The best brioche French toast recipe starts with thick slices of buttery, sweet bread, and topped with fresh berries. Brioche bread slices dipped in egg mixture and cooked until golden brown, is an easy recipe to serve mom for a Mother's Day brunch, birthday, or any day that calls for a special breakfast!
Growing up, homemade french toast was reserved for special occasions like Christmas morning. This easy recipe always seemed fancier than pancakes or waffles with slices of bread dipped in an egg mixture swirling with vanilla extract, whole milk, and cinnamon.
I always thought this was the way to make perfect french toast until I used the french bread called brioche. Brioche bread brings this classic breakfast recipe to a whole new level!
This is a breakfast dish that feels so fancy, not because you spent hours in the kitchen, but because you are using wonderful ingredients.
What Makes Brioche Different than Most Bread?
No one can deny that brioche bread is a treat. A slice of brioche bread is light, eggy, and slightly sweet. The airy texture makes it perfect for
- bread pudding
- and of course the best bread for French toast!
If you can't find a brioche loaf, you can use my top choices of challah bread, Texas toast, or regular bread.
The Best Brioche French Toast Recipe Ingredients
To make this delicious french toast, try to find a loaf of brioche bread. You can make homemade brioche bread or for ease, or if you are like me, just buy it at the local grocery store or bakery.
- bakery (or homemade) Brioche Bread
- half & half- mixing this with whole milk is a bit lighter than using heavy cream.
- Nielsen-Massey vanilla (my favorite brand!)
How to Make the Best Brioche French Toast
Slice bread into 2-inch slices and set aside. Try not to sneak a bite or two. It will be hard, but I know you can do it!
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with vegetable oil and tablespoon butter.
Working in small batches, dip one side of sliced bread into the egg mixture so that it is wet, giving it a good soak, but not to the point the bread falls apart.
Flip and dip the other side; using a fork or your finger works really well with this step.
Place dipped bread into the hot pan and cook on medium heat until golden brown. Do not crowd the pan as you may only fit 2 pieces at a time.
Serve this perfect breakfast with butter, fresh fruit, berries, a drizzle of maple syrup, or confectioner sugar.
Secret Ingredient for Next Level French Toast
Want to know how to dress up your regular french toast to make the best breakfast ever? Use orange zest! This simple addition will make the flavor pop and will delight everyone in the whole family! I like using a Microplane zester for the best results.
Where can You find Brioche Bread?
When walking through the bakery section of Whole Foods, I saw a loaf of soft brioche bread and thought this would make an amazing french toast! Where can you find it?
- If your store has a bakery where they make specialty loaves of bread, this is where to go.
- You can also stop at your local bakery as I am sure they will have it there as well.
Using this type of bread in a classic french toast recipe was such a major upgrade I don’t think I’ll ever go back to regular bread again.
Can You Toast Brioche Bread?
The simple answer is YES! Brioche bread toasts with a lovely crisp crumb and a soft, chewy center and sweet flavor.
If you slice and toast, be sure to set your toaster to a lighter setting so you do not burn the bread.
What is Brioche Bread Used For?
Brioche bread has many uses for enjoying this delicate eggy bread.
Make sure to look for the signature shiny crust to know you've found this pillowy goodness.
- Enjoy as a fancy dinner roll, smeared with hot butter for holiday dinners or entertaining guests.
- When ordering your favorite burger, you may notice that it is served on a brioche bun instead of a hard roll.
- Use in your favorite bread pudding recipe. The flavor of sweet egg custard paired with firm bread will be divine when baked and served!
- Of course, this makes the best french toast recipe too!
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Have leftover French toast?
If you have leftovers from this delicious breakfast, you can store them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 days. To freeze, wrap in plastic wrap and place in a zip-top baggie to keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Reheat in a toaster oven or place on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper and reheat in the oven at 200 degrees for 10 minutes, turning over and then heating for an additional 10 minutes or until heated through.
Enjoy this wonderful dish for mother's day or as a special treat on your holiday brunch table!
- 1 loaf bakery, or homemade Brioche Bread
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup half & half
- 1 ½ tsp. Nielsen-Massey vanilla
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
- Slice bread into 2-inch slices and set aside.
- In a bowl, whisk together rest of ingredients and pour into a shallow dish- like a pie dish.
- Heat frying pan over medium-high heat with 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil.
- Working in small batches, dip one side of sliced bread into egg mixture so that it is wet, but not soaked. Flip and dip other side.
- Place dipped bread into the hot pan and cook until golden brown. Do not crowd the pan as you may only fit 2 pieces at a time. Turn and repeat on opposite side.
- Repeat until all bread is cooked.
- Serve with butter, berries, syrup or confectioner sugar.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 407Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 226mgSodium: 411mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 14g
original post: 2/11/19
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