This is an easy recipe for french toast with a few popular variations. French toast is a very popular and easy to make meal for anytime of day. According to Wikipedia, it was originally called German toast here in the states before the first world war. But because of anti-German sentiment, the name was changed to French toast. Stale bread dipped in egg and then fried has actually been around since Roman times. Though it has many different names in different cultures, it is essentially the same. It is a dish that I, like many of you, grew up with and still enjoy today. The key to great french toast is to use quality ingredients. I love to experiment with the many types of bread to make french toast. My favorite is to just use day old french bread, as shown in the photo, but I also love to use any variety of breads that contain nuts and seeds. Sourdough and challah bread are also wonderful to make french toast with. The best french toast is made with bread a little on the stale side. I have also found that cream mixed with the eggs makes the best toast. But if you are watching calories, just whole milk, or even nonfat milk. You can add any type of fresh fruit you have on hand to make a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
French Toast Recipe
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup whole milk, half and half, or cream
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 10 – 12 slices of day old bread of your choice
To add some variety to your toast, try these following variations:
Orange French Toast
1/4 teaspoon orange extract, and 2 teaspoons of grand marnier
the zest of an orange
Just mix these ingredients in the egg batter, the alcohol is optional.
Almond French Toast
1/4 teaspoon almond extract, and 2 teaspoons of amaretto
1 cup slivered almonds
Mix the extract and optional alcohol in the egg batter, and then dip the toast in the egg batter, and then in the slivered almonds before frying.
Cinnamon Spice French Toast
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Just mix these ingredients in the egg batter.
Buttermilk French Toast
Just substitute the milk or cream with buttermilk.
Vanilla French Toast
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 2 teaspoons of good whiskey or scotch
Just add these ingredients to the egg batter, the alcohol is optional.
Stuffed French Toast
Add sliced bananas or strawberries with a smear of softened cream cheese between two slices of bread, then dip the sandwich in the egg mixture.
- Preheat Skillet. Add enough olive oil to coat. Whisk together all ingredients. Dip bread and coat completely in mixture.
- Cook on each side until golden brown. Cook on medium to medium low heat. Be careful not to burn. Try not to flip the toast more than once.
- Serve immediately. Keep in mind you can also change the flavor of the recipes by changing the type of bread you use.