French Toast

Total Time:
34 min
10 min
24 min

4 servings

  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey, warmed in microwave for 20 seconds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 (1/2-inch) slices day-old or stale country loaf, brioche or challah bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter

In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, honey, and salt. You may do this the night before. When ready to cook, pour custard mixture into a pie pan and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Dip bread into mixture, allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side, and then remove to a cooling rack that is sitting in a sheet pan, and allow to sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a 10-inch nonstick saute pan. Place 2 slices of bread at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on rack in oven for 5 minutes. Repeat with all 8 slices. Serve immediately with maple syrup, whipped cream or fruit.

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    The best french toast I ever had hands down! The honey makes a huge difference in two ways, 1) The batter is not as runny and messy as the honey thickens it and 2) Caramelizes and adds great flavor!
    Easy and yummy! What more could you ask for?
    Sounds yummy! Want to try this over the weekend :) 
    Are there any substitutes for the half-n-half?
    Yes, we don't have half&half in England. Seen as it's just half single cream and half milk you can mix those together to do your own .
    I have always used brown sugar in the custard mixture and I tried the! Such a better flavor! I didn't have the recommended kind of bread on hand..I used the store bought wheat bread that I left out on a cooling rack for about an hour to dry out. I also stuck to my original recipe a bit and added a splash of vanilla and cinnamon because hubby LOVES cinnamon. He said it was the best french toast I have ever made.. I can't believe what a difference the honey makes! I'm ditching the brown sugar and using honey from now on.
    I have used this recipe for years now and still love it. I've made adult versions by adding either Cointreau, Chambord, or Disaronno to the strained custard mix.
    This is simply the best French toast recipe our family has ever had. Second time around we used Brioche and added an extra egg to the batter along with a little vanilla and cinnamon. NOT ONE CRUMB LEFT!! Thank you Mr. Brown!
    Made it this morning and was a HUGE hit with the family. I had a bigger loaf of the Challah bread, so I doubled the recipe. It worked out perfectly. NO LEFTOVERS!!!!
    After making this for my husband he said it was the best french toast he's ever had (even better than his Moms). I have never been a big fan of french toast until I made this recipe! Thanks Alton!
    I make a pretty mean french toast but ..... this recipe far surpases mine! 
    1) Doubled the recipe for 1 loaf of Challah bread (cut into 16 1/2 inch slices). 
    2) Added a splash of vanilla and a pinch of cinnamon. (Both undetectable in the final dish!) 
    3) Strained the 'custard', as Alton suggests in the video for guests! 
    WOW! It beat the $25 french toast breakfast I had at the Boardwalk!! 
    Might try it again with just milk (instead of half and half), and see how the consistency changes.
    Absolutely perfect! Next time I will double the recipe because everyone wanted more, even my fussy eater. I used 1/2 skim milk and 1/2 heavy cream because I was out of half and half. Alton you are awesome.
    Best french toast ever!
    Best French Toast ever! I've always tried to get that crispy exterior and custard like interior with no success but this recipe did the trick. I added a little vanilla and orange zest. Using a little leftover egg nog in lieu of some milk gives it a rich flavor too. My husband has asked several times when are we going to have this again? I also used day old Panettone bread making it even better! Thank you Alton!
    I made this for Christmas morning brunch. Followed the recipe EXACTLY. We couldn't stop eating it. The added honey and the 5 min. in the oven makes them perfect. I paired it with the Barefoot Contessa's hot chocolate. Put a candy cane in the cup for a nice minty kick. Thanks for making me a 5-star cook, Alton.
    I have made these on many Sunday mornings and they are awesome. Putting in oven is a nice twist. The only addition I make is to add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
    I do not follow recipes to the t, I did this time to give some confidence to an uncomfortable cook I was in the kitchen with; rave reviews, rosy cheeks and big smiles!
    Adding honey is an interesting twist on the recipe. I'll try it out.
    Along with the cinnamon and vanilla, I add a few scrapes of fresh nutmeg, not enough to detect that its nutmeg, but just enough to keep everyone coming back for seconds,.
    This recipe is amazing! Sure, a little more effort than your run-of-the-mill french toast. But, the payoff is so worth it.
    Amazing french toast recipe! Really nice custard flavor. I wouldn't spoil it by adding cinnamon or vanilla?it's SO good on it's own! Used homemade white bread and followed the recipe exactly as written. Probably the best french toast I've ever had?and I made it!
    Trust me...add 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp of vanilla to wet ingredients and Alton has made you a Super star!!!!
    This recipe has turned me into a French toast snob. Beware. It's so good, you'll never want to eat anyone else's lukewarm, soggy French toast ever again.
    Wonderful. I can't believe what a special flavor and consistency that little bit of honey added. Also, allowing the soaked bread to "rest" on the rack prior to cooking gave it just the right consistency. I did add cinnamon, but I must admit I didn't do the final step in the oven. It was just too perfect right out of the pan.
    Simply the best! the secret is in the honey! it cooks evenly and stays crispy on the outside if you really make sure the breads rests with the custard before placing on the griddle, lets the excess drip off.
    Amazing, my kids say thank you.
    French toast is my most faovorite thing in the world!pop one plate in front of me and....kapooph! i,ll another plate and before long it's gone! Can we crack the case of the missing French toast?!
    Loved it !!! The honey caramelized on top , so good you didn't need syrup with it , just a little powdered sugar.
    I could not find the honey for the life of me and I know it's hiding in our pantry somewhere. So I was a little sad but instead used bourbon vanilla extract and cinnamon. Came out delish! Next time will use honey and I'm sure it will be even better! Made a strawberry banana pineapple smoothie to go with. I'm not a morning person either so this was a great recipe. Thank you Alton.
    Best french toast I've ever made! I used Trader Joe's Almond milk instead of reg milk-- It turned out great!!!!!!!!!!! I also sprinkled cinnamon on right before serving.. perfect!!
    just did he same, with the Blue Diamond almond milk...Great!
    Delicious!!! The honey is the key to this fabulous tasting French toast. My picky girls loved it. It's a keeper!
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