This easy French Toast recipe for one, is not just incredibly easy; it’s also perfect for a cozy weekend breakfast. You can scale up the recipe if you want to share. The cinnamon bread adds a little extra depth to the flavor. French toast is also tastily made with a cinnamon swirl or brioche bread.
For more breakfast favorites, try my classic pancakes for one or a delightful dutch baby pancake made in a cast-iron skillet.
This is a quick french toast is dipped and skillet-fried with a soft center and crisp edges.
- Egg: The egg holds everything together, adds richness to the batter, and provides that nice crunchy outside layer. You can also mix the batter with egg whites; it’s not as velvety a flavor.
- Vanilla Extract: For flavor, use as much or little for your personal taste. You can add some cinnamon if the cinnamon flavor in the bread isn’t enough for you.
- Milk: I've used whole, nonfat, or low-fat milk can also be used in this french toast recipe. For an extra creamy custard mixture, use whole milk or heavy cream.
- Sugar: I’ added sugar for a little sweetness, but if preferred, you can leave the sugar out altogether.
- Bread: You can make this recipe with any bread you have in the kitchen. I think the best bread is sourdough or cinnamon, but generally, don’t use wheat bread. Thick slices of bread starting to go a little stale is perfect for this recipe. Soaking bread brings it back to life.
- This cinnamon breakfast bread recipe also makes a great classic french toast recipe.
How to Make French Toast for One
Just a few easy steps for the best french toast recipe!
Preheat oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Whisk together the egg, milk, sugar, and vanilla in a shallow bowl until well combined.
Dip the bread into the egg batter and thoroughly coat both sides.
Lower the heat to medium. Add the coated bread to the hot pan and fry for about 3 minutes. Use a spatula to flip the bread and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes. The outer layer and crust will have a slightly crispy texture, and the inside will be soft and creamy.
Serve homemade french toast topped with fresh berries, and diced apples, dusted with powdered sugar, or drizzled with pure maple syrup.
- Use day-old stale bread to avoid an overly soggy French toast. Leave the bread out overnight, or if it's a last-minute breakfast decision, toast it lightly, just enough to dry it out. For extra crispy french toast, lightly toast the bread before soaking it in the egg batter. This recipe is also amazingly made with a thick-cut Brioche or egg bread.
- Soaking bread in the egg mixture long enough for some of it to soak into the middle of the bread will result in a delicious front toast!
- The recipe can be scaled up for a potluck and is freezer friendly.
How to get a crispy french toast
You get the best result using a cast-iron skillet. Lightly coat the pan with cooking oil and heat the pan before adding the french toast. The pan oil needs to be hot to get that nice crispy outside. After heating the pan, the heat should be lowered to medium when cooking the french toast.
- Serve topped with fresh fruit and powdered sugar;
- or drizzled with pure maple syrup;
- for a heartier breakfast, fry up a few slices of bacon and crumble them on top before serving.
How to store leftovers
French toast can be stored in the fridge or freezer and reheated for a delicious french toast treat. To store in the fridge, place a single layer on a plate or in a container with a lid. Cover and refrigerate for up to three days.
When ready to enjoy, reheat in the microwave or in a skillet on the stovetop.
French toast can also be frozen for longer storage. Place leftover French toast on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and freeze for about an hour. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag or container and store for up to three months. When you're ready to eat, thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat as desired. Enjoy!
Making French Toast: Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, heat the oven to 350° F and place coated bread slices in a small baking dish. Bake for about 35-40 minutes until browned and slightly crispy edges.
One reason could be the bread is too thin French toast is best made with thicker slices of bread that will hold up to the egg and milk mixture. Another possibility is that the egg mixture isn't cooked long enough. It should be cooked over medium heat until it forms a thick custard. Finally, make sure to preheat your skillet before adding the French toast. This will help to ensure that the bread cooks evenly on both sides.
While it is often served with syrup, french toast can also be topped with fruit, powdered sugar, jam, or even savory toppings like bacon or sausage, or add a scrambled egg.
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French Toast for One
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup milk
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 slices Cinnamon Bread
- 2 tablespoons fresh raspberries or diced apples
- Preheat oil in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. In a 1 shallow bowl whisk together the egg, milk, sugar, and vanilla until well combined.
- Dip the bread into the egg batter and thoroughly coat both sides.
- Lower the heat to medium. Add the coated bread to the heated skillet and fry for about 3 minutes. Use a spatula to flip the bread and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes. The outer layer and crust will have a slightly crispy texture and the inside will be soft and creamy.
- Serve topped with fresh berries, diced apples, and powdered sugar or drizzled with maple syrup.