Brown Sugar French Toast

by Heather on August 30, 2010

***Make sure you head over to Faces of Beauty for today’s amazing post from Megan!***

I don’t know about you guys, but my husband ADORES French toast.  Almost to a fault.  Almost.

Every time we go out to eat for breakfast he orders it.  Every time I ask him what he wants me to make him for breakfast, he says French toast.  Sometimes he pleads for it.

You could say he’s a connoisseur of French toast.

So it’s no surprise that he was pleading asking for me to make French toast for him with all of the leftover bread from our camping weekend.  Luckily he married a sweet woman who wants to make him happy!

The great thing about French toast is that, like a great pair of jeans, it’s one of those recipes that is easy to dress up or dress down.  You can make super fancy Brioche French toast with apples and cranberries in a homemade syrup.  Or you can do what I did and use simple sandwich bread and store-bought syrup.  Because either way it’s going to rock your face.


  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • bread (again, this one is subjective…give yourself a break and use the bread you have on hand)

First things first you have to make the custard.  Break the eggs into a bowl and add the milk.  Whisk like a crazy person until it’s completely blended and you don’t see any of the egg whites in the mixture anymore.

Add the remaining ingredients, except the bread, and whisk until the brown sugar is dissolved into the egg/milk mixture.  You want to make sure all that goodness gets all up in that bread’s business.  And yes I just said that :)

Now, this is where I’m going to say that a cast iron skillet is really the best thing in the world to use for cooking the French toast.  I heard this but never believed it.  Nate harped on me about it; I wouldn’t budge.  But y’all, I am here to tell you that cast iron is a revelation and you should jump on this bandwagon!  You’ll thank me later.  Anyway, melt about 1/2 Tbsp of butter in the skillet over very very very low heat.

Once it’s good and melted, dunk your bread slices into the custard.  If the bread is thicker you might want to let it sit for a second, but ours was really thin, so a quick dunk is good.  Cook each slice for about 2-3 minutes on each side.

I did 2 slices then cut them in half so it felt like I was eating more.  Sometimes a little trickery is required when all you want to do is eat a loaf of custard-soaked bread and pour syrup…

…alllllllll over…

…every single slice!

In other news, I believe that last week I went through 2 lbs of butter.  Ooops.

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1 couchpotatoathlete August 30, 2010

Oh I love french toast too! I like your “slice in half to look like more food” trick. I totally do stuff like that too. And I usually eat on a salad plate or a smaller cereal bowl, that way it looks like I am eating a huge plate of food. :)


2 Salah August 30, 2010

French toast looks delish!!! I miss mommy’s homemade french toast


3 Jessica @ How Sweet August 30, 2010

I want that for breakfast tomorrow! I love french toast.


4 Amber@momsgottheruns August 30, 2010

I always love your pictures of food! They are so pretty! : D I could totally frame them up and hang them on my wall!


5 arsenalfamily August 30, 2010

It looks delicious! We used to eat French Toast and fruit EVERY Sunday when we were first married and now I miss it!


6 Laura August 30, 2010

I love french toast. Texas toast bread always seems to work great for absorbing everything really well and not falling apart. My new favorite way to eat it is with strawberry cream cheese and only a tiny bit of maple syrup. So good.


7 Two Good Cookies August 30, 2010

My Gent would love this. Except he would call it Eggy Bread…crazy Brits! Thanks for sharing!


8 LiveForTheRun August 30, 2010

How did you know I was craving french toast?! I almost ordered the Elvis Breakfast yesterday – friend french toast with PB & banana. MMHmmm.

2 lbs of butter, now that would make even Paula Deen blush.


9 Dorry August 30, 2010

I love French toast! There’s a place in Dallas that has banana bread French toast and it is so dense and decadent that it might as well be a dessert. I drool.


10 Anna August 30, 2010

Okay, I just remembered your post from the other night and asked my husband what kind of animal I would be. His response? “Something cute but kind of tall.” Sooooo, I guess maybe it’s a guy thing? :-)

Your French toast/jeans metaphor is so true!


11 Kristy August 30, 2010

Mouth watering!!! :) YUM!!! Thanks for your comment about running, I will def give it a try in the winter, just hope I don’t kill myself! lol Have a great day!


12 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic August 30, 2010

My bf adores french toast too! When I was a kid, my nanny used to make a version made with condensed milk. So good… Now I want french toast for lunch!


13 Kristy August 30, 2010

oops, scratch the last part of my comment, wrong heather! I’m a dummy!! ;)


14 Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice August 30, 2010

I like that you are living my the wise words of Paula Deen: “Butter makes everything better!”

Hope your husband enjoyed the French Toast!


15 Steph@stephsbitebybite August 30, 2010

Oh that looks soo good. And as long as it’s in moderation, there’s nothing wrong with going a little “Paula Deen” everyonce in a while with the buttah :)


16 eatingmachine August 30, 2010

We got a cast iron skillet for our wedding because my husband swore we NEEDED it, and I’ve been wondering what I’m going to use it for-I’ll have to try French toast in it!


17 eatmovelove August 30, 2010

Great blog! I always feel like I know you when I see you comment on others – because you look so much like someone I know! Weird.

Love the syrup. And cinnamon-raisin bread makes it the best :)


18 Amy @ Second City Randomness August 30, 2010

Can you believe I’ve never made french toast? It’s not something I crave often. I need to try it though- just to say I have!


19 Lauren August 30, 2010

French Toast is one of the best breakfasts known to man. No wonder he pleads for it and by looking at yours, I can see why!

I love making stuffed french toast. You should try this next time, it might blow his mind! ;)


20 KeepItSweet August 30, 2010

hahaha i had the same butter issue and couldn’t believe when i had to go shopping for more! i also love french toast and don’t eat it nearly enough…


21 Tina August 30, 2010

All forms of french toast make me drool!

What’s so special about the skillet? I always use our Griddler because its easy and makes more than one serving at a time, but I’m all about having better of yummy things.


22 Sarah for Real August 30, 2010

Mmm… love the addition of spices to the mix!

Have you ever used the America’s Test Kitchen french toast method where you dip and then let it soak in on a wire rack before cooking? Works like a charm!


23 Matt August 30, 2010

I wish I was your husband ;)


24 Angela August 30, 2010

I love French toast. Haha it is totally like a great pair of jeans. My mom used to make the non-fancy version almost every Sunday. We only had fancy French toast at restaurants. I love it stuffed with cream cheese, its practically like a cake then. YUM.


25 Estela @ Weekly Bite August 30, 2010

I LOVE French Toast! I make it for M every morning :)


26 Shanna, like Banana August 30, 2010

I did your Faces of Beauty today on my blog..thank you for the inspiration and for applauding the beauty within everyone, everywhere!


27 Heather August 30, 2010

Thank you so much Shanna! Would it be OK with you if I use that on the Faces of Beauty site in a few weeks?


28 Shanna, like Banana August 30, 2010

YES! My words are not all that profound so if you want/need something more let me know


29 R @ Learning As I Chop August 30, 2010

That is a good trick with cutting in half. I will have to try that. And, on another note, I’ve heard that about the cast iron (we have one) but I rarely use it because it’s annoying to clean. Why is it preferable?


30 Heather August 30, 2010

Cast iron skillets are really great because they get REALLY hot and maintain an even cooking temperature. So when you put the french toast (or whatever) on there, the temperature doesn’t drop too much and you get a better sear and more even cooking!


31 Summer August 30, 2010

Yum, girl! I love my French toast with blueberries :)


32 Axelle the french reader August 30, 2010

Hello, I’m french, living in the south of france (Toulon, between Nice and Marseille) and I think this french toast is called, in french : “Pain perdu”, which means “lost bread”. At the “beginning”, it was made with the bread of the day before. To avoid to put it away, when the family didn’t finished it, we used to bake it this way the morning after.
I’m very glad to see American people love it ! ;)
Thank you for sharing it.


33 Stephanie @ Single in the City August 30, 2010

I love your butter comment and thought you should know that he and I are having an affair! ;)


34 Katie @ Health for the Whole Self August 30, 2010

The food looks amazing, as do your photos! Love it!


35 Nienke at Revel August 30, 2010

Now this post is just pure meanness to a girl who does not have bread in the house…..

And I love your trickery :) I hope that trick can fool my stomach!


36 glutenfreemuse August 30, 2010

You’re killin’ me smalls! So good! ;-)



37 spabettie August 30, 2010

french toast is my favorite!! my grandpa used to make it with Kings Hawaiian Bread… uh, SO good!


38 Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum August 30, 2010

What is it about husbands and french toast? Although… I guess I love it, too! :) Especially like that!


39 theprocessofhealing August 30, 2010

Oh. YUM!!!! Need i say more?!


40 Baking Serendipity August 30, 2010

My husband and I love french toast…or maybe any syrupy breakfast recipe :) Yours looks amazing! I’d definitely crawl out of bed for a plate of that!


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