Our 14 Best French Toast Recipes to Make Delicious Use of Your Stale Bread

overhead view of Apple Baked French Toast in white casserole dish
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Smothered in syrup, topped with fruit, or stuffed with filling, we love all kinds of French toast recipes. Enjoy one of our classic takes on this breakfast favorite, or opt for a change of pace with our baked French toast, brioche, and French toast casserole recipes.

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Classic Homemade French Toast

Classic Homemade French Toast Topped with Butter and Syrup
Joe Crimmings

To kick things off, we had to include our classic French toast recipe. You can use any stale bread you've got on hand, but we really love using Texas toast, brioche, or challah to make our homemade French toast. If you like, add a bit of flavor to the dish by incorporating some orange zest, nutmeg, or cinnamon into the egg mixture.

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French Toast with Pears

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Brie and pears layered between slices of French toast add an air of sophistication to any breakfast or brunch. A hint of rosemary cooked into the pears adds a light, lemony flavor to this elegant French toast recipe.

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Blueberry Surprise French Toast Casserole

Blueberry Surprise French Toast Casserole
Kritsada Panichgul

Skip the single servings—this French toast recipe is made for a crowd. With just six ingredients, including sweet blueberries and smooth cream cheese, our blueberry French toast casserole couldn't be easier.

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Air-Fried Flaxseed French Toast Sticks with Berries

Air-Fried Flaxseed French Toast Sticks with Berries
Caitlin Bensel

Enjoy a healthy sweet breakfast by making French toast in your air fryer. The brown sugar-flaxseed breading makes every bite taste sweet while adding omega-3's, iron, and antioxidants to the plate. Use whole-grain bread for extra fiber and nutrients.

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Blueberry and Mascarpone-Stuffed French Toast Casserole

Blueberry and Mascarpone-Stuffed French Toast Casserole
Blaine Moats

This French toast casserole stuffs baguettes with a rich blueberry-mascarpone filling. It may look time-consuming, but this make-ahead breakfast casserole only takes 20 minutes of prep time. All you need is maple syrup and a cup of coffee to complete your meal.

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Caramel-Banana-Pecan Bread Casserole

Caramel-Banana-Pecan Bread Casserole
Scott Little

If you've ever felt like a short-order cook while making French toast a few slices at a time, you'll love this French toast casserole. Wake up your guests (or family) with the sweet aroma of a delicious cinnamon-packed dish, complete with crunchy pecans and a melty banana-caramel glaze—it serves 12, making breakfast a breeze.

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Banana-Stuffed French Toast

Banana-Stuffed French Toast
Andy Lyons

Try our breakfast version of your favorite peanut butter-and-banana sandwich. This stuffed French toast recipe is packed with fresh banana slices and cream cheese and topped with chopped peanuts for that crunch and nutty flavor you love.

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Nut Butter-Banana Stuffed French Toast Breakfast Bake

Nut Butter-Banana Stuffed French Toast Breakfast Bake
Carson Downing

This brioche French toast recipe is one the family will request regularly. Mascarpone cheese gets a delightfully nutty flavor with the addition of your favorite nut butter. Finish the breakfast casserole with sweet slices of banana.

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Migas-Stuffed Mexican Toast

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Add some spice to your brunch menu by serving this savory French toast bake. Thick slices of bread are stuffed with a blend of eggs, sausage, and salsa. Cover the French toast bake in a mixture of Mexican cream, eggs, and hot sauce before coating in crushed tortilla chips. Enjoy with salsa and sliced avocado.

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Apple Baked French Toast

overhead view of Apple Baked French Toast in white casserole dish
Blaine Moats

This is an easy French toast recipe when you want to serve a crowd but don't feel like standing over the stove for a long time. Assemble the French toast casserole up to 24 hours in advance and pop it in the oven to bake when you wake. A drizzle of caramel takes this sweet French toast idea into dessert territory.

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S'more French Toast

S'more French Toast
Jeff Kauck

Add creamy marshmallow, gooey milk chocolate, and crushed graham crackers to a classic French toast recipe, turning your favorite campfire treat into a breakfast staple. The best part? This recipe calls for just 15 minutes of prep, making these tasty French toast slices a breakfast go-to when time is limited.

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Mascarpone-Stuffed French Toast with Salted Caramel-Banana Sauce

Mascarpone-Stuffed French Toast with bananas and pecans
Andy Lyons

Serve up thick slices of Texas toast breakfast-style with this French toast recipe that embraces the great taste of salted caramel and banana. Mascarpone cheese and pecans fill these stuffed slices, adding nutty sweetness to the dish.

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Pumpkin French Toast with Maple Mascarpone

overhead view of Pumpkin French Toast with Maple Mascarpone on sheet pan
Carson Downing

Our Test Kitchen turned a French toast recipe into a fall treat. Canned pumpkin, warm spices, and maple syrup combine to make a delicious French toast that you'll crave even when the leaves aren't changing colors.

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Vegan Stuffed French Toast

Vegan Stuffed French Toast

How can a French toast recipe also be vegan? With aquafaba, that's how. If you haven't heard of it, aquafaba is the liquid from canned chickpeas, and it's an excellent vegan egg replacement. Our vegan French toast is stuffed with an irresistible peanut butter and jelly filling.

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