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25 Favorite French Toast Recipes

25 Favorite French Toast recipes, including classic, creme brulee, stuffed, French toast casseroles, French toast muffins and more!

collage of favorite french toast recipes

November 28th is National French Toast Day! You must celebrate by making French toast. You can use my classic French toast recipe, which is the first recipe shared below… or you can scroll through this incredible collection of 25 favorite French toast recipes, and choose your favorite to make. There are several French toast casserole recipes included that are really fun to make for the holidays too.

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“I can make the best French toast.”

-Peter O’Toole

The History of French Toast

The earliest recipe very similar to a French toast was recorded in a 4th century Roman cookbook: Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome by Marcus Gabius Apicus. He was a wealthy, educated man who became famous because of his passion for food. The recipe involved white bread soaked in milk and egg, fried in oil and served with honey.

A more comparable version to what we know as French toast today was created in 1724 by Joseph French, an innkeeper in Albany, New York. He intended to name it French’s toast, but he left off the apostrophe. So it became French toast!

The phrase “French toast” first appeared in print in 1871 in the Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink. And we’re still eating it today in the 21st century!

two slices of classic french toast stacked with berries

The Best Classic French Toast by Recipe Girl: The best is one where the toast is lightly crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. And it’s flavored perfectly with cream and spice!

platter of hawaiian roll french toast

Hawaiian Roll French Toast by We Are Not Martha: The rolls are soaked in a mixture of eggs, milk, and vanilla extract, which helps to infuse it with flavor and gives it a rich, custardy texture. Then, the bread is cooked until golden brown and crispy on the outside, and fluffy and tender on the inside.

stacked slices of french toast waffles

French Toast Waffles by Recipe Girl: French bread is soaked in sweet egg custard and then baked inside a waffle iron to create waffles made from French toast.

stacked cream cheese stuffed french toast wit strawberries

Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast by Eat Well With Lex: Each slice is drenched in velvety cinnamon egg mixture, stuffed with a smooth and creamy cream cheese filling and topped with fresh strawberries. 

baked french toast muffin with syrup drizzled over

Baked French Toast Muffins by The Novice Chef: This is a unique twist on the classic breakfast treat, but in a handheld form

slices of creme brulee french toast on plate with berries

Creme Brulee French Toast by Recipe Girl: This is just about the most decadent and delicious overnight French toast casserole recipe there is!

french toast roll ups with bowl of syrup

French Toast Roll Ups by The Bakermama: These are a creative breakfast treat for any day of the week!

french toast casserole in casserole dish

French Toast Casserole by Recipe Girl: This is a traditional overnight breakfast casserole recipe handed down by Mom!

slices of crunchy french toast on plate with syrup

Crunchy French Toast by Tastes Better From Scratch: This is a cereal crusted french toast recipe.

baked french toast with maple praline in casserole dish

Baked French Toast with Maple Praline by Recipe Girl: The bread is simply sliced and placed into a casserole dish slightly overlapping, and then it’s covered in a fabulous, rich maple praline topping. It’s an overnight breakfast casserole recipe that is baked the next morning!

two slices baked french toast with pat of butter and syrup

Baked French Toast by Recipe Girl: This is French toast that is crisp on the outside and has a tender middle.

slice of pumpkin french toast casserole on plate with syrup

Pumpkin French Toast Casserole by Recipe Girl: This is a simple, make-ahead breakfast recipe that your family will be begging you to make again and again during the fall months.

two slices eggnog french toast on plate with syrup

Eggnog French Toast by Recipe Girl: This is a simple and delicious way to make French toast with eggnog.

stacked caramelized banana french toast on plate

Caramelized Banana French Toast by Joyous Apron: This is an easy and delicious cinnamon and vanilla flavored French Toast topped with sweet Caramelized Banana topping and maple syrup. It’s the ultimate breakfast and brunch!

two slices of overnight pecan pie french toast on plate

Overnight Pecan French Toast by Baker by Nature: You don’t even need to serve this French toast with syrup! It’s 100% sweet enough on its own.

slices of eggnog french toast casserole on plate with syrup

Eggnog French Toast Casserole by Recipe Girl: This is a great holiday breakfast casserole!

pumpkin french toast sticks inside bowl of syrup

Pumpkin French Toast Sticks by Life Made Simple: These are a fun twist on a family favorite. They’re ready to go in just 15 minutes are perfect for little fingers to dunk!

overnight caramel french toast in casserole dish

Overnight Caramel French Toast by Recipe Girl: The lovely thing about this recipe is that– when baked– some ooey gooey juices appear and become the “caramel” part of this French toast recipe. It’s a treat.

stacked slices of caramelized french toast

Caramelized French Toast by The Food Charlatan: This French toast has caramelized edges for a magical sugary crunch.

churro french toast on a plate

Churro French Toast by Handle the Heat: In this recipe, thick slices of rich Challah are soaked in an egg mixture and then fried to perfection. Then they’re coated in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with cream cheese icing.

slice of overnight blueberry french toast on plate

Overnight Blueberry French Toast by Recipe Girl: Warm blueberry sauce is drizzled on top of warm pieces of the blueberry french toast casserole. And it’s SO GOOD! 

two pieces stacked pumpkin french toast

Pumpkin French Toast by Recipe Girl: In this recipe the bread develops a wonderful, crunchy crust, and it’s wonderful served with warm maple syrup.

strawberry stuffed french toast stacked

Stuffed French Toast by Carlsbad Cravings: Thick slices of bread are slathered with sweet cream cheese, layered with sugar kissed strawberries, dipped in a cinnamon laced egg mixture then pan fried until golden, buttery, soft and crispy then dusted with powdered sugar. 

overnight apple french toast in casserole dish

Overnight Apple Stuffed French Toast by Recipe Girl: Each serving of this recipe will yield two layers of cinnamon-flavored, egg custard-soaked bread with a delicious apple filling stuffed inside and garnished on top. 

stacked cinnamon french toast with cream cheese glaze

Cinnamon French Toast with Cream Cheese Glaze by Simply Gloria: This is a classic french toast recipe with vanilla, cinnamon and a cream cheese glaze drizzled on warm toasted artisan bread slices.

Fun Facts About French Toast:

  • French toast was known as Poor Knight’s Pudding in medieval Europe. It was an affordable meal to use up stale bread.
  • In France, French toast is known as Pain Perdu (“lost bread”). It’s a meal that brings new life to stale bread.
  • Creole French toast has the bread dipped in milk, egg and whiskey.
  • Scottish French toast is often served with sausage between two slices, like a sandwich.
  • Ketchup is a popular topping for French toast in England, where it’s called “eggy bread.”