Start the ultimate breakfast or brunch by making French toast. It's so easy; just soak sliced bread in a mixture of beaten eggs and milk, then fry the bread in a hot pan or on a griddle. Get started with the classic recipe below from Better Homes and Gardens. There are also plenty of delicious variations that include baking, stuffing, or adding delicious toppings. You'll find links to some of the very best examples beneath the recipe.
In the meantime, here are some helpful tips for making the best French toast ever:
- Avoid soggy results by starting with slightly stale, thick slices of challah, brioche, or sourdough bread.
- Make a rich custard mixture by adding cream to the eggs instead of milk.
- Use a heavy-bottom pan that retains heat to make sure the French toast develops a golden crust as it cooks.
- Fry the French toast in butter instead of margarine to enhance the crust and flavor.
FRENCH TOAST FOR ONE
Servings: Makes 1 serving
Start to finish: 20 minutes
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1/4 cup milk, light cream, or half-and-half
- 2 slices bread
- 1 tablespoon margarine or butter
- Maple-flavor syrup
- Fresh fruit (optional)
- In a shallow flat dish beat together egg and milk with a fork until combined. Dip bread slices in egg mixture. In a medium skillet melt margarine over medium-low heat.
- Cook dipped bread slices in margarine for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Serve with maple-flavor syrup. If desired, garnish with fresh fruit. Makes 1 serving.
- Make-Ahead Tip: Place bread slices in egg mixture, cover tightly, and refrigerate overnight. Or, dip bread slices in egg mixture, wrap individually in moisture- and vaporproof material, and freeze for up to 1 week. Prepare as directed.
Calories 395, Total Fat 19 g, Saturated Fat 4 g, Cholesterol 218 mg, sodium 516 mg, Carbohydrate 43 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 13 g. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
See 19 more of the Web's best French toast recipes here.
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Baked Cinnamon French Toast
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Blueberry Surprise French Toast Casserole
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Upside-Down Caramel Latte Bake
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Savory French Toast
This baked breakfast or brunch recipe has a layer of cream cheese filling sandwiched between two slices of French toast. If desired, serve with a fruit or maple syrup.
Coconut French Toast
Cream of coconut gives this breakfast or brunch recipe a tropical flair. Skip the syrup and top each serving with toasted coconut and confectioner's sugar.
Chocolate French Toast Sandwiches
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French Toast with Peaches & Raspberries
Peaches and raspberries add a touch of light sweetness to this buttery French toast.
Banana-Stuffed French Toast
Fresh bananas are sandwiched between slices of vanilla-scented French toast, then topped with cinnamon-sugar, blueberries, and maple syrup.
Berry-Nut French Toast
Crushed cereal makes a sweet and crunchy topping for this favorite breakfast dish.
French Toast with Pears
This breakfast casserole recipe can be made 24 hours ahead, then baked until edges are puffed and golden.
Stuffed Pecan Pie French Toast
This heavenly mixture of butter, brown sugar, and pecans is sandwiched in cinnamon-swirl bread, dipped in custard, and baked to make a mouthwatering breakfast treat.
Egg Nog & Rum French Toast
A perfect holiday morning breakfast or brunch for the adults in the family. Pair the perennial favorite rum-raisin flavor with egg nog for a cravable and creamy French Toast.
Granola French Toast
A granola coating adds crunch to this breakfast favorite, which is topped with a sweet yogurt sauce.
Apple Pie French Toast
Fresh apple slices and a layer of apple-jelly-infused cream cheese give this baked breakfast casserole a special flavor.
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