Thick slices of brioche bread dipped into a delicious honey and vanilla custard then cooked low and slow until crisp perfection is what makes this the best French toast. This brioche French toast is delicious, easy to make and great for all occasions. It really is the best French toast and everyone will love it.
This brioche French toast is such an easy way to make a special breakfast and there are very few ingredients needed to make it. My favorite custard for French toast is a custard made with honey.
The sweetness from the honey and flavor from the vanilla really elevate this French toast recipe.
Using brioche for French toast is a great way to make a special breakfast and it easy and ready in the same amount of time as regular French toast but it tastes much better.
The best bread for French toast
If you are not familiar with brioche, it is an enriched french bread with eggs and butter in the dough. It is part pastry and part bread.
It is the traditional bread the French use to make their Pain Perdu which is usually served as a dessert. Because brioche is made with eggs and a little richer than regular bread it makes a great dessert and a breakfast.
Also, brioche is an enriched bread, it is extra rich and makes French toast taste so amazing. Brioche really elevates the richness of French toast beautifully.
- Brioche Bread
- Vanilla Extract
- Butter (for cooking the French toast)
- Kosher salt
The ingredients are very simple. Nothing different than regular French toast except that you are using brioche bread instead of regular bread.
Here is what my brioche looked like before I sliced it up and cooked it.
The custard (egg mix) for this brioche French toast recipe has honey and vanilla added and is very easy to make. 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. The vanilla in the French toast adds that extra bit of flavor that pairs so well with the honey.
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.
- Slice up your brioche into 1 inch slices.
- Dip Brioche bread into the custard, both sides.
- Lift brioche out of custard and let excess custard drain off.
- Cook the brioche for about 4 minutes on the first side and 3-4 minutes on the other side or until it is nice and golden in color.
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 brown enough after3-4 minutes of cooking then just keep cooking it until it does.
All stoves vary as do pans. For the Best French toast, you are looking for a lightly browned outside that does not look wet anymore and is crisp.
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 3 ingredient blueberry sauce makes a great addition if you are a blueberry lover. It is really easy and delicious.
- fresh berry sauce
- homemade preserves
- Easy Vanilla dessert sauce
- Whipped Cream
- A mix of all of the above!
If you want to make French toast at home that tastes like the restaurants or you are looking for a special breakfast or a way to impress someone then you should give this brioche french toast recipe a try.
It is amazing! You can also make this easy French toast just because and no special occasion is necessary.
We all know that when making French toast, it is a process of making them in batches, often going straight from the skillet on to someone's plate to eat right away. I love placing the brioche in the oven to keep it warm so everyone can eat at the same time.
To keep the brioche French toast warm, here is what you do:
- 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 French toast warm. That cooling rack prevents condensation from forming under the French toast (when the heat has nowhere to go).
- Do this until all of your french toast is made.
- I will bring the entire sheet pan with the cooling rack tot he table and serve it that way (like in the pictures above).
- You can also add them to a nice platter for serving.
Where to Find Brioche Bread
You can usually find brioche in the bakery section of your grocery store. 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).
Challah is almost identical to brioche except it does not have butter in the dough. Either is fine!
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!
For more breakfast inspiration:
- Yeast Belgium Waffles
- Prosciutto and Asparagus Fried Egg Toast
- Baked French Toast Casserole
- Herb Baked Eggs
- Vanilla Scones
- Blueberry and Vanilla Yogurt Scones
- Apple Pie Streusel Scones
- Fluffy Yogurt Biscuits
- Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies
- Ricotta Pancakes
I prevent my brioche French toast from getting soggy by doing two things. First I slice the brioche into thicker slices. The second thing I do is count to 2 seconds when I dip each side of the French toast in the custard. This makes sure the bread does not sit too long and absorb too much liquid.
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 does not need to be stale for French toast but it does come out much better if the brioche is a day or two old. If you know you are going to be making brioche French toast, just plan on buying your bread a couple days ahead of time if you can.
Brioche, Challah, baguette bread and thick sliced sour dough bread are some of my favorites for French toast.
The Best Brioche French Toast
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- 1 loaf of bricohe bread or challah
- 4 eggs
- ¼ milk
- ¼ 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 milk, ¼ 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 over the French Toast to warm the honey.
- 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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