Alton Brown French Toast

Alton Brown's French Toast is a classic French Toast recipe. It is easy, uses common ingredients, and has a secret ingredient that sets it apart from the rest! Hint - it's not sugar!! Can you guess what the secret ingredient is?
Whether it is your first time making French toast or you’re an expert, this Alton Brown French Toast is one recipe that everyone needs in their back pocket for a quick and delicious breakfast.

This recipe uses half-and-half for the custard, sweetened with just a bit of honey (secret ingredient!). You can use a mixture of half milk and half cream in place of the half-and-half. For an even creamier custard, use all cream.
A plate of Alton Brown French Toast with kiwi slices and maple syrup being drizzled over the toast


What is the best bread for french toast?

Your french toast can only be as good as the bread it is made with. I love enriched bread like challah or brioche which taste fantastic as they are, but soaked in a custard mixture and fried in butter, they can only be even better. A loaf of traditional country white bread will work as well. Bread with denser crumb is preferred as it can soak up the custard well to give that creamy interior texture when cooked.
Slicing challah bread for Alton Brown French Toast breakfast


Why do we use stale bread for french toast?

Day-old or stale bread is best for french toast because you want the bread to be dry. Dryer bread will soak up the custard better and won’t fall apart during the process.

You can prepare the bread the night before by slicing it up and place the slices on a drying rack in the oven overnight without the heat on. If you only have fresh bread, you can bake the slices at 300°F to dry them out right before making your french toast.
Whisking the custard mixture in a mixing bowl for Alton Brown French Toast

You also want the slices to be thick enough for many of the same reason as above. The optimum thickness is about 1/2” to 1”. This Alton Brown French Toast recipe calls for 1/2” slices. The best way to soak the bread is to divide the custard into two portions, pour it in a 9”x13” baking dish and soak 4 slices at a time. Remove them to a cooling rack to rest. Repeat with the rest of the custard and bread slices. This way everything soak up nicely and evenly.
Challah bread slices soaking in the french toast custard preparing for Alton Brown French Toast breakfast

Alton Brown French Toast Toppings

This Alton Brown French Toast is a very basic and simple French toast recipe. It can be customized easily by adding a little almond extract or a pinch of cinnamon in the custard mixture. Top it with maple syrup, or homemade whipped cream and strawberry compote this weekend.

How to make Alton Brown French Toast

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Warm honey in the microwave for 20 seconds. Add honey, half-and-half, eggs and salt to a medium mixing bowl and whisk together until smooth.
  3. Pour half the custard mixture into a 9”x13” baking pan, add 4 slices of bread and soak 30 seconds on each side. Remove to a cooling rack placed over a baking sheet and let rest for 1 - 2 minutes. Repeat with the remaining custard and bread slices.
  4. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a nonstick pan over medium low heat. Fry 2 slices of bread at a time for 2 - 3 minutes each side until golden brown. Remove from pan and place on the rack in the middle of the oven for 5 minutes, remove to a plate when done. Repeat with the remaining bread slices.
Alton Brown French Toast serving on a black plate sprinkled with powdered sugar. 3 slices of kiwi on the side

Cooking Tools Recommended for French Toast

Most home cooks will already have many of the tools needed to make this French toast recipe, but for your convenience I've listed the tools I use when making French Toast. Just click on the item name and find the product I use on Amazon.

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French Toast
Breakfast
American
Yield: 4

Alton Brown French Toast

Alton Brown's French Toast is a classic French Toast recipe. It is easy, uses common ingredients, & has a secret ingredient that sets it apart from the rest!
prep time: 10 minscook time: 24 minstotal time: 34 mins

ingredients:


  • 8 - 1/2” slices day-old or stale challah bread
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter

instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Warm 2 tbsp honey in microwave for 20 seconds. Add honey, 1 cup half-and-half, 3 eggs and 1/4 tsp salt to a medium mixing bowl. Whisk together until smooth.
  3. Pour half the custard mixture into a 9”x13” baking pan, add 4 slices of bread and soak for 30 seconds on each side. Remove to a cooling rack placed over a baking sheet and let rest for 1 - 2 minutes. Repeat with the remaining custard and bread slices.
  4. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a nonstick pan over medium low heat. Fry 2 slices of bread at a time for 2 - 3 minutes each side until golden brown. Remove from pan and place on the rack in the middle of the oven for 5 minutes, remove to a plate when done. Repeat with the remaining bread slices.

NOTES:

This is a copycat recipe of Alton Brown’s French Toast
calories
526
fat (grams)
27.2
sat. fat (grams)
13.8
carbs (grams)
59.5
protein (grams)
14.7
sugar (grams)
9
Fiber
14
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