This cinnamon French toast recipe only requires a few basic ingredients and is ready in 20 minutes! Serve this simple recipe for breakfast or brunch for a meal that the entire family will LOVE.
Looking for more? Try this insanely delicious Chocolate Stuffed Coconut French Toast or my favorite Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast with Strawberries. OR consider making Air Fryer French Toast!
- Quick and Easy Breakfast: This recipe uses minimal ingredients, most pantry staples, and comes together in roughly 20 minutes.
- Make-Ahead and Freezer Friendly: You can make this recipe in advance and keep it warm until ready to eat, or freeze for up to 2 months.
- Voted the BEST French toast of all time from our entire family.
French toast has a special place in my heart. It is one of those go-to breakfast or brunch recipes
you serve on the weekends because it’s oh-so delicious and fulfills that need for something sweet to start the day. Bonus? It is super simple to make and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes!
Best when paired with warm maple syrup, crispy bacon slices, and a giant bowl of fresh fruit. You cannot go wrong with this homemade french toast.
French Toast Ingredients
I mentioned above that most of these ingredients are pantry staples. That means you can have this whipped up in no-time without the need to run to the store! Here is what you will need to get started:
- Bread: The best is day old bread. We sometimes leave the bread out in a single layer overnight to let it slightly stale. This helps it soak up the custard giving you the most incredible finished toast.
- Eggs: Regular large eggs are what you will need.
- Cream: Trust me on this, cream is going to make all the difference and is why I can call this the BEST French toast recipe.
- Pure Vanilla Extract: Imitation vanilla will work in a pinch, but I find that it leaves a less appealing aftertaste.
- Honey: Or sweetener of choice.
- Cinnamon and Nutmeg: These two are the real star of the show!
What Is The Best Bread For French Toast?
Bread is the backbone for your cinnamon sugar French toast recipe. You want to make sure you pick the right one. Here are the top five we suggest you reach for at the grocery store:
- Brioche- This is my all-time favorite bread for this recipe. It is thick, sturdy, and still tender. It is also made with more butter and eggs which makes it ideal for soaking up the rich custard. Slice it thick for the best results.
- Sourdough- Something about sourdough make sit incredibly delicious for every recipe. The slight tang you get with this bread helps tone down the sweetness of French toast. It is incredibly sturdy which helps it hold up during the cooking process.
- French Bread- Leftover french bread is perfect for repurosing into French toast! It is typically thicker and holds up well after soaking in your custard.
- Challah- Another sweet bread that is incredible to use. The braided top will give you a stunning finished dish that is sure to impress!
- Regular Sandwich Bread- No time to run to the store? No problem! Just use the regular bread you have on hand.
Best Milk To Use For French Toast
Milk is one of the easier items to substitute in this recipe. While I prefer cream, any of these options are perfectly suitable and will give you a wonderful flavor:
- Heavy Cream
- Milk- whole or 2% is best
- Nut milks like cashew or almond
- Coconut milk
What Sweeteners To Use In French Toast
I grew up making my French toast extremely basic. We never added sweetener to the batter. However, as I’ve grown and experimented I’ve found that just a touch of sweetness can go a long way to kick the flavor up a notch.
- Honey- My go-to. It slightly sweetens and mixes well into the custard.
- Maple Syrup
How To Make Cinnamon French Toast From Scratch
- PREP: Whisk together the eggs, cream, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large shallow bowl- like a pie plate.
- DIP: Dip the bread, one or two pieces at a time, into the mixture. Flipping once to fully coat.
- COOK: Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of butter or mist of cooking spray. Place the dipped bread into the heated pan. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
- ENJOY: Serve with warm syrup and butter.
Try to only dip the bread into the egg mixture long enough to coat. The longer the bread sits in the egg mixture the longer it will take to cook.
Top the finished French toast with a dust of powdered sugar, fresh fruit, or a drizzle of warm syrup.
One of the most frustrating things is when the cinnamon does not fully mix into the batter. You want that deliciousness to be on every single piece. Here are the two ways I found to fully mix the spice in:
Use a hand mixer to whip your batter.
OR combine the cinnamon with a little milk to form a paste before adding to the batter.
If you find that your French toast is on the soggy side, lower the temperature and cook a tad longer. Most likely the bread has soaked up more of the custard and is taking just a smidge longer to cook.
Serving a crowd or guests and don’t want to be tied to the kitchen? I’ve got you covered! You can make this recipe in advance and keep it warm in the oven until you are ready to serve.
Place the cooked French toast on a wire cooking rack.
Once it has cooled to room temperature, transfer to a freezer safe zip top bag.
Transfer to the freezer.
Frozen French toast can last up to 2 months if stored properly.
To reheat, place the French toast in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. Flip and heat an additional 15 to 20 seconds.
More Pancakes, Waffles, and French Toast Recipes
- Mini Pancakes
- Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
- Eggnog French Toast Recipe
- Homemade Pancake Mix Recipe
- Baked French Toast Sticks
- Sweet Banana French Toast
- Sugar Cookie French toast
- Banana Bread Waffles
- French Toast Casserole
- Coconut French Toast Recipe
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Cinnamon French Toast Recipe
- 4 large eggs
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 8 slices bread
- Whisk together the eggs, cream, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large shallow bowl- like a pie plate.
- Dip the bread, one or two pieces at a time, into the mixture. Flipping once to fully coat.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of butter or mist of cooking spray.
- Place the dipped bread into the heated pan. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
- Serve with warm syrup and butter.
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Comments & Reviews
Delicious! Quick, easy, and everyone enjoyed. Loved the hint of nutmeg, it was the perfect amount and not overpowering.
Thank you, Mari! This is one of our go-to breakfasts to help get that sweet tooth fix. I’m so glad you enjoyed it too.
Wow, love this recipe it taste wonderful! I was able to get 2 more pieces of the toast out of the recipe. Yum yum!
Hi Lorri, thank you for reviewing! This is a go-to for our family and it always makes me happy when others love it too.