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17 Fabulous French Toast Recipes (All Types)

French toast on a plate with sugar powder.

The legend behind french toast is partially correct. According to the legend, this beloved dish didn’t come from France. Legend has it that it was invented in 1724, by a man named Joseph French

It goes on to state that it should have been French’s toast, but Joseph’s grammar wasn’t on par with his culinary skills.

Actually, the first mention of what we call french toast occurs in the 5th century, during the Roman Empire. Back then, it was known as Pan Dulcis. 

Today, french toast is a popular option for breakfast. This has resulted in many variations for the humble dish. If you are craving french toast, you are sure to find a recipe that suits your individual tastes. 

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1. Indulgent Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast on a plate.

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Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast takes the classic and upgrades it. The dish becomes sweet and savory, and much more adult than plain french toast. 

It makes six servings, so it’s perfect for a small brunch or a family breakfast. It takes about 20 minutes of prep and 20 minutes of cook time, but it’s totally worth it. 

The recipe begins by creating the cream cheese mixture. You’ll slice french bread, and then add a slit into each piece. Place the cream cheese mixture into the cavities. 

Then, you’ll soak the bread in the milk and egg mixture. The last step is frying them in a skillet with butter. 

2. Apple Pie French Toast Casserole

Apple Pie French Toast Casserole.

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What’s better than apple pie? Apple pie French toast casserole. It’s essentially a combination of apple crisp and french toast, which makes a dish worthy of a special occasion. 

It’s probably not a great option for your daily breakfast. However, it’s the perfect choice for holidays and celebrations. 

The dish serves six. It takes about 50 minutes to prepare, and 50 minutes of baking time.

Unlike most types of french toast, this dish can be made ahead of time, so you don’t have to worry about finding the time to cook before breakfast. To make the casserole ahead of time, add the french toast, apple filling, and topping. Then, all you need to do is pop it into the oven and add the glaze as its baking. 

3. Simple Quick and Tasty French Toast 

Tasty French Toast with raspberry.

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Fancy french toast recipes are wonderful for special occasions, but perhaps you want to keep it simple on a Saturday morning. This recipe is ready to eat in 10 minutes, making it perfect for a quick and easy breakfast. 

It only requires five ingredients. You’ll need an egg, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, milk, and bread. 

You’ll mix the egg, vanilla, and cinnamon together. Then stir in the milk. Now, you’ll dip the bread into the egg mixture, being sure to coat both sides. 

Cook in a buttered pan until it’s brown on both sides, and you have simple and tasty french toast. 

4. Eggcelent Brioche French Toast

Brioche French Toast with banana and strawberry.

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Brioche bread has a high egg and butter content. This makes it perfect for french toast. The result is french toast that is crispy and brown on the outside, and creamy and custard-like on the inside. 

It includes cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg for a classic flavor. 

The recipe makes four servings. It takes 20 minutes of prep, and 10 minutes of cook time. It’s simple enough to be a weekend go-to and tasty enough to be a family favorite. 

When making the recipe, don’t allow the bread to soak. Dip it into the egg mixture for a few seconds. Then, allow any excess mixture to drip away before frying. 

5. Classic French Toast

Classic French Toast with cheese.

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Classic french toast keeps the recipe simple, but tasty. You can make this recipe with brioche, sourdough, or white bread. If you prefer your french toast to have a stronger egg taste, choose brioche. For a slightly savory or tart note, use sourdough bread. To keep it simple and classic, use a thick white bread. 

The secret to this recipe is to allow your bread to sit for a day. This allows it to hold the egg mixture and stay together. 

Make your egg mixture, and then pour it over the bread. 

Allow the mixture to soak into the bread for at least 10 minutes. Then, cook it in a skillet. To keep it warm until you are ready to serve, place it in the oven at 250 degrees. 

6. Caramelized French Toast

Caramelized French Toast with blueberries.

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If regular french toast doesn’t appeal to you, this might be your new favorite recipe. Carmaleized french toast is caramelized, of course. If you are horrified at eggy edges, you’ll never see french toast the same way again.

It recommends brioche or challah bread, but you can use white bread as well. This recipe uses only egg yolks. Use half butter and half oil for frying. 

Another secret is to slice your bread yourself. They should be at least 1 1/4 inches thick. You can make them thicker, up to 2 inches thick if you wish. 

 To get the wonderful caramelization, you’ll add sugar right before flipping the bread. It’s that simple, and delicious! 

7. Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

Cinnamon French Toast Casserole.

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French toast casserole has the advantage of cooking in the oven. Instead of hanging out at the stove frying individual pieces of toast, you can toss it all in a casserole dish and stick it in the oven. 

If your mornings are anything like mine, this sounds like a good plan. You can also make it ahead of time. Just keep it in the fridge until you are ready to heat and eat. 

You can use sourdough, ciabatta, or challah bread. Leave the crust on. This helps create a sweet crispy crust on top. The recipe includes cinnamon and sugar. 

If you want to spice things up, you can add toppings. Cranberries, orange zest, or strawberries are a few suggestions but use your imagination. 

8. Light and Fluffy French Toast 

Light and Fluffy French Toast with strawberry and banana.

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If you love fluffy pancakes, this is the French toast recipe for you. This recipe uses flour, which creates a different texture from most recipes. 

It’s super simple, even if you have never made French toast before. If you are an experienced French toast chef, you’ll enjoy the change from the usual French toast. 

You’ll start with flour. Then add milk, eggs, cinnamon, sugar, and salt. Whisk until smooth. Soak your slices of bread in the mixture. Don’t be in a hurry here, allow them to become saturated. 

Then, place them in a buttered skillet and fry until brown. 

It serves 12. However, you can easily cut the recipe in half if you need a smaller amount. You can also freeze portions to cook and enjoy later. 

9. Single Serve Banana Oat French Toast

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If you are looking for a single-serve version of French toast that’s actually healthy, this is the recipe for you. Most French toast recipes focus on feeding a crowd, but what if you are cooking for one? 

This French toast is like a mix of banana nut bread and oatmeal. It has bananas and no egg, making it vegan as well. 

You’ll combine banana, almond milk, and maple syrup. Break up some bread, and place it in an appropriately sized baking pan. Add your sauce to the bread. Press with a fork to get all the yummy goodness into the bread, and then add the oats. 

Top with banana slices before baking, and enjoy. 

10. Blueberry French Toast Casserole

Blueberry French Toast Casserole.

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This blueberry French toast casserole is perfect for a large get-together. It serves 12 and tastes great. This recipe is actually designed to be made ahead of time. It allows the egg mixture to soak into the bread. 

You’ll break up the bread and place it into a 9×13 pan. Then, add your egg mixture to the bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight. 

You’ll also make the topping ahead of time. You’ll mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl. Add butter with a pastry cutter. You should have fine pebble-like pieces. Put it into a Ziploc bag, and refrigerate. 

When you are ready to cook, just sprinkle the topping over the casserole and bake. Once it’s finished cooking, top it with pancake syrup and fresh blueberries for a fresh twist on French toast. 

11. Coconut Cream Pie French Toast

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French toast is known for being rich and decadent, but not particularly healthy. As the name suggests, coconut cream pie French toast uses coconut milk.

This has two advantages. Coconut cream pie, or coconut anything, tastes amazing. It’s also a healthier alternative to heavy cream or half and half and butter, which are called for in most French toast recipes. 

It’s best to make it ahead of time and allow it to sit in the fridge overnight before baking. You’ll combine almond milk, vanilla, coconut milk, eggs, raw sugar, and agave. 

Whisk together until well mixed. Then add your bread. Once it’s finished cooking, you’ll add coconut whipped cream as the topping. 

12. Microwave French Toast 

French toast on a cup of coffee.

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Breakfast doesn’t get any easier than this. All you need for microwave french toast is a few ingredients, a microwave-safe coffee mug, and a microwave. 

All you need to do is break up pieces of bread. In a bowl or the mug, mix egg, milk, syrup, and vanilla extract. Honestly, it’s easier to add the bread to the mug, than to add your egg mix. This will coat the bread nicely. 

Now, just pop it in the microwave. It should be done within 2-3 minutes. You’ve got a super-easy breakfast that actually tastes as it came from your stovetop instead of your microwave. 

13. Cinnamon Bacon French Toast 

Cinnamon Bacon French Toast.

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Bacon is my favorite breakfast food, hands down. So, I’m excited about any recipe that includes the salty treat. Cinnamon bacon French toast begins like most French toast recipes. 

You’ll combine eggs and milk. Coat your bread in the mixture, and then place it into a buttered pan on medium heat. Now for the fun part. You’ll top it with cinnamon, sugar, and bacon bits. 

Once it’s finished cooking, you can add toppings. Whipped cream or maple syrup are great options. Of course, you should also add more bacon bits! 

14. Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast 

Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast.

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It doesn’t get any more decadent than this recipe. French toast, cream cheese, and sugared strawberries come together to create something spectacular. 

It’s a bit more labor-intensive than most of our other recipes, but it’s well worth the effort. Consider serving it up for a special occasion, particularly during the summer months. 

The best way to make this recipe is ahead of time. Stuff the bread sandwiches the night before you plan to cook. You can also make the egg mixture ahead of time, just be sure to refrigerate it. 

Then, all you need to do is dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture, and fry them. Enjoy a gourmet-worthy meal in a matter of minutes. 

15. Parmesan and Garlic French Toast

Parmesan and Garlic French Toast.

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French toast is typically known as a sweet dish. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, you may find cheese and garlic French toast to your liking. 

It starts like other recipes, with eggs, milk, and bread. However, that’s where the similarities end. You’ll add cloves of garlic, parsley, and red and black pepper. 

And cheese, of course. Preferably finely grated parmesan cheese. You’ll make your egg mixture, including the herbs and a portion of the cheese. 

After you’ve soaked the bread slices, run them through the remaining parmesan cheese. This creates a cheesy coating on the outside of your french toast. 

Fry them in a buttered nonstick skillet or griddle. Serve with fresh parsley and scallions. 

16. Nutella French Toast

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Nutella French toast tastes rich and decadent, but it’s actually easy to make. Impress your friends or your family when you serve this up for breakfast. 

You can use brioche bread or Kings Hawaiian. Truly, any rich and mildly sweet bread works well. Allow it to sit for a few hours, or preferably overnight, before preparing. 

First, you’ll make your egg mixture. Then, you’ll make Nutella sandwiches. Just spread a generous layer of Nutella on a piece of bread, and top with another piece. 

Now, you’ll dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture, generously coating both sides. Then, cook it as you would regular French toast, turning it once it’s brown. 

You can top it with whipped cream, raspberries, and powdered sugar. 

17. Marsala Spicy French Toast

Spicy French Toast with cheese and cilantro.

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Spice it up with this savory marsala french toast recipe. It’s a perfect breakfast treat for fall or winter. The warm spices make it excellent comfort food. 

To make the recipe, you’ll replace the sweet ingredients with spicy ones. Like most recipes, you’ll mix milk and eggs. You’ll also add onion, cilantro, turmeric, and green chili. 

Dip the bread into the mixture, pressing lightly with a fork to allow it to absorb. You’ll fry it in a nonstick pan with oil. Once you add the bread to the pan, you can top with a bit more of the egg mixture. 

It pairs well with ketchup, chutney, or sriracha. In addition to being great for breakfast, it can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner. 

18. Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Bites

Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Bites.

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French toast is certainly tasty, but it can be a bit messy or difficult to eat. You have to sit at the table, use your fork, and take care not to spill the sauce. 

For those days when a fork is just too much work, there are cinnamon sugar french toast bites. 

You’ll start with thick sliced bread, preferably a day old. Remove the crust from the bread, and cut it into bite-sized cubes. The next step is to blend your egg mixture. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a separate bowl. 

Add half the bread pieces to the egg mixture. Allow them to sit for a few seconds before pulling them out and tossing them into a pan with butter. 

Instead of frying like you do regular french toast, stir the pieces around as if you are sauteing. Once they are brown, take them out of the pan and place them in the cinnamon sugar. Give them a toss in the mixture before placing them on a plate and serving. 

19. Smores French Toast 

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That’s right. This recipe combines all the ooey-gooey goodness of smores with french toast. It’s a match made in heaven. No campfire is required. 

You’ll start by making an egg mixture. Then, you dip the slices into crushed graham cracker crumbs. Toast the bread in a buttered skillet. 

Now for the fun part. You’ll add marshmallows and chocolate chips to half the toast slices, then top with the remaining slices. If you are a chocoholic like me, you can add chocolate syrup as a topping. 

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