How to Make French Toast

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How to Make French Toast

It's one of the most popular breakfast foods, but also considered to be a difficult one: french toast. The delicious, sweet, egg-battered bread is something that many people don't feel confident attempting to cook.

But it really isn't that difficult: With just a few steps, you can easily serve it up yourself! So, instead of noshing on simple toast, grab an apron and a skillet, and cook some delicious french toast in our step-by-step guide on how to make french toast.

Step One: Gather Equipment

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The equipment needed to prepare french toast isn't really fancy or expensive. In fact, you likely have everything you need on hand, already!

Start with a bowl to prepare the egg mixture in; a whisk, spoon, or fork to stir the egg mixture; a spatula, for the bread; and a nonstick skillet or griddle large enough to comfortably hold an entire slice of bread. Make sure that you pre-grease it. You may also wish to use a sifter, if you want to eat your french toast with powdered sugar.

Step Two: Assemble the Ingredients

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The only thing more basic than the equipment for french toast are the ingredients it needs! Though it seems fancy, what goes into this food is actually fairly basic – and cheap!

To prepare 4 servings, you'll need:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 4 slices of bread
  • Butter, margarine, or nonstick spray for your pan
  • Optional toppings: powdered sugar, syrup, or berries

Step Three: Make the Egg Mixture

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Now that everything is in one place, it's time to start cooking!

  1. You should begin with the egg dip. Crack the egg into your mixing bowl, then add in the vanilla extract and ground cinnamon.
  2. Beat these ingredients together with your whisk, spoon, or fork until it is evenly mixed, with no separation of the egg and yolk, and no visible clumps of the vanilla or cinnamon.
  3. Stir in the milk.

Step Four: Dip the Bread

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Fair warning:  This step gets messy! One slice at a time, take your piece of bread and lay it in the prepared egg mixture.

Once the first side of the bread is coated, flip over onto the opposite side. Allow both sides of the bread to become completely coated in this mixture. If you don't allow enough time for this, parts of the french toast may be burned, while others will remain raw.

Step Five: Cook

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Now it's time to cook your French toast! Simply heat the skillet or griddle over a medium heat, and place the bread onto the surface. Cook it lightly; french toast shouldn't be dark.

Then, flip it over and cook the opposite side until both sides appear to be a light golden. It's preferrable to cook it one slice at a time but, if you have a large enough griddle or skillet, and are confident in your ability, you can cook multiple pieces at once.

Step Six: Top

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Once you've finished the actual cooking, preparing french toast turns into nothing but fun!

Biggest fun? Choosing toppings! And there are a lot to choose from. Popular choices are powdered sugar, syrup, and berries. But don't stop there! Try sliced apples and whipped cream, or some fresh jam mixed with cream cheese?

French toast is a great option for breakfast, any day of the week! It's a delicious, indulgent food that is cheap -and easy!- to make, and one that should be in every chef's repertoire. So grab a fork, and dig in!

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