French toast is a great start to any day. It makes use of stale, leftover bread to create a hot, steaming breakfast or brunch. Everyone loves this treat, and it’s perhaps the easiest breakfast to make after cereal and milk. So if you want to know how to make French toast, follow these simple steps and tips and you’ll be able to make the best French toast around!
How to Make French Toast
Servings: Makes 2 servings
Start to finish time: 25 minutes
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup milk, half-and-half or light cream
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract or almond essence (if required)
- 4 thick slices of bread (basically 2 slices for an egg). French and Italian bread are the best options.
- Seasonings like cinnamon powder.
- 1 tbsp. of butter or margarine
- Beat the eggs well in a shallow dish
- Add some milk and use a fork to combine the milk and eggs.
- Whisk in the vanilla or almond essence and any seasonings like cinnamon powder. Add these according to taste.
- The electric pan or stove should be set to medium high heat.
- Melt the butter or margarine in a skillet or griddle on medium heat. Even olive oil or non-stick spray will do to ensure the bread does not stick to the pan.
- Dip your bread slices in the egg batter.
- Make sure each slice of bread is coated on both sides with the egg batter.
- Fry each bread slice in the butter for about 1-2 minutes until it is golden brown on each side.
- Your French toast is done! Serve it with some maple syrup or powdered sugar. It can also be garnished with fresh fruit, if desired. French toast goes great with bacon, sausages, eggs or fruit with whipped cream to make a wonderful meal.
Tips for Making Perfect French Toast
- Add cream to the eggs instead of milk for a thick and rich custard mixture.
- A heavy-bottom pan is great for making your French toast as it retains heat and ensures your French toast develops a golden crust as it gets cooked.
- Frying the French toast in butter instead of margarine helps improve its crust and flavour.
- The leftover egg mixture you get after frying all your bread slices can be used for making scrambled eggs.
- Instead of adding vanilla or almond essence, or cinnamon for added flavour, use stale raisin bread to make your French toast.
- Improve the look of your French toast by using cookie cutters to create different shaped bread to soak in the egg mixture.
- To avoid ending up with soggy bread while making French bread, just mix the egg mixture in a bowl, pour some of the mixture in a round cake pan to provide for easy dipping and then set the bread in it and flip.
- Never fry French toast at full temperature as it only burns the French toast on its exterior and leaves it raw inside. Always fry on medium heat.
- To get a crunchy layer on your French toast, sprinkle sugar over the bread while it’s in the pan, before you flip it.
- Eggs tend to blend better if left to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before cracking it.