I used to cook my French toast in butter. I love the flavor that butter gives to French toast but I could never get it crispy. What’s the solution? Oil, yes oil will give you the crispy French toast you’ve been dreaming of. It’s that simple. Cook your French toast in oil and it will change your life. Okay, maybe it won’t change your life, but it is pretty awesome. I wait until the French toast is on my plate to add the butter.
My dad was a cook in the army and despite how that sounds, he learned a little bit about cooking great food. He taught me to make perfect pancakes and French toast. Toasting the bread and really drenching it in the egg mixture was how he taught me.
When I went to summer camp, we would occasionally have French toast for breakfast. It was barely passable in my opinion. Yes, I was a 10 year old food snob! It kind of looked like French toast on the outside, but the bread was dry and tasteless on the inside. They did what I call the dip, flip and cook method. Dip un-toasted bread in egg for a millisecond, flip it and take it out without any thought of letting it absorb the liquid. Here’s the right way to make crispy French toast.
How to Make Tasty, Crispy French Toast
- Start off with toasted bread. It will hold up better to the process of soaking.
- Next, to get flavor all the way through every slice of French toast, put the flavor in the egg mixture. I add vanilla extract, a little sweetener and a couple of pinches of salt for balance.
- Finally, lightly coat your pan with oil and get it hot! A cast iron skillet will get very hot, and hot mean golden brown and crispy.
French Toast Variations
- Add 1/2 tsp cinnamon to the egg mixture
- Add 2 tsps dark rum to the egg mixture
- For pumpkin spice french toast, add 1/4 tsp, cinnamon, a pinch of ground ginger and a pinch of ground clove
- Top with my super easy strawberry sauce
- Top with peanut butter, honey and sliced banana
- Top with brown sugar and butter