French toast can be a great way to sweeten up your day. Whether you're starting the day with French toast for breakfast, or enjoying some breakfast dishes for a special dinner, you can't really go wrong with the right French toast.
Use our handy guide to learn how to make French toast in a variety of ways with ease, and start turning out toast with that golden-brown look of perfection.
Step 1: Pick the Right Bread
Before you perfect the process of how to make French toast, you have to know how to select the right bread. The first things to consider when choosing your bread is its thickness. Too thin, and your bread will probably disintegrate pretty quickly after soaking it in the batter—and nobody wants that. For this reason, you'll want to choose a slightly thicker cut—perhaps around ¾".
The type of bread is ultimately up to you. Whether you're a fan of cinnamon-raisin or Italian, brioche or challah, you can pick up your loaf of choice and put it to use in your French toast. Beyond the bread's taste and the thickness of the cut, though, you may also want to consider using day-old bread. The slight staleness of the bread allows it to absorb more of the batter without falling apart.
Step 2: Learn How to Make French Toast Batter
Learning how to make French toast batter is a breeze. For the most basic French toast batter, all you need is one egg and about ¼ cup of milk for every two slices of bread you will toast—although different recipes may call for varying amounts of these ingredients.
Making the batter, though, is also a stage for adding flavor and for experimenting. Many recipes call for a touch of vanilla extract or sugar for additional sweetness. Others utilize cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cardamom and other spices.
Step 3: Cook Your French Toast
Once you've picked your bread and made your batter, you're all set to make your French toast.
The most common method for cooking French toast is in a skillet on the stove. Spray a large, nonstick skillet with cooking spray or butter it, then heat the skillet on medium heat. Once your French toast sandwiches are evenly coated in your egg-based batter, place them in the skillet. Cook the sandwiches one by one for two to three minutes on each side, or until they're golden-brown in color.
Some recipes also call for your French toast to be baked. The degree to which you will heat the oven and the length the toast needs to be baked may vary from recipe to recipe. Regardless, you'll want to place your battered pieces of toast in a single layer on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray or greased. Follow the directions of your particular recipe and bake your French toast until it is golden-brown.
How to Make French Toast Varieties
Once you have gotten used to the basics of how to make French toast, it's simple to start experimenting with different versions. Explore our collection of French toast recipes, and discover a range of delicious ways to enjoy French toast any time of the day. Enjoy savory Stuffed French Toast with ham and cheese on cinnamon-raisin bread, Maple-Cinnamon Baked French Toast and more.