With an egg, a splash of milk, and a dash of vanilla extract, you can turn stale, lifeless bread into a sweet and indulgent breakfast that you will actually want to drag yourself out of bed for in the morning.
The broader category of French toast (luckily for our stomachs) includes any dish of bread dipped in custard, and then baked, fried, or grilled to perfection. From there you can sprinkle with powdered sugar, dust with spices, douse with maple syrup, or slather with Nutella. Any combination of the aforementioned will do the trick.
To enjoy our favorite morning toast, we have rounded up 24 French toast recipes that celebrate this simple griddled dish in its many, many iterations.
The Paleo Kitchen
This decadent recipe for French toast by the "Civilized Caveman," George Bryant, is completely gluten-free and paleo-friendly.
This simple breakfast recipe can be prepared the night before and baked first thing in the morning during all of the hustle and bustle. Everyone will be thrilled to eat this warm and sweet French toast casserole.
This is like the most indulgent peanut butter and jelly sandwich you've ever had — and you get to eat it for breakfast. Make it for special occasions — or just laundry day! In other words, this brunch recipe is great any time.
Here is an indulgent dish that uses croissants in place of sliced bread. Add in some tasty preserves and you have a winning dish that is part French toast and part French breakfast, you may as well be enjoying a café au lait with a view of the Eiffel tower.
This delicious cake batter French toast is a sweet delicious treat for morning and can even double as a dessert. Here we use Betty Crocker lemon cake mix, but any cake mix flavor can be substituted.
Instead of using white bread to make your French toast in the morning, step outside of the box and try slices of cornbread instead — we promise that it is just as good, if not better.
Challah bread makes some of the best French toast out there. Buttery and soft, with an array of wonderful spices, you can’t go wrong with this recipe.
Butternut squash purée can easily be substituted with pumpkin purée in this perfect-for-fall recipe.
Sweet vanilla and hearty, whole-grain bread will make this recipe an easy weekend staple.
Have gingerbread for breakfast with this excellently spiced, French toast. It’s practically dessert for breakfast — not a bad way to start the day!
Whole Foods Market
A berry-packed breakfast crowd-pleaser that's made with gluten-free bread, sweetened with maple syrup, and scented with nutmeg.
Anyone who has ever camped has likely made French toast on some kind of grill. And why not — it works! Not to mention it’s pretty fun making breakfast for guests on your grill at home. Just don’t forget sausages and bacon, which are also fantastic out there.
Here is a healthy breakfast recipes that kids will eat with no encouragement needed. Make your mornings a breeze with almond milk, cinnamon, and delicious, raw honey.
Jean Kelly Peter Island Resort & Spa in the British Virgin Islands
When it comes to making French toast, the bigger the bread, the better. Use thick slices of brioche bread to create this incredible brunch recipe that will make your guests feel like they’re relaxing at a resort.
Sweet and Spicy Monkey
If you are hosting brunch, the last thing you want to be doing is fussing in the kitchen as your guests arrive. Prep everything the night before and throw it in the oven in the morning. The bourbon brown sugar sauce is sure to be a great hit.
Panettone — tasty, sweet bread from Italy, makes for a great French toast full of lovely citrus flavors and plump, sweet raisins.
For a sweet twist on traditional French toast, try using pound cake instead of bread.
I am Baker
It seems that people cannot get enough pumpkin spice in their lives. This simple recipe is the perfect way to warm up as the weather becomes cooler and the leaves begin to turn.
Almond slivers and fresh raspberries are the perfect accompaniment to some fluffy and sweet French toast.
Depending on how much rum you use, this French toast feels more like a rum cocktail that happens to have some French toast in it than the other way around.
Here’s a French toast recipe that you can simply prepare the day ahead, store overnight in the fridge and pop into the slow cooker first thing in the morning before either getting on with your morning, or, perhaps, going back to bed for a few more ZZZs.
Brioche. Mascarpone. Melted chocolate. Need we say more? This is cloud nine stuff! And we call it French toast.
If you want to look like a fancy home chef, you have to make this stuffed French toast recipe for your brunch. Seriously, the complex sweet and savory flavor combination is perfect for satisfying every guest, and it’s a unique recipe to have in your entertaining back pocket.
Good Karma Foods
This recipe is a little healthier than the normally cream-laden version but still very delicious. You can make it gluten-free as well as dairy-free for a tasty brunch dish that anyone can enjoy. For more easy breakfast ideas, you might like our 31 favourite cook-ahead egg dishes to help make breakfast a breeze.