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best french toast

The Best French Toast

  • Author: adapted from Martha Stewart
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 1x


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (fresh is better!)
  • 2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 slices bread, sourdough or brioche, sliced 1-inch thick, day-old
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • Toppings:
  • maple syrup
  • berries
  • powdered sugar


  1. Combine all ingredients, eggs through salt, in a 9×13 baking dish. Beat until fully combined.
  2. Lay the sliced of bread across the mixture, flip, and let soak for at least 10 minutes, or until soaked through.
  3. Flip again, and let soak for 10 minutes, or until soaked through.
  4. Heat a large skillet to medium heat, and melt the butter in the skillet.
  5. Add slices to the pan, as many as can fit without touching, and cook until golden (about 3 minutes per side).
  6. Serve with maple syrup, berry topping, and powdered sugar.