Need to Know
Choose bread with a fine, dense crumb and a soft crust. Try challah, brioche, or a hearty white sandwich bread. These are perfect for soaking up the batter, and they produce luxuriously soft results. Breads with large air pockets and a hard crust, like ciabatta, won’t absorb the batter evenly and will give your French toast tough, chewy edges.
Go with fresh bread, not stale. Although stale bread may absorb somewhat more batter, fresh bread, which is softer to begin with, makes more tender French toast.