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 Brioche French Toast slices with maple syrup

 

On a trip to the grocery store, I spotted a loaf of brioche bread.  Real brioche bread from France.  It’s not every day that I can buy a loaf of bread from France, so I had to get a some.  And because it is that time of year, I picked up a bottle of smooth, creamy custard from the dairy section.  I put two + two together and decided to up the ante on a family favorite, French toast.  So, in this case, I am calling it Brioche French Toast.

brioche bread, eggs, and custard to make brioche French bread

I learned how to make French toast years ago by watching my father.  (While my mom is a great cook, breakfast was never her thing.)  My dad kept it simple, which is one of the things that I really like about making French toast.  There is no need to make it fussy or complicated, even when making it as Brioche French Toast.

slicing brioche bread to make homemade French toast

Brioche is not what we typically think of as French bread, though France is where it originated.  Brioche has a high egg and butter content, which gives it a rich and tender crumb.  Because of this, it does not need to soak long in the custard mixture.

French Toast Tips

  • Be sure to preheat your pan.  You can do this while you slice your bread and make the custard mixture.
  • Heat your pan to the optimal temperature.  I find that heating it to medium-high heat works best.  While making a large batch, I sometimes have to lower the temperature after cooking the first few slices.
  • Make sure your pan is well-greased/oiled/butter.  Even though I use a nonstick skillet, the oil helps to create the just the right amount of crispness that French toast needs.  You may find it necessary to add additional during the process.

brioche French toast in skillet recipe

How To Make Brioche French Toast

When using brioche, be sure to cut your slices at least 1/2 inch thick.  Three-fourths of an inch would probably work, too.  You need the thickness to be able to hold the custard mixture.  Also, thinner slices will not hold up well when flipped.

brioche French toast in pan

Allow the bread to develop a nice, brown color before flipping.  This may take a little bit of practice.  There’s a slight learning curve, so just be patient.

Yield: 4

Brioche French Toast

Brioche French Toast

This decadent French toast recipe is easily made using brioche bread.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf brioche
  • 2 cups drinkable custard
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • oil for pan (approximately 1/2 cup)

Instructions

  1. Drizzle oil in a nonstick skillet and preheat over medium-high heat.
  2. Meanwhile, slice brioche into ½ - ¾ inch thick slices.
  3. Combine custard, eggs, and vanilla and whisk well.
  4. Quickly dip slices of bread, one at a time, into custard mixture. Allow excess custard to drip off before placing into prepared skillet.
  5. Fry bread until golden brown, then flip and fry other side.
  6. Remove from skillet and serve with syrup or fresh fruit, if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 505Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 189mgSodium: 319mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 11g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

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French toast is great with maple syrup on top, as well as fresh fruit, or even just sprinkled with a little bit of powdered sugar.  The creamy texture of the inside of this Brioche French Toast reminds me of bread pudding.  Perhaps I should make it for dessert sometime and serve it à la mode and drizzle it with a little chocolate sauce.

Brioche French Toast on plate

What do you like to put on top of your French toast?


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notfrenchtoast

Thursday 6th of December 2018

"I am calling it Brioche French Toast." or more aptly Custard Brioche

Shirley

Thursday 9th of April 2015

This looks very good I love french toast but never try with the custard,only with milk and eggs. Something new for me to try. Thank you for sharing. Shirley H.

patti

Tuesday 23rd of December 2014

Looks decadent and delicious!

Hannah @ eating with alice

Monday 22nd of December 2014

This sounds so yum! I love french toast, but am not a fan of using egg in it, so this sounds right up my alley! Brioche is hard to find in Australia, but it is getting more popular. Can't wait to try!