What makes the perfect French toast? Is it in the bread or perhaps the egg batter. Do you serve it with a waterfall of maple syrup or a sprinkling on powdered sugar? However you serve it, one thing is for sure, preparing a French toast recipe should be quick and easy. It's a simple dish of bread soaked in an egg mixture then fried.
The history of French Toast goes all the way back to a reference in the Apicius, a collection of Latin recipes that dates all the way back to the 4th or 5th century. Simply, "slice fine white bread, remove the crust and break it into large pieces. Soak these pieces in milk and beaten egg, fry in oil, and cover with honey before serving."
So was it later invented in France? Not exactly. While the French have their own version, "pain perdu", they cannot take the fame for creating what we call modern-day French Toast. In fact, it was a grammatically incorrect New York innkeeper Joseph French who created the French Toast recipe served at brunches everywhere. All he forgot was an apostrophe.
The French may have invented the baguette and the brioche, but a guy who ran an inn got dibs on the French Toast. When it comes to breakfast and brunch recipes American's know how to do it big.
How to Make French Toast
First things first, you have to think about the bread. You can use white bread slices, wheat bread slices but if you want something a bit sweeter, I highly suggest buying a loaf of challah and slicing it into large slices. You can also buy Texas Toast or French bread as another alternative. This bread makes the best French toast in my opinion because it holds together better than sandwich bread.
Once you have your sliced bread it's time to turn to your egg and milk mixture. The Classic French Toast features milk, eggs, vanilla extract and a dash of ground cinnamon. Depending on how decadent (or light) you would like your toast to be, you can use half-and-half or low-fat milk. Heck, you can even use almond milk if you would like. Just be sure to whisk it together in a shallow dish to make dipping the bread slices a little easier.
Meanwhile, heat a nonstick frying pan over medium heat and add a bit of butter. Once the butter is nice and bubbling, dip the bread slices into the egg mixture and place into the pan, making sure to not flip until golden brown. The cook time varies between 2-3 minutes per side.
Once cooked, place the easy French toast on a plate and top with everything your heart desires, including peanut butter, Nutella and the classic maple syrup.
Take a look at some of our favorite French Toast recipes:
Classic French Toast
It doesn't get any more classic than this recipe. Serve these toasts warm with a light drizzle of maple syrup.
Bananas Foster French Toast
Texas toast and a thick topping of brown sugar caramel turn this brunch recipe into something special. Top with fresh whipped cream to make this meal complete.
Fluffy French Toast
What do you get when you combine French toast and pancake batter? Fluffy French toast!