Denny’s French Toast

Denny’s French Toast is a favorite breakfast of so many people. You can recreate this famous French Toast at home.

French toast on a blue plate.

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From Danny’s Donuts to Denny’s

In 1953, Harold Butler and a partner opened a donut stand and named it Danny’s Donuts. Butler made a promise: “To serve the best cup of coffee, make the best donuts, give the best service, offer the best value, and stay open 24 hours a day”.

That one donut stand has been transformed into a restaurant chain with a slightly different name. There are now more than 1,700 Denny’s, and each one is dedicated to keeping Butler’s original promise. Read more about Denny’s Diner.

America’s Diner

Denny’s is America’s diner. It’s a homey place where you can sit back, relax and enjoy delicious, hearty breakfast fare and a steaming mug of freshly-made coffee. You can park yourself in a comfortable booth or take a perch at the counter.

One of my favorite things to eat for breakfast is French toast, and one of my favorite French toasts is served at Denny’s. However, you don’t always want to go out for breakfast, so I am going to tell you how to make Denny’s French toast at home.

History of French Toast

Practically everyone who likes bread, milk, and eggs, loves French toast. But you may wonder how French toast came about. Contrary to what you might think, French toast was invented long before France existed as a country.

This is not surprising as it was probably first created as a way to use up stale bread. The earliest reference to what we now call French toast dates way back to Roman times. If you want, you can learn more about the history of French toast.

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • All-purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Texas Toast bread
  • Butter, for cooking and serving
  • Maple syrup for serving
Denny's French toast ingredients on a tray

How to Make Denny’s French Toast

  1. Beat eggs and milk together in a bowl.
  2. Add flour, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt. Beat to combine.
  3. Strain the mixture into another bowl.
  4. Heat a skillet or griddle to 350 degrees.
  5. Brush the skillet with butter.
  6. Dip the bread into the egg mixture, coating both sides
  7. Place the bread onto the hot skillet.
  8. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. The bread should be golden in color when cooked through.
  9. Sprinkle powdered sugar on the French toast.
  10. Cut the toast diagonally if desired.
  11. Serve with butter and maple syrup.

French Toast is Still a Great Way to Use Old Stale Bread

By old bread, I don’t mean bread that is too old! If you have moldy bread, you should just throw it out.

Serve this French toast with butter, maple syrup, and a few pieces of fresh fruit – blueberries are perfect.

homemade Denny's French toast on a plate

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Denny’s French Toast

You can make Denny's French Toast just like they do with this easy copycat recipe. 
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Denny’s Recipes, French Toast
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 252kcal


  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 slices Texas Toast bread


  • In a medium-size bowl, beat together the eggs and the milk.
  • Add flour, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt into the egg mixture. Beat to combine.
  • Strain the custard mixture using a wire mesh strainer into another bowl.
  • Heat a skillet or a griddle to about 350 degrees.
  • Brush the skillet/griddle with butter.
  • Place the bread into the custard mixture, then flip over the bread, and then place the bread onto the hot cooking surface.
  • Cook for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. The bread should be golden in color when cooked through.
  • Remove the French toast from the skillet.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  • Cut the French toast diagonally if desired.
  • Serve with butter and maple syrup.



Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 471mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Calcium: 201mg | Iron: 2.7mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. John Fuller

    4 stars
    Really nice and creamy coating. I have added crushed corn flakes, crushed cheerios, crushed frosted flakes as a last coating before they hit the cast iron. I roll the flakes on my cutting board
    to a fine size not powder and put each slice onto the crushed flakes and then into the buttered
    pan. Nice and crunchy. Powdered cinnamon/sugar as a dusting. What a great punch that gives.

  2. Mo

    5 stars
    This was so God, no mushy middle, I did tweak a little as well. I mixed half brown and white sugar, added a dash of nutmeg, a little more of the cinnamon and vanilla. Over all this was a hit with the kids.

  3. Jenny

    5 stars
    Delicious! It would dirty the blender but I think I’d combine the custard ingredients in a blender next time. I’m going to make French toast this way from now on. So good with raspberry topping and creme freche!

  4. Annietlc

    I’ve never thought of adding Powdered Sugar to the egg mixture. A dash of regular granulated sugar, yes. The flour, too, Who-da-thunk!! I’m definitely trying this next time, cause I know that you know what you’re doing!

  5. Claudia Beene

    5 stars
    Can u get a version of the Shrimp
    Baskets recipe for Shrimp Slaw also their Fried PIckles ( in Panama Beach, Florida)

  6. Christine

    I may be dense here, but why does the egg and milk mixture need to be strained, and why into another bowl??

  7. Ross

    5 stars
    Make a custard by beating together the eggs and the milk in a medium-size bowl. Strain the custard into another bowl. Beat in flour, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt.

    Heat a skillet or a griddle to about 350 degrees. Brush the skillet/griddle with butter.

    I hope my interpretation of this great recipe may clarify some questions about it’s preparation.

    Place a slice of bread into the custard mixture coating one side of the bread. Flip over the bread, coating the other side of the bread. Place the bread onto the hot cooking surface.

    Cook for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. The bread should be golden in color when cooked through. Remove from skillet.

    Cut the toast diagonally, and sprinkle with powdered sugar, and top with butter.

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