There’s nothing quite like having the perfect piece of French toast fall apart as you you try to pry it from the pan. Unfortunately, this is an all-to-common occurrence in kitchens across the world.
What causes French toast to stick to the pan, and what can you do about it?
Let’s find out!
1 – You’re Not Using Enough Oil and Butter
One of the most likely reasons why you’re experiencing issues has to do with greasing the pan. Generally, you’re expected to grease the pan with butter before you start cooking the toast.
You might be going about this in the wrong way. Are you using only a little bit of butter?
It’s better not to skimp on the butter because you want the pan to be properly greased. Many people wind up using oil in addition to butter to get the best results.
If you want things to go well, it’s best to use a neutral oil and butter in conjunction. This will allow the pan to be greased very well so that it won’t stick.
Take your time to grease the pan and then do your best to cook the French toast properly. When you’re done, it shouldn’t stick if you’re doing things right.
2 – Preheat the Pan
Preheating the pan is wise when making French toast. It’ll make it less likely that you’ll experience issues with sticking.
You should heat the pan before you grease it with butter and oil. This makes it rather easy to grease it.
Keep the pan preheated so that you can cook the toast using a preheated pan, too. This will ensure that the French toast will cook properly.
Failure to do this often causes the egg mixture to pool in certain spots. It can make it easier to burn the French toast and things won’t turn out quite right.
3 – Change the Butter and Oil Out Each Time
You shouldn’t keep using the same butter and oil each time you make French toast. Typically, people will make several batches so the whole family can enjoy the breakfast meal.
However, you can’t cook everything at once in a standard pan. You’ll have to cook a few slices at a time unless you’re using a large griddle.
It’s best to change out the butter and oil each time that you make a new batch. This ensures that you won’t have issues with the butter getting burned.
If you continue to use the same butter and oil, you might encounter issues with your French toast. For instance, you might wind up having black flecks stuck to the toast.
The butter will burn if you don’t change it out. Remember this so you can get better results when making French toast.
4 – Choose a Good Pan
Of course, it makes sense that the pan that you use will have an impact on the process. If you’re using a bad pan, it might have more sticking issues than normal.
There are many different types of nonstick pans on the market that you can buy. You can find them at department stores and they’re sold online.
These pans are made using many different types of materials. Simply buy a good one that has some type of nonstick coating that will make your life easier.
You don’t need to spend an exorbitant sum of money to get a good nonstick pan. Often, you can find pans that will work well for less than $20, but you can spend more cash on a fancier one if you wish.
5 – Don’t Use High Cooking Temperatures
Trying to cook French toast using high heat settings is a bad idea. It’s more likely that you’ll burn the bread and ruin your breakfast.
Also, you could wind up causing issues with sticking. The bread might stick to the pan if you use a heat setting that is too high.
While problems such as this can be mitigated by using a nonstick pan, it still isn’t wise to use inappropriate heat settings. It’s better to cook French toast using medium heat to be safe.
Do your best to keep an eye on the heat to avoid issues with burning and sticking. So long as you’re paying attention and doing things right, it’ll be easier to make things turn out properly.
6 – Ingredient Mistakes
Using the wrong ingredients can sometimes cause sticking issues to get worse. For instance, you might be using too much of a certain ingredient.
This could cause the egg mixture to become sticky. You want to do your best to follow the recipe closely.
Use the ingredient measurements that are suggested in the recipe. Take your time and do things right to avoid creating problems.
Now you should have an easier time making French toast without having it stick to the pan. There are many mistakes that you need to avoid.
Make sure that you’re using enough butter and oil when greasing the pan. Using too little might cause you to experience problems with sticking.
It’s also best to preheat the pan to enjoy a smooth cooking experience. You should change the butter and oil out when you want to make another batch of French toast.
Buying a nonstick pan will make a huge difference. These pans do a great job of cooking things without having food residue get stuck to the pan.
You should also be careful not to get the ingredients wrong. Be sure to follow the recipe so you don’t make little mistakes that will throw things off.
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.