How to make French toast

Discover how to make French toast – a brunch staple that's usually sweet, but can be savory, too

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Want to know how to make French toast? This brunch staple is usually served sweet, but you can use savory toppings, depending on your preference. It's an easy breakfast/brunch/lunch recipe that requires minimal ingredients, and it's a particularly great idea for weekends, when you'll likely have a little more time on your hands but still want something super easy and a bit indulgent. 

Follow our simple instructions below, then go wild with whatever toppings you have to hand. See all our egg recipes in one place. For more recipe inspiration, head over to our food hub page.

How to make French toast


To make French toast, you will need:

  • Bread, sliced (we'd recommend one or two slices per person)
  • Eggs, one per slice of bread
  • Butter, a knob for cooking
  • Salt and pepper (if you're making eggy bread)
  • Vanilla extract and cinnamon (if you're making French toast)
  • Toppings – maple syrup and bacon, cooked eggs, peanut butter and caramelized banana, berries and yogurt are some of our favorites


1. Crack your eggs into a mixing bowl. Remember, your bowl will need to be large enough for you to soak each slice of bread so a shallow bowl or baking dish is good.

2. Add milk and a dash of vanilla extract and a sprinkle of cinnamon at this stage.

3. Whisk your mixture until you achieve a smooth consistency.

4. Dip your bread into the mixture, ensuring each side is saturated with the mixture.

5. Add a little butter to your pan, turn to a medium heat and wait until melted.

6. Place your egg-soaked bread into the pan and cook for two to three minutes on each side. Or, until you achieve a golden brown exterior.

7. Use a spatula to remove your French toast. Then, place on a plate.

8. Repeat the process for as much mixture as you have.

9. Top with your choice of toppings.

Jamie Oliver's French toast recipe

Obviously the fundamentals of making French toast are pretty much the same, but Jamie Oliver's recipe does have some slightly different suggestions which you may be interested to discover...

To start with, Jamie suggests adding a dash more milk than we might have done. This will give your mixture a creamier taste, which may be slightly more conducive to such a sweet breakfast.

He also suggests adding a sprinkle of salt to the mixture, along with vanilla extract and cinnamon. We think this is a great idea that will certainly add depth to the flavour.

In his berry pocket eggy bread, Jamie also suggests cutting a 'pocket' into a thick slice of bread. This can be stuffed with fresh fruit, as Jamie suggests, though we also like the idea of sliding in some chocolate, or even a little bit of banana for the ultimate breakfast treat.

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