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Easy French Toast Recipe For One

This fabulous french toast recipe is the best! Learn how to make french toast with a few simple ingredients and two easy steps. With buttery, crisp edges and a soft center, this french toast will surely make your morning special.

A plate of three slices of french toast dusted with powdered sugar being drizzled with maple syrup

Did you know that french toast is the most requested breakfast recipe at One Dish Kitchen? I love to ask my readers what recipes they would like to see made into single serving versions and every time I ask, a classic french toast recipe has always been at the top of everyone’s list.

There are many versions of french toast. The recipe I have here is a very basic french toast recipe. It calls for using just a few ingredients that you may very well have in your pantry and refrigerator. This meal takes minutes to make and tastes absolutely wonderful.

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Four slices of white bread on a plate next to a tray of a dozen eggs and a red cloth napkin all on a metal tray

Best Type Of Bread To Use

There may be some debate over which bread is the best bread to use to make french toast. You can make it with virtually any type of bread. I love using sourdough and cinnamon-raisin bread but regular sliced sandwich bread; white or wheat works perfectly well too.

This easy recipe is the perfect one to use leftover bread in. Even though the bread may be a day or so past its prime, soaking the bread in the milk mixture magically transforms it.

Ingredient Notes

The ingredients found in this easy french toast recipe are:

  • Butter: The butter helps to keep the bread from sticking to the pan.
  • Egg: The proteins in the egg solidify as they heat which firms up the liquids in the bread.
  • Vanilla and cinnamon: For flavor.
  • Milk: I’ve used whole, skim, and 2% milk in this french toast recipe. I’ve also used soy milk, coconut milk, and almond milk. One of the wonderful things about this breakfast recipe is that you can use many different types of milk with success.
  • Sugar: I use granulated sugar but you can also use a sugar substitute in place of the scant 1/8 teaspoon of sugar. Feel free to leave the sugar out altogether if you’d like.
A slice of white bread soaking in milk before making french toast on a metal tray with a tray of a dozen eggs and a red cloth napkin

How To Make French Toast

Here is how to make french toast in two easy steps:

  1. Whisk together all of the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Place bread slices, one or two at a time, into the egg mixture and flip to make sure both sides of bread are well-coated.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet or on a griddle. Place bread slices in skillet or on griddle and cook on medium heat until golden brown on each side, about 2-3 minutes.

Serve immediately with extra butter and syrup.

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A stack of two french toast slices on a plate next to a stick of butter and a bowl of watermelon slices all on a metal tray

Expert Tips

  • The custard is a critical component of french toast. Lightly beat the egg before stirring in the milk. Feel free to experiment with other spices such ground nutmeg, orange or lemon zest.
  • The bread should soak up the liquid mixture for at least 30 seconds or longer if the slices of bread you are using are thick.
  • While the bread is soaking, heat up the skillet so that it’s ready for the bread. In order for the custard to fully cook, the french toast needs to cook under a gentle medium heat. If you cook the french toast on a high heat, the toast will burn and the insides won’t completely cook.
  • In addition to making french toast in the skillet or griddle, you might also like trying a baked french toast made with leftover croissants or pastries. This mini french toast casserole is baked in a small baking dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Size Pan Should I Use?

For this french toast recipe for one, I use a 10-inch skillet. For best results, use a pan of similar size.
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What Should I Serve With French Toast?

Butter and syrup are definite favorites. You might also like to serve caramelized fruit, bananas cooked in butter and brown sugar, or spread a little homemade apple butter over the top.

Is French Toast Similar To Eggy Bread?

It is similar but it is not the same. French toast is made with the same ingredients but you may also see black pepper added to eggy bread. Eggy bread is more savory while french bread is sweet.

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Two french toast slices dusted with powdered sugar on a metal tray with a stick of butter, a bowl of watermelon slices, and a metal container of maple syrup

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French Toast Recipe For One

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Breakfast
Keywords: french toast
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 330kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk (use whole, skim, soy, almond, or coconut)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch ground cinnamon
  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter

How To Video

Instructions

  • Whisk together the egg and milk in a medium-sized bowl. Add the vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon and whisk until well incorporated.
  • Place bread slices, one or two at a time, into the egg mixture and flip to make sure both sides of bread are well-coated.
  • Melt the butter in a medium-sized skillet or griddle. Place one of both slices of the bread into the skillet and cook slices until golden brown, then flip to cook the other side. Serve with syrup.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • The custard is a critical component of french toast. Lightly beat the egg before stirring in the milk. Feel free to experiment with other spices such as ground nutmeg, orange, or lemon zest.
  • The bread should soak up the liquid mixture for at least 30 seconds or longer if the slices of bread you are using are thick.
  • While the bread is soaking, heat up the skillet so that it’s ready for the bread. In order for the custard to fully cook, the french toast needs to cook under a gentle medium heat. If you cook the french toast on a high heat, the toast will burn and the insides won’t completely cook.
  • In addition to making french toast in the skillet or griddle, you might also like trying a baked french toast made with leftover croissants or pastries. This mini french toast casserole is baked in a small baking dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 196mg | Sodium: 484mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 840IU | Calcium: 251mg | Iron: 2.7mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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14 thoughts on “Easy French Toast Recipe For One”

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for the recipes have enjoyed all so far that I have made also saves me from having to eat leftovers for days on end, cooking for one is now more of a pleasure .

  2. This was delicious! I made it with almond milk and Costco French bread and it turned out amazing for two people. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    This was a great recipe, so quick to make. I just had to add more cinnamon and sugar because I wasn’t serving with syrup

  4. Rosamonde Simone

    5 stars
    Your recipe of ‘french-toast-recipe-for-one’ looks very amazing and so delicious, I love it, thank you for sharing it.

  5. 5 stars
    These were delish! I added some fresh grated nutmeg and they were just like Mom’s! Thanks for the single serve recipes. Can’t wait to try more.

    1. What a compliment! Thanks so much Thammy, I’m so happy you enjoyed the French Toast.
      Have a wonderful week!
      Joanie

  6. 5 stars
    Love your blog! I lived on my own for many years and would have really appreciated your wonderful ideas.
    I often make the British verson of French toast for my toddler (I call it eggy bread!) but I’m wondering if he’d like this sweeter version. I’ll give it a go!
    Thanks for the simple how-to!

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