The Very Best French Toast Recipe

A breakfast staple, the very Best French Toast recipe starts with the very best ingredients. Hearty bread, fresh eggs, cream, vanilla, cinnamon and a little secret I like to keep up my sleeve to make mine better than everyone else’s. This is the back pocket recipe you need to win over even the pickiest overnight guests. 

Brioche French Toast with powdered sugar on a white place with maple syrup pour. |

Originally published March 2018 and updated November 2018.

A funny thing happens at the grocery store when a snow storm is imminent. Everyone seems to go to the store and buy the essentials….the essentials being bread, milk and eggs.

But if you’re me….it’s bread, milk, eggs, heavy cream, five pounds of butter, bacon….lots of bacon….fresh squeezed orange juice and Pirate’s Booty. The essentials.

The must have items you will find in my house if Mother Nature decides that she’s going to pull a fast one and throw a silly Nor’easter over the entire tri-state area on the first full day of Spring.

That’s our current situation and although I had all those items in my kitchen today….that’s not exactly what I planned to use those ingredients for. I have a ton of brunch-y, springtime dishes I want to share but I realized something….I make the BEST French Toast recipe ever….and I never shared it with all of you.

French Toast with powdered sugar arranged on a white serving dish from


The Best French Toast seems like an overstatement, I know, but hear me out on this one. I have had plenty of bad French toast….like the kind that’s overly soggy and just plain nasty. Or the French Toast that is not really French…it’s more just toast…like toast that’s toasted in a pan with a mess of butter but is otherwise dry in the middle.

To achieve the perfect French toast one must follow a set of rules….or, more professionally, a certain technique. AND to add to your quest for French Toast perfection…you MUST use the best ingredients you can find.


Starting with the bread. Don’t just grab a loaf of plain white bread from the pile and piles of commercially produced white bread we use for old school peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Seek out something sturdy, hearty…and dare I say, buttery. Like this amazing Brioche that I make on the regular….or your own homemade white bread recipe would work well, too.

If you’re not really the bake your own bread kind of person….check out your grocery store’s bakery department and I can guarantee they’ll have exactly what you need for this recipe.  You haven’t lived until you’ve tried homemade Brioche French Toast….really.

Ingredients for the very Best French Toast recipe arranged on a table from


Now, I have seen overnight French Toast recipes where there’s an overnight soak but let’s be real here….if you want French Toast…you kinda want it now. And if I’m doing an overnight French Toast I’m going the way of the casserole like this Fruit and Nut Brioche French Toast Casserole that is absolutely dreamy and perfect for guests but I’m totally getting way off track so let’s get back to the task at hand.

Now, to dip your bread….we’re going to whisk together a few things….like half and half or heavy cream, I prefer the half and half because it still gives your French Toast a lovely, silky, custardy texture inside but still keeping it kind of light.

Heavy cream is dreamy, too, but so rich….I’m getting full just thinking about it. (I’m not…but wouldn’t that be the BEST diet plan!) Again…off track.

Whisking of the ingredients for the very best French toast recipe in a blue pie plate from

So, we whisk together the eggs and cream….sprinkle in a bit of cinnamon and vanilla. Don’t skimp on either of those…get a really great quality cinnamon and vanilla extract. You only use a little bit so you’ll have it around for awhile. The better your ingredients the better your recipes….remember that rule.

Adding maple syrup to the very best French toast recipe ingredients in a blue pie plate from

Now…to make my French Toast the VERY BEST French Toast Recipe I add a secret ingredient….that may not be so secret but I don’t know a ton of others that do this so…I drizzle in a bit of maple syrup.

Why? Because the maple syrup flavor gets into all those nooks and crannies in your bread making it taste simply spectacular eliminating the need to maple syrup at the table. But, I do it anyway…I drench mine in maple syrup because maple syrup is the best thing ever. Whisk it again and then dunk your bread one piece at a time in the batter. Fry it up on the griddle and serve hot.

Whisking the ingredient for the very best French toast in a blue pie plate from


Again, I can’t stress enough the importance of high quality ingredients to achieving the Best French Toast recipe ever.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bread – Sturdy, day old bread will work best here….I like to grab a a loaf of brioche or challah french toast is amazing, too. 
  • Eggs – Large eggs are best because I love the yolk to egg white ratio for this recipe the best.  
  • Dairy – To keep the french toast calories kinda in check I like to use half and half but you can use heavy cream if you’re looking for something a little more decadent.
  • Maple Syrup – Real maple syrup is the way to go here, don’t skimp…..just don’t do it.
  • Spices – I like to use cinnamon, vanilla and salt but you can use whatever you like. Nutmeg is great in this recipe, too!


You can mix up the flavors in this fluffy french toast recipe easily to match your tastes:

  • 1 tablespoon orange juice in place of the maple syrup
  • Brown sugar in place of maple syrup gives it a caramel flavor
  • 1 tsp ground ginger for a peppery, sweet bite

Two slices of French toast with a strawberry on a white plate from

I love to serve the Very Best French Toast recipe with a side of this killer fruit salad. But again, if you’re looking for something to feed a crowd and don’t really want to stand over the stove flipping and dipping….you will LOVE this Berry Stuffed French Toast Casserole OR this Monte Cristo French Toast Casserole which was the happiest accident ever.  

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The Very Best French Toast Recipe

Kellie Hemmerly from The Suburban Soapbox
Buttery French toast with a custardy center, this is the BEST French Toast recipe you'll ever make. A few simple steps and you'll have restaurant quality French toast to impress even the pickiest guests.
4.93 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 224 kcal


  • 8 - 1/2 inch slices hearty sturdy bread (I like a buttery brioche or challah)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter


  • In a wide shallow bowl (I like to use a pie plate), whisk together the half and half, eggs, syrup, cinnamon, vanilla and salt.
  • Dip each bread slice in the egg mixture and allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side. Transfer to a baking sheet to allow the mixture to soak all the way through the bread.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a non-stick griddle pan over medium high heat. Place four slices of the bread in the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2-3 minutes. Flip the bread over and continue cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a platter and cover with foil to keep warm. Repeat with remaining bread slices.
  • Serve immediately with powdered sugar, fruit or maple syrup, if desired.


To make a double or triple batch, preheat oven to 300 degrees and warm a baking sheet in the oven. Transfer cooked French toast to the baking sheet to keep warm until the whole batch is ready. 


Calories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 6gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 167mgSodium: 292mgPotassium: 141mgFiber: 0gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 655IUVitamin C: 0.6mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 0.6mg
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23 comments on “The Very Best French Toast Recipe”

  1. My family loves French toast. Gotta try this recipe!

  2. I agree that the cinnamon and vanilla are absolutely crucial. This recipe is a keeper!

  3. The perfect weekend brunch recipe!

  4. My husband was just asking for French toast! Perfect timing!!

  5. That truly is the best looking French toast – perfectly golden brown!

  6. This French toast looks fantastic! So perfect for weekend brunch with the family!

  7. We LOVE french toast in my house and this sounds scrumptious! This will be a wonderful Easter morning breakfast. Can’t wait to surprise the family with it!

  8. French toast was the very first thing I ever learned to make on my own. Love that stuff! 

  9. Now I know what I am having for breakfast. Though I have to confess, the bread we have here in the house doesn’t quite fit the bill. I have to try the trick of adding syrup to the batter. That’s a great idea!

  10. I will be making french toast this weekend, when the family will have enough time to sit down at the table, and let these delicious looking ft melt in our mouth.  This providing I can make them as yummy as yours.

  11. If using your brioche recipe for the bread, should I slice it and leave it out for a day or so to get stale, or use it fresh? 

  12. Hello, I am going to try this recipe with the homemade Brioche bread but I would like to know what temp to cook at on griddle.

  13. Hey there you mentioned overnight soaking which I’m actually wanting to do but don’t know if there are any rules to go along with that. How long? And do you lower the moisture ratio? Thanks! 

    • Hi Hannah! So, when I’ve done it overnight I just make sure I’m using bread that’s a little firmer than normal. So, maybe a few days old but not crusty like a crouton. 🙂 Same ratio of ingredients….your bread will soak it up entirely and seem a little soft but just be careful not to tear it when moving it to the pan. That’s all! So easy!!!

  14. Wait to try I’ve been looking for a french toast recipe for a long time that’s really easy I try something once before and you put jam on it while you while you baked it and it didn’t turn out I like this from where you maybe put the jam on it afterwards if you want jam can’t wait to try I’m going to try this week when I buy groceries after I tried I will post another comment how that turned out.

  15. sorry, don’t understand. how much do we put milk? 1 and half cup?

  16. Stop going to the diner after I learned to make this … made it many times and it’s always good … 

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