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Easy Cinnamon French Toast Recipe

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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.

slice of Cinnamon French Toast with syrup and strawberries on a white plate

Recipe Features:

  • 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.

brioche bread slice in french toast batter

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- Try to avoid the imitation vanilla.
  • 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 sutible 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 extremly basic. We never added sweetener to the batter. However, as I’ve grown and expirimented 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.
  • Sugar
  • Maple Syrup
Layers of cinnamon french toast on a plate with strawberries

How To Make Cinnamon French Toast From Scratch

  1. Whisk together the eggs, cream, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large shallow bowl- like a pie plate.
  2. Dip the bread, one or two pieces at a time, into the mixture. Flipping once to fully coat.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of butter or mist of cooking spray.
  4. Place the dipped bread into the heated pan. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  5. Serve with warm syrup and butter.
syrup being poured over cinnamon french toast

Tips and FAQs

  • 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.

How Do You Dissolve Cinnamon For French Toast

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.

Why Is My French Toast Soggy

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.

How To Make French Toast Ahead Of Time

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.

  1. Place the cooked french toast onto a baking tray.
  2. Keep stored in the oven set to the lowest temperature (some ovens even have a “warm” setting) until ready to serve. This will typically be 170 to 200 degrees.

Freezer Instructions:

  1. Place the cooked french toast on a wire cooking rack.
  2. Once it has cooled to room temperature, transfer to a freezer safe zip top bag.
  3. Transfer to the freezer.
  4. 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.

Layers of cooked french toast on a white plate with strawberries

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Cinnamon French Toast Recipe

Cinnamon French Toast Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the eggs, cream, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large shallow bowl- like a pie plate.
  2. Dip the bread, one or two pieces at a time, into the mixture. Flipping once to fully coat.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of butter or mist of cooking spray.
  4. Place the dipped bread into the heated pan. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  5. Serve with warm syrup and butter.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 323Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 203mgSodium: 380mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 12g
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.

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