Homemade is Better—French Toast

My kids love French Toast; we don’t make it often, but it is popular when we do.  One of my favourite reasons for making French Toast is to use up those leftover bread ends.  I’ve found dried bread is the best for French Toast.  It soaks up the egg mixture and gives you a complete flavour profile.  If you’re an extraordinaire in the kitchen, you could make your own French loaves and add maple syrup to provide the unique taste our syrup has.  This will, of course, pair well when you pour that same syrup on the French Toast! If that’s too much work for you, then follow this recipe.  Dried bread or not, you can still make French Toast.

My recipe is inspired by my time working at Moxies.  They used to have Sunday brunch on Calgary Trail in Edmonton when they were open.  I’m sure most locations do this, but that’s the location I got my start at.  I loved brunch; it was a great mixture of foods.  We might make French Toast or pancakes, and then we’re making a Clubhouse sandwich or one of their other lunch items.  I worked the flat top griddle for about a year, and I was also doing prep some days and trying to work my way through the stations to learn from my co-workers.  I miss the people and the stress some days because it was always busy, and we always had something to do.  Once I applied to culinary school, I started an apprenticeship on the side.  You can get your hours and do school at the same time.  I had my first year done working at a pizza place before going into restaurants.  Moxies was easily in the top three places I’ve ever worked.  My other two top places are when I worked at the Northlands Coliseum and being able to write every week for all of you.  I am approaching my 100th article soon; I’ll have to make sure I mark that milestone.  I have enough recipes I could release a cookbook!

I chose to use loaf bread and not dried French bread because this recipe is part of another recipe I will release soon.  So, stay tuned, but keep calm and French Toast on for this week.

French Toast


4-5 slices of good quality bread
4 eggs
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp kosher salt

  • Get a griddle and heat it to 350F or a frying pan and set your burner to medium.
  • Grab a 9”x9” or close glass dish.
  • Crack your eggs into the dish, add the salt and spices.
  • Mix everything.
  • Add bread slices, one at a time, to your egg mixture.
  • Fry until the bottom is golden brown, flip and cook for the same look.
  • Once cooked, enjoy with butter and maple syrup.