Soggy French Toast – The Reasons & How to Make It Right

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French Toast is an all-time favorite for breakfast or brunch for not just kids but adults too. Because of the name, you might think it originated from France, but that is not correct. French toast has been around before France was created, but it was not called French Toast then. It was a dish that was created by the Romans as early as 5 A.D. In France, It is called “Pain Perdu” which translates to “Lost Bread”.  It is basically the transformation of any leftover bread into something delicious.

French toast can be mixed with fruits, cream, butter, or any of your favorite toppings. It’s a dish everybody can make but not everyone makes it perfectly.

Should french toast be soggy?

French toast or not, no one likes soggy bread. The perfect French toast should be crisp on the outside but creamy and fluffy inside. As delicious as this dish is,  it requires time and caution because there are a lot of mistakes that you can make that can spoil your dish and make it soggy.

The key to having a french toast that is not soggy is the right bread. I’ll tell you all about it in this post. After reading this, you’ll never have soggy french toast again.

Why is my french toast soggy?

You’ve probably asked yourself or Google this question, but let me answer this question for you.  Your toast comes out soggy for one or more of these reasons:

  • You are using fresh bread.
  • You are using thin slices of bread.
  • You soaked your bread in the custard for too long.
  • Your bread didn’t cook enough.

How do you make french toast not soggy?

The Right Bread

As I said, the key is in the bread. When making French Toast you don’t need soft, fresh-from-the-bakery bread, This is because this type of bread would soak up too much of the egg custard, hence the sogginess. The type of bread you want for a perfect french toast is dry, dense, stale bread so that it can soak up the right amount of custard. The best bread should be at most 1 inch thick, If it is thicker, this would mean that the bread would not cook all the way to the center. If thinner, it could break from the weight of the custard.

You can use a French Baguette, Brioche, or regular white bread.

Don’t use too much dairy

You Don’t need to be too extra with the dairy. For example, eggs can take a while to soak into your bread, when they do, the bread becomes heavy and therefore requires extra time to cook, sometimes the heat does not get to the inside, giving you soggy bread. In the instance that your bread cooks nicely. It can also become soggy when you take it out of the pan because of the heat.

Don’t soak for too long

You don’t want to soak your bread for too long in the custard so it does not crumble when you are cooking it. Don’t just dip your bread in the custard, because you are scared it would soak in excess custard. When it is not properly soaked you would have dry bread with a burnt outside. You want to soak it for at least 5-10mins. Remember, dry bread. If you are using fresh bread, you probably want to reduce the time.

Also, the less milk you add, the better for your toast. Milk is very vital for your toast but you don’t need a lot, you just need enough to thin out your custard.

How to fix soggy french toast?

You don’t need to throw away your toast just because it is soggy, Soggy bread is just wet bread. You can fix it and make it better again. All you need to do is to throw it into the pre-heated oven and let the residual heat from the oven dry it out.

If you followed the instructions, you won’t be getting any soggy toasts ever again.

Is soggy french toast safe to eat?

Eating soggy french toast is an unnecessary risk. French toast is made with raw eggs and milk, there is the possibility that it was not properly cooked. Raw eggs can carry salmonella and bacteria multiplies faster in milk. It is not advisable to eat undercooked french toast because you are putting yourself at risk of food poisoning.

French toast should be cooked on medium to low heat, to ensure it cooks properly to avoid. Cook each side for at least 4 to 5mins. The result should be a nice golden brown shade of deliciousness for you to enjoy.


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