French toast is one of the greatest breakfast meals in my opinion. It is so fun to play with different varieties bread and add different flavor profiles. This recipe is for a classic, french toast made with brioche bread and egg custard to create a pillowy middle.
When it comes to making french toast, the bread is very important. I like to use brioche and challah bread. There are great vanilla and chocolate cream brioche bread that can be found at Aldi stores. My favorite challah bread comes from Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, MI. And of course, the brioche bread from Trader Joe’s is a classic! You can always use whatever bread you have at home but these are my preferred favorites. Another important part of french toast is making sure the bread is a little dried out to help it absorb the custard better. I like to slice my bread the nice before, place it on a baking sheet, and cover with a piece of parchment paper. Your other option is to toast bread at 275F for 12 minutes.
What you’ll need:
- 4 slices Brioche or Challah Bread, thick cut slices preferred
- 2 tbsp Butter
- ¼ cup Sugar
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- ½ tsp Nutmeg
- 3 large eggs, whisked
- 1½ cup Heavy Cream
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- In a large bowl, whisk together: sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, eggs, cream, and vanilla extract.
- Transfer the sauce to a baking dish, and arrange the bread pieces in to soak. Soak for about 2 minutes on each side. You do not want the bread to become soggy.
- Preheat the griddle or place a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add butter to the skillet and melt it.
- Add the slices and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until it’s golden brown.
- Serve topped with butter, and drizzle with warm maple syrup and powdered sugar.
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