How To Make French Toast

My mom taught me how to make French toast out of Roman Meal sandwich bread. That was the only kind of bread she ever bought. I never asked her why. Then I had a boyfriend whose dad would make French toast out of stale challah bread or a brioche loaf. He would mix orange juice in with the eggs and his daughter used to request “orange juice French toast” for breakfast whenever she had a slumber party.

The funny thing about French toast is the name. All it is is bread, dipped in a custard mix, and cooked in a little butter or oil. Nothing about it is terribly French and almost every other country that eats bread at all has some classic recipe for making use of stale bread: Eggy bread (UK), torrijas (Spain), rabanada (Brazil), arme ritter (Germany). There are other places with other variations and names for it but I don’t have those keys on my computer.

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French toast cleans up real nice.

Anyway, you get the idea. French toast was probably not invented in France is all I’m saying. Nonetheless, it’s super fast and economical and makes a great breakfast. (Or lunch if you use the same technique to batter a ham and cheese sandwich. Then you’re looking at a Monte Cristo Sandwich.)

How to Make French toast

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How To Make French Toast

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  • Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar (optional)
  • 6 slices of bread (stale is best, about an inch thick if you can slice it yourself)
  • Butter for cooking and serving (a few tablespoons)
  • maple syrup, jam, cinnamon-sugar, or powdered sugar for serving


  1. Whisk the eggs, milk and flavorings together. There should be no identifiable egg white or yolk. Should be uniform color.
  2. Heat a griddle over medium heat.
  3. Add a tablespoon of butter and swoosh it around to coat.
  4. Dip one piece of bread in the egg, about 5 seconds on each side. Hold it over the bowl so any excess drips off.
  5. Put it in your pan.
  6. Do another piece of bread like that.
  7. Let them cook about 3 minutes on each side, or until toasty brown looking. Serve immediately with butter and whatever on top.
  8. Bone appeteet!

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French toast is a blank slate!

Of course, French toast is great with maple syrup or molasses or honey or powdered sugar or jam or any number of sweet sauces you would use on pancakes. (click here for how to make pancakes!) Try a savory version of French toast by mixing in a couple tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese in with the egg, omitting the other seasonings, plus some extra salt and black pepper. Fry as directed, then top with sauteed cherry tomatoes or zucchini and herbs like thyme, basil, or oregano.


  1. Kristi Rimkus on May 26, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    French toast is a family favorite. I love your use of orange!

    • Hilah Cooking on May 28, 2010 at 11:44 am

      Thanks Kristi! I hope your family likes it!

  2. Linn @ Swedish home cooking on May 28, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Amazing, go cooking show! I just started my own online cooking show also, it’s so much fun. Keep up the good work!

    • Hilah Cooking on May 28, 2010 at 11:43 am

      It is a lot of fun! Thanks.

  3. Fight the Fat Foodie on May 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Another great one! Thanks.

  4. sensiblecooking on May 28, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    That was great. I love french bread but never can make one. But this recipe is sure to rock as I can just follow your video. Thank you.

  5. Sinful Southern Sweets on June 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Very lovely! Love the addition of the orange zest. i bet that adds lots of fresh flavor

  6. Luana on October 9, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Would love if you’d do a “stuffed” french toast – pretty please?? (fruit/cream cheese or nutella or maybe some different types?)

    • Hilah on October 10, 2012 at 11:23 am

      I’ve been meaning to do that! Would be good for a holiday special breakfast. Thanks for the push!

  7. mykah on October 14, 2012 at 4:39 am

    hello i am a young fan (16) of your youtube videos i have watched several of em and have been benefited from them a lot in my kitchen … p.s. can you do a tutorial of how to one hand crack a egg simply ?

    • Hilah on October 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Hi Mykah!
      Thanks for writing! That is a fun idea for a video. I’ll try to do that one for you. 🙂 I’m glad you like cooking!

  8. sonya on July 8, 2013 at 9:30 am

    made these today pretty awesome didn’t have an orange but still tasted amazing added cinnamon tasted like those cinnamon pretzels i crave from the mall my family wants to thank you even when theres nothing to eat according to them i still find an amazing recipe from you.

  9. Cisca on November 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    In the Netherlands it is called ” wentelteefje”. It is a great way to turn old bread into something really delicious. Great idea to use orange zest to make it even better.

    • Hilah on November 16, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Thank you, Cisca! I’ve never heard that word. 🙂

  10. Sophie on January 7, 2014 at 8:13 pm


    in France, we actually call this “pain perdu”, literally “lost bread”.

    Nothing particularly french about it indeed, just like I don’t see what’s specifically french about french doors, french drains, french kisses… :-p

    • Hilah on January 7, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Heehee! Your comment made me giggle, Sophie. Thank you! 🙂

  11. Darin on October 18, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Made this tonight. I used clementine zest since I didn’t have any oranges. My wife, who doesn’t usually like french toast, said it was the best I’ve ever made. I’m tellin’ you, this is such a great place to come for some good cooking ideas. Thank you so much.

    • Hilah on October 20, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Yum! Clementine sounds great, Darin! So glad your wife enjoyed it. Thanks for the feedback!

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