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With my insider knowledge as a chef, I’ve perfected my Best French Toast recipe to be your new go-to breakfast. 


Hi Bold Bakers!

When it comes to breakfast and brunch, I love diving into a stack of Buttermilk Pancakes or freshly baked Cinnamon Rolls but for me the breakfast of champions truly is French Toast.

French Toast is a classic beloved by kids and adults alike. I think we can all agree that there is nothing bad about thickly cut bread soaked in sweet custard, fried until crispy and golden brown, then smothered in sweet maple syrup. After the success of my Best Ever Brownies and Banana Bread recipes I knew I wanted to bring you into a world of breakfast with my Best French Toast recipe.

Originally, French Toast was created as a way to use up any left over or stale bread. The bread was soaked in an egg and milk mixture then fried off in a pan. While I love how simple this sweet breakfast is, I think it is one hundred percent worth going the extra mile to create the ultimate version.

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How to Make French Toast?

Many of you Bold Bakers have asked me how to make French Toast. While you may know the basic steps to making this simple breakfast, I’ve got little tips and tricks to make your French toast restaurant quality. First, you’ll need slices of THICK bread. Something like a Texas toast or, if you are feeling extra fancy, Brioche or Challah. Second is soaking – soak your bread until it absorbs as much custard as it possibly can, preferably done the night before. This is one important step to mastering my best French toast recipe, yielding you a rich and decadent breakfast.

What To Have On French Toast?

I’m topping mine off with fresh berries but feel free to treat yourself to some powdered sugar and your favorite syrup. Fruits like bananas or coconut shavings can be added for extra richness, or have a go in the other direction with Nutella, peanut butter, honey and cinnamon!

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Once you make it, your friends and family will be asking for this french toast on repeat!

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Best Ever French Toast - Think you know how to make French Toast? Think again………
Best French Toast Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Servings: 6 slices
Author: Gemma Stafford
Ingredients
  • 4-5 Thick slices of bread (white or brioche)
  • Butter for the bread
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract , optional
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (4floz/120ml) cream (any type will do)
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2oz/15g) butter
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400oF (200oC). Butter the slices of bread on both sides.
  2. In a shallow bowl whisk the eggs, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon and cream.
  3. Important part: Soak the slices of bread in the egg for as along as you can. I leave it in the custard over night. At least soak the bread for a minimum of 30 minutes. Turn 15 minutes in and soak it on the other side. Lift out and let any extra egg drain back into the dish. The more custard it soaks the better.
  4. Heat a frying pan over medium-low heat. Brush with some butter to stop the bread from sticking.
  5. Fry the slices of bread until they are crisp and golden brown on both sides.
  6. Optional: Transfer the french toast to a baking tray and pop them into the oven for 7 minutes, just to make sure they are fully cooked through.
  7. Place them on a plate and dust with some confectioners sugar and pour over maple syrup.
  8. Enjoy while still warm.
Recipe Notes

Day old/stale bread works best.

The thicker your bread the better. Texas toast would be perfect for this recipe.

Leave your toast to soak as long as you want - we want it to be all the way through.

 

 

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  1. Anjum on August 18, 2019 at 4:11 am

    Hi Gemma! Does the bread not become too soft/fall apart if you soak it overnight?

    • Gemma Stafford on August 18, 2019 at 2:34 pm

      No, not all all. It drys up crispy the next day as long as your fry pan is hot.

      Best,
      Gemma.

  2. Sabreen Harnekar on July 25, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Hi Gemma,
    Can I replace the cream with milk?
    I just realy want to make this i got up 3 hours earlier for school just so i could make your fantastic French Toasy

    Love you lots❤️

    • Gemma Stafford on July 26, 2019 at 11:27 am

      Hi Sabreen,

      yes absolutely use milk. Fulll fat if you can.

      Happy Baking!
      Gemma.

  3. Jenny Wright Smith on March 24, 2019 at 5:56 am

    I make French toast all the time for my family but I am so excited to try all the tips and tricks that you demonstrated in your video! I knew I was missing some key steps in there but couldn’t quite figure out Why my results weren’t living up to my expectations. Thanks💜

    • Gemma Stafford on March 24, 2019 at 9:09 am

      Awesome, Jenny! I’m delighted to hear that 🙂

      Best,
      Gemma.

  4. Merlie on February 3, 2019 at 11:36 am

    This is the best French toast I have ever eaten in my entire life. My husband said it was the best thing since apple pie ha ha. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe I will never make French toast any other way.

    • Gemma Stafford on February 4, 2019 at 4:04 pm

      😀 i am delighted to hear that!

  5. Noor on January 27, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Woke up early today to try your French toast recipe for breakfast. The taste was awesome! This is the best recipe for making French toast. I replaced maple syrup with honey. Thanks Gemma, you’ve made me interested in cooking, before this I hated to cook.😅

    • Gemma Stafford on January 28, 2019 at 8:36 am

      Hi Noor,
      How can you hate to cook? haha, so many lovely things for you to make now, I really hope you try lots of the recipes.
      Thank you for being in touch,
      Gemma 🙂

  6. Kay on December 31, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Hi, Gemma! Best french toast recipe! My family loved it. We put ham, cheese & egg and made it into Monte Cristo French Toast. Paired it with Mimosa for the adults & hot choco for the kiddo. Yum! From now on this will be my go to french toast recipe. 😄 Thank you for the recipe.

    • Gemma Stafford on January 1, 2019 at 2:37 am

      Kay, you are some sort of culinary GENIUS!

      I like your style 🙂
      Gemma.

  7. Lindsey on December 15, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Hi. I was wondering if I could use a toaster
    oven to bake the toast, would that be okay? Btw, you always inspire me in baking!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 16, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      Hi Lindsey,

      Yes absolutely you can use a toaster oven. Do the same time and temp 🙂

      Gemma.

  8. GrammyE on December 3, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    This French toast was so awesome! l used Erythritol instead of regular sugar and I am sure next time I will only use 2 tablespoons of Erythritol because it was a little bit too sweet for my husband. What a major-league difference it made by soaking in Bread for half an hour. There was a tiny bit of mixture left after I soaked five pieces of bread and I just dipped it and used the rest of it but it did not soak but five minutes. That piece of French toast was light years away from being as delicious as the other five. I submitted my picture and you’ll see the egg whites that I cooked for my husband as he didn’t want me to save them for something else. LOL

    • Gemma Stafford on December 4, 2018 at 3:23 am

      Hi there,
      That is so good to hear. I am happy to hear that the Erythitrol worked well for you in this recipe. It answers a question for me here.
      Thank you for being in touch, it sounds like you are looking after that boy too well <3
      Gemma 😉

  9. Sintija on September 11, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    The best French toast ever. My whole family loves it.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 12, 2018 at 3:36 am

      Hi there,
      I am really happy to have this kind review of this recipe. Thank you for being in otuch,
      Gemma 🙂

  10. Michelle on September 3, 2018 at 5:51 am

    Hey Gemma! Love this recipe! Do you prefer to use salted or unsalted butter when buttering the bread?

    • Gemma Stafford on September 4, 2018 at 4:49 am

      I prefer salted but honestly it’s up to you.

      Best,
      Gemma.

  11. Nannette Hamilton on September 1, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Do you have to use cream

    • Gemma Stafford on September 2, 2018 at 3:02 am

      Hi there,
      No! it enriches this recipe, but a full fat milk will give a good result too. Try it!
      Gemma 🙂

  12. Araminta on August 3, 2018 at 4:06 am

    can we use anything else rather than maple syrup

  13. Dottie Allen on June 29, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Hi Gemma
    I just wanted to ask abou the texas toast isnt that garlic or cheese flavored i dont know if they make it plain dont remember ever seeing it…Oh and by the way my maiden name is Stafford …lol

    • Gemma Stafford on June 30, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      Hi Dottie,
      Good to have you with us. Stafford is a big name where I come from in Wexford, Ireland. We may be long lost cousins! This is actually an English name I think, though it may have French connections too, I am not sure.
      Texas toast is a bit like a garlic bread, oiled or buttered with garlic oil/butter on obth sides and then toasted, on a pan or griddle. this is really delicious!
      Good to have you with us,
      Gemma 🙂

    • Angela on September 11, 2019 at 10:36 am

      Hi Dottie, you can buy a loaf of plain Texas Toast bread. Just look for it on the bread aisle of your grocery store.

  14. Kaylaeve on June 28, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    I have been making this recipe all week. Buttering the bread before soaking makes them the best french toast I have ever had! 😛

    • Gemma Stafford on June 29, 2018 at 1:04 am

      Hi there,
      Good! I am really happy to hear this. quick in the morning too, and fills you up.
      Thank you for letting us know,
      Gemma 🙂

  15. Louise. on June 17, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Tried these this morning for Fathers day and they were delicious and so easy to make. I did overnight soak them so did mean remembering to prep the night before but it was worth it!! Can’t wait for another excuse to make this treaty breakfast.
    Thanks so much Gemma
    L x

    • Gemma Stafford on June 18, 2018 at 3:10 am

      Hi Louise,
      Well done you! I know, we remember these things as we are heading for bed, and it feels like a big job! This happens to me too. you are right though, it is always worth it in the morning. Thank you for being here with us,
      Gemma 🙂

  16. Xandra Aubree Newton on June 16, 2018 at 11:44 am

    I’d like to know if instead of cream , you use evaporated milk…will it change the taste or texture of it?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 17, 2018 at 2:50 am

      Hi there,
      evaporated milk is different to cream, a great store cupboard staple, but not really a replacement for cream. The fat content is totally different. However, this does not mean that it would not give you a good result in this recipe, it could be fabulous! Do try it, it will not be a fail,
      Gemma 🙂

  17. Jasmine gracindixon on June 7, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Great recipe never thought about putting in the oven, I had no cream on hand so I added a little greek yogurt and 2% milk I loved it thanks

    • Gemma Stafford on June 7, 2018 at 5:16 pm

      Hello! I love the addition of yogurt that sounds so yummy! So glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe 🙂

  18. Shaniza on April 29, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Made this French toast recipe this morning and my family absolutely loved it.

    • Gemma Stafford on April 29, 2018 at 11:46 am

      Yay! I’m thrilled to hear that 🙂

      Best,
      Gemma.

      • Paul on May 9, 2018 at 3:42 pm

        Hi
        Sounds great, I was wondering about buttering the bread though as I thought this would stop the bread absorbing the mix?

        Thanks – Paul

        • Gemma Stafford on May 9, 2018 at 6:02 pm

          not at all, the egg will soak up no problem.

          Gemma.

  19. Madia on April 24, 2018 at 6:16 am

    😍

  20. Madiha on April 24, 2018 at 6:12 am

    😍😍😍😍😍lovelyyy.. i lov u nd ur recipies

    • Gemma Stafford on April 26, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂

      Gemma.

  21. Cindy Shaw on April 10, 2018 at 9:02 am

    I made these the other night and they were FABULOUS! They are also delicious cold. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes.

    • Gemma Stafford on April 10, 2018 at 11:19 am

      hi Cindy,
      Thank you for this very kind review of this recipe, i appreciate your input,
      Gemma 🙂

  22. yumistreat on April 6, 2018 at 1:19 am

    I made french toast for the first time using this recipe and my husband and I both love it! I tried soaking for 30mins and overnight and the latter is better! I submitted my photos for the ones I made and I hope you love ’em. I wrote a blog for this too: https://pamperplatter.wordpress.com/2018/04/06/best-ever-french-toast/
    Thanks so much for this recipe Gemma!

    • Gemma Stafford on April 6, 2018 at 7:39 pm

      I just saw that. Thank you very much for tagging me. Really glad you liked it 🙂

      Gemma.

  23. Meera on April 4, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Great recipe, Gemma!!! I’m so excited to try it out 🙂 -Meera

    • Gemma Stafford on April 6, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      I’m thrilled to hear that.

      Gemma 🙂

  24. Jeff Litchfield on April 2, 2018 at 1:30 am

    I highly suggest you try this with a fruitbread. But for extra decadence – at Christmas – make your french toast with Panettone. You might need to reduce the soak time in the egg mix as it might dissolve bread tho.

    • Gemma Stafford on April 2, 2018 at 4:12 am

      Hi Jeff,
      Yum! Panettone, perfect for bread and butter pudding too, what a great idea, thank you,
      Gemma 🙂

  25. Ramvishal on April 2, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Hi Gemma, nice to get a new receipe for us. Can we use custard powder mix with milk or water to soak the bread and prepare these without eggs?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 2, 2018 at 4:15 am

      Hi there,
      I really do not know the answer to this, I have not tried it. I am not sure if custard powders contain egg/dried egg.
      I think you can try it, and report back, we would all like to know the answer to this one!
      Gemma 🙂

  26. Monica Cochran on March 31, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Can you recommend a pan?
    Thanks Monica

  27. Debbie on March 31, 2018 at 9:34 am

    when you soak the bread, do you soak it inside or outside of the refrigerator ?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 1, 2018 at 11:08 am

      If it’s just for 30 minutes to an hour you can do it out of the fridge. If longer then keep in the fridge.

      Gemma 🙂

  28. Tarisha on March 31, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Delish! I’ve tried making French toast before, but it wasn’t as good as when I followed your advice! I think cream and cinnamon make huge difference!

    • Gemma Stafford on March 31, 2018 at 6:32 pm

      I’m delighted to heat that. Thanks for trying it out.

      Gemma 🙂

  29. Madeline on March 30, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    This Recipe was delicious and absolutely amazing, Great easy breakfast for my me and my family!

    • Gemma Stafford on April 1, 2018 at 11:05 am

      delighted to hear that!!!

      Gemma 🙂

  30. Disha on March 29, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Hi Gemma,
    Amazing recipe, is there any substitute for eggs in this recipe

    • Gemma Stafford on March 30, 2018 at 2:06 am

      Hi Disha,
      No! Any recipe which relies on egg to this extent will not work with a substitute.
      This is effectively a custard mix. There are some suggestions out there where a mix of milk and cornstarch is cooked and used, but really I am not so sure about it, it would not be anything like the real thing,
      Gemma 🙂

  31. Barb Doll on March 29, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Gemma,
    Ah the secret which I’ve never thought of to pop it in the oven! I love soaking my bread but then it gets gooey. Thank you my french Toast will now be so much better and not soggy. Keep it up!

    • Gemma Stafford on March 30, 2018 at 2:10 am

      Hi Barb,
      Yes, it really finishes it nicely, and ensures that the egg is thoroughly cooked,
      Gemma 😉

  32. Mila on March 29, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Gemma, this looks yummy I will try it over the weekend. I was wondering if you have a soft doughnut recipe that’s fried and not baked, the kids keep asking me to make some (We don’t have doughnut shops out here) would be very grateful, thanks for sharing with us 😊

    • Gemma Stafford on March 30, 2018 at 3:19 am

      Hi Mila,
      You can fry my no knead donuts! or the baked not fried ones too. Actually you can fry the crazy dough, and that works well also. (https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/homemade-donuts/). you can shallow fry these, 180c or so, brown on one sude before you turn then to ensure the dough is cooked through. Enjoy!
      Gemma 🙂

  33. Myra Rahman on March 29, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    That looks absolutely delicious. Would this be good for when guests come over?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 30, 2018 at 3:23 am

      Hi Myra,
      it sure would, it will make a great brunch dish, would look stunning piled on a platter with lots of fresh fruit. Can be served with cream too.
      It also makes a great snack food for the family, I hoe you enjoy this one,
      Gemma 🙂

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