dairy-free option, use almond milk, coconut milk, or any other non-dairy milk substitute in place of cow’s milk.
  • To make the recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free bread instead of regular bread.

Tips for Enhancing the Recipe

  • For extra flavor, add a pinch of nutmeg or a splash of almond extract to the egg mixture.
  • Use thick slices of bread or even French bread for a heartier French toast.
  • Try using day-old or slightly stale bread for better absorption of the egg mixture.
  • For a decadent twist, sandwich cooked French toast slices with cream cheese and your favorite jam or fruit compote.
  • Make a large batch of French toast and freeze the leftovers for quick and easy breakfasts during the week. Simply reheat them in the toaster or oven when ready to enjoy.

This simple yet delicious classic french roast recipe has evolved over time, with variations in ingredients and toppings to suit different tastes.

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