Sweet French Toast (Recipe)

Two slices of sweet French toast on a plate

French toast is a simple dish with just three main ingredients: bread, egg, and milk. Normally it’s golden yellow but this version is dark brown because I’ve added brown sugar. I like it because the sweetness is already inside and you don’t need to add any syrup.


  • 2 thick (about 3/4 inch) slices of bread (or 4 slices of white sandwich bread)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) of unsalted butter

Serves: 1


  1. Get your bread crusty. Either leave it out overnight or put it in a toaster on the lowest setting. If you use a toaster, make sure the bread is crusty but not brown.
  2. Beat the egg and add the milk, brown sugar, and cinnamon onto a plate or large bowl (big enough for the bread to lie flat at the bottom). Mix thoroughly. The cinnamon will refuse to mix with the rest of the ingredients but try your best to spread it evenly.
  3. Dip the bread into the batter on both sides. If you are using sandwich bread, put two slices together after covering both sides of each slice. Don’t let the bread soak for too long or else you may run out of batter prematurely.
  4. Melt half of the butter (1/2 tablespoon or 1/4 ounce) in a pan on medium heat.
  5. When the butter is melted, place a slice (or combined two slices) of bread into the pan and cook until a crust forms, about a minute on each side.
  6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 for the other slice of bread and serve.


  • If your pan is large enough you can cook both slices at once. Add the entire amount of butter to the pan at once and then add both slices of bread.
  • Cinnamon is optional but I highly recommend adding some sort of extra flavoring. Other recipes call for nutmeg or vanilla, so try these out if you can.
  • I came up with the trick of using two slices of regular sandwich bread because I haven’t had much luck finding “Texas toast” bread lately, which is the ideal bread for this.
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Philip Chung
Philip Chung
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