French Toast

Is there nothing better than French toast for Sunday breakfast? Thick slices of bread, soaked in a mixture of beaten eggs with milk and cinnamon, toasted in a frying pan, and served with butter and maple syrup, this has to be one of our favorite, and most indulgent, breakfast dishes.

French toast comes out best if you work with thick slices of French or Italian loaf bread that are several days old. That way they’ve had a chance to firm up, which will make the slices hold up better when you dip them in the egg milk mixture and fry them. Thin slices of fresh bread tend to fall apart or get mushy when you do this.

Many people like to sprinkle powdered sugar over their French toast. I think there’s is plenty enough sugar in the maple syrup, so I don’t bother with adding more.

One of my favorite variations, the idea for which I picked up from The Silver Palate Cookbook 20 some odd years ago, is to add some orange zest, and a bit of Triple Sec orange liqueur to the batter for extra zing.

From the recipe archive. First posted 2005.

French Toast Recipe

  • Prep time: 8 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 8 thick slices of 2-day-old bread (better if slightly stale)
  • Butter (can sub vegetable oil)
  • Maple syrup


  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec
  • Fresh berries


1 In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and cinnamon. Stir in the orange zest and/or Triple Sec if using. Whisk the mixture until well blended and pour into a shallow bowl, wide enough to place a slice of the bread you will be using.

2 Melt some butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Place each slice of bread into the milk egg mixture, allowing the bread to soak in some of it. Shake off the excess, and place the bread slices onto the hot skillet.

3 Fry the French toast until browned on one side, then flip and brown the other side.

4 Serve hot with butter, maple syrup, and if available, fresh berries.

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  • Sandra

    Elise, I made this recipe this morning. My son loved it (he loves anything orange).

  • natasa

    It is way better when milk is not mixed with eggs, but the bread slices are firstly dipped into milk and then in the eggs mixture. It’s crispy and simply wonderfull!

  • Doug Stewart

    I absolutely agree that the recipe is better if the bread is slightly stale. Or, more accurately, if is is somewhat dried out. It absorbs the batter much better that way. When I make dumplings, I also use stale bread for that as well.

    A lot of bread won’t go stale or slightly dry within a day if kept in a bag. So I slice it (if it isn’t already sliced) and then leave it out for a while to dry. However, not bone dry, or it takes too long to absorb the batter.

  • Vicki

    Instead of day old bread I use Texas toast. It is much thicker and absorbs the batter in pretty much the same way as day old bread. My recipe is pretty plain Jane. All I mix together is egg, milk and vanilla.

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