How to Make Perfect French Toast

French toast is a satisfying comfort food for any time of day. Check out a step-by-step how-to from the experts in Food Network Kitchen for perfect slices, every time.

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The Finished Product

Check out our step-by-step how-to, then dig in to perfect French toast with plenty of maple syrup.

Get the Recipe: Classic French Toast

The Ingredients

Gather (clockwise from top left) half-and-half, eggs, cinnamon, sugar, salt, butter and vanilla.

The Bread

Thick slices of slightly stale bread make the best French toast.

The Eggs

Crack eggs on a flat surface and open them from the top to keep eggshell shards out of your bowl.

The Batter

Whisk the eggs, half-and-half and spices together.

The Dish

Pour into a shallow baking dish.

The Dip

Soak slices in the egg mixture just until they absorb the liquid — 30 seconds on each side should do it.

Don't Overcrowd!

Don’t pack the baking dish full; the bread will get soggy if it soaks too long.

The Butter

Heat butter until the bubbles subside.

Get Cookin'

Then add the bread.

Cook Until Golden

Keep an eye on the heat, adjusting it as necessary for even browning.