Looking for An Easy Breakfast? How About A Delicious French Toast?
Hello friends, today I am going to share with you a favorite breakfast recipe. A classic recipe that is as easy to make as it is delicious. In fact, I’d say it is the perfect French Toast. This is not a basic French Toast recipe. It is much more.
I love French toast, this is one of my all-time favorite breakfast dishes. And it is also perfect for lunch, especially the way I make it. It’s simple and such a delicious recipe!
What is the Secret To This Easy French Toast Recipe?
The first secret is the type of bread. The classic french toast recipe calls for basic ingredients such as sandwich bread, plain white bread, or even sourdough. Some even suggest staying away from fresh bread and instead use slightly stale day-old bread. But if you want exceptional French Toast, you need to kick it up a level. The best bread for French Toast includes thick pieces of bread such as Brioche, French, or even Challah.
But here’s the real trick. Toast the slices lightly to firm them up. Once they are toasted properly, then for extra flavor, the ingredients I like to add to the egg mixture include a little bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and Tahitian Vanilla Extract.
Once you’ve soaked your toasted slices in the milk mixture, all you need to do is fry them in melted butter in a large hot skillet over medium heat. Be sure to bring your skillet up to temperature before placing them in the pan.
Serve with my special berries syrup (see below) or even some warm maple syrup, and you’ve got yourself a delicious breakfast.
My most important secret to making the best French Toast Recipe
I love to make a special syrup with fresh berries and of course the pièce de résistance – a touch of Grand Marnier! You can also use a Mixed Berry Coulis.
Of course, if you don’t want alcohol, or if you are making it for the kids, you can substitute orange juice, or use maple syrup. Oh, oh, oh you’re going to love this one friends!
This truly is an Easy French Toast recipe, delicious! So easy a child can make it, I promise you. You’ll see. In fact, this is a great recipe to cook with the kids!
A Very Easy French Toast Recipe Your Whole Family is Going to Love!
For the Toast:
- 4 Thick slices of the bread you prefer, lightly toasted.
- 2 Eggs
- ½ cup Whole Milk
- 1 pinch Salt
- 2 tablespoons Sugar or more if you like it very sweet
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon Tahitian Vanilla, use whatever kind of vanilla you have on hand
For the Fruits:
- 2 tablespoons of Sweet Butter
- ¼ cup Sugar
- ¼ cup Grand Marnier, or OJ for the kids version
- Maple Syrup to drizzle on top of the toast
- Powdered Sugar
For the Toast:
- Melt about 2 tablespoons of sweet (not salted) butter in a large skillet or frying pan large enough to host your bread.
- Whisk together the eggs, milk, and seasonings in a lasagna pan. And place the bread in the egg mixture for about one minute. Be careful, too long will make it mushy.
- Place bread into your hot skillet and cook them until a beautiful golden brown. Approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side, depending on the temperature of your pan.
For the Fruits:
- In another smaller pan, heat 1 or 2 tablespoons of sweet butter and when hot add about ¼ cup of sugar, add Grand Marnier. When hot, add the strawberries and other berries and cook them for a couple of minutes.
- Add two golden toasts on each plate in a single layer and drizzle with Syrup and top with fruits.
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Following are some common FAQs about French Toast
- What are some common toppings for the best French toast?
- How do you keep French Toast from getting soggy?
- Can French Toast be made in advance?
- Can you store cooked French Toast?
- How long does cooked French Toast last?
- Can I freeze French Toast?
- What kind of bread makes the best French Toast?
- Can you make a savory French Toast?
- What are the most common mistakes made when preparing French Toast?
1. What are some common toppings for the best French Toast? There are all sorts of toppings that can be used for French toast, but some of the most common toppings are butter, syrup, honey, sugar, fresh fruit, and jams. But as you see in the recipe video my favorite is a syrup made with berries and Gran Mariner! 2. How do you keep French Toast from getting soggy? One of my secrets, to preventing mushy French toast, (so don’t tell anyone!) is to slightly toast my slices before dunking them in the egg mixture. This helps to “set” the bread so that it doesn’t get too mushy when frying. 3. Can French Toast be made in advance? I get this question a lot. And the answer is yes! You can absolutely prepare French toast in advance. In fact, I think it tastes even better when made ahead of time and then reheated in the oven or microwave. Simply prepare the French toast as directed, but do not cook it. Instead, place the uncooked slices on a baking sheet and store them in the fridge overnight (or for up to 24 hours). When you’re ready to cook them, simply bake them at 350 degrees until nicely browned and heated through (about 10-15 minutes). And serve them with warm syrup and powdered sugar! 4. Can you store cooked French toast? Yes, you can store French toast! Simply place the cooked slices in a single layer on a baking sheet, or better still place them in a plastic bag with a piece of wax paper between each slice, and place them in the fridge. When you’re ready to reheat them, simply bake them at 350 degrees until heated through (about 10-15 minutes) and serve them with butter and real syrup. 5. How long does cooked French Toast last? Cooked French toast will last in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. 6. Can I freeze French Toast? Yes, you can freeze French toast! Simply place the uncooked or cooked slices on a covered baking sheet, or place them in a plastic bag with a piece of wax paper between each slice, and store them in the freezer for up to three months. When you’re ready to cook or reheat them, simply bake them at 350 degrees until a nice light brown. Or better still, if they were previously cooked, you can pop them in the toaster, and when warmed through serve them with butter and warm syrup, or even a little powdered sugar, for a quick morning breakfast or mid-day snack! Have I mentioned I love French Toast?! 7. What kind of breads are best for French toast? There are all sorts of bread to use for French toast, but I prefer my French toast made with Brioche, challah, or even pain de mie. These breads are rich and have a higher egg content, which makes them extra delicious! But don't be afraid to experiment my friends! There is no one best way to prepare French Toast. Make it with raisin bread, or even pumpernickel. It really all comes down to your own personal taste and how adventurous you are. 8. Can you make a savory Frenched toast? Yes, you can make a savory French toast! Simply omit the sugar and add in your favorite savory toppings. Some of my favorites include bacon, sausage, ham, cheese, sauteed onions, and even avocado. The possibilities are endless! Let your imagination run wild! 9. What are the most common mistakes when preparing French Toast? A. Not using the right bread: As I mentioned above, the preferred bread for French toast is brioche, challah, or pain de mie. These breads are rich and have a higher egg content, which makes them extra delicious! B. Not soaking the bread long enough: This is crucial! If you don’t soak it long enough, it will be dry and won’t absorb the egg mixture properly. C. Using too much milk: This is a common mistake that people make. They think that by using more milk, the French toast will be creamier. But this actually isn’t the case. If you use too much milk, the French toast will become mushy and won’t cook properly. D. Not using enough butter: This is another common mistake. People think that by using less butter, French toast will be healthier. But in reality, you need to use enough butter to coat the pan and prevent the bread from sticking. Otherwise, your French toast will be dry and stuck to the pan! Besides if you have watched my other videos you know the more butter the better!! E. Overcooking or Undercooking the French Toast: This is probably the most common mistake people make when making French toast. French toast should be nice and golden and cooked through, but not overcooked or burnt. F. Not using enough eggs: This is a mistake that a lot of people make. They think that by using fewer eggs, the French toast will be lighter. But in reality, you need to use enough eggs to coat the bread and make sure it cooks through properly. G. Not using the right pan: It’s important to use a frying pan that is large enough to fit all of your slices. Otherwise, your French toast will be overcooked on the outside and raw in the middle. H. Not preheating the pan: This is crucial! If you don’t preheat the pan, your French toast will stick to the pan and won’t cook evenly. I. Flipping the French toast too soon: This is a common mistake people make. They think that by flipping the toast too early, it will cook more evenly. But in reality, you should wait until the first side is golden brown before flipping it over. Otherwise, your French toast will be overcooked on the outside and raw in the middle. J. Not adding a topping to your French toast: This of course is a personal preference. So you can go either way here. But, I prefer mine with a topping whether it is something simple like maple syrup, powdered sugar, or even whipped cream, to a light syrup made with Gran Marnier with fresh berries or fruit.
So, who invented French toast?
The dish we know as “French toast” actually dates back to ancient Rome, where it was known as “Pan Dulcis.” This early version was made with stale bread that was soaked in milk and then fried.
The French began making their own version of the dish in the 16th century, calling it “pain perdu,” or “lost bread,” because it was a way to use up stale bread that would otherwise be thrown away.
The Classic French toast we know and love today actually originated in America, where it was popularized by colonial cooks who adapted the dish to suit their own tastes. It wasn’t until the 18th century that the dish began to be known by its French name, “pain perdu.”
Anyway, you go, in the end, this French Toast is delicious.
Now that you know some insider secrets on how to make the ultimate French Toast, as well as the most common mistakes people make when making French Toast, you’re well on your way to becoming a French toast master!
Just remember to use the right bread, soak it properly, use the right amount of eggs, and don’t overcook the toast. (And of course, add a bit of Grand Mariner to your syrup!) If you follow these simple tips, you’ll be sure to make perfect French toast every time
So there you have it, everything you need to know to create your best French Toast. It is such an easy recipe. And I haven’t met a kid yet who didn’t love to learn how to make French Toast. Don’t be afraid to experiment, and enjoy!
“I went to a restaurant that serves ‘breakfast at any time’. So, I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.” — Steven Wright
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