Classic French Toast

Start the-first-day-of-the-rest-of-your-life off right. Do the toast.


  • 4 eggs

  • 3/4 cup whole milk

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (optional, but also not optional)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Pinch of salt (pinches of anything are always optional)

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 8 (3/4 inch to 1 inch) slices bread (preferably brioche, challah, or Pullman...or whatever)

  • Optional mix-ins: 2 teaspoons orange zest or lemon zest, or a pinch of cinnamon

  • Optional toppings: Maple syrup, confectioners' sugar and (not or) fruit


1. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla, salt and optional zest or cinnamon until completely blended. Pour egg mixture into a 9 x 13 pan.

2. Place bread into the pan on top of the egg mixture. Let soak two minutes. Flip the bread and soak an additional 2 minutes.

3. Melt butter on a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Remove slices of bread from egg mixture and let any excess custard drip off, transfer to the griddle and cook on each side until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Serve with desired toppings.


This is as classic as it gets (though orange zest, waeohhhhh), but don't be afraid to always put your own spin on it...I'm thinking bacon sprinkles.

Servings: 4

This recipe was originally published here.