The Best French Toast

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 15 min.


4 servings

Updated: Nov. 29, 2023
There's no question that this is the best French toast recipe ever. The caramelized exterior meets a soft custardlike center that practically melts in your mouth. Not only that, but it's quick and easy, too! —Audrey Rompon, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


  • 1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 8 slices day-old brioche bread (1 inch thick)
  • Optional toppings: Butter, maple syrup, fresh berries, whipped cream and confectioners' sugar

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  1. In a shallow dish, whisk together the first 7 ingredients. Preheat a greased griddle over medium heat.
  2. Dip bread into egg mixture, letting it soak 5 seconds on each side. Cook on griddle until golden brown on both sides. Serve with toppings as desired.

Using day-old bread from a bakery helps the French toast to keep its shape. If you're using commercially produced brioche, be sure to allow the bread to become slightly stale for best results.

Nutrition Facts

2 pieces: 546 calories, 24g fat (15g saturated fat), 263mg cholesterol, 786mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein.