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How to Make French Toast

How to Make French Toast

Last Updated on 8th February 2022 by

French toast one of those breakfast foods that you know isn’t really good for you, but your taste buds just don’t care. Maybe you’ve ordered it before at restaurants or had it made for you but never learned how to make French toast for yourself.

Maybe you’ve tried to learn how to cook French toast but you weren’t happy with the results. The problem may have been in the recipe you are using, and it may have been needlessly complex.

I want to share with you a method for making French toast that’s easy enough anyone can do it. I’ll also share with you some alternatives you can try once you’re ready to expand your French toast repertoire.

How to Make French Toast


  • 4 slices of bread
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of oil


  1. Beat together egg, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a bowl.
  2. Dip your bread into the mixture until the bread is fully coated.
  3. Cover the bottom of a skillet with oil and heat on high. Once the oil is hot, you can lower the heat to medium and add your drenched pieces of bread into the frying pan.
  4. Cook as many pieces as you want at a time, as long as there’s room for them to cook without touching one another. Cook on each side until the bread is brown, which will take around 3-4 minutes per side.
  5. Using a spatula, remove the French toast from the hot oil and place onto a paper towel to drain the excess oil.

How to Make French Toast Sticks

French toast sticks are made pretty much the same way as regular French toast. The only difference is that you’ll be slicing up the bread ahead of time into small pieces. You can cut each slice of bread vertically into about four sections.

Follow the same recipe as above and you’ll have French toast sticks quickly and easily. Because they have a smaller surface area than the larger pieces of bread, French toast sticks cook very quickly, so be aware of that.

Make sure you keep your heat on medium or low so that you don’t burn your French toast sticks.

How to Make French Toast without Vanilla

You don’t really need vanilla extract to make French toast. All that vanilla does is add a slight and subtle flavor to the French toast.

You can substitute it out for something else or leave it out completely. If you want to substitute vanilla extract, you can replace it with maple syrup for a similarly sweet flavor or for almond extract or something else that’s similar.

Leaving the vanilla out means that the toast won’t have quite the same flavor and won’t be quite as sweet, but it won’t affect the texture and finished look of the toast.

How to Make French Toast without Milk

Keeping that theme of substituting out ingredients or doing without, let’s talk about how you can make French toast if you don’t have any milk available or you don’t want to use milk.

If you want to have some kind of milk in the toast but don’t want to use regular milk because you’re lactose intolerant, you can use a milk substitute. Almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, and other substitutes work really well. You can use them with the same ratios in the recipe as you would regular milk.

You can even skip the milk completely, if you like. The eggs are what hold this recipe together, so it can be made without milk. It won’t have the same taste and texture, but it will still be French toast.

How to Make French Toast Without Eggs

What do you do when you go to the fridge to get eggs out for making French toast and realize you have no eggs? Here’s a method for how to make cinnamon French toast that doesn’t use any eggs at all.


  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of butter


  1. Mix together the cornstarch, cinnamon, milk, and vanilla in a bowl. Whisk them together until your cornstarch is completely dissolved.
  2. Heat a nonstick frying pan on medium heat.
  3. Soak one of the slices of bread into your milk mixture, and then flip it over so that the other side is dredged as well. Let it soak for a few seconds as you prepare the frying pan.
  4. Melt a tablespoon of the butter in the frying pan and put two slices of dredged bread into the pan. Allow them to cook for about 3 or 4 minutes until they are golden brown on one side.
  5. Flip the French toast pieces over with a spatula and let them brown on the other side for another three or four minutes. Then, remove them from the pan.

This method for how to make French toast in a pan works without the eggs because of the cornstarch. The texture will be a bit different from traditional French toast, however.

How to Make Stuffed French Toast

Stuffed French toast takes an extra step or two, but it’s not much more complicated than regular French toast. You’ll be making a cream cheese filling to go between two slices of bread for this recipe, and then you take that sandwich and cook it up in a pan just like you would regular French toast.

For 12 slices of bread, making six sandwiches, you can use the following recipe for your filling:

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup of powdered sugar

When you’re confident you can make the regular French toast recipe without any trouble, try this variation, as it’s not much more difficult. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how delicious it is.

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