How to Make French Toast

I'm glad I know how to make French toast! This is one of my family's favorite breakfasts.

French toast is made with just a few simple ingredients and is quick and easy to make - but it seems like a special breakfast, no matter how often we have it.

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This easy French toast recipe is a great first recipe for children to learn. This was one of the first things that my children learned to cook!

After you've made this once or twice, you won't need to measure the milk. Just add enough "until it looks right", as my mother would say.

Once you've used this basic French toast recipe once or twice, try adding some optional ingredients to jazz it up. You'll find some suggestions below.

This recipe makes two pieces of French toast, and is easily multiplied.

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • whole wheat bread

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • eggs
    • milk
    • butter
    • maple syrup

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a shallow baking dish or a pie plate
    • a skillet
    • a fork
    • a spatula

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a set of tongs
    • measuring cup or spoon

    How To Make French Toast

    2 eggs

    3 Tbsp/45 mL milk

    2 slices of whole wheat bread


    Get out a shallow baking dish. (A pie plate works well.)

    Heat a skillet over medium heat.

    While it heats, break the eggs into the baking dish.

    Add the milk to the eggs.

    Stir with a fork until well mixed.

    Put a piece of bread into the dish.
    Wait a moment while it soaks up the egg/milk mixture, then turn it over to soak the other side.

    Grease the skillet with a bit of butter.

    Transfer the soaked bread to the skillet.

    Cook for a couple of minutes, until brown on the bottom.

    Turn the bread over and cook the second side for a couple of minutes.

    Soak the second slice of bread in the remaining egg mixture and cook it too.
    (If there is no egg mixture remaining, don't panic! Just break in another egg and add more milk.)


    • Use another type of bread in place of whole wheat.

    • Use a non-dairy milk substitute instead of milk. Soy milk, rice milk or sesame milk would all work well.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Experiment with different types of bread. How about a crusty French bread, or a nice sourdough loaf? Or even a loaf of cinnamon-raisin bread?

    • Cut the bread into little squares, or into long sticks, before dipping it into the egg mixture. Or use cookie cutters to make really special shapes - like hearts for Valentine's Day.

    • Add some flavor to the egg-milk mixture. A bit of cinnamon or nutmeg would be tasty. How about a bit of vanilla, or some brown sugar?

    • Just before serving, dust the French toast with cinnamon or powdered sugar.

    • Top your French toast with your choice of toppings: fresh or frozen (thawed) berries, jam, sliced bananas or kiwis, fruit sauce, your favorite syrup, or whipped cream. The possibilities are endless!


    • If you are using unsliced bread and slicing it yourself, be sure to use a good bread knife. Don't make the slices too thin or they will fall apart in the egg mixture - but don't make them too thick or they will be cold in the middle. Once you've experimented a bit, you'll know how to make them just right!

    • To transfer the soaked bread from the dish to the skillet, I use a spatula or a set of tongs. I tried using a fork, but if the bread is really soaked, it falls apart.

    • Once you know how to make French toast, you can make it anywhere! I like to make French toast when we go camping. Here are some French toast photos from my camping site.

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