Make every morning feel like Christmas morning with the McCormick French toast!
Nothing’s cozier and more satisfying than starting the day with French toast.
This rich and delectable treat is the most fool-proof way to put a smile on my face.
This particular French toast recipe gives a cinnamon twist to the classic.
This little addition gives the toast a boost of warmth, making it all the more comforting.
And if you think making French toast is too complicated, think again. This recipe is first-timer friendly.
As long as you stick to all the tips I have for you below, you’ll be more than okay.
McCormick French Toast
It’s golden and crispy on the outside, and creamy like custard on the inside.
Drizzled with a sweet, cinnamon-flavored syrup, this toast is heaven in every bite.
With this easy recipe, you can say goodbye to soggy or burnt French toast!
Today’s the day you’ll learn how to cook the most perfect, restaurant-quality French toast, and it’s not as difficult as you’d imagine it to be.
Best Bread for French Toast
As French toast is really just bread at its core, it all starts with the bread.
Be sure to use the right kind of bread, and you’ll be on your way to the perfect French toast.
There are many types of bread you can use to make French toast.
The most important thing to remember is that it has to be crusty, sturdy, and spongy enough to soak up the custard mixture without getting soggy or falling apart.
That’s why a simple sandwich bread won’t work here unless it’s super stale.
Stick to firm bread that can handle getting soaked in liquid, such as:
- Brioche – It’s my personal favorite because besides being sturdy, it also has a slightly sweet and buttery flavor.
- Sourdough – I love how the bread’s tanginess complements the richness of the custard so well.
- French bread
- Texas Toast
Here’s another good tip: be sure the bread is stale and dry. This is why most recipes call for day-old bread.
Leaving it out for a day makes bread tough enough to handle some liquid.
With this trick, sandwich bread then becomes an acceptable candidate for French toast-making in a pinch.
Lastly, be sure the bread is sliced to a perfect thickness. You want it to be around 3/4 to 1-inch thick.
If it’s too thin, it will easily disintegrate once it’s soaked in custard.
- Eggs – Be sure they’re at room temperature, so they’ll mix easily with the other custard ingredients. You can also strain them beforehand to remove those stubborn, white lumps.
- Milk – Go for full-fat for the fullest flavor. You’ve already decided to make French toast for breakfast, you might as well go all the way! Forget the diet for now.
Also, just like the eggs, be sure the milk is at room temperature. Cold milk will make for a grainy custard.
- Sugar – A little bit of sweetness goes a long way.
- Cinnamon Extract – To add just that hint of warmth to both the bread and the syrup topping. It gives the regular French toast an extra cozy vibe.
- Bread – Remember, stick to sturdy and crusty, stale and dry bread.
- Pancake Syrup – It’s the perfect topping!
More Tips to a Perfect French Toast
- If you have the time, chill the custard for 2 hours, giving it time for the flavors to marry.
- Don’t be afraid to soak the bread. You’ll want them to absorb that rich and creamy custard to give them flavor.
The recipe card prescribes about 30 to 40 seconds per side, and that’s not a typo.
As long as you use my recommended kinds of bread, they’ll be able to handle the soaking pretty well.
- Use a mix of oil and real butter for pan-frying French toast. The butter gives the toast an extra boost of flavor, while the oil keeps it from burning.
- Preheat the skillet before cooking. Cooking in a cold pan will result in a soggy toast.
- Pan-fry the toast over medium-high heat. If you go beyond that, the outside will brown quickly, while the inside remains undercooked. If you go lower, the custard will spread at the bottom of the bread, creating feet.
- If you’re making over four toasts (let’s be honest, four toasts are only good enough for one hungry person), keep the cooked ones in the oven set to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. This’ll keep them warm while you’re pan-frying the rest.
Best Toppings For French Toast
While you can’t go wrong with the classic butter and maple syrup, there are so many other toppings just waiting to make regular French toast even more desirable. Let your creative juices flow!
Here are some suggestions, though:
- Fresh fruits and/or berries – Ripe mangoes and peaches, strawberries and blueberries, you name it.
- Jams, preserves, and marmalades – I won’t pretend to know how each of them differs from each other! All I know is they’re fantastic with French toast.
- Powdered sugar and butter – This classic won’t disappoint.
- Toasted nuts – For a lovely crunch.
- Peanut butter and bananas – Do it a la Elvis.
- Chocolate, peanut butter, or hazelnut spread – It’s every kid’s dream breakfast.
- Fried egg, ham, sausages, bacon – For something more savory.
Looking for side dishes that go well with French toast? This list has it all!
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