Perfect French Toast: A Classic Recipe

It’s a classic breakfast recipe that is easy to prepare. It has been a favorite for years and will get you glowing with health benefits! Check out this simple guide on how to make perfect French Toast.

The “french toast recipe” is a classic dish that has been around for centuries. It’s simple to make, but it can be difficult to perfect. This recipe will show you how to make the perfect french toast.

“A leisurely breakfast is essential to happiness.” –Gunther, John

Mr. Gunther is correct, and I couldn’t agree with him more. Some of my greatest times at home occur during the “sleep-in” hours of the morning — that indeterminate period of time between your typical weekday waking hour and mid-afternoon. Without any plan or to-do list on the horizon, you’ll find me quietly reading the paper, sipping a hot cup of coffee (or a bloody Mary), and savoring a fantastic breakfast.

But, I must confess, such days are becoming more few. My wife and I have been sleep deprived since introducing our darling baby daughter into the world three months ago, debating who gets to feed and change the baby while juggling all the other responsibilities that come with being new parents. Breakfast, in other words, is often relegated to the back burner.

So I accepted Brett’s notion of testing and improving one of my favorite morning staples – French toast — with wide arms. When I informed my wife I had a work assignment this past weekend, I believed I had outsmarted her. As it was, I was taken aback by how enthusiastically she supported my attempts to master this meal. It wasn’t until we sat down to eat that I realized she’d been manipulating me the whole time – my “job” quickly became her pleasure with each mouthful.

We call it French toast in the United States, although it’s unlikely that the French invented it. However, our American term, pain perdu, does not do the meal honor as much as its French cousin, pain perdu, which literally translates to “lost bread.” Such a meal (or technique) is thought to date back to Roman times. People were able to stretch stale bread into another supper by soaking it in an egg and milk mixture and then frying it quickly. In other words, no bread was thrown away.

Whatever the legend or origin, one thing is certain: it tastes wonderful. In fact, it’s excellent.

When I have a loaf of bread that is towards the end of its life, I make French toast. Using strategies to extend the life of ingredients is, in my opinion, the definition of comfort food. I’ve discovered that thicker slices of various breads provide better outcomes over time. A thick-sliced French loaf, as the name says, is ideal for this morning staple. Italian loaves, brioche, and challah bread are all excellent alternatives. Whatever ingredients you select, this meal will wow your guests and make use of any bread that might otherwise go to waste.

I have agreed on the precise combination of materials required to pull off a traditionally great, but easy French toast foundation recipe for all you gentlemen out there, using my usual KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) mentality in the kitchen. Of course, if you want to take things a step further, I’ve included some of my favorite versions and recommendations below.

 

French Toast with a Twist

4-6 persons may be served

  • 3 Eggs
  • 2/3 gallon of milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon (Ground)
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 6-8 Thick French Bread Slices
  • Butter that has not been salted
  • Syrup from maple trees
  • Berries that have been freshly cut

Dipping the french toast in the egg and milk mixture.

1) Whisk together the first four ingredients in a small mixing basin until thoroughly blended. Each bread slice should be dipped and coated in the egg mixture on both sides, soaking for approximately 15 seconds on each side.

Cooking frying french toast on skillet.

2) Melt butter in a prepared skillet over medium heat. Add the bread pieces when the butter starts to froth, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Fry the bread for 2-3 minutes each side, or until golden brown on both sides. Remove from heat and top with fresh berries and syrup.

Perfect french toast with real french bread and fresh berries.

Note: If serving a larger party, preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and keep the baked toast warm in the oven until ready to serve.

Varieties of French Toast that I Enjoy

Nutella + Banana French Toast – after the toast has come off the stove, spread it with Nutella and top with sliced banana. To make it even more decadent, drizzle with honey or syrup.

French Toast with Cap’n Crunch – after soaking the toast in the egg mixture, cover it with crumbled Cap’n Crunch cereal before putting it to the griddle. The cereal will give the final product a more syrupy, sweet feel. Serve with your preferred toppings.

French Toast with Bourbon Peaches – serve with bourbon-cooked peaches on top of the toast. Add a tablespoon of butter to a pan over medium-high heat, then 2 cups chopped and skinned peaches. Sauté the peaches until they are softened. Remove the pan from the heat and add 1/4 cup excellent bourbon. Allow the alcohol to cool before flambéing the mixture (method here). Brown sugar the peaches, then add in another tablespoon of butter until it melts. Peaches should be placed on top of the French toast, and any residual sauce should be drizzled over the top.

Sandwich crispy bacon (or sausage), a fried egg, a piece of cheese, and a drizzle of maple syrup between two slices of French toast for your own sweet and savory dish. To consume it, you’ll probably need a fork and knife.

Make the switch from breakfast to dessert with French toast. Warm toast with a spoonful of ice cream, caramelized fruit, and a drizzle of warm fudge

What’s your secret to making delicious French toast? Do you have any favorite toppings or garnishes? Let me know what you think in the comments!

What’s your secret to making delicious French toast? Do you have any favorite toppings or garnishes? Let me know what you think in the comments!

Matt Moore is the author of A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen and a frequent contributor to the Art of Manliness.

 

 

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