Learn how to make homemade French toast, inspired by my Mom and her French toast recipe from my childhood!
This recipe is guaranteed to make Saturday morning breakfasts your favorite yet! It is an excellent breakfast for the entire family or the perfect brunch with friends.
To me, French toast has always created a certain nostalgia. The simplicity of the recipe, so simple my mom was able to teach me how to make it at a very young age. The sound of the freshly dipped bread sizzling on the hot buttery griddle. The smell, oh wow the smell!!
The smell: always with a hint of Dad’s coffee brewing and lingering with the fragrance of cinnamon and caramelizing butter and vanilla; luring me out of bed, eyes barely opened, being led by my nose straight to the kitchen.
Home…Family…those are the feelings I get when I make that first whisk stroke to make my boys French toast. It’s just the best and oh so good for the soul.
Fresh and Whole Ingredients
As if this recipe isn’t already soul soothing enough, what makes it even better is using any fresh and whole ingredients that you can get your hands on. Whether you have your own backyard chickens and a local dairy or your local grocery carries fresh creamline milk and organic cage free eggs.
There’s just something about homegrown and locally fresh ingredients that make any wonderful recipe that much more fantastic!
As you see in the picture below, these gorgeous blue-green eggs came straight from our DIY Farmhouse Chicken Coop nesting boxes, the morning I made this recipe. Our sweet Americana hens produced these beauties. The richness of a good yard egg is just hard to beat…no pun intended!
If fresh or homegrown ingredients are not easily accessible for you, don’t despair! This recipe is outstanding, no matter what! If you have a preference for skim milk and egg beaters, I have whipped those ingredients right in this recipe and enjoyed every single bite. I’m positive you can do the same.
That’s another wonder of this simple meal, it’s very forgiving and accommodating to anyone’s preference. You will be so pleased, I promise!
Homemade French Toast: Pure Deliciousness
Perfectly buttery, with cinnamon and vanilla, topped with any and as many toppings your heart desires. Syrup, confectioner’s sugar, fresh whipped cream, delicious berries…the possibilities are endless!
- 1 loaf fresh french bread, sliced at slight diagonal
- 1 1/2 cups milk (whole or creamline milk is best)
- 4 small (or 2 extra large) eggs
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 heaping tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2-3 tablespoons butter for cooking
- toppings of your choice: syrup, confectioner's sugar, whipped cream, fruit...top to your heart's content
- Add milk and eggs to medium mixing bowl
- Whisk milk and eggs well
- Add vanilla and cinnamon to milk/egg mixture
- Whisk well and set aside
- Preheat griddle to approx. 325 degrees
- Melt butter on griddle, spreading evenly over entire griddle surface
- Whisk milk mixture again
- Dip french bread slices, one at a time, in milk mixture; turning several times to coat both sides well
- Place dipped bread on to preheated, buttered griddle
- Repeat steps 8 & 9 until you have filled your griddle
- Cook for approximately 3-5 minutes on each side, until lightly browned
- Plate hot and top with your choice of toppings; syrup and confectioner's sugar seen in recipe video
I hope you and your sweet family enjoy this heartwarming recipe for years to come!
Blessings to you and yours!
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