The Perfect Weekend French Toast

The Tait family sure does love their brekkie. It’s a good thing breakfast is the most important meal of the day, because it is definitely the one we most look forward to. While we usually stick to the basics: scrambles, smoothies, oatmeal, cereal, etc., we love to indulge in some extra scrumptious breakfast treats on the weekends. This week’s food post highlights one of the classics—french toast. I’ve been making french toast since I was a little girl, and I love how easy it is to pull off a truly tasty version with minimal effort. Here is my take on this tried and true breakfast favorite.


  • 1 loaf of good challah bread
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk (we use whole, but low-fat and skim should work okay, too)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • butter for greasing the pan and a little more for serving
  • syrup, powdered sugar, and/or fresh fruit for serving


  1. Warm a skillet over medium heat (we use our cast iron)
  2. Cut challah into 1-inch slices, plan on about 2-3 slices per person
  3. In a wide, flat container (I use a rectangular Pyrex) combine egg, milk, sugar, and vanilla. Lightly scramble with a fork until egg is broken up and sugar is dissolved. Depending on how many people you're serving, you may need to double the amounts, but keep a similar ratio.
  4. Toss a pat of butter into the pan and coat the cooking surface
  5. Place bread into egg mixture and flip until saturated on both sides
  6. Cook in batches of 2-3 slices until browned, then flip—about 2 minutes per side
  7. Best if served immediately, but can also be covered with a towel and placed in a warm (not hot) oven

You really can’t beat a good french toast and hot cup of coffee on a weekend morning. Serve with your favorite condiments—for us, that’s a little butter, real maple syrup, and fresh berries. Taking time to have a special, slow family breakfast is a favorite part of our weekend. What do you do to enjoy the weekends with loved ones? Is there any food involved? Can we come?

Jenna is a writer, educator, wife, and mama living in Colorado with her husband and two children. She founded American Ingenue as a personal blog in 2008 after losing her mother to breast cancer, using the forum as a reminder to live life to the fullest. Jenna loves cooking, dreaming, and adventuring with her family. She has been inspired to share her experiences with others as she navigates this crazy life and strives to have "it all."