Cheap and easy: French Toast

Heather says:

Time and again I hear people lamenting their inability to cook. It’s a skill that takes practice; start with a basic, forgiving item like today’s French toast If you have children, involve them in the process, it will help them become comfortable in the kitchen. This is a great way to use up any leftover Italian bread or baguettes. Hey, it could happen and this morning was one of those rare occasions.


  • bread
  • eggs
  • milk
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • cooking spray or vegetable oil
  • nutmeg (optional)
  • fruit (optional)
  • powdered or confectioners sugar (optional)


Don’t panic, I am fully aware the amounts are missing. Some ratios depend on preference and the amount you would like to prepare. We prefer ours light on the egg, don’t be afraid to experiment. This morning I used 2 eggs, approximately 2/3 cup of milk, about 1 tsp vanilla, and a pinch of cinnamon. The yield was 8 slices.

Turn your burner on to medium and set your skillet on it to heat. NEVER overheat a non-stick pan, the fumes are quite toxic.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a shallow bowl. Spray or lightly oil your pan. Dip the slices of bread one at a time into your bowl, ensuring both sides are coated with the egg mixture and place in the hot pan. Do this quickly so the bread is only coated rather than soggy.

Place the slice in the pan and cook for approximately 2 minutes per side. If you are cooking a large batch, set your oven to 200 degrees and hold the prepared slices in a covered, oven safe dish, unless you enjoy feeling like a short order cook and eating last.

Garnish with fruit, powdered sugar, and syrup.

Start to finish, this took ten minutes.

Want French toast sticks? There is no need to spend good money and kitchen “real estate” on a fancy gadget. Use a pizza cutter to quickly cut the bread into slices perfect for dipping.


  1. Kate on January 20, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Heather … could you please come over to my house and cook me your french toast every morning? Pretty please. Mmm Mmm.. I love french toast and love your addition of the fruit.

  2. CanadianCarrie on December 31, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    We do french toast alot here. AuntJemima is our topping of choice though. I also found a recipe for french toast waffles in my Joy of Cooking, I love it because I like to soak my bread and the waffle maker gets to the inside to cook the eggs better than my grill. YOu need to use melted butter in the egg mixture though, which is fine. I make large batches so that I can freeze them and use them all week, just toast em up quick and theres breaky! 😉

  3. themomhalf on August 29, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    My husband likes sweet french toast — ie: your recipe, I grew up with savory french toast made with salt and pepper, I usually make his and the children’s first then mine.

  4. I Feed Formula on August 29, 2007 at 10:02 am

    Did you know that if you have a George Foreman grill (as I do, love it, can’t live without it) you can use it to make fabbity faboo french toast? ^_^
    Just a hint, in case there are other Foreman grill owners out there who are wondering what else to do with theirs besides make grilled chicken boobs and hamburgers.