The most satisfying, most delicious French toast you will ever have. It’s guaranteed to brighten up your day, but the best thing about this, is that it’s super easy and practical to make!
I absolutely LOVE French toast, it most definitely is one of my all time favourite options I go for during breakfast, brunch and even dinner (Don’t judge okay). But on a serious note, this is perhaps the BEST French toast recipe ever! I mean c’mon you can’t argue with a creamy milk, sugar and egg mixture infused with aromatic vanilla, cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg right? Especially when it’s all soaked in buttery, moist brioche bread that’s fried until beautifully crisp, golden and drizzled in maple syrup! Yup I know. I felt the same way.
Whilst making this for breakfast this morning a thought crossed my mind. Why is it that whenever the word ‘French’ is put in front of something it instantly transforms it into something we perceive as posh, decadent and intricate? I mean take French toast for example, you take toast, something often associated as a basic breakfast and put the word French in front of it and voila you envision a decadent banquet that took hours to prepare and years of culinary expertise. Although this may sound like a decadent recipe, it definitely is very simple to make (though the taste is certainly not compromised).
Traditionally, French toast is made with stale white bread. This is what I grew up having it with when my mother would make it as a treat for me and my siblings during the weekends. However, as I’ve grown up and experimented with many different variations of French toast I have come to develop a particular affiliation with creamy, buttery brioche bread in my French toast. This upgrade definitely makes this dish that tad bit more special and is a great weekend breakfast treat!
Overall, you can’t really go wrong with this French toast. Experiment with different flavours and substitutions. I’ve tried replacing the vanilla extract with almond extract and even sprinkled on extra cinnamon on one side of the bread whilst cooking (because you can never have too much cinnamon right?) and it has tasted a-m-a-z-i-n-g. It’s the easiest, yet most delicious recipe. The only tip I would suggest is to have fun with it!
- 6 slices (1-inch thick) brioche loaf
- ½ cup milk
- 3 medium eggs
- 5 tea spoons granulated white sugar
- ¼ tea spoon vanilla extract
- ¼ tea spoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- pinch of ground nutmeg
- 3 table spoons unsalted butter
- fresh blueberries to serve
- fresh raspberries to serve
- fresh kiwis, sliced and quartered to serve
- pure maple syrup to serve
- powdered/icing sugar to dust (optional)
- WHISK the milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl.
- HEAT the butter in a large non-stick pan over medium heat.
- TRANSFER the whisked egg mixture to a shallow tray and dip each slice of brioche loaf into the egg mixture. Turn over until each side is well saturated.
- PLACE each slice of brioche onto the pan one at a time and cook for 2-3 minutes. Flip the slices over onto their other side when the bottom side is golden brown and cook for a further 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Keep in a warm oven until ready to serve.
- SERVE with a drizzle of maple syrup, some fresh fruit and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.