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Cracker Barrel French Toast

The family will love waking up to this restaurant-worthy Cracker Barrel French toast

Custardy, buttery, and sweet, this copycat recipe is spot-on. Better yet, you can enjoy it in your pajamas without fighting the morning crowds.

Homemade French Toast with Berries
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Cracker Barrel French Toast

French toast is a classic that’s easy, delicious, and quick. But the way Cracker Barrel does it is the best.

What’s their secret, though? It’s sourdough bread! 

It’s much sturdier than your typical white bread, so it doesn’t get soggy. Plus, it has a great tangy flavor. 

Not to mention it’s a breeze to make. You can whip it up before work, and it’s decadent enough for a holiday brunch. 

So skip the bill and enjoy this Cracker Barrel French toast!


This recipe is extremely simple. There aren’t any crazy spices or extra fluff and it’s perfect!

Using sourdough bread has a slight tang to it, which flavors this dish where a normal white bread wouldn’t. It’s delicious!

For this recipe, you will need:

  • Eggs – Four eggs are the perfect amount for this recipe. Adjust the amount if you are cooking for more people. 
  • Milk – A full-fat milk goes a long way in helping your French toast be rich and creamy!
  • Vanilla – Just a splash adds a ton of flavor, especially since you’re not using any spices.
  • Sugar – This recipe isn’t overly sweet at all, but a touch of sugar gives the right amount of sweetness and flavor.
  • Sourdough Bread – Slightly stale sourdough bread is actually best for this recipe. This bread is sturdier and keeps it from getting soggy. 
  • Butter – This is for frying your French toast. You could substitute butter for something else, but I highly recommend real butter because it adds a ton of flavor.

Tips for Making the Best French Toast

Mastering the art of French toast making is easy. Just follow these tips:

  • Sourdough is a must. Sourdough is a heartier bread, so it retains more of your custardy mixture without getting soggy. Slightly stale or day old bread is even better for this reason. The slight tang also adds a ton of flavor.
  • Cut your bread thick! About 3/4 inch to 1 inch would be perfect. You’ll want all those yummy flavors to get soaked up by your thick bread. 
  • Soak the bread. Since you’re using thick, sturdy slices, you need to soak the bread. About one minute on each side in the egg mixture will do. If you don’t soak it long enough, the middle of your bread will be dry.
  • Keep your meal warm. Preheat the oven to a low temperature and put your slices in there when you finish frying. This will keep them warm. And believe me, this tasty toast is best when warm! 
  • Prevent soggy French toast. Preheat your skillet on medium-low heat, then add your soaked bread. But don’t turn it up too high! This will burn the outside before fully cooking the inside, leaving you with soggy toast.
  • Keep a watchful eye. Be sure to watch the toast carefully as your pan heats up. Your first few slices may take a little longer to cook. But as the pan continues to heat up, it should start cooking faster. 
French Toast with Fruit Berries

How to Serve the French Toast

If you’re blessed with family members who all like their French toast the same exact way, serving it will be easy.

My entire family is different, so I love having a ton of different options on the table. 

Fruit is a must have! Strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries are perfect. You could even cook up some cinnamon apples if you’re feeling extra. 

For the picky eaters, you can add butter and syrup. Whipped cream or powdered sugar can also be included if you want yours a little sweeter. They’re so versatile!

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How to Store Leftover Cracker Barrel French Toast

I like to make extra French toast just so I can have leftovers! The slices freeze well, making for an easy breakfast.

You can refrigerate them too. Just follow these basic steps:

To Store: Transfer the cooled leftovers to an airtight container or a Ziplock bag and refrigerate. Enjoy within 3 days.

To Freeze: Let the leftovers cooled down completely. Wrap them individually with plastic wrap and put them all in a Ziplock bag. Frozen French toast will keep for up to 3 months.

To Reheat: For quicker reheating, warm leftovers in the microwave. For better results, warm leftovers in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until fully warmed.

Cracker Barrel French Toast



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  • 4 eggs

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 2 tbsp sugar

  • 8 slices sourdough bread

  • 1 tbsp butter


  • Whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, and sugar until completely combined.
  • Soak your sourdough slices on both sides.
  • Preheat your pan on medium heat. Grease with butter.
  • Place your sourdough slices into your pan.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes. (Time varies depending on how thick your slices are and the heat of the pan).
  • Keep them warm in the oven if you’re making a large batch.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.
Cracker Barrel French Toast

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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