Easy French Toast Recipe

This easy French toast recipe is a staple of breakfasts and brunches in our house. It’s a versatile recipe and can be adapted with different sweet and savoury toppings to please all the friends and family around the table.

Top Questions

Is white bread or sourdough better for French toast?
What is the secret of French Toast?
Is French toast the same as eggy bread?
What is the easy French toast method?

Why you’ll love this Easy French Toast recipe

Everyone needs an easy French toast recipe in their recipe book. It’s the perfect brunch food in my opinion – crispy and so delicious. You can whip up this recipe really quickly when the craving strikes.

It can easily be adapted into a cinnamon French toast, a savoury brunch or something sweet like strawberries and whipped cream. It’s a staple recipe for Sunday breakfasts in my house.

I think this is the best French toast recipe out there, simple enough that anyway can follow it but really tasty. You can make it with the whole family, just be careful with the hot frying pan around little ones.

Easy French Toast


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The best French toast recipe wouldn’t be complete without the bread and for this, I used white bread as that’s what I had on hand but you can use brown bread, wholegrain or even sourdough if you fancy a sourdough french toast.


Eggs are another key ingredient in the best French toast recipe, you’ll need about 1 egg per 2 slices of toast; the recipe below serves 8 slices, so you’ll 4 medium eggs. You can scale this recipe up and down as you need.


French toast gets its iconic spiced flavour from a mix of warming spices. For this easy recipe, I used cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg mixed with some vanilla extra and sugar to balance the flavours. If you wanted to make it sweeter you can add more sugar or enhance the flavours with more spices.

How to make Easy French Toast– step by step

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Start by whisking together your eggs and adding your milk and finally adding your spices. Once this is all fully combined you’ll be ready to soak your slices of bread.

Soak the bread in the French toast mixture for a minute or two depending on how thick your slices of bread are.

Once your bread has been soaked but is not disintegrating, it’s ready to fry it off until crispy and golden brown.

Melt some salted butter in a hot frying pan and place each slice of bread in one or two slices at a time without overfilling the pan. Turn your bread slices once so they fry evenly on both sides and lay them on some kitchen roll to soak up any excess moisture.

Top with your favourite toppings and serve your French toast!

Top Tips

  • Adjust the amount of spices in your French toast to your taste. You can add more or less cinnamon or even add new spices in! I tried adding festive spices to give this a wintery feel, which was wonderful.
  • Don’t let your bread soak too long or it may disintegrate. You want the slices to be soaked in the egg/ milk mixture but not sodden. If you have thicker bread you will need to soak it for longer. Just keep an eye on your bread.
  • Top your easy French toast with your favourite summer berries. They pair perfectly together for a light and summery brunch.
slices of golden french toast on a plate

Serving Suggestions

French Toast Bananas

Fresh bananas are a soft and delicious way to add flavour to the French toast breakfast. If you want to make them even more luxurious then you can fry the bananas with some butter and cinnamon to add a sweet and hot crispy topping.

Nutella and Strawberries

If you’re looking for romantic breakfast food, try topping with a large helping of Nutella and decorated with sliced strawberries. Chocolate and strawberries are a match made in heaven.

Maple Syrup and Bancon

An American take on French toast includes a few rashers of crispy bacon and a drizzle of maple syrup. The sweet and salty mix of flavours is wonderful and mixed with the crispy golden French toast you are in heaven. Whilst Berries are the healthier topping, maple syrup and bacon are my favourites!


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Easy French Toast on a white and blue plate

French Toast Substitutions and Variations

Sourdough French Toast

Take this easy recipe and turn it into the best French toast recipe by swapping out your ordinary bread slices for fluffy crunchy crusted sourdough bread. The thick sourdough is wonderful once soaked in the mixture.

Hot cross bun French toast

Instead of bread, use your hot cross buns from Easter to make an Easter French Toast. You can slice your hot cross buns in half and then soak them in French toast mixture as before. It’s delicious and the spiced hot cross buns pair perfectly with the mix.

Brioche French Toast

Slightly sweeter than using ordinary bread, brioche buns are perfect for French toast. The sweetness of the loaf comes through in the aftertaste and once mixed with the spices. It is a breakfast you’ll want to re-live again and again.

close up of the Easy French Toast

Storing / Making ahead of time options

This is a simple French toast recipe, you will simply need to whisk together the mixture and soak your bread in it before frying until golden brown. It doesn’t take long and is best when cooked and eaten fresh.

If you need to prepare it ahead of time, you can mix together the milk, egg and spices prior to soaking the bread.


Is white bread or sourdough better for French toast?

Both white bread and sourdough work well for French toast, personally, I love using the thick and crusty sourdough bread as it can absorb more of the eggy mixture. However normal sliced white bread will still make excellent breakfast and sweet treat.

What is the secret of French Toast?

There is no real secret to French toast, the important things to remember are not to over-soak your bread in the mixture and balance the spices well. You will want equal parts cinnamon and nutmeg for perfect results.

Is French toast the same as eggy bread?

French toast is very similar to eggy bread, except that when making this recipe, you mix milk, egg and spices together before frying your bread. With egg bread you just mix the eggs and a drop of milk but no sugar and no spices.

What is the easy French toast method?

The easy French toast method is simple. Mix together some milk, eggs and spices then soak your slices of bread in the mixture for 30 seconds before frying them in a hot pan of melted butter. Once your bread is crispy and golden brown. Your easy an delicious breakfast is done!

Easy French Toast with fresh strawberries

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Easy French Toast Recipe

Sisley White
This easy French toast recipe is a staple of breakfasts and brunches in our house. It's a versatile recipe and can be adapted with different sweet and savoury toppings to please all the friends and family around the table.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine British, English
Servings 4 people
Calories 265 kcal


  • 4 (4) large eggs
  • 220 ml (220 ml) milk
  • pinch (pinch) salt
  • 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) sugar
  • 0.5 teaspoon (½ teaspoon) ground cinnamon
  • 0.5 teaspoon (½ teaspoon) ground nutmeg
  • 0.5 teaspoon (½ teaspoon) vanilla extract
  • 8 slices (8) bread


  • Whisk the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, salt and spices in a bowl until combined.
  • Heat a frying pan or a skillet to a medium temperature. I like to use a skillet with lines on it as you get a great pattern on the buns but both work.
  • Add a teaspoon of unsalted butter to the skillet.
  • Dip the bread in the mix and leave for a few seconds to soak all the way through.
  • Put the bread in the frying pan or skillet.
  • Bake until golden brown on each side. Add a little extra butter if needed.
  • Serve with your favourite toppings. I would recommend fresh fruit, bacon and maple syrup.


Calories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 13gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 170mgSodium: 349mgPotassium: 228mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 332IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 167mgIron: 3mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

Keyword Breakfast, Brunch, cinnamon, eggs, French Toast, milk
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