This French Toast for Two recipe is an easy breakfast that is brightened up with lemon zest! Serve with syrup, powdered sugar, and fresh fruit for a delicious breakfast.
This post is in memory of my dad, who we lost in 2016 to cancer.
I didn't actually cook very often growing up. But I did love making French toast. Whenever I would make some, I'd ask my dad if he wanted some too.
He would always say yes.
So I'd make us French toast for two. Simple, delicious, and perfect for breakfast or even an evening snack (which is when I would commonly make it for us).
I always love adding additional flavors to my French toast like cinnamon and lemon zest. So delicious!
- Sandwich bread - This recipe uses plain sandwich bread, since that's what I used to use growing up, but you can use slices of French bread or brioche
- Eggs - The eggs help to give the French toast its custardy texture
- Milk - I used whole milk, but almond milk, coconut milk, or oat milk would also be great options
- Vanilla - I use the pure vanilla extract. For an added punch, you can always use fresh vanilla bean as well
- Cinnamon - The cinnamon gives the French toast a bit of warmth
- Lemon Zest - Lemon zest adds a nice brightness. The lemon zest is the yellow part of the lemon peel. You grate it off using a microplane. This is the one I have, and it's one of my most-used kitchen tools! It's also great for grating fresh Parmesan cheese
- Blackberries - I used fresh blackberries in this recipe, but you can use other fresh fruit you have around
- Powdered Sugar - The powdered sugar adds a nice sweetness, but it's optional
- Maple Syrup - The maple syrup is also optional, but I love a bit of it on French toast!
- Cooking spray or butter - You can use some cooking spray or butter to keep the toast from sticking to your pan
How to customize
One of the great things about this recipe is that it's easy to make it your own!
- For a less sweet version, leave off the maple syrup, powdered sugar, or both
- You can use orange zest instead of lemon zest
- For a tropical flavor, use lime zest and coconut milk. You may want to use mango or kiwi as fruit
- Use whatever fruit you have around! If you have frozen fruit, you can cook it in a bit of sugar over the stove, and then spoon it over the top for a compote
- Looking for a different French toast recipe? Check out our Bananas Foster French Toast
What to serve with the French toast
- Air fryer twisted bacon
- Scrambled eggs with spinach
- Granola breakfast bowls with yogurt
- Air fryer breakfast potatoes
How to make French toast for two
Prep your ingredients! Wash any fruit and lay out your slices of bread.
In a large bowl (that will allow you to easily dip your bread), mix together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla.
Dip each slice of bread in the mixture, flipping to coat both sides.
Heat up a skillet, and spray with cooking spray or use a little butter or oil to prevent French toast from sticking.
Cook each slice of toast in the pan until nicely browned on both sides.
Serve with maple syrup, lemon zest, powdered sugar, and fresh blackberries.
French Toast for Two
- 4 slices sandwich bread
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup whole milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- zest of 1 small lemon
- 10 large blackberries
- powdered sugar
- maple syrup
- cooking spray
- Crack eggs into a large bowl, preferably with a flat bottom (this will allow for easier dipping). Add the milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Whisk with fork to combine.
- Heat medium skillet over medium heat. When warm, coat lightly with cooking spray.
- Dip a piece of bread into the liquid mixture. Turn over and make sure both sides are coated.
- Place into the pan and cook each side until lightly browned, and then set aside. Repeat with the other three pieces.
- Slice each piece of toast diagonally and arrange onto two places. Zest half of the lemon over one plate, and half over the other plate. Add 5 blackberries to each plate. Sift powdered sugar over the French toast, then add warm syrup as desired.
If nutrition info is shown, values are based on an online calculator and are estimates. Please verify using your own data.
Thanks for sharing this sweet story. I'm sure it wasn't easy, but I'm sure he appreciates it so much! <3
Thank you! I hope so. :)
Love you, Mia!