It’s always fun to make French toast at home for your family, and it’s usually not that hard to get it to turn out well either.
However, sometimes you might make a simple mistake when making it. For example, it might end up a bit eggier than expected.
Why does French toast sometimes turn out eggy, and what can you do to prevent it from happening again?
Let’s find out!
1 – Make Sure You’re Following the Recipe
The first thing to focus on is following the recipe properly. Most recipes will ask you to use egg yolks or egg whites only to make French toast.
Using entire eggs might lead to completely different results. This could be what is causing your French toast to have the eggy taste that you don’t like.
Read the recipe carefully and make sure that you’re using the right ingredients. You shouldn’t rush the process because you can make mistakes.
Using too many egg whites or not getting the ingredients right can cause problems. Take things slow and try to make sure that you’re following the recipe to a tee.
2 – Egg Whites
Egg whites are known for giving French toast the eggy taste that you’re experiencing. If you don’t like French toast that tastes eggy, it might be best to use egg yolks instead.
You see, egg whites have sulfur compounds that give French toast an eggy taste. Egg yolks are different and you should be able to enjoy different results.
Perhaps finding a recipe that specifically utilizes egg yolks will be for the best. This will allow you to avoid the eggy taste as much as possible.
Note that you should experience some type of eggy taste when making French toast. It’s not supposed to be incredibly strong, but there could be things that you’re doing that are making it worse.
Below, you’ll learn about some things that you might be doing wrong. If you can turn things around, it’ll be easier to make French toast that turns out well.
3 – Not Cooking the French Toast Long Enough
It could also be that the French toast is undercooked. Usually, recipes ask you to cook it on both sides for around four minutes.
You’re meant to use medium heat and you want to make sure that everything cooks properly. Of course, you don’t want the French toast to burn either.
So you need to pay attention to what you’re doing. There are different methods for cooking it such as using a griddle.
Just be careful to do things right. You want to cook everything long enough without burning the bread.
It’s easy for French toast to burn because it contains sugar. The sugar will caramelize and burn if you’re not careful so it’s best to pay constant attention to what you’re doing.
4 – Strain the Egg Mixture
Straining the egg mixture might be a good idea, too. You should strain the egg mixture before soaking your bread in it.
Why should you do this? If you don’t, there might wind up being egg lumps on your French toast.
You want the custard to be on the French toast, but you don’t want egg lumps. Straining the egg mixture can prevent this from happening.
It doesn’t take long to strain the egg mixture. Simply remember to do this before you soak the bread and you’ll get better results.
5 – You’re Not Soaking the Bread Long Enough
It could be that you’re not soaking the bread long enough. When you’re making French toast, you’re supposed to make an egg mixture.
This egg mixture is what you need to soak the bread in. Many people make the mistake of simply dipping the bread in the egg mixture and moving on to the next step.
You’re not supposed to do things this way. The best way to make French toast is to soak the bread in the egg mixture for several minutes.
It’s said that you should soak the bread for at least fifteen minutes. You might even want to soak it for twenty minutes if you’re using thick bread.
This allows the egg mixture to soak into the bread properly so that the flavor will be even throughout the slice of bread. If you don’t do this, the eggy taste might be more prevalent on the outer edges of the bread.
Be patient and take the time to soak your bread before cooking it. It doesn’t take that long and it’s an important part of the process.
6 – You’re Not Using the Right Type of Bread
Another potential problem involves using the wrong type of bread. Making French toast won’t go as well if you’re using very thin bread.
Thin sandwich bread that you buy at the grocery store might not be the best bet here. You’d get better results when using bread such as brioche.
You can also use thick slices of Texas toast or a French baguette. Just remember to use bread that is thick and will be able to absorb the egg mixture properly.
Thin bread might turn out kind of strange. It could be why your French toast has the eggy taste that you don’t like.
So go out and buy bread that is known to be good for making French toast. This will give you a much better experience overall.
You should have a better idea of what you need to do to make French toast now. If you follow the advice above, it’ll be less likely that it will turn out eggy.
Of course, some people just don’t like the taste of French toast too much. It’s possible that the custard is not to your liking.
In this case, you can alter the taste by adding some sweetness to cover up the normal custard taste. Sometimes simply eating it with maple syrup and powdered sugar is enough to make it taste good for those who don’t like the custard taste.
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.
Jennifer L Gibson
Saturday 23rd of July 2022
Well I'm never making french toast again!! It was never quite right, and now I know why