Best Brioche French Toast
The best French toast made with brioche bread. Crispy on the outside and custard-like on the inside. This simple recipe is perfect for an easy weekend breakfast or Sunday morning brunch with family and friends.
Let me show you how easy and quick it is to make the perfect French toast at home! This is my favorite breakfast to make on the weekend because it’s always a hit. Serve it with fresh fruit, some maple syrup, or homemade whipped cream on top for the ultimate brunch treat!
Brioche bread makes the best french toast because of it’s rich, buttery flavor! Lightly browned and crispy on the outside and creamy custard-like on the inside, this recipe is the only one you’ll ever need.
What makes this recipe the BEST
There are a couple of tricks you can use to achieve the perfect balance of a crisp texture on the outside while keeping a soft, custard-like bite on the inside.
- Cornstarch is your secret ingredient here. When added to the batter, it helps the outside of the bread to become crispy and brown while keeping the inside soft.
- Use day-old or stale bread. This is another way to create the perfect texture. Using fresh bread is still delicious, but it can soak up too much batter. As a result, the bread becomes soggy and can be difficult to crisp up. Leaving fresh slices of bread out on the counter for a few hours or even overnight will dry them out.
- Soaking process. It’s one of the best parts of this recipe. Rather than dealing with the mess of dipping each piece of bread into the egg mixture, you just lay them all out in one pan and pour the batter over the top. As a result, it contains the mess, saves time, and ensures that all the slices have just enough batter. So easy!
How to make French Toast
Step 1: Cut the bread into 3/4-inch thick slices and let the slices sit on the counter for a few hours or overnight until the bread feels dry.
Step 2: In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, dissolved cornstarch, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Place brioche bread in a shallow baking pan and pour batter over the bread.
Step 3: Let the bread soak for about 1 minute per side until the mixture is absorbed.
Step 4: Heat large enough pan or griddle over medium heat and melt butter. Pick up bread and allow any excess mixture to drip off. Fry for about 2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar.
What kind of bread works best?
The buttery flavor and soft interior of brioche bread are what make this French toast so special. However, challah or thick sandwich bread are great options as well.
Brioche: It’s a French bread, which is made with butter, eggs, and milk and tastes buttery and rich. My homemade Brioche bread recipe is perfect for making this recipe, but store-bought works just as well.
Challah: A Kosher bread that is usually braided and typically made without dairy. It tastes similar to brioche but is not as rich. Also a good choice for french toast. TIP: Buy it by the loaf so you can cut the slices as thick as you want them.
Sandwich Bread: A solid choice but the results are a bit less creamy and custard-like. Takes less time to soak up the egg mixture so watch it carefully. Check out my White Bread recipe!
French Bread/Baguette: Works too but is not commonly used in French Toast. Cut the bread on a diagonal so you get larger slices and soak it for longer, the crust prevents it from getting soggy.
Toppings and Sides
This brioche French toast recipe uses a custard-like batter, guaranteeing a delicious, creamy texture without the overwhelming flavor of egg. The balance of ingredients also makes it rich but not too sweet. This way, you can still top it with any combination of powdered sugar, fresh berries, and maple syrup. Need some inspiration? Here are a few more ideas.
- Fresh fruit: Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, sliced mango
- Sauteed or caramelized fruit: apples, pears, etc.
- Fruit sauces: blueberry sauce, raspberry sauce
- Spreads: Chocolate Hazelnut spread, jam, cookie butter
- Sugar: Maple syrup, powdered sugar
- Other Toppings: Shredded coconut, toasted or candied nuts, whipped cream
Brioche French Toast
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch, dissolved in one Tbsp of water
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 4-6 slices brioche bread, about 3/4-inch thick, day-old (Note)
- 1 Tbsp butter, or more
- maple syrup
- powdered sugar
- fresh berries
- In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, dissolved cornstarch, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
- Place brioche bread in a shallow baking pan and pour batter over the bread. Let the bread soak for about 1 minute per side until the mixture is absorbed.
- Heat a large enough pan or griddle over medium heat and melt butter. Pick up bread and allow any excess mixture to drip off. Fry for about 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
- Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar.
- Milk: To make this recipe dairy-free, you’ll want to choose non-dairy milk like oat or soy milk. Make sure it’s unsweetened and not flavored.
- Gluten-free: The base ingredients for this egg mixture are naturally gluten-free. So, if you want the entire dish gluten-free, you’ll need to use gluten-free bread. Gluten-free bread is denser than regular bread, so it works wonderfully for French toast. Just be sure to dry out the slices.
- Eggs: There are a couple of options for making this recipe egg-free. The easiest option is a store-bought egg replacer.