Saturday, April 20, 2024

The BEST Brioche French Toast

Brioche is the best bread for making French toast; crisping to a rich golden brown and laced with the perfect balance of flavors.


The BEST Brioche French Toast

Sundays are our day to have a leisurely breakfast and I've been making this Brioche French toast for years.  It's one the whole family loves and it's my go to recipe when we have guests over.  The aroma of vanilla and cinnamon fills the kitchen while the toast is cooking and will have everyone gathering around the table.

Brioche is a rich, tender bread filled with butter and eggs.  It makes for a rich French toast which is the BEST I've had.  Spice it with vanilla and cinnamon and this is heaven on a plate.


What Ingredients do I need?

  • Brioche bread - a French bread recipe made with eggs and butter.  Can be found in the grocery store.
  • eggs
  • milk
  • pure vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • sugar

Substitutions and Variations

  • Milk - can substitute cream for a richer flavor or use 2% milk for a lighter (less fat) in calorie dish
  • Milk substitutes - almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk will work as well.
  • Sugar - any sugar or sugar substitute will work with this recipe.
  • Bread substitutes - while this dish is best with Brioche bread you can use your favorite bread but it won't likely be as decadent or rich.

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • I use a pie plate or a breading dish like this one to mix up my custard for dipping.
  • How to top French toast:  butter, maple syrup, fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or a mixture) Honey, whipped cream, Nutella, or powdered sugar.
  • Board or buffet style:  place toppings in small bowls and serve alongside the French toast and some bacon or sausage.

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The BEST Brioche French Toast

serves 4

8 slices brioche bread
3 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Toppings Optional: maple syrup, butter, whipped cream, fresh berries

Preheat a skillet or griddle over medium low heat.

Whisk eggs in a shallow bowl or pie plate.  Add milk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon whisking to combine.

Add butter or cooking spray to the pan.  Dip a slice of bread in to the egg wash and allow it to soak up the mixture for 5 seconds per side.  Add the bread to the pan and cook until golden brown about 3 minutes, then flip and cook on the other side another 3 minutes.  

Repeat with the remaining bread slices.  Serve warm with desired toppings.

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