Classic French toast gets an upgrade with vanilla, honey, and brioche bread. The perfect special breakfast.
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This French toast is such an easy way to make a special breakfast and there are very few ingredients needed to make it. Making French toast with brioche bread is my favorite way to make a special breakfast for my family.
My favorite custard for French toast is a custard made with honey and vanilla and that is what I have used here and what I always make at home when I make any French toast.
The sweetness from the honey and flavor from the vanilla in the egg mixture really elevate this French toast recipe. The honey also really adds such great flavor to the recipe and clings to the bread before it hits the pan.
I love making this recipe for a special Sunday breakfast, Christmas brunch (to go along with my pizzelle), or when we are celebrating a special occasion. We also have delicious ricotta pancakes, banana crumb cake, or even our fluffy biscuits that we make for these occasions.
You really want to make sure you are using all high-quality ingredients for the Best French toast. There are not many ingredients in the recipe so you will taste all of them.
- Brioche Bread
- Vanilla Extract
- Butter (for cooking the French toast)
- Whole Milk. Making French toast is not the time for low-fat milk. Try to use only whole milk for this recipe.
- Kosher salt
The addition of honey adds sweetness and an occasional pocket of honey on the cooked French toast. Getting a piece of French toast with that pocket of honey crusted on is my favorite part.
Do make sure all of your honey is used up from the custard mixture. It will want to stay behind so you need to help it along!
How To Make
- Make the custard for the French toast: Whisk egg, milk, vanilla, and honey together in a bowl. The vanilla and honey are what make this French toast THE VERY BEST!
- Slice up your brioche bread: The brioche should be cut into 1-inch slices.
- Dip Brioche bread into egg mixture: I like to dip both sides.
- Lift brioche out of egg mixture: You want to let the excess egg mixture drain off.
- Fry up the brioche French toast: in butter on a griddle or hot pan for about 3-4 minutes on the first side and 3-4 minutes on the other side or until it is nice and golden brown.
How to make French Toast that is not mushy
Remember that when cooking French toast, you want to do it on a lower heat than you would cooking pancakes. If your French toast doesn't seem quite golden brown enough after 3-4 minutes of cooking over medium to medium-low heat then just keep cooking it until it does.
The reason you want to cook the French toast low and slow is you want to allow time for the heat to cook the inside of the French toast. If you cook the French toast on too high of a heat then the outside quicks too quickly and the inside stays soft and undercooked.
All stoves vary as do pans. For the perfect brioche French toast, you are looking for a lightly golden brown outside that does not look wet anymore and is crisp.
By being patient when cooking your French toast, the texture of the outside will be nice and golden brown and the inside will be soft but cooked all the way through.
When both sides of the Brioche French toast look like this, it is done cooking.
- Any type of fresh berries
- Powdered sugar
- More honey
- My easy blueberry sauce makes a great addition if you are a blueberry lover. It is really easy and delicious.
- Fresh berry sauce or blackberry puree
- Homemade berry preserves or homemade nectarine jam
- Easy Vanilla dessert sauce
- Whipped Cream
- Honey Simple Syrup
- Or your favorite topping!
How to keep French toast warm
- Warm your oven to 170 degrees.
- Place an oven-safe cooling rack on top of a large baking sheet and place in your warmed oven. This will warm the cooling rack itself.
- With each batch of French toast that you make, once they are done cooking on the stovetop, transfer them to the oven to sit on the cooling rack to keep the brioche French toast warm. That cooling rack prevents condensation from forming under the French toast (when the heat has nowhere to go).
Where to Find Brioche Bread
You can usually find brioche in the bakery section of your grocery store. I have good luck at my local grocery store, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods.
If you can't find it in your local store then Challah bread is a good substitute for Brioche bread (challah bread looks like it was braided together).
You can also make your own brioche which is a really fun project! There is a really easy brioche recipe from Elle Jay at home that makes it really simple and walks you through all of the steps!
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To make a crisp on the outside French toast, you need to cook it low and slow. By cooking the French toast on a medium-low setting on the stovetop, you allow the heat time to cook the French toast all the way through. French toast should take a little longer to cook than pancakes for reference.
Brioche, Challah, baguette bread and, thick sliced sourdough bread are some of my favorites for French toast.
Honey Vanilla Brioche French Toast
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- 1 loaf of bricohe bread or challah
- 4 eggs
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup honey plus more for drizzling over French toast
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- a pinch of kosher salt
- fresh berries for topping optional
- honey or warmed maple syrup for topping
- In a large bowl, add your eggs, honey, milk, vanilla and salt and mix well until the honey is no longer clumpy.4 eggs, ¼ cup milk, ¼ cup honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, a pinch of kosher salt
- Next, slice up your brioche into 1 inch slices.1 loaf of bricohe bread
- Now, preheat a large heavy bottom skillet or griddle on medium low heat. Remember, French Toast is cooked low and slow. Be patient!
- Once it is pre-heated, add your butter and let it fully melt.
- Now take a brioche slice and place into your custard mixture gently pressing down until it is completely submerged. Now take it out flip it over and submerge it again in the custard until you don't see any bubbles coming up (for about 2 seconds).
- Lift your brioche slice out of the custard making sure to let the excess custard drip off and then place in your pan. Continue to add brioche into your pan until you can't add anymore (usually 3-4 slices depending on the size of your pan). Cook the brioche for about 4 minutes on the first side and then flip.
- Cook for a remaining 3-4 minutes on the other side or until it is nice and golden in color.
- Continue the steps above until all of the brioche is cooked. TIP: To keep your cooked brioche warm while you are cooking the remainder of the French toast, see notes above on how to keep it warm in the oven.
- Once all of your French toast is cooked, add to a plate and while still hot drizzle a little honey or maple syrup over the French Toast.
- Optional: top with your favorite toppings (butter, fresh berries, powdered sugar, ...)fresh berries for topping, honey or warmed maple syrup for topping
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