French toast is an easy way to make an elegant breakfast or brunch or even a cozy dinner. It’s inexpensive and it’s a dish that kids could help prepare. You start with a basic recipe for French toast and add extras like sauce or fruit to make the dish even more appealing and nutritious.
French toast is best when the bread used in the recipe is thickly sliced, like Texas toast, but any bread can be used. It’s a good use for slightly stale bread. You can use egg substitute in French toast but the rich, creamy taste of real eggs and milk make it so much tastier and better for you.
You can cook French toast in a skillet, in an oven or even in your waffle maker. It’s a meal that should be eaten as soon as it’s done so cooking it right at the table in an electric frying pan or waffle maker is a great idea.
Below you’ll find a recipe for French toast and several ways to make it even more special. Count on at least one slice of bread per person as a serving.
4 large eggs
1/4 cup cream or milk
2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
4 slices thickly sliced bread
Beat the eggs with the cream or milk by hand until frothy. Add sugar if using and spices. Blend well.
In a shallow pan lay out the bread slices and pour the egg mixture over them. Let them soak 2-3 minutes then flip with a spatula and let the other side soak a few minutes.
Spray a skillet or electric frying pan with cooking spray and heat to medium – about 350 degrees. With a spatula lift bread pieces and let them drain a minute before transferring them to the heated pan, one layer thick.
Let them brown on one side and release from the pan. Then gently flip the bread pieces and let the other side brown. Cook until the center is set and a knife inserted comes out clean. Serve warm.
Serving suggestions and additions
Maple Syrup – Drizzle maple syrup over French toast after cooking and add a sprinkle of chopped walnuts.
Plain fruit French toast. Add any sliced fruit and a sprinkle of nuts to French toast for a healthy breakfast.
Peanut butter and bacon French toast. Cook several slices of bacon until crisp and crumble them. Spread hot French toast with peanut butter and sprinkle with crumbled bacon.
Meaty French toast. Add 1/2 cup of cooked, crumbled bacon or thinly sliced and chopped ham or cooked, crumbled sausage, (or some of each) to about a 1/4 cup of finely chopped green onion and a 1/2 cup of finely shredded cheddar cheese. Cook toast as directed in basic recipe. Sprinkle hot French toast with meat and cheese mixture.
Fruit and cream French toast. Make cream and fruit before cooking French toast. Mix together 3 oz of softened cream cheese, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1 cup of heavy whipping cream. Beat until stiff. Slice your favorite fruit such as strawberries or peaches – about 2 cups of sliced fruit- and add about a 1/2 cup sugar. Toss fruit with sugar and let sit about 15 minutes until a little syrup forms. Spoon over French toast and add a big spoon of cream mixture.
Banana caramel French toast. Mix sauce before cooking toast. Put 2 tablespoons of butter, 1/2 cup of firmly packed brown sugar and 1/4 cup of rum in a pan. Heat, stirring constantly until the sugar melts and syrup thickens. Turn off heat. Add 3-4 thickly sliced bananas to pan and let sit for 2 minutes. Spoon bananas and sauce over warm French toast. Top with cream recipe above, (minus fruit), or plain whipped cream.
Use your imagination to make other toppings and sauces for French toast. Remember to make sauces and most additions before cooking the French toast and add them while the toast is warm.