French toast is a dish that makes you want to wake up on the weekends. It is a versatile dish that can either be featured on a breakfast, brunch or dessert menu. It can be simple and plain with just a smear of butter. Or it can be overindulgent with whipped cream, fruit compote and maple syrup. French toast is an old world dish that has withstood the test of time, for which I will be forever grateful.
Over the last couple of years I have made many versions of french toast. I have made basic french toast and I have made fancy french toast. From my various trials of making french toast I have developed a list of takeaways which has led me to formulate the perfect french toast recipe. This recipe produces french toast that comes out perfect every time. It is simple, easy and deliciously perfect in every way.
One of the secrets to making perfect french toast is to use pancake mix in the batter. The pancake mix adds stability to the batter, which creates a fluffy, pleasing texture to the toast. The pancake mix also heightens the flavor level of the french toast, which is never a bad thing.
Cinnamon French Toast
4 slices of bread (any bread type will do, the denser the better in my opinion though)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup boxed pancake mix (I personally like Trader Joe’s pancake mix)
2 tsp cinnamon (more if desired)
Butter (for greasing pan)
Grease a large nonstick frying pan (or cast iron pan) with butter. Heat pan over medium heat. Combine and whisk all ingredients in a large bowl. Dunk and coat each slice of bread evenly in the french toast batter. Immediately transfer the coated bread to the frying pan. Cook the toast for about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Serve the toast warm with butter, powdered sugar, maple syrup or a combination of all three.