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A Breakfast Classic: French Toast with Mixed Berries

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As a child, we didn’t eat a lot of French toast. My mother — and grandmothers — typically made pancakes. So, I was unfamiliar with what French toast could be.

And I loved these fluffy circles of goodness! Made in a cast-iron skillet or a griddle. There was no pancake that I did not like. At age 2, I supposedly fought my grandmother for the last silver dollar pancake at IHOP!

So, obviously, a fan.

I did have waffles — the frozen ones — as a kid. So, getting a waffle maker and making both Belgian and regular waffles was an easy step.

But French toast! It seemed messy and involved egg which I was not an avid fan of. Therefore, I avoided it.

And avoided it…

Until I had my son. He actually is the opposite of me in these matters. This young man is not fond of pancakes but will eat them if there is nothing else available, And I mean NOTHING.

He feels the same about waffles…

But French toast? That’s his jam.

I had to learn something about French toast. I had no family recipe to lean on. For the first years of his life, I just bought him some French toast and crossed my fingers. I needed to do better.

And here we are! A French toast recipe I can make at home!

Happy Boy, house full of Joy… folks with teens can relate!

I feel like I was missing out LOL

A note: Any combination of fresh berries can be used in this recipe, including strawberries and blueberries, as well as the blackberries and raspberries that are shown here

Classic French Toast with Mixed Fresh Berries

classic French toast with mixed berries

Classic French Toast with Mixed Fresh Berries

A simple but tasty French toast recipe to keep in your repetroire for weekend mornings.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 c. fresh blackberries
  • 1 c. fresh raspberries
  • 1 lime juice and zest, preferably organic
  • ¼ powdered sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • ½ c. whole milk
  • ½ t. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ t. ground nutmeg
  • 8 slices sourdough bread slightly hardened**
  • To serve: Additional powdered sugar and/or real maple syrup. If desired offer bacon or sausage links on the side.


  • Combine the fresh berries, lime juice, lime zest, and powdered sugar in a large bowl and gently toss to combine. Set aside.
  • Add the eggs, vanilla extract, milk, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a medium bowl and stir to combine.
  • Soak the prepared bread in the egg mixture for 4-5 seconds per side, then transfer to a rimmed bowl. Set aside.
  • Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add two or three slices of the soaked bread to the hot skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown on each side. Remove from skillet and repeat this process with the remaining bread slices.
  • To serve, transfer the French toast onto individual plates and top with some of the fresh berry mixture and some powdered sugar and/or real maple syrup. Offer some crispy bacon or sausage links on the side, if desired. Enjoy!


**To harden, leave the sliced bread on the counter for several hours to overnight or place on a baking sheet in a warm (lowest setting) oven for 5-10 minutes
Keyword berries, french toast
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A Breakfast Classic: French Toast with Mixed Berries


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