This brioche French toast elevates a classic French toast recipe with soft, thick-sliced brioche bread dipped into a sweet custard mixture then topped with fresh berries.
Why I Love This Recipe
- Rich and buttery: Using the French pastry bread brioche results in a French toast that is pillowy soft, buttery and slightly sweet.
- Special occasions: This is the best brioche French toast to serve for special occasions from birthdays to Easter brunch or Christmas breakfast!
- Best texture: Not eggy, not soggy but the most perfect brioche toast that is crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.
Substitutions and Variations
- Flavored custard: Replace brown sugar with honey and add some orange zest for a light citrus taste in the simple egg custard!
- Milk: I recommended using whole milk or heavy cream as it makes for a richer custard that adheres to the bread better.
- Spices: Replace the cinnamon with pumpkin pie spice, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, or whatever else you might like.
- Bread: I love to use day old homemade brioche bread, but usually I purchase a loaf at Trader Joe’s. You can also use challah bread, French bread, Texas toast or sourdough bread.
- Garnish: Make any morning special by serving brioche bread French toast with powdered sugar, fresh berries or banana slices, pecans and homemade maple syrup
How to Make Brioche French Toast
- Make egg custard: In the base of a blender or in a bowl, pulse or whisk the milk, flour, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt until smooth.
- Dip bread: Dip slices of brioche bread into the egg mixture and flip with a fork to evenly coat.
- Pan-fry brioche: Place dipped slices on a buttered preheated griddle and cook 2 minutes per side. Whisk the egg mixture to keep combined and repeat as needed.
- Enjoy: Serve immediately topped with your favorite toppings.
Make Ahead and Storage Instructions
For an overnight brioche French toast recipe you will need to use bread that is a few days old. Or simply just make the batter, cover and refrigerate overnight. Then cook on buttered skillet the next day.
Store leftover brioche french toast in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. You can also freeze it for up to 2 months. To freeze, wrap individual slices in plastic wrap and store in a freezer safe bag.
For best results reheat in a toaster oven or in a skillet or griddle. For softer French toast, reheat in the microwave.
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Brioche French Toast
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 4 large eggs
- 3 Tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter , for greasing the griddle
- 12 slices brioche bread
Optional Toppings: Berries, Fresh fruit, Powdered sugar, Nutella, Whipped cream, Jam, Syrup
- In the base of a blender, pulse the milk, flour, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt until smooth. Alternatively, whisk in a bowl until smooth. Transfer to a shallow bowl.
- Preheat a griddle to 350°F or a skillet over medium-high heat. Grease with butter. Dip the brioche into the egg mixture and flip with a fork to evenly coat. Place on the griddle and cook 2 minutes per side, or until lightly golden brown. Whisk the egg mixture to keep combined, as needed. Repeat with remaining brioche.
- Serve immediately and top with your favorite toppings.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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