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Cinnamon Batter-Dipped French Toast

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  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 20 min
  • Servings 10
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Like pancakes or waffles, French toast is another well-loved, easy-to-make and delicious morning option to start your day with a smile. Bread is dipped in an egg and milk mixture and then fried until it is golden brown on both sides. Just like pancakes or waffles, it’s frequently served with syrup or preserves or powdered sugar. It’s an excellent way to use up stale bread and not have it go to waste!
French toast is a simple breakfast that can be made for weekdays as well as weekends. It’s easy enough for family and special enough for guests. Whether it’s the star of your breakfast table or part of a brunch spread, French toast fits like a well-fitting glove.
Our Cinnamon Batter-Dipped French Toast takes French toast to a new level, by giving it a distinctive crust that’s filled with cinnamon spice but still just as easy to make as regular French toast. This crust holds up to syrup without soaking into the bread to make it soggy, and loaded with all the cinnamon, you get a warm spice taste in every bite.
Updated Mar 12, 2024
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How Do You Make French Toast?

French Toast is easy to make! Once you know how to make French toast, you can practically do it with one (sleepy eye) closed. Eggs, Bisquick, milk, cinnamon and vanilla are beaten together. You can use a fork or a whisk to break up the eggs quickly. Bread slices are dipped into the batter and fried on a pancake griddle or skillet until it’s golden brown on both sides. Follow the actual recipe for all the specifics on how to make this best French toast recipe.
You can sprinkle it with powdered sugar by placing a tablespoon or so into a small fine wire-mesh strainer and tapping the handle of the strainer over the French toast, for a nice, even sprinkling of sweetness. Serve it with a pat of butter, if you like, and your favorite pancake syrup.

What Are the Flavorful French Toast Ingredients?

Our easy French toast recipe is loaded with flavor with just a few ingredients. The secret to our recipe is a batter that coats the bread, rather than the typical thin egg mixture that mostly soaks into the bread, as in a classic French toast recipe. The batter is made with a big hit of cinnamon spice paired with vanilla, for the most indulgent but simple French toast recipe around. Bisquick mix is the star of the batter, which is the perfect choice, as it’s been making amazing pancakes and waffles for over 50 years! When the bread is coated with this amazing batter, the resulting French toast gives you a bigger hit of cinnamon and vanilla flavor in every delicious bite. And the best part about it is, it’s just as easy to make French toast this way, without any extra work!

What Are Delicious French Toast Toppings I Can Use?

If you are wondering what to serve with French toast as a tasty topping, you can make it as simple or as fancy as you like! Offer one (or several) of these yummy toppings with your French toast breakfast or brunch, letting those at the table customize their own serving:

Keeping It Simple: Sprinkle French toast with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar.

Fruity Options: Serve French Toast with applesauce, cut-up fresh fruit, such as sliced bananas, fresh berries, or peach slices. Thawed frozen fruit medleys are a wonderful way to get a variety without having to buy several types of fruit and can be kept on hand for easy toppings to enjoy any time.

Dairy Delicious: Top your French toast with your favorite Greek or low-fat yogurt. Try vanilla, honey, or fruit flavors. Or try a spoonful of a sweet flavored whipped cream cheese on top, rather than butter and syrup.

Going Nutty: Serve your French toast with a dollop of whipped cream or whipped topping and chopped walnuts, pecans, or macadamia nut, slivered, or sliced almonds, or salted, roasted pumpkin seeds.

A Chocolate Fix: Garnish French Toast with a spoonful of hazelnut spread, or sprinkle with baking cocoa, mini chocolate chips or semisweet chocolate shavings.

What is The Best Bread for French Toast?

With classic French toast recipes, that use a thin milk-egg mixture, sturdier pieces of bread are required so that they won’t fall apart when they are dipped and fried. That means you may have to have special bread on hand to make French Toast. Our French Toast batter makes a thicker coating on the bread, meaning the skies the limit on the French toast bread you choose, as it will not fall apart as easily, all snug as a bug in that flavorful batter. Use whatever you have on hand, it’s a fantastic way to use up what you have or to change it up every time you make it!
Just try to stick to slices that are about as thick as a piece of sandwich bread so that they get done in the same amount of time, or you may need to adjust the temperature of griddle and the cooking time for thicker slices.

Plain Bread Options Try sandwich bread, slices of French bread, baguette, or Italian loaf.

Breads that Add Flavor: Try slices of sourdough, cinnamon raisin, or whole wheat bread.

What are variations to this French toast recipe?

You can change up the French Toast ingredients to make it a different dish each time you make it!
Simple Changes: Try substituting 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or ground nutmeg for 1 teaspoon of the ground cinnamon or 1/2 teaspoon almond or maple flavoring for the vanilla. Change up the bread, as described above or top your French toast with one of the yummy toppings above.

Sandwich Style: Load slices of French toast with cooked bacon and a fried egg, ham and cheese or sausage and cheese, for an amazing knife-and-fork style sandwich.

New Flavors: Or go for an entirely new taste with Yogurt French Toast or Caramel French Toast, for a big flavor change.

Format Flips: Or even flip the standard French toast format, by serving it a unique way with Stuffed French Toast or French Toast Casserole. Any way you serve it, French toast is guaranteed to be a hit.


  • 2 cups Original Bisquick™ mix
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 10 slices bread
  • Powdered sugar, if desired
  • Maple syrup, if desired


  • 1
    Heat griddle or skillet; grease if necessary.
  • 2
    In shallow dish, stir Bisquick mix, milk, cinnamon, vanilla and eggs until blended. Dip bread into batter; drain excess batter back into bowl. Place bread on hot griddle.
  • 3
    Cook 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar; serve with syrup.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

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    Serve with fresh fruit and bacon strips.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make French Toast ahead of time?

For the best texture and moistness, it’s best to serve our French toast recipe as soon as you make it. If you make the batter ahead of time, the Bisquick will continue to absorb the liquid, making it thicker and more difficult to coat the bread with undesirable results.
What you can do however, is a trick we use in the Betty Crocker Kitchens when we have to get many recipes done at the same time: we measure out all of the ingredients ahead of time, so that when it comes to making the recipe, it’s a quick dump and stir and the recipe is done!

How do you store and reheat French toast?

If you find yourself with leftover French toast, you can cover and refrigerate the slices up to 2 days. To reheat, place them on a microwavable plate and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on Medium-High (70%) for about a minute or until thoroughly heated. The texture will be softer, but the French toast flavor will still be just as delicious. Freezing French Toast is not recommended, as the texture changes when thawed, leaving it less than desirable when reheated.

How long do you cook French toast?

If you use slices of bread that are as thick as sandwich bread, you can count on your French toast being done when it is golden brown on both sides. If your bread is thicker, you may need to cook the battered bread at a lower temperature for a longer time so that the insides of the bread (that get wet from the egg mixture) are cooked through. The best way to tell is to cut into the center of a cooked piece and see if the bread looks like bread texture or if it looks wet. If it looks wet, it has not been cooked long enough. You can put the slices back on the griddle and continue to cook them until the centers look like the texture of plain bread.

Why is it called French Toast?

It is believed that French toast came from France, as far back as the 1700s, where it is known as “pain perdu”, meaning “lost bread”, because it was a recipe that revived slices of French bread (that go stale in a matter of a few days). Legend says it was named “French Toast” simply because of a grammatical error where the apostrophe was inadvertently left off from “French’s Toast.” It has been in the American Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink since 1871. It’s also been called German toast, eggy bread and even gypsy toast, in addition to other names. Whatever you call it, French toast is easy to make and an incredible breakfast dish to serve any time.


200 Calories, 6g Total Fat, 6g Protein, 30g Total Carbohydrate, 3g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Slice
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% Daily Value*:
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2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • French Toast is an excellent choice for any breakfast or brunch. Despite the simple preparations it takes to make it, our Cinnamon Batter-Dipped French Toast will always impress and always bring a smile to sleepy heads. Looking for other easy-to-make breakfast dishes? Try our top-rated Cheesy Sausage and Egg Bake or any of these delicious breakfast or brunch recipes.
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