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French Toast Breakfast Recipe


In this post I’ll be sharing a delicious French Toast Breakfast Recipe.

Ooo La La! French Toast, a breakfast or brunch favorite by many. If you’ve never had it, French Toast is just bread that has been soaked in an egg custard then toasted. It’s easy to make.

Preparing French Toast successfully depends on the type of bread that you choose. That’s my opinion anyways. You’ll want to use bread that can stand up to be soaked in the egg custard without falling apart as you try to move it into your skillet.

Challah bread works beautifully for making French Toast. I’ve had friends to tell me that they also like brioche bread for French toast.


  • A loaf Egg Bread (also called Challah) , you can use Texas Toast bread if you prefer
  • An Egg
  • Half & Half, if you don’t have half & half you can use 1/2 c Milk and 1/2 c Heavy Cream
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Dash of Cinnamon (optional)
  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Powdered Sugar (optional)

Classic French Toast

Loaf of challah bread
To prepare French Toast, I start the night before I go to bed by slicing off 1″ pieces of bread that will be used for the French Toast. Allow the bread slices to sit out overnight on a sheet pan to dry out some.
Drying the bread slices helps make the bread a bit more sturdy after you dip it in the custard the next morning so you don’t have a soggy mess. It also helps ensure that the bread slices soak up that delicious custard.
Slices of challah bread drying on a countertop

Amazing Breakfast Recipe

The next morning your bread pieces are ready to go. This recipe will soak up all of the custard so if you’re making more than 4 pieces, just double the custard recipe.
In a bowl beat one egg and add one cup of half and half and mix together. Add vanilla and cinnamon and combine into custard mixture.
French toast cooking in a small skillet
Heat your skillet over medium heat. Go ahead and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees too. When the skillet is heated add a pat of butter. Add a slice of your bread to the custard and allow it to soak on each side for a minute.
Add the custard soaked bread slice to the skillet and brown on each side, about 3 minutes per side.
Repeat steps above for each slice. Don’t soak bread until you’re ready to add it to the skillet.
Add browned slices to a sheet pan that will go in the oven once you’ve finished all slices in the skillet.
Place your sheet pan with French Toast in the pre-heated oven and bake for 5 minutes. This will ensure all custard is cooked through in the middle and makes a nice crunchy exterior to each piece.
Serve by dusting with powdered sugar if you like and drizzling with maple syrup.
French Toast on a floral plate
Yield: 4 Servings

Classic French Toast Recipe

French Toast on a floral plate

French toast is a delicious breakfast treat and easy to prepare.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 loaf Egg Bread (Challah)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 c Half & Half
  • 1/8 tsp Vanilla
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Dash of Cinnamon (optional)
  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Powdered Sugar (optional)


  1. The evening before making French toast; slice off 1″ pieces of the challah bread and place on a sheet pan. Allow the bread slices to sit out overnight to dry out some.

Preparing the French Toast

  1. In a mixing bowl; beat one egg then add one cup of half and half and mix to combine. Next, add the vanilla extract and cinnamon and combine into a custard mixture.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium. Add a pat of butter and allow it to melt.
  4. Soak each slice of bread in the custard mixture on each side allowing it to absorb the custard mixture. Transfer the soaked bread slice to the skillet and cook until browned on each side, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the toasted slices to a baking sheet.
  5. Place the French toast into the oven and bake 5-8 minutes to ensure doneness of the custard.
  6. Serve with maple syrup, if desired.


French toast may also be served with fresh fruit, jams, confectioner's sugar or whipped cream, if desired.

Wait to soak the bread slices right before placing them into the skillet.

Custard recipe may be doubled if making more than 4 servings.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 116mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 0gSugar: 35gProtein: 4g
Other serving suggestions: Top with fruit, chocolate syrup, confectioner’s sugar and whipped cream.

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