This simple and easy Cinnamon French Toast uses basic ingredients like bread, milk, eggs, and cinnamon and is cooked in a little bit of butter for the perfect quick, sweet breakfast in just 20 minutes.
Cinnamon French Toast
Cinnamon French toast is a classic breakfast. It's quick. It's easy. It's freezer-friendly. And it's delicious.
This cinnamon French toast uses simple ingredients like eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon and is then cooked in just a little bit of butter to give the edges some of the extra richness from the buttery flavor.
This recipe comes together in just 20 minutes and is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or brinner.
What's the Best Type of Bread for French Toast?
To make excellent cinnamon French toast, you need bread that is sturdy enough to be soaked in the egg mixture but soft enough the egg can soak into the center and not just coat the outside.
The best types are Brioche, sourdough, French bread, challah, white bread, or my favorite - cinnamon swirl bread.
Why is My French Toast Soggy?
There are several reasons your French toast might be soggy. Here are a few and how to fix it:
- Your bread. A dense bread is best to make a sturdy French toast. Thinner breads, like sandwich bread will get soggy and not crisp up because they can't stand up to the moisture from the egg.
- Too much milk. If your bread has soaked in a mixture that has too much milk, it will be very wet because the dairy won't set like egg does.
- Not preheating the pan. If the pan hot enough, the egg mixture shouldn't leak out the bottom at all and will start cooking as soon as it hits the pan.
- Not using the right amount of heat. That being said, if the pan is too hot, it will just scorch the outside leaving the inside soggy and uncooked. Alternately, if you cook it too low, the bread will be cooked through but you won't have that nice crisp outside and soft center because it will be too dried out. If your pan is at the right temperature (medium heat), your French toast should cook for about 3-4 minutes per side. If it takes longer, turn it up. If the outside is burning, turn it down.
Should the Center be Soft?
Yes. The center of your cinnamon French toast will be soft but hot. It should not be runny.
Toppings for Cinnamon French Toast
Sometimes the best part of French toast is the toppings. Whether you're a classic butter-and-maple-syrup person or you like to try new things, here are some ideas for dressing up your breakfast.
- Fruit such as bananas or berries
- Fruit Salad
- Jams, jellies, or preserves
- Cranberry sauce
- Peanut butter or nutella
- Whipped cream
- Maple Syrup
- Chopped nuts
- Powdered syrup
- Chocolate chips or chocolate sauce
How to Make Cinnamon French Toast for a Crowd
Making French toast for a crowd is really simple. You can either serve as you cook, or place each cooked slice on a lined baking sheet in a 200°F oven to keep them all warm until you're ready to serve.
How to Freeze Cinnamon French Toast
Cook French toast according to recipe instructions. Allow to cool to room temperature. Then lay out flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. You can put them in layers. Just make sure to put a sheet of parchment paper or mat between the layers. Freeze flat. Then transfer to a freezer bag or container.
Cook from frozen in a skillet with a little butter or in the toaster until warmed through.
More Sweet Breakfast Recipes You'll Love
- Cinnamon Swirl Bread - this bread is excellent toasted and slathered in butter, and it also makes great French toast!
- Homemade Funfetti Pancakes - these fun rainbow pancakes are perfect for birthday breakfasts or just for fun!
- Nutella Banana Muffins - chocolate and banana swirls make these muffins heavenly
- Blueberry Banana French Toast Bake - an overnight French toast casserole loaded with fresh blueberries and sweet bananas
- Perfect Blueberry Muffins - a simple blueberry muffin recipe topped with a crispy streusel
Cinnamon French Toast Video
Cinnamon French Toast
- 8 slices Texas toast or other thick sliced bread
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (Or honey or maple syrup)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Butter for cooking
- In a flat-bottomed pie plate or baking dish, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar, and salt. Set aside
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet or on a griddle over medium heat.
- Place bread slices, one or two at a time, into the egg mixture and flip to make sure both sides of bread are well-coated.
- Place coated bread slices in skillet or on griddle and cook on medium heat until golden brown on each side, about 3-4 minutes. Repeat for remaining bread, adding more butter as necessary.
- Serve immediately or keep warm in 200°F oven until ready to serve, but no longer than about 30 minutes.
- Storage: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in a skillet with a little butter on the stove or in the toaster until warmed through.
- Freezer Directions: Cook according to recipe instructions. Allow to cool to room temperature. Then lay out flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. You can put them in layers. Just make sure to put a sheet of parchment paper or mat between the layers. Freeze flat. Then transfer to a freezer bag or container. Cook from frozen in a skillet with a little butter or in the toaster until warmed through.
UPDATE INFO: This recipe was originally published in February 2017. It was updated with new pictures, tips, and video and republished in October 2022.
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