We're firm believers that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but not for the reasons that usually inspire this saying. No, breakfast is the most important meal simply because it's the best. Think about it, breakfast is the time when pancakes, bacon, cinnamon rolls, sausage, eggs and waffles take center stage -- what could possibly be better?

And since breakfast is the most important, it's crucial that you get this meal right. Because what could be worse than starting your day with burnt bacon and dense pancakes. Nothing, that's what.

We're taking it upon ourselves to make sure that your first meal of the day lives up to its full potential (because that's how much we love breakfast). We've recently gone over all the dos and don'ts of making scrambled eggs. And now we're going to talk about French toast. Just like with all other breakfast classics, this recipe is simple to make. But when it's not made right, it can go so wrong.

There are a few of things we insist upon when making French toast. One, always use a rich, buttery bread like brioche or challah; two, don't forget to season the batter; and three, don't rush things -- give your bread time to soak. If you respect those three rules, and follow a great recipe, your next batch of French toast will leave you speechless.

Our favorite recipe is Martha Stewart's (of course). If you follow her recipe, you'll make French toast better than you've ever experienced in your life. We know that her ingredient list can be a little long for one to deal with in the early morning with the multiple kinds of citrus, cognac, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg she calls for. But the great thing is, if you skip one (or even four) of the ingredients, your French toast will not suffer. That's how good this recipe is.
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If you're not ready for the best, try these other French toast recipes.

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  • Banana Bread French Toast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/02/banana-bread-french-toast/" target="_hplink">Banana Bread French Toast recipe</a> by How Sweet It Is</strong>

  • Tiramisu French Toast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/04/tiramisu-french-toast/" target="_hplink">Tiramisu French Toast recipe</a> by How Sweet It Is</strong>

  • Apple French Toast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodiecrush.com/2012/10/apple-french-toast/" target="_hplink">Apple French Toast recipe</a> by Foodie Crush</strong>

  • Banana And Chocolate Chip Baked French Toast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodiecrush.com/2012/06/banana-and-chocolate-chip-baked-french-toast/" target="_hplink">Banana and Chocolate Chip Baked French Toast with Oatmeal Crumble recipe</a> by Foodie Crush</strong>

  • Dark Chocolate & Cranberry Stuffed French Toast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://bsinthekitchen.com/dark-chocolate-cranberry-stuffed-french-toast/" target="_hplink">Dark Chocolate & Cranberry Stuffed French Toast recipe</a> by BS In The Kitchen</strong>

  • Vanilla Rum Soaked French Toast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.pastryaffair.com/blog/2011/1/30/vanilla-rum-soaked-french-toast.html" target="_hplink">Vanilla Rum Soaked French Toast recipe</a> by Pastry Affair</strong>

  • S'more Stuffed French Toast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://bsinthekitchen.com/smore-stuffed-french-toast/" target="_hplink">S'more Stuffed French Toast recipe</a> by BS In The Kitchen</strong>

  • French Toast Casserole

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.ezrapoundcake.com/archives/10199" target="_hplink">French Toast Casserole recipe</a> by Ezra Pound Cake</strong>

  • Banana Fosters French Toast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://steamykitchen.com/17441-bananas-foster-french-toast.html" target="_hplink">Banana Fosters French Toast recipe</a> by Steamy Kitchen</strong>

  • Stuffed French Toast With Berry Jam

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.mydailymorsel.com/2012/07/12/stuffed-french-toast-with-berry-jam/" target="_hplink">Stuffed French Toast with Berry Jam recipe</a> by My Daily Morsel</strong>

  • Brioche French Toast With Bananas

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.citrusandcandy.com/2012/08/brioche-french-toast.html#" target="_hplink">Brioche French Toast with Bananas, Crème Patissiere and Salted Caramel recipe</a> by Citrus & Candy</strong>

  • Oreo Stuffed French Toast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://doughmesstic.com/2012/05/21/oreo-stuffed-french-toast/" target="_hplink">Oreo Stuffed French Toast recipe</a> by Doughmesstic</strong>

  • Cranberry Apple French Toast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://andreasrecipes.com/cranberry-apple-french-toast/" target="_hplink">Cranberry Apple French Toast recipe</a> by Andrea Meyers</strong>

  • Stuffed French Toast With Bacon, Goat Cheese And Apples

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.wherethecookiesare.com/2012/06/27/stuffed-french-toast/" target="_hplink">Stuffed French Toast with Bacon, Goat Cheese, and Apples recipe</a> by Home is Where the Cookies Are</strong>

  • Strawberry Orange And Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.pinkpistachio.com/brioche-stuffed-french-toast/" target="_hplink">Strawberry Orange And Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast recipe</a> by Pink Pistachio</strong>

  • Pumpkin French Toast [Gluten-free]

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://withstyleandgraceblog.com/2011/11/04/gluten-free-pumpkin-french-toast-recipe/" target="_hplink">Pumpkin French Toast [Gluten-free] recipe</a> by With Style & Grace</strong>

  • Chocolate Banana-Stuffed French Toast Pockets

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.lesauce.com/2012/03/chocolate-banana-stuffed-french-toast-pockets-with-maple-syrup-and-cream.html" target="_hplink">Chocolate Banana-Stuffed French Toast Pockets, with Maple Syrup recipe</a> and Cream recipe by Le Sauce</strong>

  • Stuffed French Toast With Gingerbread Praline Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://foodformyfamily.com/recipes/stuffed-french-toast-with-gingerbread-praline-sauce-a-christmas-breakfast" target="_hplink">Stuffed French Toast with Gingerbread Praline Sauce recipe</a> by Food For My Family</strong>

  • Raspberry Stuffed French Toast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.onelovelylife.com/?p=4641" target="_hplink">Raspberry Stuffed French Toast recipe</a> by One Lovely Life</strong>

  • French Toast Puffs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.sugarandcharmblog.com/2012/09/sweet-mornings-french-toast-puffs.html" target="_hplink">French Toast Puffs recipe</a> by Sugar and Charm Blog</strong>

  • Caramel Banana French Toast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://tidymom.net/2012/caramel-banana-french-toast/" target="_hplink">Caramel Banana French Toast recipe</a> by Tidy Mom</strong>

  • Apple Pie French Toast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://butterthantoast.blogspot.com/2012/08/apple-pie-french-toast.html" target="_hplink">Apple Pie French Toast recipe</a> by Butter Than Toast</strong>

  • Strawberry-Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodess.com/2012/05/strawberry-mascarpone-stuffed-french-toast/" target="_hplink">Strawberry-Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast recipe</a> by Foodess</strong>

  • Strawberries And Cream Stuffed French Toast

    <strong>Get the<a href="http://ourshareoftheharvest.com/2012/05/30/strawberries-and-cream-stuffed-french-toast/" target="_hplink"> Strawberries and Cream Stuffed French Toast recipe</a> by Our Share of the Harvest</strong>

  • Olive Oil French Toast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://cannella-vita.blogspot.com/2012/08/olive-oil-french-toast.html" target="_hplink">Olive Oil French Toast recipe</a> by Cannella Vita</strong>

  • Strawberry Rhubarb Baked French Toast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/strawberry-rhubarb-baked-french-toast/" target="_hplink">Strawberry Rhubarb Baked French Toast recipe</a> by Two Peas And Their Pod</strong>

  • Tutti Fruitti Stuffed French Toast

    <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/06/06/tutti-fruitti-stuffed-french-toast-recipe/" target="_hplink"> Tutti Fruitti Stuffed French Toast recipe</a> by Family Fresh Cooking</strong>

  • Cinnamon Raisin Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://passionatepennypincher.com/2012/04/cinnamon-raisin-cream-cheese-stuffed-french-toast/" target="_hplink">Cinnamon Raisin Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast recipe </a>by Passionate Penny Pincher</strong>

  • Stuffed French Toast With Nutella And Bananas

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://tastefullyjulie.com/stuffed-french-toast-with-nutella-and-bananas/" target="_hplink">Stuffed French Toast With Nutella and Bananas recipe</a> by Tastefully Julie</strong>