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    The Best Brioche French Toast Recipe

    Published June 19, 2020. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    Take your breakfast to the next level with this homemade brioche French toast recipe that uses an easy to make cinnamon and sugar batter.

    Breakfast can sometimes be a challenge because it ends up being the same old thing.  If you get in a run then you have to absolutely try my hoecakes or shakshuka to help change things up!

    slices of cooked french toast with whipped cream and fresh berries

    French Toast

    This history of French toast is a little murky as some claim it to be as old as the 5th century and created in Rome, while other sources say Spain, Germany, and every other western European country.  Regardless, it’s easy to make and absolutely delicious and here are the basic ingredients:

    • Milk
    • Eggs
    • Cinnamon

    There are a few other enhancing ingredients that you can use such as sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, or nutmeg.

    What Kind of Bread to Use?

    Obviously, brioche bread makes the absolute best French toast and it’s not even close.  With that being said, it can be hard to find and sometimes expensive if you aren’t making it yourself.  In case it isn’t available here are some other great bread options:

    • Challah
    • Texas Toast
    • French Bread
    • Italian Bread

    How to Make French Toast from Scratch

    Follow these easy instructions to make this awesome recipe:

    Add some heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla, and mascarpone cheese to a stand mixer and mix on high speed with the whisk attachment to form stiff peaks.  Set aside in the fridge until ready to use.

    homemade whipped cream in a stand mixer

    Slice the loaf of brioche bread into 8 thick slices, yes, it’s ok to use the ends as well.

    slicing brioche bread for french toast

    In a large bowl whisk together the ½ and ½, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar until completely combined.

    whisking together cream and eggs with cinnamon in a bowl

    One at a time dip the slices of brioche on each side into the batter and place on a hot griddle or pan with melted unsalted butter.

    dipping brioche bread slice into batter

    Cook the French toast for 1 to 2 minutes per side or until browned and serve.

    slices of french toast on a griddle

    Why is It Soggy?

    The main reason your French toast is soggy is that you saturated it too much in the batter.  Here are a few things to help so that it doesn’t get like this:

    1. Dip the bread: Don’t submerge the bread completely, quickly dip it on each side before cooking.
    2. Cook over low heat: Cook the French toast over lower heat so that it browns up and becomes crispy without burning.

    French Toast Toppings

    There are so many wonderful toppings you can put onto French toast and here are my absolute favorites:

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: French toast is meant to be eaten right away.  If you want to make it ahead of time, keep it warm in the oven at 250° for up to 1 hour.

    How to Reheat: Spread the cooked pieces of French toast onto a sheet tray lined with parchment paper and bake at 350° for 4-6 minutes or until hot.  Likewise, you can add it to a microwave-safe plate and heat until hot.

    How to Store: Place covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.  This will not freeze well.

    Chef Billy Parisi

    chef notes + tips

    • There will be plenty of mascarpone whipped cream leftover but don’t worry because it goes amazing on any dessert or pancakes.
    brioche french toast with berries, bacon and orange juice

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    The Best Brioche French Toast Recipe

    5 from 2 votes
    Take your breakfast to the next level with this homemade brioche French toast recipe that uses an easy to make cinnamon and sugar batter.
    Servings: 8
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes

    Ingredients 

    For the Whipped Cream:

    • 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
    • ½ cup mascarpone cheese
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla

    For the French Toast:

    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 cup ½ and ½
    • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    • 8 thick slices brioche bread
    • Unsalted butter

    Instructions

    • Whipped Cream: Add all of the ingredients to a stand mixer with the whisk attachment and mix on high speed to form stiff peaks, which takes about 3-4 minutes. Chill until ready to use.
    • In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, ½ and 1/2, cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar until completely combined. Set aside.
    • In a large skillet or griddle over medium heat, add in some butter until melted.
    • Dip 1 piece of bread on each side into the batter and place it into the pan or griddle and cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side or until browned and crisp. Cook in batches or as many as can fit in your pan or griddle.
    • Add optional toppings of mascarpone whipped cream, fresh berries, powdered sugar, and maple syrup.

    Notes

    Chef Notes:
    • Make-Ahead: French toast is meant to be eaten right away. If you want to make it ahead of time, keep it warm in the oven at 250° for up to 1 hour.
     
    • How to Reheat: Spread the cooked pieces of French toast onto a sheet tray lined with parchment paper and bake at 350° for 4-6 minutes or until hot. Likewise, you can add it to a microwave-safe plate and heat until hot.
     
    • How to Store: Place covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. This will not freeze well.
     
    • There will be plenty of mascarpone whipped cream leftover but don’t worry because it goes amazing on any dessert or pancakes.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 450kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 8gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 180mgSodium: 205mgPotassium: 62mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 1248IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 1mg
    Course: Breakfast, brunch
    Cuisine: english, French