The ultimate round-up of The Best French Toast Recipes! From traditional-style French toast to cozy overnight casseroles, try these fun and easy variations of a classic brunch recipe.
No matter where you live, odds are there is a local version of French toast that you know and love. Variations of this classic breakfast staple are found on millions of menus worldwide. But did you know that some of the first documented recipes for “French toast” date back as far as Ancient Rome? Throughout history, many recipes featured bread that’s cut into thick slices, soaked in milk and eggs, and then fried. Any way you slice it, French toast has stood the test of time.
How Long Have People Been Making “French Toast”?
As it turns out, French toast really isn’t named after the French at all! The recipe has had many names, and it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact origins. The Romans called their version of bread dunked in milk “Pan Dulcis.” In 14th Century Europe, Germans named the dish Arme Ritter or “poor knights.”
Meanwhile, some early French recipes called it tostées dorées or pain doré (translating to “golden bread”). In France, French toast is now called pain perdu or “lost bread” – this is because the recipe was made with bread that had gone stale and would have been “lost” had it not been made into something delicious!
In the 17th Century, the name “French toast” appeared in an English cookbook. However, the term likely came from the way that the bread was cut: back then, “to French” essentially meant “to slice.” European settlers introduced the dish to the Americas, where it was likewise called French toast.
Call it what you will, French toast is an age-old favorite and one of our most beloved brunch foods. Below you’ll find 23 easy French toast recipes to try at home, from classic variations to overnight casseroles!
Classic French Toast Recipes
French toast made the old-fashioned way, in a skillet or on a griddle! These recipes are perfect to whip up and customize with all your favorite toppings.
Vegan Pumpkin French Toast
Pumpkin puree, warm spices, and a vanilla-scented vegan custard make this vegan french toast recipe a total delight! It’s just as tasty as a traditional recipe, with the same delicately crisp exterior and pillowy soft inside, but you don’t need dairy or eggs to pull it off.
Baked French Toast Casseroles
When it comes to make-ahead breakfasts, nothing beats a homemade French toast bake. These simple and convenient casserole ideas are great for the holidays and more!
Overnight Pumpkin Brioche French Toast
A delightfully cozy overnight French toast bake that you can make for the holidays, or just about any other time of the year! Made with thick brioche slices and bursting with pumpkin flavor.
Overnight Chai Eggnog French Toast Casserole
Complimentary flavors of spicy chai and creamy eggnog unite in this make-ahead French toast bake. Perfect for Christmas morning, the warm spices and tender, gluten-free French toast slices are like a hug that you can bake yourself!
How to Fix Soggy French Toast
French toast can get soggy if you use the wrong bread (think thin slices, or fresh bread instead of day-old). Soggy toast also happens if the bread absorbs too much liquid, or if it soaks in the custard for too long. Not desirable, but also not a reason to throw in the towel.
It’s not too late to save your soggy French toast! You can fix it with a quick stint in an oven preheated to 350F. After the oven has heated up, turn it off, and then place the French toast into the residual heat to dry out for about 15 minutes.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
Store leftover French toast slices in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Make sure you let it cool to room temperature before storing it.
To reheat, you can zap individual slices in the microwave for about 1 minute, or until warmed through. If you like to have a slightly crisp edge, follow up the microwave with about 4-5 minutes in a toaster oven or regular oven that has been preheated to 350F.
Can French Toast Be Frozen?
French toast freezes well for longer storage. To freeze, allow the French toast to cool completely (use a wire rack to speed things along). Stack the toast with parchment paper between the slices, and then store the stack in a freezer-safe container. French toast will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months, perfect for easy thawing and reheating at any time!
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