How to Make French Toast

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Originally a way to use up stale bread, hot, steaming French toast is a perfect addition to a brunch, as well as making a delicious cold weather breakfast treat. Follow these steps, and you'll soon be basking in eggy-bready goodness.


  • 3 eggs per loaf of bread (1 egg for every 2 slices of bread)
  • Non-stick spray, olive oil, or butter/margarine
  • Cinnamon (season to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 ml) vanilla extract (vanilla essence, optional)
  • Bread (as many slices as you want), type of bread is up to your preference
  • Powdered sugar, syrup, jam, etc.
  • Milk (depending on number of eggs, 2 tablespoons per egg)


  1. Set the stove or electric pan to high heat. Place the pan over the burner if cooking over the stove. Add non-stick spray, olive oil or butter so that the bread will not stick to the pan.
    • Spread the fat across the pan if needed, or mop up any excess.
  2. Crack the eggs into a bowl.
  3. Add milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon and beat them with a fork or whisk.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium-low, once the pan is heated sufficiently.
  5. Dip the bread into the egg mixture.
  6. Coat a slice of the bread with the mixture on both sides.
  7. Place each slice onto the pan.
  8. Cook the toast until golden on both sides.
  9. Put the toast on a plate. Then serve immediately with syrup.
    • Add hot apple sauce, cinnamon or powdered sugar for extra deliciousness.
    • For the sides, add bacon, sausages, fruit with whipped cream, eggs etc. - these all go very well to make a wonderful meal.



  • An easy estimation for the amount of milk to add is to add about as much milk as there is egg in the bowl before you beat it, then beat and mix the egg and milk at the same time.
  • Eggs will blend much better if allowed to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes prior to cracking.
  • French toast was initially made as a way to reuse stale bread, so a better result will be obtained if the bread is stale.
  • Use hard bread (a baguette or bakery bread) and soak it in the mixture to soften it before cooking it in the pan. Factory-made sliced bread may have a soggier result.
  • Using stale raisin bread can eliminate the need for cinnamon and vanilla extract.
  • For parties and special occasions, try using cookie cutters on the bread before soaking it in the mixture! The different shapes are ideal for party fun.
  • Sprinkle sugar over the bread while it's in the pan before flipping it – this will create a crunchy layer of caramelized sugar.
  • Any leftover mix can be used to make scrambled eggs.
  • Don't fry the bread at full temperature or it will burn and still be raw from the inside. Try using medium heat.
  • Sometimes, when making a large amount or to avoid soggy bread, it's easier to mix the egg mixture in a bowl then pour a bit in a round cake pan for easier dipping. Just set the bread in and flip.


  • Do not burn yourself on the stove!
  • Make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Pan (if using stove)
  • Stove or electric pan (your preference)
  • Fork or whisk
  • Spatula
  • Serving plate

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