Vanilla Maple French Toast

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Recipe: #16501

December 30, 2014

Categories: French Toast

"I also made this with leftover bread -- very dense whole wheat that no one would eat. I did not soak it overnight but did soak the bread for a long time in the morning and everyone loved it -- and no one knew they were eating the super healthy bread. I was out of milk so used half and half -- which made it so good! Recipe source: Bon Appetit (December 2004) This needs to be refrigerated overnight (not in prep time)"

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (269.5 g)
  • Calories 475.5
  • Total Fat - 20.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 9.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 342.9 mg
  • Sodium - 788.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 53 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.5 g
  • Sugars - 27.9 g
  • Protein - 18.8 g
  • Calcium - 320.4 mg
  • Iron - 3.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a bowl whisk eggs together and then whisk in the milk. Add the next 4 ingredients (maple syrup - salt); whisk to blend.

Step 2

Divide mixture between two 13 x 9 inch baking dishes and arrange bread in single layer in the dishes; letting it soak for 10 minutes; turn over and cover and refrigerate overnight. (see note above -- this also works if you soak the bread for less time)

Step 3

Head griddle or large skillet over medium heat. Brush griddle with butter and add soaked bread; cooking 3-5 minutes, turn and cook other side for 3-5 minutes or until done and brown.

Step 4

Transfer to plates and serve with warm syrup and preserves.


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 a richer flavor, try using half and half instead of milk.
  • For the best results, use thick slices of French bread.

  • Substitute almond milk for the milk/half and half - Almond milk is a great alternative to dairy milk and is a great source of calcium and vitamins. It is also a good option for those who are lactose intolerant.
  • Substitute coconut oil for the butter - Coconut oil is a healthier alternative to butter due to its high concentration of healthy fats. It also adds a nice flavor to the French toast.

Cinnamon-Walnut French Toast Replace the maple syrup with 1/4 cup honey and add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts to the egg mixture. Sprinkle the walnuts on the French toast before serving.

: Apple Cinnamon Compote

: This apple cinnamon compote is a great accompaniment to the Vanilla Maple French Toast. The sweetness of the apples combined with the warmth of the cinnamon will bring out the flavors of the French Toast and will add a touch of sweetness to the meal. Plus, it's easy to make and is a great way to use up any extra apples you may have!

Blueberry Sauce: Blueberry sauce is a great companion to the Apple Cinnamon Compote. The sweetness of the blueberries will balance out the tartness of the apples and the warmth of the cinnamon. Plus, it's a great way to add some extra flavor to the Vanilla Maple French Toast. The blueberry sauce will help to make the meal more complete and provide a tasty topping for the French Toast.


Q: How long should the bread soak?

A: The bread should soak for at least 10 minutes, but can soak for longer if desired. If you have time, refrigerate it overnight for best results.

Q: What kind of bread should I use?

A: Any type of bread can be used for soaking, but a denser, crusty loaf is best. Avoid using pre-sliced bread, as it will not soak up the liquid as well.

3 Reviews


Yummy. I let this rest overnight and it turned out great. I've never added jam to French toast before but did add some raspberry preserves to mine. Loved it. I'll be doing that more often now. Thanks for sharing this nice keeper, Ellie.


review by:
(6 Apr 2022)


We really enjoyed the french toast prepared this way. I used the quick version because I was working with panatone bread. It was awesome in this recipe. The flavor of the french toast was outstanding. I love warm maple syrup it coated the bread beautifully. Thank you for sharing a recipe we will enjoy again.


review by:
(24 Jan 2021)

dienia b

Very nice breakfast ,mr picky liked it and the maple syrup in batter is a nice touch


review by:
(3 Oct 2019)

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Fun facts:

This Vanilla Maple French Toast recipe is said to have been served to the first US President, George Washington, during his inauguration breakfast in 1789.

Vanilla extract is said to have been introduced to the US in the 1800s by a famous chef, Auguste Escoffier, who was known for creating classic French dishes.