What is the Best Bread for French Toast?

Wondering what’s the best bread to use for French toast? If you want to make homemade French toast but aren’t sure which kind of bread to start with, here’s everything you need to know plus some stellar recipes to try!

Two slices of challah french toast with a slice taken out, whipped cream and blueberries on top
Challah French Toast from Rustic Family Recipes

French toast is a classic breakfast dish that is loved by people all around the world. It’s made by dipping slices of bread in a mixture of eggs and milk, and then cooking them in a pan until they are golden brown and crispy. You can also make French toast casserole-style, by combining pieces of bread and custard in a baking dish then baking them together in the oven.

But not all bread is created equal when it comes to making French toast. Some types of bread work better than others, and choosing the right bread can make a big difference in the final result.

The Best Bread for French Toast

So, what is the best kind of bread to use for French toast? It really depends on your personal preferences and what you have available, but here are a few options to consider:

The Fluffy Interior of a Slice of Brioche Bread

Brioche

Brioche is a rich, buttery bread that is perfect for making French toast. It has a soft, fluffy texture and a slightly sweet flavor that pairs well with the eggs and milk. The high fat content of brioche also helps to keep it moist and tender as it cooks. You can make brioche from scratch using the recipe linked below, or find loaves of brioche bread at most grocery stores.

Overhead shot of Honey Vanilla Challah on cutting board

Challah

Another good option for French toast is challah bread. This egg-based bread has a soft, tender crumb and a slightly sweet flavor. It’s also relatively dense, which helps it hold up well when soaked in the egg mixture.

Sourdough bread on wooden cutting board

Sourdough

If you’re looking for something a little more rustic and hearty, sourdough bread is a great choice for French toast. Its tangy flavor pairs well with the sweetness of the eggs and milk, and the dense, chewy texture holds up well as it cooks. Sourdough bread is easy to find at the grocery store or your local bakery. If you like your slices of French toast to have a bit more structure opt for sourdough bread.

sliced loaf of gluten free bread on a wooden cutting board

Sandwich Bread

You can also use your favorite kind of sandwich bread for French toast. It has a soft, fluffy texture and a slightly sweet flavor that works well with most French toast recipes. If possible, buy a whole loaf and then cut it thick to prevent your slices from getting soggy after they have been dunked in the custard mixture. If you’re gluten-free and need a steller GF sandwich bread recipe to try, we’ve linked one from Cupcakes & Kale chips below.

Should the Bread Be Stale or Fresh?

No matter which type of bread you choose, it’s important to make sure it is slightly stale before you start making French toast. Fresh bread is too soft and will fall apart when soaked in the egg mixture, while stale bread holds up better and absorbs the liquid more evenly. To stale bread quickly, simply slice it and leave it out on the counter for a few hours (or overnight) before you begin cooking.

Overall, the best kind of bread for French toast is a matter of personal preference. Whether you prefer the richness of brioche, the tenderness of challah, the tanginess of sourdough, or the fluffy texture of Texas toast, there is a type of bread out there that is perfect for your French toast needs. Experiment with different types of bread to find your favorite, and don’t be afraid to get creative with your toppings and add-ins!

French Toast Recipes to Try

Want to put your newfound knowledge about the best bread for French toast to work? Here are some of the best recipes to try:

a plate of sliced french toaste with berries, butter, and maple syrup

Quick & Easy Protein French Toast

Your bread of choice is dipped in a protein-rich mixture of oat milk, eggs, protein powder, vanilla, and sweet spices for the perfect bite.

Pouring Maple Syrup over a Stack of Brioche French Toast

Brioche French Toast

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This easy Brioche French Toast recipe is fluffy, sweet and decadent. Plus it only needs a few simple ingredients!

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Individual Overnight French Toast Casserole Recipe (Baked or Microwave!)

Single serving French toast that can be prepped the night before? Sign is up! This is the ultimate easy breakfast idea that still feels like a decadent treat.

overhead shot of pumpkin french toast slices arranged on a plate with a bowl of maple syrup set next to them.

Pumpkin French Toast

Gorgeous, golden-brown slices of French toast with pumpkin flavor and warming spices. Your family will devour this wholesome, hearty, sweet treat.

Eggnog French Toast

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This easy French toast recipe is 100% perfect for the holidays or anytime you want to infuse a bit of festive cheer into your breakfast.

Vegan french toast with sliced strawberries.

Vegan French Toast (7 Ingredients)

This Vegan French Toast is made with simple ingredients. It’s so deliciously crisp on the outside and soft on the inside – plus it’s ready in 30 minutes!

Pouring maple syrup on a slice of french toast casserole

Overnight Blueberry French Toast Bake

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This overnight french toast casserole is made with crusty sourdough bread. It’s full of juicy blueberries and topped with crunchy brown sugar cinnamon streusel.

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Berry French Toast Cups

Single serving French toast made in a muffin tin? Pure genius. This healthy French toast recipe is easy to make and also happens to be vegan.

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Air Fryer French Toast Sticks

Put your air fryer to good use and make these irresistible french toast sticks! They have soft, fluffy insides and crispy cinnamon sugar outsides. Perfect for dipping in maple syrup and insanely tasty.

This triple berry brioche French toast bake is a breakfast or brunch dish that your overnight crew will love! Fresh berries are layered throughout the rich and buttery brioche bread. Your family and friends will love you!

Triple Berry Brioche French Toast Bake

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Bursting with fresh berries, this simple French toast recipe is assembled and baked in a 9×13 baking dish. Top with powdered sugar and maple syrup, then dig in!

Want even more ways to cook up the best French toast ever? Be sure to check out our recipe finder!

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