I'm going to give you a simple technique for making French toast that is perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. And once you learn how to make French toast with this simple method, you can vary it literally hundreds of different ways.
The easiest way is to change the bread. You can make this recipe with white bread, wheat bread, cinnamon raisin bread, French bread, Italian bread or my personal favorite, challah, because it is soft and soaks up the egg custard beautifully.
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Dos for Making the Best French Toast
- As with any recipe, the quality of the ingredients you use to make French toast makes all the difference. Start with good-quality eggs (I like omega-3 enriched eggs) and bread (a natural organic Artisan bread, like challah, French bread or cinnamon raisin bread), and you can enjoy great-tasting French toast.
- Stale bread is great for making French toast! In fact, French toast and bread pudding were invented by the French as a way to use stale bread.
- You can use a skillet (I recommend a cast iron skillet (compare prices) or an electric griddle (compare prices) for this recipe. Both are excellent at maintaining a consistent temperature, which is important in getting properly-cooked French toast.
- You can add flavor to French toast by adding a pinch of cinnamon or about 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract to the egg mixture.
- To ensure it's the right time to flip, lift the edge of the French toast with a spatula and peek underneath. If it is golden brown, it's time to flip.
Don'ts for Making French Toast
- Don't use a very thin bread. It won't soak up the custard well enough.
- Don't let the bread get too soaked with the egg mixture. Allow the egg mixture to drip off before you grill the French toast.
The Basic Technique for Making French ToastTo make French toast, you will need 1 egg for each slice of bread you are using. Whisk the egg with about 1 tsp. of milk (it doesn't have to be exact - a small splash) and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Heat 1 teaspoon of butter in a cast iron skillet or griddle over medium heat.
Meanwhile, dip the bread in the egg mixture, turning to coat it well. Let the excess egg mixture drip off, then place the bread on the heated skillet or griddle. Cook 2-4 minutes, then flip, and cook another 2-4 minutes on the other side until golden brown.
Serve your French toast topped with sliced strawberries, fresh blueberries, powdered sugar, toasted walnuts, maple syrup or whipped cream.