French toast with berries and maple syrup on a plate

French Toast

How to Make French Toast that's slightly crisp at the edges, fluffy in the center, and buttery throughout. Tons of tips for the BEST french toast you'll ever have!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Recipe by Tessa Arias


  • 8 slices challah or brioche bread, sliced 3/4-inch thick
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Vegetable oil
  • Maple syrup
  • Fresh fruit, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 250°. Place the slices of bread on a sheet pan inside the oven to dry out slightly while you prepare the other ingredients, no more than 15 minutes.
  2. In a large shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, yolks, milk, orange zest, vanilla, sugar, and salt. Soak as many slices in the egg mixture as possible for 4 to 5 minutes, turning once.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a very large saute pan or griddle over medium heat.
  4. Add the soaked bread and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until well browned. Place the cooked French toast back on the sheet pan and keep it warm in the oven until ready to serve.
  5. Fry the remaining soaked bread slices, adding butter and oil as needed, until it's all cooked.
  6. Serve hot with maple syrup, fresh fruit, and extra butter, if desired.