By the time you finish reading this article and find out how easy it is to make French toast, you'll never want to pay for it in a restaurant again. Take it from me: I grew up believing that it makes sense for French toast—a "fancier" version of regular toast—to cost P200 to P300, depending on where you're eating. But once I actually looked up how to make them at home, I was floored.
French toast, believe it or not, can be traced back to the Roman Empire. It appears in a collection of recipes called Apicius. In this recipe, it's described as "aliter dulcia" or "another sweet dish." You slice white bread, remove the crust, and soak it into a mixture of milk and beaten egg. You then fry it in oil and serve it with honey.
There are actually several names for what we know as French toast, but in France, it's called "pain perdu" or "lost bread." Admit it, it doesn't exactly have the same ring to it as "French toast." But this was from a time when food was sparse and soaking stale bread in milk and eggs brought it back to life.
People have added their own twists to French toast. There are simple recipes that only have eggs, milk, and sugar, but then there are also complex recipes with more oomph, two of which we've included in this article.
How To Cook French Toast: Basic Recipe
If you've never made your own French toast before, this recipe by The Spruce Eats is perfect for you. It's quick and simple but still absolutely delicious.
- 4 large eggs
- 1 dash salt
- 1 cup milk
- 8 to 10 slices bread, preferably stale or day-old
- 1 tsp sugar (optional)
- In a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs.
- Stir the salt, sugar, and milk into the eggs.
- Melt a little butter in a pan. You can also choose to use oil if that's more convenient. Put it on medium-low heat.
- Take a slice of bread and place it in the mixture. Let it sit for a few seconds before turning to coat the other side.
- Next, transfer the coated bread into the heated pan. Wait until one side turns golden brown before flipping it. Do this with as many slices as you want.
- Serve with butter or honey.
How To Cook French Toast: Robert Irvine's Recipe
If you want to elevate your French toast a bit, Robert Irvine's recipe will make you feel extra fancy. In case you didn't know, he is a world-class celebrity chef so I'd trust his creation.
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 tbsps sugar
- 4 tbsps butter
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 slices brioche or white bread
- 1/2 cup maple syrup, warmed
- Prepare your cinnamon mixture by combining cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar. Set aside.
- In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Add the cinnamon mixture to this bowl.
- In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
- Dip your bread into this egg mixtute before transferring to the skillet. Fry until it's golden brown before flipping to the other side. Serve with syrup.
How To Cook French Toast: Kylie Jenner's Recipe
My personal favorite is Kylie Jenner's French toast! If you follow her on social, then you've probably seen this in her Instagram Stories. Unlike the traditional version, she coats her French toast with cereal for more crunch—and I'm totally here for it.
- Cinnamon powder
- Vanilla extract
- Brown sugar
- Frosted flakes, crushed
- Like the other recipes, simply whisk the eggs in a shallow bowl before mixing in the milk, cinnamon powder and vanilla extract.
- Melt butter in a pan over medium heat.
- Coat both sides of your bread in the egg mixture, making sure it soaks up enough for flavor. Kylie's recipe requires an additional step: Before transferring the bread to the pan, dip it in a bowl of crushed frosted flakes.
- Next, place the bread in the pan with the melted butter. Fry until it's golden brown before flipping it.
- While the bread is in the pan, Kylie also adds a little brown sugar before she serves her French toasts with syrup.
* This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.