French Toast is a simple recipe, but which one will work the best with the variety of gluten free bread out there? The one that ended up on top was the one that I was the most hesitant even to try!
In our experiment, the best gluten free bread for French Toast was Against The Grain’s Fresh Rosemary baguette. Considerations for gluten free french toast are how well the bread holds up while soaking, how well the bread absorbs the egg mixture, and the taste and texture of the bread itself for French Toast.
I’ve made French Toast for several years, limited to gluten free for about the last decade. I’ve tried many brands over the years. But here, I wanted to directly compare the different brands and types of gluten free bread to find the very best.
Ranking 9 Top Gluten Free Brands For French Toast
To find the best gluten free bread for French Toast, I need to start with a simple recipe and keep as many variables as possible consistent across all bread brands.
Here is the recipe I used for French Toast. I have used this recipe for several years.
The testers in this experiment were my husband and me. We don’t have the same opinions on gluten free bread. But the results here considered our differing opinions.
I used the same egg mixture and cooked all brands of bread on the same day.
I allowed each bread to soak in the egg mixture for two minutes on each side before it was transferred to an electric skillet and cooked at 325 F until visually cooked.
We cut each piece in half and tried the sample from the middle of the bread. We topped each slice with Grade A maple syrup.
In the end, here is how we ranked the brands of gluten free bread for French Toast.
- Against The Grain – Fresh Rosemary Baguette
- Canyon Bakehouse – Hawaiian Loaf
- Udi’s – Multigrain
- Franz – Gluten Free Mountain White
- Schar – Artisan Bakery Multigrain
- Kroger – Gluten Free 7 Grain
- Rudi’s – Gluten Free Homestyle Original
- Sam’s Choice – Gluten Free Classic White
- Simple Truth – Puff Bunz Original
Below I have gone into detail about how each bread brand worked at every stage of the process. I’ve also included what I would do when using each bread brand for French Toast differently to improve it. To find how your favorite bread performed in all the tests, look at this article on the best gluten free bread.
How Keto Cloud Bread Works For French Toast – Simple Truth Puff Bunz
Rating: 1 star
Rank: 9 out of 9
In the end, Puff Bunz tasted like scrambled eggs dipped in eggs and fried. It was incredibly soft to a point where it did not seem fully cooked even though I knew it had been.
I soaked one “slice” of the Puff Bunz in the egg mixture for the same amount of time as the others, 2 minutes per side.
It was challenging to get the entire slice from the egg mixture to the skillet in one piece, but it did not tear.
When cooked in the skillet, it became a nice color outside, as expected with French Toast.
The real problem with this bread substitute was when we ate it. It was like eating scrambled French Toast egg mixture by itself without any bread. Puff Bunz added no texture or bread component to it.
I cannot recommend Puff Bunz for use as French Toast.
How Sam’s Choice Gluten Free Bread Works For French Toast
Rating: 2 stars
Rank: 8 out of 9
The taste and texture of Sam’s Choice gluten free bread did not work well for French Toast.
Sam’s Choice bread was very similar in look and packaging to Franz, but it did not turn out nearly as well as Franz in our French Toast test.
I allowed it to soak for 2 minutes on each side before transferring it to the skillet to cook.
After finishing the soaking, I transferred it to the pan without breaking.
When cooking in the skillet, it browned nicely and seemed to be a good option.
However, when we cut into it, we found that it was pretty dry, and the flavor of the bread did not pair well with the taste of the French Toast. We both agreed it was the worst option from any sliced bread in our test.
How Rudi’s Gluten Free Bread Works For French Toast
Rating: 3 stars
Rank: 7 out of 9
This bread is too fragile to recommend for use as French Toast.
I allowed this to soak for 2 minutes per side like the other slices.
When I attempted to transfer it to the skillet, it tore in half. However, I mended it by pushing the two parts together in the skillet and cooking it like that. So, in the end, it looked like one slice.
It cooked well but was difficult to flip to keep it from falling apart again.
When we tasted it, I had hoped for fully saturated bread, which it was. But I had also hoped for a delicate texture, which was a huge disappointment.
The texture was gummy and extremely eggy. The expectation is that French Toast fully absorbs the egg mixture and is eggy; however, the bread didn’t have the integrity to hold it, and the egg texture took over.
We rated it at 3 stars because the flavor was lovely, and it was much better than the options rated below 3 stars.
How Kroger’s Gluten Free Bread Works For French Toast
Rating: 3 stars
Rank: 6 out of 9
This bread worked fine for French Toast. The primary issue was the size, as it was significantly smaller than the other slices that worked better than Kroger’s.
I allowed it to soak on each side for 2 minutes and then transferred it to the skillet to cook.
It transferred to the skillet without breaking and cooked up in the pan nicely.
The flavor, in the end, depended more on the French Toast mixture than the bread, as it should.
We ranked it #6 and gave it 3 stars because it was edible, if small, but nothing special about it.
How Schar Multigrain Bread Works For French Toast
Rating: 3 stars
Rank: 5 out of 9
This one worked pretty well for French Toast. There wasn’t anything remarkable about it, but I would be happy with this if I purchased it for French Toast.
I soaked it for 2 minutes on each side in the egg mixture like the other slices and then transferred it to the skillet to cook.
It transferred to the pan without tearing or ripping and cooked up well.
When we cut into it to taste, the bread had absorbed as much egg mixture as I would expect and was well saturated, but it was not overly saturated either.
We rated it as 3 stars because it wasn’t amazing, and others were better, but it worked fine for French Toast.
How Franz Gluten Free Bread Works For French Toast
Rating: 4 stars
Rank: 4 out of 9
I have used this bread before these tests. Franz has been a constant bread in my house, but we have recently changed our favorite brand after I did a test on what bread molds the quickest. But I may have inadvertently rated it higher because I have been used to French Toast.
I soaked it in the egg mixture for 2 minutes per side, then transferred it to the skillet where I cooked it.
It did not tear when I transferred it and cooked well without incident.
The egg mixture was well-absorbed when we cut into it to eat, but the bread maintained the integrity and structure, resulting in soft French Toast.
How Udi’s Multigrain Bread Works For French Toast
Rating: 4 stars
Rank: 3 out of 9
Udi’s Multigrain is made with apple and has a sticky texture that is not ideal in all applications. However, the addition of the apple enhanced the French Toast’s flavor, which was one of our favorite results.
I soaked this bread for 2 minutes per side and then transferred it to the skillet to cook.
It did not tear when transferring, and it was easy to cook in the pan.
When we cut it open to taste test, the egg mixture was well absorbed and distributed throughout the bread. It had a soft texture that is expected with French Toast but did not destroy the texture of the bread.
In addition, the apple flavor in the bread worked well with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla in the French Toast. It was uncommonly good and why we rated it as 4.5 stars.
How Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Bread Works For French Toast
Rating: 4 stars
Rank: 2 out of 9
Canyon Bakehouse has Hawaiian bread that we used for this test of French Toast. It was the only bread that would be in the category of sweet bread in our test, and one reason I think it worked very well.
I allowed it to soak for 2 minutes per side and then transferred it to the skillet to cook.
It did not tear when it was transferred or while cooking.
We cut into it, and the egg mixture was well-distributed and worked well.
I believe the flavor of the bread is what pushed it to the top of our list. Typical recommendations are Hawaiian, challah, or brioche bread in French Toast recipes. The flavor of these sweeter types of bread works very well with French Toast, which is why this one was the highest-ranking of the regular bread typers.
How Against The Grain Bread Works For French Toast
Rating: 5 stars
Rank: 1 out of 9
This bread was the one we both enjoyed the very most but was the most surprising. I fully expect that some other people will disagree with this rating. But I need to be honest with my review here.
Against The Grain was the only bread that was not available in slices during this test. I cut it to what I considered a comparable thickness as the other slices.
I soaked it in the egg mixture for 2 minutes per side. It did not seem to have absorbed much egg mixture as I transferred it to the skillet as it remained relatively stiff.
I cooked it in the skillet at the same temp as the others until it reached the standard color for French Toast.
I will admit that I was not excited about trying this bread. I had meant to choose the regular flavor baguette, but I was committed to trying all bread brands.
The bread was soft but firm. It was a very nice structure and the fresh rosemary flavor interacted with the French Toast batter in a surprisingly good way.
We ranked this as a 5 star because we couldn’t imagine one that tastes better and has a better texture. However, the other side is that because it is a baguette, the pieces were relatively small.