A plate containing French toast, strawberries, and black berries.

The Best French Toast

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: French Toast
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Nami

Fluffy and tender on the inside, and golden crisp on the outside, this is the best French Toast we've tasted during our trip to Japan last summer. I've re-created this amazing French toast by following the chef's recipe! Make it this weekend for breakfast or brunch! 



  • 3 large eggs
  • ¼ cup sugar (60 g)
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cup whole milk (600 ml)
  • 1 French baguette
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter

To Serve

  • confectioners’ sugar/powder sugar (if desired)
  • maple syrup (if desired)


  1. Gather all the ingredients.
    French Toast Ingredients
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs.

    French Toast 1
  3. Add ¼ cup sugar and ½ tsp vanilla. Whisk well to combine.

    French Toast 2
  4. Add 2 ½ cup milk and whisk well together.

    French Toast 3
  5. Cut the French baguette into 1.5-2 inch (4-5 cm) thickness.

    French Toast 4
  6. Soak both sides of the bread in the mixture and place them in a deep baking dish, with the soft white side facing up.
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  7. Pour the leftover mixture into the baking dish.

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  8. Let it soak for 5 minutes, and flip to soak the other side for 5 minutes. The side facing up now is the “dry” side. You can prepare fruits, powder sugar, and maple syrup during this time.

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  9. Preheat the oven to 350 ºF (180 ºC). Grease the rimmed baking sheet with butter. Heat 1-2 Tbsp butter in the frying pan or griddle.

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  10. When the butter is melted and pan is hot, place the bread, facing the “dry” side DOWN. *The “dry” side is the side facing up in the image on the right.
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  11. Cook until the bottom is golden brown. Then turn over to cook the other side until golden.

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  12. When both sides are nicely brown, transfer to the baking sheet.

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  13. Bake at 350 ºF (180 ºC) for 6 minutes.
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  14. Remove from the oven and serve on a plate.
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  15. Sprinkle powder sugar and drizzle maple syrup as desired.

    French Toast 14

Recipe Notes

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.