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Gemma’s Best French Toast

4.41 from 55 votes
With my insider knowledge as a chef, I've perfected my Best French Toast recipe to be your new go-to breakfast. 
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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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Gemma's Best French Toast Recipe

4.41 from 55 votes
With my insider knowledge as a chef, I've perfected my Best French Toast recipe to be your new go-to breakfast. 
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 6 slices
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
With my insider knowledge as a chef, I've perfected my Best French Toast recipe to be your new go-to breakfast. 
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 6 slices

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

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400oF (200oC). Butter the slices of bread on both sides.
  • In a shallow bowl whisk the eggs, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon and cream.
  • 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.
  • Heat a frying pan over medium-low heat. Brush with some butter to stop the bread from sticking.
  • Fry the slices of bread until they are crisp and golden brown on both sides.
  • 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.
  • Place them on a plate and dust with some confectioners sugar and pour over maple syrup.
  • 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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Laura B.
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Laura B.
14 days ago

Can we add cocoa powder to the soaking liquid to give it a chocolate flavor?

Anjum
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Anjum
2 months ago

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

Sabreen Harnekar
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Sabreen Harnekar
3 months ago

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❤️

Member
7 months ago

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????

Merlie
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Merlie
9 months ago

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.

Noor
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Noor
9 months ago

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.????

Kay
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Kay
10 months ago

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.

lindsey_
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lindsey_
10 months ago

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!

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GrammyE
11 months ago

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… Read more »

Sintija
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Sintija
1 year ago

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

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