This brioche French toast recipe is a delicious and indulgent breakfast or lunch treat. It's made with soft brioche bread, eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla, and then pan-fried in butter until golden brown. Serve it with warm maple syrup and fresh berries for a truly decadent meal.
🌟 Why this recipe works
The buttery sweet brioche bread is so soft and fluff. It soaks up the egg mixture really well, resulting in a delicious French toast with a custardy center and a crispy texture.
Adding sugar and vanilla to the egg mixture adds a touch of sweetness and flavor to the dish, while the butter makes it nice and golden brown when pan-fried.
The recipe requires minimal ingredients and most of them you probably have in your pantry, making it a go-to meal for a quick fix when you crave something sweet.
Homemade French toast is the perfect treat for breakfast or lunch with friends and family and is delicious served with berries, warmed maple syrup, and heavy cream.
The brioche French toast recipe is also versatile, and you can make your house smell like Christmas morning by adding some warm spices like cinnamon, chocolate, and brown sugar. Check the variations section for instructions.
However you like your brioche French toast, this recipe is guaranteed to leave people licking their fingers and coming back for more! So let's get started.
🍽 Key Ingredients
Brioche bread - brioche is a type of French bread that is soft, buttery, and sweet, making it perfect for French toast. It also holds together well when dipped into the egg mixture unlike standard bread slices. Use Trader Joe's brioche French toast.
Egg mixture - The egg custard is a combination of eggs, sugar, and whole milk, which help to keep the brioche bread moist during cooking and give it that custardy texture in the center.
Vanilla extract - The addition of vanilla is an important ingredient in the best French toast recipes. You only need a small amount, but it makes all the difference to the overall flavor.
Butter - Butter is used to fry the French toast to give it that golden color.
Pure maple syrup - If you want the best French toast recipe, you'll want to pour over some delicious maple syrup.
If you can't get hold of brioche, you could use other types of bread, like challah bread, as it has a similar texture, or buy thick sliced bread. Stay away from thinly sliced loaves, as they will not hold the mixture very well.
🔪 How to make
Brioche French toast is the perfect breakfast cuisine for when you want something a little sweet to start your day. It's easy and quick to make, and you can feed a large family in no time. Just follow the recipe below for the best homemade French toast recipe.
Whisk the eggs in a large bowl, shallow dish, or large baking dish if you want to soak several pieces at once.
Add the whole milk, sugar, and vanilla extract and whisk again until well combined.
Set a skillet (12-inch to 14-inch) over medium heat and add a tablespoon of butter.
While the skillet heats up, soak slices of brioche bread in the egg mixture on both sides.
Allow the excess batter to drip from them, then place them into the hot skillet. Add as many as possible without overlapping them.
Cook for 3 to 4 minutes until golden brown, then flip over and continue cooking for another 3 to 4 minutes until the other side is golden.
Tip: Transfer the brioche French toast to a platter and keep warm. If you don’t have a warming tray, place the French toast on a baking sheet and transfer it to a preheated oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit until ready to serve.
Continue to cook the remaining brioche bread, adding more butter to the skillet when required.
Serve immediately with warmed maple syrup, butter squares, and fresh berries.
💭 Cooking tips
Toast the bread first
If you find your bread doesn't hold the egg and milk mixture very well, try slightly toasting the bread before dipping it into the egg and milk mixture. Toasting it first will prevent the outside from becoming too wet and thus hold together nicely.
This brioche French toast recipe is one of the best variations that has just the right amount of sweetness and a soft custardy center that is just heavenly. Although there are other variations of this recipe you can try that are also delicious! Here are some options:
This breakfast casserole variation is less messy and much easier to cook. Instead of frying the brioche bread, cut the loaf or slices into cubes, place in a casserole dish, and pour the egg and milk mixture over the top.
Mix the softened butter with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 3 tablespoons of light brown sugar, then sprinkle that on top of the soaked brioche and cover with aluminum foil. Cool for 1 hour up to overnight and bake (covered) in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes and 30 minutes uncovered. Dust with powdered sugar, and enjoy!
Baked French toast
Breakfast recipes don't get much easier than baking French toast! Simply preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, place the soaked bread onto a lined baking tray, and cook for 10 minutes on either side until crispy and golden. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.
Cinnamon and brown sugar luxurious French toast
Give your brioche French toast a festive twist by mixing 6 tablespoons of brown sugar with 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and sprinkling it over the French toast after it is cooked.
🥗 What to serve with
Brioche French toast tastes delicious with a drizzle of maple syrup, fresh fruit, whipped cream, and chopped pecans, but if you want to serve it with other recipes, give these savory and sweet breakfast ideas a go.
Bacon and egg muffins
These savory egg, cheese and bacon muffins are perfect to serve on the side of your French toast. They are portable, easy to make, and can be served hot or cold.
Bacon eggs avocado
Avocado is a super food for breakfast! They are so delicious and creamy and when you scoop out the middle and fill them with an egg and crispy bacon, then bake them, they're amazing! Serve bacon eggs avocado with some brioche French toast and you have the perfect breakfast.
These light and thin crepes are delicious and super thin. They are made with 5 pantry ingredients and can be wrapped up in savory or sweet toppings, like jam, ham and cheese, peanut putter, or chocolate spread. The choice is yours!
🙋 Frequently asked questions
How do you make brioche French toast not soggy?
The key to making perfect brioche French toast is to make sure the bread is nice and dry before dipping it into the egg and milk mixture. You can slightly toast the bread before soaking it to make sure the bread doesn't go soggy.
What makes brioche different from other French breads?
Brioche is a type of French bread that is made with eggs and butter, which makes it richer and more flavorful than other types of French bread. Brioche is also slightly sweeter than other types of French bread, which makes it perfect for making French toast.
🧊 Storing and ♨️ reheating
If you have any leftover brioche French toast, you can easily store and reheat them to enjoy throughout the week for a quick breakfast or brunch.
Fridge - Once they have cooled completely, store them in an airtight container with paper towel on the bottom and refrigerate them for up to 4 days.
Freezer - Transfer leftover French toast to separate freezer bags and freeze them for up to 2 months. You don't need to thaw frozen French toast, simply remove it from the freezer bag and cook.
Reheating - The best way to reheat leftover French toast is to preheat an oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and place them on a baking tray for 10-12 minutes until hot. Alternatively, you can use a toaster oven to reheat the ones from the fridge until hot.
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👪 Serving size
This epic brioche French toast recipe will provide enough slices for 4 to 5 servings. You could easily scale the recipe to make more to cater to more guests or for storing purposes.
If you love French toast, this recipe is guaranteed to be a hit with its golden, crispy texture and custardy vanilla-flavored center. It's easy to make, customizable, and uses pantry staples. Give it a try, and let me know what you think in the comments.
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Brioche French Toast
- 4 Eggs
- ¾ cup Whole milk
- 1 tablespoon Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoon Butter - divided
- 10 slices Brioche - traders Joe -if you can find the cinnamon bread better½ cup pure maple syrup, warmed
- ½ cup Pure maple syrup, - warmed
- Butter, raspberry and blueberries - for serving
- Whisk the eggs in a large bowl, shallow dish, or large baking dish if you want to soak several pieces at once.
- Add the whole milk, sugar, and vanilla extract and whisk again until well combined.
- Set a skillet (12-inch to 14-inch) over medium heat and add a tablespoon of butter.
- While the skillet heats up, soak slices of brioche bread in the egg mixture on both sides.
- Allow the excess batter to drip from them, then place them into the hot skillet. Add as many as possible without overlapping them.
- Cook for 3 to 4 minutes until golden brown, then flip over and continue cooking for another 3 to 4 minutes until the other side is golden.
- Transfer the brioche French toast to a platter and keep warm. If you don’t have a warming tray, place the French toast on a baking sheet and transfer it to a preheated oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit until ready to serve.
- Continue to cook the remaining brioche bread, adding more butter to the skillet when required.
- Serve immediately with warmed maple syrup, butter squares, and fresh berries.