French toast is a dish made of sliced bread soaked in beaten eggs and typically milk, then pan fried. Alternative names and variants include “eggy bread”, “Bombay toast”, “German toast”, “gypsy toast”, and “poor knights”.
With so many toppings and breads, there is an endless variety of French toast you can make. Cinnamon French toast, Brioche French toast, stuffed French toast and even a French toast that tastes like a Starbucks caramel macchiato. If you are feeling adventurous, you can even make French toast in a mug! But for this quick and easy French toast recipe, you’ll need to start with some vanilla extract and cinnamon to create a rich flavour. Pick your favourite bread – white, Italian, French, or whole wheat and serve with our Easy Spiced Syrup for a tasty French toast recipe.
INGREDIENTS for 4 Servings
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/4 cup milk
4 slices bread
- To start making this easy French toast recipe you will need to beat an egg, vanilla and cinnamon in a shallow dish. Stir in milk.
- Dip bread in egg mixture, turning to coat both sides evenly.
- cook bread slices on lightly greased nonstick griddle or skillet on medium heat until browned on both sides. Serve with Easy Spiced Syrup (recipe follows), if desired. Voila, easy French toast.
- Easy Spiced Syrup: Add 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon to 1 cup pancake syrup; stir well to mix. Serve warm, if desired.
When French toast is served as a sweet dish, milk, sugar, vanilla or cinnamon are also commonly added before pan-frying, and then it may be topped with sugar (often powdered sugar), butter, fruit, or syrup. When it is a savory dish it is generally fried with a pinch of salt or pepper, and then it can be served with a sauce such as ketchup or mayonnaise.
According to the Compleat Cook (1659) as quoted in the OED, the bread was dipped in milk only, with the egg mixture added afterwards.
Alternatively, the bread may be soaked in wine, rosewater or orange juice, either before or after cooking.