It’s Sunday morning, you roll out of bed at 9am and can’t help but think how delightful it would be to enjoy your coffee with a nice big stack of IHop french toast. You immediately grab your keys and run to the front door, only to find that the ground is dusted with a 6-inch layer of heavy, snowball-making snow. Before you have the chance to get too disappointed, you come to the realization that maybe, just maybe, you can make this tasty dish yourself.
This fluffy stack of french toast is so much easier than you could ever imagine! Only 8 simple ingredients in this recipe that you probably already have sitting in your fridge and cupboards to make a delectable morning brunch.
Choosing the right bread is Important
Making sure that you pick the perfect bread is essential to making an incredible french toast. Too thin and the dish becomes a bit crunchy. Too old and the toast ends up dry and lacks fluffiness. Too much fibre and it tastes dry and bland. Enter – either a brioche bread or a french bread.
Brioche is a traditional French bread that has a rich and tender texture. It is slightly lighter and fluffier than other breads due to the fact that is made with more butter and egg yolks. It’s often paired with sweet recipes (like this) because it works as the perfect accompaniment.
This recipe uses french bread, which is a classic white bread that is known as “french bread” due to it’s shape. It tends to be in the form of a baguette or a long, oval loaf. For the purpose of this recipe, you can feel free to choose either brioche or french bread, but the most important factor is to make sure it’s cut in thick slices and that it’s fresh!
How To Make IHop French Toast From Scratch
When you’re preparing the bread for your french toast, try and slice it into slices that are at least 1-inch thick. The thicker the slices, the more evenly it will cook and the fluffier your french toast will turn out.
The next step: Dunking it in the egg mixture.
This is the step that a lot of people find to be a bit intimidating. But fear not – it’s much easier than it looks. Make sure and give yourself a large bowl that provides you with enough room to dunk your slices of bread.
In the bowl, you’re going to combine the large eggs, milk, vanilla extract and all-purpose flour.
The all-purpose flour is what gives this dish a special flair – most french toast recipes do not add flour to the batter recipe, and consequently, don’t end up quite as fluffy or tender.
Once all ingredients are in your mixing bowl, whisk the batter together using a fork or a whisk. Continue to whisk until the eggs are thoroughly mixed and the batter starts to bubble slightly at the top. When this happens, you’re going to dip your bread in the mixture (one slice at a time) to evenly coat each piece with the mixture.
When your slice of bread is battered, you will place it onto your buttered, pre-heated pan and watch it sizzle to golden brown toast perfection. Just like the pros!
You’ll know that the french toast is cooked perfectly when it is golden brown on the outside and the egg batter is cooked around the outside. This will take around 2-3 minutes per side cooked at medium heat.
Final step: Serving it up with flair the ihop way.
This is the time when you can get a little bit creative! Feel free to top your french toast with the classic maple syrup, or get fancy and add some fruit, chopped nuts and a dollop of whipped cream. If you’re looking to make this recipe for multiple people or a family brunch, you can easily double or triple it.
The single recipe makes 6 one-slice servings. Keep in mind that once you cook the bread slices, you’re going to want to serve it soon after so if you’re bringing the dish for a brunch, wait to cook it on-site if possible.
And there you have it – your very own perfectly fluffy, crispy, delightful stack of fresh french toast enjoyed from the comfort of your own kitchen.
IHOP as you might be aware has a great reputation for spreading joy at breakfast with meals such as their Ihop french toast. Whether it’s waffles, pancakes or french toast, you know you’re in for a treat everytime you enter their restaurant. I really enjoy being able to enjoy my favorite recipes and recreating them from home, just like the copycat version of this dish.
There you have it, my recipe for replicating the ihop french toast found in their restaurants. You can be enjoying their amazing toast and eggs filled dish, which is the ultimate ihop breakfast in no time. Just don’t forget to add some sugar and butter to make this even tastier and serve on a hot plate.
Let us know down below if you’ve made this dish for yourself and how it turned out. We love getting our readers feedback. Most of all, enjoy!