Crispy on the outside with a rich, custardy interior makes this Brioche French Toast the best French Toast recipe ever! Perfect for special breakfasts like Christmas, New Years, and more, but easy enough for anytime.
The BEST Bread for French Toast
If you’ve never made brioche French toast, you are going to love this recipe. It’s a serious upgrade from French toast made with sandwich bread – it’s so good!
You don’t need to make bread from scratch for this recipe. Most grocery stores carry loaves of brioche bread in the bakery section. It makes this recipe so easy.
For this French Toast with brioche bread, the bread is dipped in a delicious custard flavored with cinnamon, maple syrup, and vanilla before it’s lightly cooked on the stove. The flavors are amazing and all you need for serving is a pat of butter and warm syrup.
Your whole family is going to LOVE this brioche French toast. It’ll be a hit!
Ingredients for Brioche French Toast Recipe
- Large eggs – These are whisked to make the base of the custard that you’ll dip the bread in.
- Heavy cream – This is combined with the eggs to make the custard. You can also use half and half if that’s what you have on hand.
- Vanilla extract – I love the flavor this adds, but you could also use almond extract to change up the flavor.
- Pure maple syrup – For the best flavor, use pure maple syrup. It’s a little more expensive, but the results are worth it!
- Ground cinnamon – This adds a nice warm spice flavor to the French toast.
- Pinch of salt
- Brioche bread – I like to buy an unsliced loaf of brioche so I can cut thick slices. If you can only find pre-sliced bread it will work, too.
- Butter – The French toast is cooked in butter and then I like to have some for serving.
How do you make brioche French toast?
Preheat: Get your skillet ready so it’s hot when you’re ready to cook the French toast. Heat it over medium heat while you prepare the custard. Also preheat your oven to 200°F so you can keep the French toast warm as you cook the rest.
Whisk: Place the eggs, cream, vanilla, syrup, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk until the mixture is smooth.
Dip: First, add the butter to the hot skillet. While it melts, dip the bread slices in the custard so they are coated. Allow the excess to drip off and then place them in the pan. I can cook three pieces at a time.
Cook: Turn the bread slices over after three minutes and cook them on the other side until golden brown. Place the cooked pieces of bread on a sheet pan and keep them warm in the oven while you cook the rest of the French toast.
How do you make brioche French toast not soggy?
When you dip the bread in the custard, you don’t need to soak it. Just get a nice coating and then allow the excess to drip off before cooking it.
If you soak the bread, your French toast will be soggy. Brioche is very soft and will absorb a lot of the custard if you leave it sit in it.
Don’t Forget the Toppings!
You can add all kinds of toppings so feel free to make your French toast as simple or dress-up as you like!
- Syrup or sauces: A warm syrup is so good – try maple syrup or a warm sauce like blueberry sauce or strawberry sauce.
- Powdered sugar: Use a fine mesh strainer to dust each serving with some powdered sugar.
- Fruit: Fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries are delicious. Or try some cooked cinnamon apples for a special treat.
- Whipped cream: Make homemade whipped cream and top each serving with a spoonful.
Breakfast Side Dishes
Make it an epic breakfast with these easy side dishes!
- Breakfast potatoes are a savory side dish that will pair perfectly.
- Add some crispy oven bacon!
- Or try my Cheesy Mashed Potato Egg Casserole.
You are going to love starting the day with this Brioche French toast! It’s like a fancy brunch dish you’d get at a restaurant but made easy at home. Try it soon and enjoy!
More French Toast Recipes
- If it’s the fall season, you have to try my Pumpkin French Toast!
- Make a batch of French Toast Sticks and the family will rave about them. They’re easy to do and fun to dip in syrup.
- Stuffed French Toast is another special breakfast recipe I love to make.
- Skip the stove and make my Baked French Toast Casserole. It’s an easy overnight recipe and great for a holiday brunch.
- 5 large eggs
- ¼ cup heavy cream may also use half & half
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
- 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch salt
- 8 slices Brioche bread cut into 1-inch thick slices
- butter for cooking and serving
- berries, pure maple syrup, whipped cream, and powdered sugar for serving.
- Preheat a large skillet to medium heat.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, vanilla, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt.
- When the skillet is heated melt in a ½ tablespoon of butter.
- Dip the Brioche slices in the custard mixture and allow the excess to drip back into the bowl.
- Cook about 3 slices in the pan at a time for about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
- Keep cooked French toast in a 200-degree oven to stay warm while you cook the remaining slices.
- Serve with butter, maple syrup, berries, and whipped cream.