Fluffy brioche bread dipped in a vanilla and cinnamon mixture to make perfectly golden french toast. Top with powdered sugar, fresh berries and syrup for the ultimate breakfast. Say goodbye to soggy french toast for good with this easy recipe!
A Sweet Breakfast Favorite
French toast is one of my family’s favorites to make on the weekend. Sometimes we’ll even make breakfast for dinner and add some bacon, hash browns and scrambled eggs to serve along side it. Everyone eats it right up!
I’ve perfected the recipe over the years and love the ratio of ingredients used. If you follow my tips below, you can say goodbye to soggy French toast for good! It turns out perfectly crispy and delicious every time.
Best Bread for French Toast
The perfect french toast really starts with the bread. If you use a sandwich bread, you definitely wont get the same flavor. Below are my favorite breads to use.
- Brioche – I love using brioche because it is thick and soft. It also holds the shape very well and doesn’t get soggy.
- Challah – This is another great option and gives more of a buttery flavor. It will hold it’s shape while staying soft inside.
- French bread – Make French bread French toast by using day old French bread.
- Sourdough bread – The tartness in this bread gives a nice flavor.
- Texas toast – These thick slices of bread make a nice base.
Soaking Bread Overnight
If you’re planning on making this recipe the day before and soaking the bread overnight, I’d recommend using bread that’s thicker and hard so that it doesn’t get too soggy when sitting in the fridge. Bread that’s a few days old works great for this.
- Place the bread pieces in a large dish, then pour egg mixture over top (make sure to evenly coat).
- Cover the dish with lid or plastic wrap and stick in the fridge overnight.
- Then warm on buttered skillet the next day.
TIP: If I’m making the night before, I usually turn it into a bake/casserole, such as my overnight French toast with berries. This recipe is especially great for holidays or if you’re hosting a big brunch!
How to Make the Best French Toast
- High quality bread. As mentioned above, the type of bread you use can really make or break this recipe. A thick and soft variety such as brioche will get extra crispy on the outsides while remaining tender and flavorful inside.
- Season the egg wash. Adding seasonings like cinnamon and vanilla are an easy way to boost the flavor of your French Toast. A sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice or nutmeg also tastes great during the holidays.
- Butter the griddle. Melt about 1 Tablespoon of butter on the griddle or pan before adding the bread. This gives it a crisp exterior, as well as a rich, buttery flavor.
- Serve immediately. This recipe tastes best served hot off the griddle so that it keeps it crispy texture. If you’re serving a crowd, you can keep it warm in the oven by following the instructions below.
If you’re making breakfast for a crowd and have to make multiple batches of French toast, try keeping it warm in the oven. Simply place the cooked toast on a baking sheet and place in the oven at 175°F until serving. It keeps the bread warm and crispy, without drying it out.
- Syrup (such as maple syrup, cinnamon pancake syrup or buttermilk syrup)
- Fresh berries or fruit
- Powdered sugar
- Strawberry sauce or strawberry jam
- Cinnamon sugar
- Chocolate chips
- Chopped nuts
- Cinnamon butter
- Whipped cream
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Optional Toppings: berries, fresh fruit, powdered sugar, nutella, whipped cream, jam, syrup
- Place the milk, flour, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a blender. Pulse until smooth. Alternatively place in a bowl and whisk until smooth.
- Preheat a griddle to 350°F or a skillet over medium-high heat. Butter before placing the bread on. Dip the bread into the egg mixture and flip to evenly coat. Then place the bread on the griddle and cook 2 minutes per side (or until lightly golden brown). Whisk the egg mixture as needed.
- Serve immediately and top with your favorite toppings.