The sweet and buttery IHOP French Toast is super easy to make and perfect for weekend breakfast! The balanced flavors are soaked into brioche bread, with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. Serve with strawberries or bananas, and this is the recipe your whole family will go crazy for.
Imagine a cozy Sunday morning with the smell of sweet, warm, buttery, vanilla wafting through the air. This IHOP French Toast copycat recipe is melt-in-your-mouth delicious and is a staple for a leisurely weekend brunch along with my favorite coffee cake and blueberry pancakes.
This copycat French toast recipe will never let you down. It’s a treat that can be enjoyed any time of day and is loved by pretty much everyone. With simple ingredients like bread, butter, egg and sugar, this French toast can be whipped up anytime you’re craving IHOP, but don’t want to make the trip.
Ingredients and Substitutes
- Bread: Our first choice is Brioche bread which is hands down the most indulgent. You can also use challah, or other soft white bread.
- Milk: You can use any milk. We’ve tried whole milk, skim milk, coconut milk, and they all turn out perfect.
- Eggs: Helps to hold everything together.
- Sugar: You can use white or brown sugar.
- Vanilla Extract: Adds a whole new level of yumminess.
- Cinnamon: Adds a burst of flavor to your French toast.
- Butter: Use unsalted butter for this recipe.
How to Make Perfect IHOP French Toast
1. Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
2. Cut the bread into ¾-inch to 1-inch thick pieces.
3. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Spread it evenly over the surface with a spatula.
4. Dip one slice of bread into the egg mixture, let it soak for 2-3 seconds, and flip and dip/soak the other side for 2 seconds.
5. Shake off the excess egg mixture from each bread, and place them onto the hot skillet. Fry for about 3 minutes until the underside becomes golden brown. Then flip and fry the other side for about 3-4 minutes until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining pieces.
6. Serve warm with desired toppings such as maple syrup, jelly, butter or fresh berries.
Pro Tips: Soak bread slices for only 2-3 seconds per side. You can press them down gently to absorb the mixture. Avoid soak them longer than that, as they could fall apart or become soggy once cooked.
What’s the Best Bread for French Toast?
The type of bread you use makes a big difference in your finished product. We recommend using brioche, challah, or the softest white bread you can find. You want bread with less flour and a higher liquid content, leaving you with soft, fluffy French toast.
How to Create IHOP French Toast Combo?
Recreating the classic IHOP French Toast Combo at home is easy! Just serve your French toast with bacon or sausage, hash browns and eggs done any way you like. Try them sunny side up, over easy or scrambled.
How Much Does French Toast Cost at IHOP?
As of 2021, IHOP’s classic French Toast costs $5.79. For a dollar more, you can add strawberries and bananas. You’ll be saving quite a bit by recreating the recipe at home, especially if you’re feeding multiple people.
What to Serve with IHOP French Toast (Topping Ideas)
This French Toast is delicious when served with raspberries, blueberries or raspberries. For extra sweetness, go ahead and sprinkle some powdered sugar on your French toast, along with a generous pouring of warm maple syrup.
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IHOP French Toast Recipe
- 8 slices brioche bread you can also sub with other bread if desired
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- butter for griddle
- optional strawberries bananas, maple syrup, jam, and jelly to serve
- Make the egg mixture: In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Whisk until well combined and pour the mixture into a shallow bowl that’s big enough to hold a slice of the bread.
- Prepare the bread: Cut the bread into ¾-inch to 1-inch thick pieces.
- Heat the skillet: Melt some butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Spread evenly over the surface with a spatula.
- Soak the bread: Dip one slice of bread into the egg mixture, let it soak for 2-3 seconds, and flip and dip/soak the other side for 2 seconds.
- Fry the French toast: Shake off the excess egg mixture from each bread, and place them onto the hot skillet. Fry for about 3 minutes until the underside becomes golden brown. Then flip and fry the other side for about 3-4 minutes until golden brown. (Cook in batches to avoid overlapping.) Repeat with the remaining pieces.
- Serve: Serve warm with desired toppings such as maple syrup, jelly, butter or fresh berries.
- We recommend adding cinnamon and vanilla to the egg mixture, but it’ll still taste good without.
- Don’t soak the bread slices in the egg mixture for too long, otherwise, your French toast can be soggy.