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The best cinnamon sugar French toast topped with whipped cream, fresh berries, and a 4-ingredient caramel syrup. The recipe from a famous Utah bakery was shared online and this is my adaptation of that recipe!

Pair this sweet breakfast with a savory dish like this quiche lorraine or this ham and cheese quiche.

Stack of french toast coated in syrup and with whipped cream and berries

The best French toast recipe!

Once you try this French toast recipe you’ll never want to try a different one! The recipe is slightly adapted from a famous Utah restaurant called Kneaders. They’re probably most famously known for their French toast and if you’ve tried it you know why. It’s sweet and cinnamon-y, has a creamy interior and crisp edges, and has the perfect toppings — freshly whipped cream, strawberries, and a caramel syrup.

They shared their recipe online (it’s since been removed) several years back and I’ve made it ever since barely tweaking it to give you this very recipe. My boys love this recipe so much, it’s requested every year for their birthday breakfast!

Overhead photo of the finished french toast with syrup added

What kind of bread do you use for French toast?

To get an authentic copycat of Kneader’s French Toast, you’ll want to use the bread they use in theirs: Chunky Cinnamon Bread.

However, if you aren’t near a Kneader’s or want an alternative you can use:

  • Brioche bread
  • Challah
  • French Bread (a really sturdy French bread)
  • Another Bakery fresh Cinnamon Swirl Bread
  • Cinnamon Bread

Up close bite site

Why is my French toast soggy?

The best way to tell if your French toast is undercooked is to see if it’s soggy. If it’s soggy this means the egg mixture was not cooked through so it is undercooked. An easy fix: stick the dredged bread back on the skillet/griddle for a minute until it has a crispy golden brown surface.

Is it safe to eat soggy French toast?

Soggy French toast means there is too much egg mixture on your toast OR it wasn’t cooked long enough. If it wasn’t cooked long enough this means your bread is topped with semi-raw eggs which can be unsafe. If your French toast is soggy from being undercooked, add it back to the skillet or griddle before consuming. (Eating raw/undercooked eggs carries with it the risk of salmonella).

Can I make the batter in advance?

Yes! This batter mixture can be 1 day in advance and stored in the fridge. Just whisk everything together again before dipping in the bread.

Fork coming down on the French toast about to be eaten

Great sides for French toast:

  • Fresh berries or fruit (we love sliced strawberries)
  • Freshly sliced banana
  • With the caramel syrup in the recipe (highly recommended), maple syrup, blueberry syrup, or this vanilla sauce.
  • With whipped cream (how to make whipped cream tutorial here)
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Cooked bacon
  • Cooked hashbrowns

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The Best French Toast

5 from 2 votes
The best cinnamon sugar French toast topped with whipped cream, fresh berries, and a 4-ingredient caramel syrup
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The Best French Toast

5 from 2 votes
The best cinnamon sugar French toast topped with whipped cream, fresh berries, and a 4-ingredient caramel syrup
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword french toast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 large pieces French toast
Calories 179kcal
Author Chelsea, adapted from Kneader's

Ingredients

French Toast

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 un-sliced loaf of cinnamon-sugar swirled bread (I buy this bread from Kneaders) OR use brioche, sturdy French bread, or challah bread
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup 1%, 2%, or whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar

Caramel Syrup

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup light Karo syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Serve with:

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks*
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • Fresh berries, for serving

Instructions

  • Slice the cinnamon bread into 8 even sized slices. Preheat a large griddle to 325 degrees F or a large skillet over the stovetop to medium heat. 
  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, cinnamon, salt, vanilla, and brown sugar. Dip each bread slice into the mixture, coating evenly. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet or griddle and melt. Place the coated piece of bread and cook until both sides of the bread are golden brown. (Add the other tablespoon of butter once you've cooked 3-4 slices)
  • For the syrup: combine all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir and heat until the sugar is completely dissolved and then remove from heat.
  • To make whipped cream: Pour heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar into a cold bowl attached to a stand mixer and whisk on high speed until medium to stiff peaks form, (about 1 minute). Be careful to not over mix.
  • Serve french toast with the warm caramel syrup, freshly whipped cream, and fresh berries.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 179kcal

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Nutrition facts in french toast

Is French toast healthy?

It’s my belief that most food can be healthy when eaten in moderation. Bread has nutrient and carbs, cinnamon offers many health benefits, and the milk and eggs contribute by adding vitamin D and protein. That said, this French toast recipe is more of a treat/dessert when paired with the caramel syrup and whipped cream. It’s a great treat to have on occasion and in moderation.

 

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12 Comments

  1. FYI – Including this recipe in my Best of the Blogs: Christmas Recipes roundup today! keep an eye out 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    So, when I originally tasted this at kneaders, I was fascinated that it made me feel refreshed, almost like I was tasting the essence of a flower. And DING the idea popped up in my mind. (My parents had taken me out to eat.) I told them that’d it’d be even better with Lavender or Rose extract in it, just a little, something subtle.

    So that’s exactly what I did. And it is immaculate! With every bite it feels like you are going through a rose meadow! I suggest trying this too! It takes a few tries to get the perfect amount, and everyone is different.

  3. 5 stars
    We make this French toast almost every Saturday morning. It’s my kids all time favorite breakfast and honestly mine and my husbands as well. I seriously can’t say enough good about how delicious this French toast is. Everyone needs to try this!

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