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Crispy French Toast Recipe with Buttermilk

The perfect sweet breakfast or brunch for the entire family! This is the best Crispy French Toast Recipe featuring cornflakes, buttermilk and cinnamon! Add your favorite toppings for the perfect finish!


October 16, 2018 (Last Updated: June 20, 2019)
This is the BEST Crispy French Toast Recipe for breakfast and brunch! Featuring cinnamon, buttermilk and cornflakes making it unique, easy and delicious. This homemade crunchy french toast is a twist on a classic that you will love! Add your favorite toppings like whipped cream, maple syrup, strawberries, blueberries or your own for the perfect finish! #breakfast #frenchtoast #best #brunch #crunchyfrenchtoast #video

Out of all the meals throughout the day breakfast/brunch is my favorite. I love it so much that I will eat the foods for any meal at any time of the day. One of my family’s favorite breakfasts is this crispy french toast recipe! It is very simple, requires no special kitchen tools, and it is loved by both kids and adults. I also love that this is a classic recipe with with a classic flavor profile, but has a few changes to make it special and unique. Finally, the prep work is simple and this recipe is ready in under thirty minutes making this a perfect fast and simple go-to breakfast recipe!

How Do You Make French Toast?

French toast is a classic breakfast and brunch staple. Why? Because it is rather simple to make and absolutely delicious! Making french toast is pretty easy and requires only a few steps. For this recipe I will go over the basics and some alternative options, so that you can make it your own!


First, you need to pick a bread. For this crispy french toast recipe I like to use finger rolls. Finger rolls are a very soft and thick white bread that comes in a loaf. You can pull each piece off individually and each piece comes off flaky and perfect. I usually find this in the fresh baked goods section of my local grocery store. If you can’t find finger rolls then pick a thick pillowy white bread, like Texas Toast. Save the healthy oat bread for another recipe, you will want some fluffy white bread for this!


Second, you will need to pick a liquid to coat your bread in. the standard being eggs. You could use just eggs, a combination of eggs and your your favorite milk. Something like cow’s milk or almond milk. For this recipe I chose to use buttermilk. I love using buttermilk in recipes, especially for breakfast and dessert recipes. The finish is thick and creamy and gives the french toast and sweet taste. If you want that same effect and can’t find buttermilk I would use heavy cream.

Once you have chosen your liquid it is time to pick your add-ins. The common ones used are vanilla extract, and cinnamon. I stick to a pretty classic combo for this recipe with the addition of nutmeg. I do like a lot of cinnamon in my french toast, so if you want more of a subtle flavor I would cut the recipe recommendation down a bit. You will then add in your chosen spices to your egg and liquid combination and whisk it up!


Now it is time to prepare the bread slices. You will take one slice of bread, dip it into the liquid mixture first. Once it is thoroughly coated you will then place it in a heated skillet with butter or Pam. Then you will cook the french toast until golden on both sides. That is the standard practice when it comes to the creation of french toast. For this recipe we are taking it one step further and adding in some crunchy crispiness: Corn Flakes.

Shot from above photo for crispy french toast recipe. There are two white plates with two pieces of french toast on each. Each plate also have whipped cream on it and are slightly out of frame. The plates are sitting on a dark wooden surface and at the bottom of the shot is a white towel with blue and yellow plaid design.

That Extra Something

Who doesn’t love a good twist on a classic?! This french toast recipe without the additional crunchy step is absolutely wonderful. If I do not have any corn flakes in the house I just do the classic french toast and it comes out amazing. That being said, I love the additional crunchy texture! When paired with toppings like maple syrup and whipped cream french toast can get a bit soggy sometimes. I love that this crispy french toast recipe combats that soggy syndrome and keeps it shape far better.

Also, I love using Corn Flakes because they have a neutral flavor. Therefore, you have the same classic flavor profile of french toast with a little extra crispy. If you are looking for some other variations to try that are a little more adventurous try using Rice Krispies, Cocoa Pebbles, or even Fruity Pebbles. The colored cereal gives a lot more flavor, but still keeps the crunch! Also, kids LOVE the colorful french toast! So if you are looking for a cool parent award I highly recommend the fruity pebbles version!

An above image shot for crispy french toast recipe. There are four white plates with two pieces of french toast on each. All the plates are partially out of fame and sitting one a blue counter top.

What Do I Need To Make This Crispy French Toast Recipe?

I love this crispy french toast recipe, because it requires no special kitchen equipment. Most households will have these things in there home already, because they are staples in the kitchen. Recipes like this are some of my favorite to create, because I do not like to make people feel like they have to have something special or fancy to make my food.

Growing up I was very lucky to live with family who cooked. This meant that my mother’s kitchen was well stocked. Now, I realize that for a lot of people that is not the case. Be it limited space, funds or both but having tons of fancy kitchen appliances and tools is not the norm. I learned very quickly when I got married that kitchen gadgets are expensive! My husband and I couldn’t afford to have a stocked kitchen and we had very limited space while living in Japan. Now that we have been married for many years I have slowly accumulated all the kitchen tools I need and some extras. This crispy french toast recipes requires:

  •  A Large Skillet
  • Bowls- Shallow, wide bowls work best
  • A Spatula

Photo for Crispy French Toast Recipe. The photo is taken at a 45 degree angle all the plates are white with french toast on them and on a blue counter top. In the front is a plate with two pieces of french toast and whipped cream on top. There is a silver spoon sitting on the side of the plate. There are three other plates out of focus and partially out of frame.

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This is one of my son Theo’s favorites! He has eaten classic french toast loads of times, but now that he is getting some more teeth it was finally time to introduce him to this crispy french toast recipe! I had no doubt that he would love it because he is a big cereal fan and already was an avid french toast enthusiast. My hunch was correct and he ate an entire piece all on his own! Pretty impressive for a tiny-tummied one year old! I love getting to watch my son love and try new foods. It is so fun getting to see his little face light up when he sees his plate. Also, I love creating another brunch lover! They really are the best sort of people. I hope you and your family and friends have a wonderful brunch enjoying this recipe!

Happy Eating!

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Crispy French Toast Recipe

This is the BEST Crispy French Toast Recipe for breakfast and brunch! Featuring cinnamon, buttermilk and cornflakes making it unique, easy and delicious. This homemade crunchy french toast is a twist on a classic that you will love! Add your favorite toppings like whipped cream, maple syrup, strawberries, blueberries or your own for the perfect finish! #breakfast #frenchtoast #best #brunch #crunchyfrenchtoast #video
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Crispy Buttermilk French Toast

The BEST French Toast recipe! The perfect combination of corn flakes, buttermilk, spices and finger rolls! Get ready for the ultimate brunch/breakfast food!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crsipy French Toast Recipe, Easy French Toast Recipe, French Toast recipe using cornflakes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 327kcal


  • 1 Loaf Finger Rolls*
  • 4 Cups Corn Flakes
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 Cups Buttermilk
  • Unsalted Butter For The Skillet

Optional Toppings

  • Maple Syrup
  • Sliced Fruit
  • Whipped Cream
  • Powdered Sugar


  • In a wide bowl add the corn flakes and set aside. In a separate bowl combine the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg and whisk to combine. 
  • One at a time, take one finger roll (or thick white bread) and dip it in the egg mixture letting the excess drain off. Then dip the bread in the corn flakes completely coating both sides. Set aside and repeat until all slices are coated. 
  • Heat a large skillet and add butter. When butter is melted and bubbling add prepared bread slices and cook until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Flip and repeat on the other side. Repeat this until all french toast slices are golden and crispy. 
  • Serve warm with your favorite toppings, and enjoy! 
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*I find Finger Rolls in the bakery section of my local grocery store. If you can't find them use a thick, pillowy white bread. 
Nutrition Facts
Crispy Buttermilk French Toast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 327 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 3.6g 18%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 701mg 29%
Potassium 153mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 49.9g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1.1g 4%
Sugars 12.6g
Protein 10.5g 21%
Calcium 10%
Iron 31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 49.9g | Protein: 10.5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3.6g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 701mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 12.6g | Calcium: 10% | Iron: 31%
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Pin for Crispy French Toast Recipe. The photo is a collage with the words "Crispy Buttermilk French Toast" in the middle of the photo in black and white test. The bottom photo is a close up of the french toast. There are two pieces of french toast on a white plate with a cream and blue plaid towel in the background. On the french toast is a dollup of whipped cream and there is maple syrup being poured on the french toast. The top photo is an above angle shot with three white plates of french toast with 2 slices each on them. The toast is on a blue counter top and the plates are all slightly out of frame.

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  • Reply
    October 22, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    So imaginative. Sounds yummy

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      October 22, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you! It is so good!

  • Reply
    Cindy Gordon
    October 16, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Oh my heart! This is going on the menu for this weekend! I LOVE brunch and this will be a hit!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      October 16, 2018 at 9:04 pm

      YES! I am a brunch lover as well! I always make this for anyone that comes over!

  • Reply
    October 16, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    We love French toast but I’ve never tried it with cornflakes. It looks really crispy and delicious. I know kids who would love this!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      October 16, 2018 at 9:03 pm

      My son loves this! He always likes when I add the Corn Flakes!

  • Reply
    Ben Myhre
    October 16, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    This looks like a beautiful twist on the classic and I love the idea of a crispy crust on French toast. So much yum going on.

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      October 16, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      Thank you! I like the simple twist as well!

  • Reply
    Lauren Vavala
    October 16, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    How fun is this recipe! My kids would love this….and it just reminded me that I haven’t had a bowl of corn flakes in way too long! Gotta buy a box now haha!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      October 16, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      My son loves it! I love that it is fun for both adults and kids!

  • Reply
    Krissy Allori
    October 16, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    this recipe reminds me of what I used to order at my favorite restaurant growing up. My favorite breakfast ever!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      October 16, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      We are obsessed with it in our home!

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