Before the name, French toast came into existence, similar recipes were being whipped up all over the world with one of the earliest recipes being traced back to the Roman Empire. The recipe was first called French Toast in early 17th century England and was later brought to America by settlers.
In France, the recipe was known as ‘pain perdu’ or ‘lost bread’. Over the years, many variations on the French toast recipe have emerged. Different types of breads can be used, and different toppings can be added to give your recipe the flavor you're looking for. Stuffed French bread is another option. French toast can also be rolled into a stick form and dipped into syrup to make a fun treat.
This French toast recipe has spices and fruit topped with whipped cream. This is an easy French toast recipe that you prepare the night before. Dip the bread in the mixture and leave it in the fridge overnight to let it really soak up the flavors of cinnamon and vanilla. In the morning, it will be ready to go.
Once you wake up, you can just heat it up in a skillet and top with bananas and whipped cream or any topping you choose. It's the perfect way to start off your day!
Cinnamon Vanilla French Toast
- 1 cup of milk
- 6 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- Half a stick of butter
- 12 slices of Challah bread or French bread (Note: Cut 1/4″ – 1″ thick)
- Fresh fruit like bananas, strawberries, or blueberries
- Whipped cream
1. Whisk together milk, eggs, cinnamon and vanilla until light and frothy.
2. Dip slices of bread in egg mixture and place on greased baking pan.
3. Pour the mixture that is left after dipping the bread, over the slices on the pan.
4. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
5. In the morning, place butter in skillet. Place slices of bread in skillet and brown on each side until crispy.
6. Slice the bananas (or other fruit) and place on top of each slice of French toast, then garnish with whipped cream.