The Secret to Restaurant Style French Toast

One of my favourite meals to go out for is breakfast, because I love it in almost all of its (Western) incarnations. Waffles. French Toast. Nutella Stuffed French Toast. Crepes. Fruit Stuffed Crepes. Pancakes with Real Maple Syrup. Eggs Benedict. Eggs Florentine. Maple Griddle Breakfast Sandwiches. Bacon. Hungry Man’s Breakfast. How is a person to choose what to eat when everything on the menu is mouth-watering?!
Restaurant Style French Toast
I usually end up going with the 3 egg, bacon, sausage, hash browns, brown beans, & toast Hungry Man’s Breakfast because it’s the best value for dollar, and let’s face it - I’m Dutch! 

However, my eyes almost always go immediately to the French Toast first, especially if it’s made with raisin cinnamon bread. yum. I’ve always made a passable french toast at home, but last weekend I stumbled across a method that turns ‘passable’ into ‘Restaurant Style’ – SO GOOD!! So good, in fact, that I made it two mornings in a row. The great thing about french toast is that you can make it with bread that’s a little stale – which is great, because, as alluded to earlier, my fave french toast is made from raisin cinnamon bread, but I only ever buy that stuff when it’s on the Reduced to Clear rack (aka Day Olds). Know what the secret is? Soak. Drain. Fry. Bake. That process gets you the most moist, fluffy, slightly crispy, super delicious french toast ever.
Nutella Stuffed French Toast at the Real Food Cafe in Grand Rapids, MichiganWithout further ado, I present to you Restaurant Style French Toast.

Restaurant Style French Toast
Serves 4
French Toast that will make you swear you're eating in a restaurant!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
9 min
Total Time
14 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
9 min
Total Time
14 min
  1. 3 eggs
  2. 1 cup 2% or homo milk
  3. 2 Tbsp honey
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 8 slices of *thick* slicked raisin bread or other (can be slightly stale)
  7. 1/4 cup butter
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Whisk eggs, milk, honey, vanilla, & salt together in a medium bowl.
  3. Pour mixture into an 8 1/2 x 11 dish.
  4. Soak bread slices in egg mixture, 15 seconds per side, then transfer to a baking rack for 2 minutes to drain excess liquid.
  5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper & set aside.
  6. Preheat pan (I like to use the large cast-iron) over medium heat. Spray with a touch of PAM, then melt 1 Tbsp of butter in the pan.
  7. Cook slices 2-3 minutes per side, then transfer to prepared cookie sheet & bake for 5 minutes. Add another 1 Tbsp of butter to your pan & repeat until bread is gone.
  8. Serve fresh out of the oven with any topping of your choice, but I prefer Maple Syrup.
  1. Be careful not to let your French Toast sit in the oven for more than 5 minutes or it will dry out.
Adapted from Laundry in Louboutins
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Jenn vanOosten

I live in Hamilton, Ontario, and love my city. I'm a Netflixer, choral music geek, bookworm, inventor of recipes (I take Artistic Licence on EVERYTHING that I make), wife of one, mother of two, and owner of a neurotic Schnauzer. I respect people who respect others. I love good food that's well done, but my favourite lunch is KD & hotdogs. With ketchup. I'm addicted to Clearance Shopping. I will ALWAYS get the product that I want at the price that I want, eventually.

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