French Toast

Total Time:
34 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
24 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 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
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe

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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This is an amazing recipe!  When this is being baked, something wonderful happens, the bread inside becomes this creamy delicious smooth texture that transforms into the BEST French toast EVER.  <div><br /></div><div>I use challah bread &amp; the grocery store has this bread slicer and I ask for 3/4" slices. </div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent french toast recipe! I thought by letting the bread soak up the mixture on the rack, it would make them soggier, but they turned out crispier and absolutely delicious! I didn't have any honey, so I used Agave instead and added some vanilla. This recipe will now be my go-to family recipe for French toast. Thank you Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so delicious! I would definitely make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe my husband loves it topped with the syrup.  Myself I prefer cinnamon sugar topping. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is my favorite breakfast recipe. I make it at least once per week. My daughter, husband, and I all love it. I add a bit of vanilla or nutmeg every now and then when I'm feeling a bit adventurous, but they are not necessary at all. Perfect french toast every time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I double the recipe, use brioche bread and cook on warm in a crockpot! I awaken to perfect french toast everytime. Hands down the BEST french toast recipe ever! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty french toast but the inside was mush. I might use it again because the proportions are good and the honey was a neat idea, but I would only do a few seconds a side when soaking, especially as bread doesn't get stale around here. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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Best French toast recipe I've yet ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Alton says the most important ingredient is stale bread? What's is he talking about? I use fresh bread (brioche, challah, white, french, panatone, etc.) and NEVER have I had the problems that he describes. Says Alton, "The most important step in making French toast is using stale bread. Fresh bread will fall apart when it hits the pan." Half the time, I honestly don't think he knows what he's talking about. Or, he simply makes up facts and over-complicates each and every recipe... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought a good basic recipe especially for a newbie to cooking. And if you are an old head then just jazz it up! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this per the recipe, except I substituted olive oil for butter. It's fine, but no better than other french toast recipes I've tried. I used very dense whole-grain white bread and found that soaking for 30 seconds per side was WAY too long. The first 2 slices fell apart. I reduced the soaking to 20 seconds per side, but ran out of custard by the 5th slice. 15 seconds per side would probably be plenty. Also, on my gas range, it worked better with the flame closer to medium than medium-low. I also think I'd like this recipe with some vanilla extract. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great base recipe for French toast. I just add some cinnamon into the custard and also scaled the recipe down for 4 slices instead of 8 (2 eggs, 3/4 milk or half and half) because I am not cooking for too many people. Oh yes, and whole milk works just fine too instead of half and half if that's all your have! I also don't put it in the oven because that would get my apartment way too hot and it's still divine -- just fry it on the pan a little longer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The kids ask for more. We love this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing french toast! Best I've ever eaten. I make extra to freeze for busy mornings. Freezes great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i make this as often as possible item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it!! I used 1/2 skim milk and 1/2 heavy cream (because that's what I had available). Also sprinkled some cinnamon and nutmeg on top each piece of bread. Make sure you don't skip the 5 min. in the oven. It really gives it that crisp on the outside that makes it amazing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing French toast! thanks Alton (: item not reviewed by moderator and published
i have tried a few recipes for french toast and had to throw all of them in the garbage because my stomach was like..."blech"... this recipe....AMAZING! i had two servings...!!! simple and delicious... no garni-bouquet of seasoning... just simplicity... delicious...! thank you Alton... item not reviewed by moderator and published
use French bread cut on the bias.....add a dash of vanilla.....and make it in a Panini press//////fabulous item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved! My husband (a French toast aficionado) said these were some of the best I've made. And my toddler gobbled them up. I think the honey and the fry/bake method makes a big difference. I didn't have half and half so I used whole milk. It was still great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy and absolutely delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and yummy! What more could you ask for? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sounds yummy! Want to try this over the weekend :) Are there any substitutes for the half-n-half? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have always used brown sugar in the custard mixture and I tried the honey...wow! 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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband made this for me for my birthday a few years ago, and it was OUTSTANDING. As good or better than the best of the best restaurants we've eaten at...and we go out for brunch a LOT. Just sweet enough, just custardy enough....an absolute perfect version of a classic recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make a pretty mean french toast but ..... this recipe far surpases mine! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best french toast ever! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
LuvtoCook 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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Adding honey is an interesting twist on the recipe. I'll try it out. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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,. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is amazing! Sure, a little more effort than your run-of-the-mill french toast. But, the payoff is so worth it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Trust me...add 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp of vanilla to wet ingredients and Alton has made you a Super star!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing, my kids say thank you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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&amp;#39;s gone! Can we crack the case of the missing French toast?! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it !!! The honey caramelized on top , so good you didn&amp;#39;t need syrup with it , just a little powdered sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I could not find the honey for the life of me and I know it&amp;#39;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&amp;#39;m sure it will be even better! Made a strawberry banana pineapple smoothie to go with. I&amp;#39;m not a morning person either so this was a great recipe. Thank you Alton. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!!! The honey is the key to this fabulous tasting French toast. My picky girls loved it. It's a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow awesome recipe. Hubby loved it. Said it was the best French toast he's ever had. He'll never take me out for breakfast again : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very very good!! I used half and half and used French bread... Did not heat mine in the oven as they were perfect without this step... Will make this often... This was a great breakfast for dinner along with the turkey bacon and scrambled eggs item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe rocks! Once you've made it you will never go back to a beaten egg and bread. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious. Perfect French toast! I did add some vanilla extract, cinnamon and coconut milk to the custard. I didn't have half and half only heavy whipping cream so I used the coconut milk to thin it out. I used challah bread. It was so much easier than I thought. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my husband's breakfast in bed. I used 15 grain bread and this recipe put a twist on this otherwise ordinary bread. item not reviewed by moderator and published
C'est magnifique! I like to use brown sugar, makes it a little sweeter. And a bit of cinnamon. Thanks, Alton, you are a kitchen guru. item not reviewed by moderator and published
the honey puts this french toast over the top! i usually make mine with half and half, white sugar and vanilla, but my kids immediately noticed the difference with honey. this is our new go-to recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
A few changes were made...no 1/2 and 1/2, so we used my vanilla flavored coconut creamer (dairy allergy and soy milk. We also added a little vanilla. Yummy! We noticed it was sweeter and less "eggy" than the French toast mom and dad used to make. It was a hit with the kids = Great keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for my sister's birthday and she is a very picky eater and loved it! Fairly easy and tastes especially good with bananas. We saved some bread in the custard and let those sit over night. We had them for breakfast the next morning as just as good as the day before. Will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Never buying frozen french toast from the grocery store ever again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delish! As always! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first Alton Brown recipe....good start. The best french toast I ever had. I used half and half and 1% milk, added 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla and maple extract and a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg. I also used texas toast. I set my electric griddle to 325 and oh boy was it tasty!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was great! I was craving a little flavor POW though so I actually used Italian Sweet Cream coffee creamer instead of half and half and I added a 1/4 tsp cinnamon. As crazy as it sounds- it was SO good! HUGE hit with company. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe...super delish, fairly easy (although not the quickest version around but so worth it. It's my go-to weekend breakfast treat now! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love it!! I didn't follow the recipe exactly. I put some stevia and maple syrup instead of honey. I love the way he cooked it though! It wasn't soggy the least bit. I served it with homemade fruit sauce and fresh fruit. I think that company will be coming back again soon! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My boyfriend is extremely picky about his food, but he really wanted to try French Toast. I chose this recipe for his little experiment, and it was a big hit! His only complaint was that is was a bit soft in the middle, but I think if I had cooked it a bit longer if would have been fine. I only soaked the bread for 15 sec because I used Texas Toast and wasn't sure how it would hold up for the full 30 seconds. I have never been disappointed with an Alton Brown recipe. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never been a big fan of french toast this recipe has changed that. I was looking for something for my husband and daughters birthday breakfast (they share a birthday and came across Altons recipe. I did change one or two things, I added a bit of vanilla and I didn't soak the bread as long as suggested. I also cooked it on a flat top with margarine. My husband said this was the best french toast he has ever had. I can almost always count on Alton to have the best recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum! The addition of the warm honey was very tasty and the technique made a huge difference in the final texture. This will be my regular recipe from now on. I followed the directions exactly and used day old French bread. I made sure to slice the bread only 1/2 in thick which probably made a big difference. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Aweful!!! I don't know if it was the poor directions, poor ingredient listing, or perhaps the bread used (though I used what was listed. The end result: French 'Toast' Mush You should be ashamed Alton... item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has replaced all other french toast recipes. It's easy and delicious. Our 1 year old loves it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the BEST french toast recipe! I love making this one for all my family when they are visiting. Thanks Alton: item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so delicous, especially with a little cinnamon added to it! It's a favorite made in our house, especially when made with brioche bread! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I fixed this just as stated except scaled for 2 and it came out perfect. Fast and easy. Thank Alton. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was my first time at trying and actually eating 'french toast,' and I found it easy to follow and very delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely DELICIOUS! I used Blood Orange infused EVOO rather than butter to coat the pan each time. I also substituted Orange Blossom Honey. Being a diabetic, I used Maple infused Balsamic Vinegar rather than traditional syrup. WOW what a success at Thanksgiving Breakfast for 28 people. Thank you Alton for your wisdom! Oh yeah and you have to use sliced day old Challah Bread ;-D item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did not like this, I don't know if it was the soaking or the honey, but I just did not care for it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Im not a french toast fan, or anything sweet in the morning for that matter. But I do the cooking in the house and my three kids wanted french toast this morning. I just about always look for an Alton Brown recipe and compare it with others before anything else. The comparison made this one sound better than the others. I followed the recipe and added some nutmeg to the custard mix. Was not too hard to make, and all three kids liked it and said it was good and "more homemade" tasting than others they have had. Will continue to make this version whenever the kids request it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent! Great with just plain old french bread, but (as I think he said day-old ciabatta, challah or brioche is even better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simply yummy! Smells wonderful when it's cooking, looks beautiful, tastes delicious. Topped with strawberries and a little whipped cream...perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
WoW! This is the most Amazing french toast ever! You must try this recipe!! Hat's off to you Mr. Alton Brown! My family loved this french toast, everyone's plate was clean :- item not reviewed by moderator and published
*singsongy* yummy yummy yummy. So good. I had never finished off french toast in the oven and it really helps with cooking evenly all the way through as I love THICK french toast slices. I find that leaving the bread out overnight, pre sliced, in a single layer in an open bag dries out the bread enough to soak in the custard. I left the slices out overnight on a cooling rack once as he shows on "good ears" but it was so dry four slices soaked up all the custard. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This French Toast recipe while lengthy was really very good. Nice and moist even before the maple syrup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this morning and it was yummy. Using honey instead of sugar in the recipe was genius, and adding the holding/drying time in the oven until all the batches were done is another plus. However I ran out of custard after 6 slices, so either my bread was too big or not dried out enough or it soaked too long or the recipe needs to be increased by an egg. By all means use real maple syrup, the splurge is worth it, after all this is a treat. Next time I may add some cinnamon to the custard. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made it for breakfast this morning and a lovely breakfast it was too! Perfect method except I'd recommend more honey be added if you prefer your french toast sweet but sans syrup. On a side note, does anyone know how long the liquid mix lasts in the refrigerator? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made these using bias cut baguette slices, otherwise following AB's Recipe to the letter, even timing the turning over of the French toast and using the timer for the oven portion: It tasted fantastic! The texture was perfect and so was the flavor. Alton Brown is a genius! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was really tasty and easy to make. I used 2% milk instead of half and half so it would be a little healthier, and old French bread. The honey really brought a nice sweetness. I will be making this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made french toast using this recipe and it was really yummy! I did not use stale bread, but it still turned out delish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to make. My kids thoroughly enjoyed it. I didnt have regular half-n-half, but i had coffee creamer (Sweet Cream flavored and used it instead. Other than that, i followed the recipe as given and It turned out tasting quite delicious. But I added one more twist to it and sprinkled raw sugar crystals (the larger kind used for decorating on it before putting it in the oven which gave it a little something extra...just a slight crunchy, sweet texture to it. All in all, this had to be the best tasting French Toast I have ever eaten. I will be making this French Toast for my family on a regular basis from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Until I found this recipe, my french toast always turned out not-so-great. This recipe is easy, and the results are delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Pretty good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for dinner tonight and it is a great tasting and very easy recipe (next time I'll try it for breakfast. I never would have thought to put honey in with the eggs. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is amaaaazing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hey, I loved your french toast. I love your cooking show Good Eats I learn a lot from it you are a such cool guy to have around and be on food network. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for 10 people for Easter brunch and it was a hit! Followed the recipe and technique to a tee. I used the Challah bread from Whole Foods Market. This is the first time I've used that, and it was out of this world. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good I just used the technique but used my custard recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
This came out great! I made it with our normal sliced potato bread--I think Mrs. Bairds--and it still came out delicious, although I know challah would have been outstanding. I added a couple of pinches of cinnamon to the egg mixture, too. Served with turkey bacon and grapefruit halves. Totally satisfied my hubby's breakfast-for-dinner cravings, and easy enough for a weeknight! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i agree item not reviewed by moderator and published
And I don't know how Food Network feels about links in reviews, but here's my post on this French Toast in case anyone wants to what it'd look like if someone at home made this: http://www.hellokelinda.com/2014/08/challah-french-toast/ item not reviewed by moderator and published
Frozen after cooked, or before? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yes, we don't have half&amp;half in England. Seen as it's just half single cream and half milk you can mix those together to do your own . item not reviewed by moderator and published
just did he same, with the Blue Diamond almond milk...Great! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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