I was recently away for a few days and my family was left to fend for themselves in the food department. I came back from my mini vacation and the first thing I heard was, “I’m so glad you’re back because I’m tired of eating out of a box!” As good as it made me feel, I realized how much I spoil these four people! So of course I smiled and silently planned to make them a special breakfast. I knew I had all the ingredients for a classic french toast recipe so I whipped it up in a jiffy and watched my husband and kids transport into a food (sugar!) coma. Here’s what I did:
How to Make French Toast
Let me start by saying that I made a small batch for my crew…about 8 to 10 pieces. If you need more pieces of french toast, just double this recipe!
First, grab a shallow pie plate with a flat bottom. This makes dipping the bread quick, easy, and less messy. You’ll need to whisk up the following:
1/4 cup of milk (whole or half and half is best)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Take a piece of sandwich size bread and dip both sides in the egg mixture. Don’t let it sit too long, just long enough to cover the dry spots. I had wheat bread on hand so I used that, but any kind of bread will be fine. Try french toast with cinnamon bread for some added yumminess!
Place each piece of bread on a warmed griddle. This is a smaller 11x 11 version that stores really well with my other pots and pans. Keep the stove temperature medium to medium low. This ensures that the french toast doesn’t burn too quickly.
When the french toast is nicely browned, flip to the other side. It should only need to cook a minute or two on each side.
The French toast is ready to eat right away! That’s one reason why I love this recipe; it takes so little time and it looks like I slaved away all morning. I put a smear of butter between each piece of bread, poured maple syrup on top, and then sprinkled everything with powdered sugar. It makes for a pretty presentation with minimal effort.
If you would like to prepare this easy breakfast for a larger group, I suggest preparing the french toast and then putting it in a covered foil tin. Pop the tin in the oven on WARM (170 degrees), and just pull it out when you are ready to serve. Guests can spread on their own butter, syrup, and sugar. Fruit, chocolate chips, and whipped cream are also fun toppings to consider. If you have a portable griddle, you could even set up a build-your-own French Toast bar!
Some of my other favorite easy but delicious breakfasts are:
You can find even more meal ideas on my Recipe Index and my Pinterest Boards. Whatever you’re making in your kitchen, I hope it is fun and delicious! Happy cooking y’all!
Easy Cinnamon French Toast
- 8-10 pieces regular sandwich bread
- 5 eggs
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Optional toppings: butter maple syrup, powdered sugar, fruit
- Whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon until combined and pour into a flat pie tin.
- Dip a piece of bread in the egg mixture, covering both sides. Do not let it soak.
- Place the bread on a griddle heated over medium heat.
- Cook until lightly browned, about 1-2 minutes.
- Flip and cook the other side 1-2 minutes.
- Repeat these steps for all the pieces of toast.
- Serve warm with your favorite toppings.