Alton Brown's French Toast

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Recipe: #5681

June 09, 2012

Categories: French Toast

"I never thought about making French toast with honey and this is the only way I make it now. Another thing I have found that there is no way that 3 eggs and 1 cup of milk is enough for 8 bread slices so I add another egg and 1/2 cup milk, I use homemade white bread that I make on my bread machine then leave it in the fridge for 3 days."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (167.6 g)
  • Calories 380.8
  • Total Fat - 23.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 13.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 209.2 mg
  • Sodium - 576.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 31.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.1 g
  • Sugars - 9.2 g
  • Protein - 10.7 g
  • Calcium - 122.4 mg
  • Iron - 2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, honey, and salt. You may do this the night before. When ready to cook, pour custard mixture into a pie pan and set aside.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Dip bread into mixture, allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side, and then remove to a cooling rack that is sitting in a sheet pan, and allow to sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 3

Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a 10-inch nonstick saute pan. Place 2 slices of bread at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on rack in oven for 5 minutes. Repeat with all 8 slices. Serve immediately with maple syrup, whipped cream or fruit.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • For the best flavor, use day-old or stale country loaf, brioche or challah bread for the French toast.
  • For a lighter version, use milk instead of half and half.

  • Substitute almond milk for half and half - Almond milk is a great alternative to dairy milk and provides a delicious nutty flavor to the French toast. It is also a healthier option as it is lower in fat and calories than dairy milk.
  • Substitute agave syrup for honey - Agave syrup is a vegan-friendly alternative to honey and is also lower in sugar. This substitution will make the French toast slightly less sweet and provide a more subtle flavor.

Cinnamon-Raisin French Toast Replace the honey with 1/4 cup of brown sugar and add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 cup of raisins to the custard mixture. Before cooking, sprinkle some of the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the slices of bread. Serve with maple syrup.

Orange-Maple Glazed Bacon - This sweet and savory dish is the perfect accompaniment to Alton Brown's French Toast. The combination of salty bacon with the sweetness of orange and maple syrup will provide a delicious balance to the French Toast.

Fruit Salad: A light and refreshing fruit salad is the perfect accompaniment to this sweet and savory dish. The bright and juicy flavors of the fruit will provide a delicious contrast to the salty bacon and sweet syrup. It's a healthy and delicious way to complete your meal!


Q: How do I make sure the French toast is cooked through?

A: Make sure to cook the French toast on medium-low heat until it is golden brown on each side, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Then place it in the oven for 5 minutes to ensure it is cooked through.

Q: What is the best way to serve French toast?

A: French toast is best served warm with butter and syrup. You can also top it with fresh fruit, whipped cream, or a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

4 Reviews


Great recipe. Used a fresh loaf of sourdough French bread for this French toast.


review by:
(26 Feb 2023)

Wayne Peters

I love French toast and the fact that this uses honey instead of sugar does give this recipe an edge over other French Toast recipes. Loved it!


review by:
(24 Jul 2019)


This is a great way to make French Toast and is so good with the honey. My grandchildren are going to like this one!


review by:
(5 Oct 2014)


I REALLY enjoyed this French Toast - the honey adds a subtle flavor that makes it special. I did not, however, follow the directions to use the oven but just fried the French Toast on a griddle.


review by:
(21 Mar 2013)

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: French Toast is believed to have originated from Ancient Rome, where it was known as 'pan dulcis'.

Fun Fact 2: French Toast is said to have been popularized by the famous French chef, Marie-Antoine Carême, who served it as a breakfast dish in the early 19th century.