French Toast

Cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter make this easy French toast recipe a winner.

French Toast

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Amelia Rampe

Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

Whether you are looking for a breakfast or brunch recipe to make the weekend or a holiday morning feel special, or just feel like treating yourself, this French toast recipe, which uses sturdy Italian bread, is a keeper. The key to cooking the perfect French toast is to thoroughly soak the slices of bread in the egg mixture, and cook it over medium-low heat so the edges don't burn before the center of each piece cooks through. If you are making French toast for a crowd, you can double this recipe, and cook it in batches. Stash cooked slices of French toast in an oven set to 200°F to hold them warm until you are ready to serve everything. You can pour warm maple syrup over the top of the stack of French toast when it is served for a classic touch, but feel free to swap or add in berries, cherries, sliced bananas, apples, or pears that have been cooked in a little butter, or toasted pecans, walnuts, or hazelnuts for a little extra texture. A dusting of confectioners sugar's is a perfect final touch.


  • 4 large eggs

  • 2/3 cup milk

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • Pinch nutmeg

  • 8 thick slices slightly stale Italian bread ¾ inch

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or neutral oil

  • Maple syrup, butter, fruit, and confectioners’ sugar for serving


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk in any other spices or seasonings at this time; you can add a pinch of ground cardamom or allspice if you like for an extra touch. Whisk egg mixture until well blended and pour into a wide shallow bowl or cake pan.

  2. Place each slice of bread into egg mixture, immersing bread and allowing it to soak for 1 minute.

  3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high. Lift bread from egg mixture, letting excess egg drip off before placing bread in skillet. Fry French toast until browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Flip and brown on other side, about 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining bread. Serve French toast hot with butter, maple syrup, and/or fresh berries or other fruit. Dust with confectioners’ sugar if desired.

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