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Eggy Bread – aka: French Toast


French Toast, a beloved breakfast classic, has been delighting taste buds for generations. Its golden-brown exterior, fluffy interior, and versatility make it a cherished morning ritual for many. In this post, we’ll explore the dish’s history, the core ingredients, and a foolproof recipe to ensure your next breakfast, or brunch, is a memorable one.

The History of French Toast:

Despite its name, French Toast didn’t originate in France. Its roots can be traced back to ancient times when people sought ways to make stale bread more palatable. The dish goes by various names around the world, such as “Eggy Bread” in the UK and “Arme Ritter” in Germany. We had a family friend from England who once saw us eating “Eggy Bread” and I’ve called it that ever since.

The term “French Toast” is believed to have been popularized in 17th-century England, but it became widely known in America in the 18th century. The “French” in French Toast may refer to the use of rich ingredients like eggs and cream, which were considered luxurious at the time.

Main Ingredients:

To create the perfect French Toast, you’ll need the following main ingredients:

  1. Bread Slices: Thick slices of day-old bread are the foundation of French Toast. Challah, brioche, or French bread work wonderfully due to their absorbent texture. Challah and Brioche are also naturally more rich in flavor due to the butter and eggs already found in them.
  2. Eggs: Fresh eggs are essential for creating the custard-like coating.
  3. Milk or Cream: Whole milk or heavy cream adds richness and creaminess to the egg mixture. My mom always used milk so that’s what I use, but feel free to use cream if that’s what you have.
  4. Vanilla Extract: A dash of vanilla extract provides a fragrant, sweet note that enhances the overall flavor.
  5. Cinnamon (Optional): Ground cinnamon adds warmth and a subtle spice to your French Toast.
  6. Salt: A pinch of salt balances the sweetness and enhances the flavors.
  7. Butter (for cooking): Unsalted butter is used for cooking, adding flavor and a crispy, golden-brown exterior.
  8. Toppings of Choice: Berries, Syrup, Crushed nuts, Whipped Cream, Greek Yogurt, etc. The choice if yours!


French Toast

This Eggy Bread (aka French Toast) is quite simple to make. If you want to make less or more servings, I typically eye-ball the ingredients and I use about 1 egg for every 2 slices of bread I need. From there, I whisk in enough milk to make the eggs a thin consistency. Then add in the other seasonings to your taste preference!


Units Scale

8 slices of day-old bread, I prefer Challah cut into thick slices

4 large eggs

1 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

A pinch of salt

Unsalted butter for cooking

Maple syrup, fresh berries, or powdered sugar for serving (optional)


In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, milk or cream, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon (if using), and a pinch of salt until well combined.

Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat and add a pat of butter. Allow it to melt and coat the surface evenly.

Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture, ensuring both sides are well-coated but not soggy. Let any excess mixture drip off.

Place the coated bread slices onto the hot skillet or griddle. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and crispy.

Remove the French Toast from the skillet and place it on a serving plate. Keep warm in a low oven if necessary.

Serve your French Toast warm with maple syrup, fresh berries, or a dusting of powdered sugar, as desired.


Depending on bread thickness, you may need more or less liquid ingredients. If using very thin pieces of bread, you will be able to dip and coat more slices. If using thick slices, you’ll likely get less.

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French Toast, with its humble origins and timeless appeal, is a breakfast classic that continues to bring comfort and delight to tables around the world. With just a handful of key ingredients and a simple recipe, you can master the art of creating this delicious morning treat.

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