The Best Brioche French Toast
My go-to recipe when I’m brunching at home is French toast. It’s simple, looks fancy, and absolutely delicious. Check out my recipe for the best brioche French toast and be sure to make the vanilla maple bourbon syrup. Trust me, you need this syrup!
Quick and Easy French Toast Recipe
When I’m out at brunch I love the French toast at Woodlands Grill. On a lazy weekend when we’re brunching at home French toast is one of my favorite things to make. What I enjoy most about this brioche French toast recipe is it’s quick and easy to make but looks lux and packs so much vanilla cinnamon goodness. It’s perfect to make for a special occasion brunch. I plan on making this for the Hubs on Father’s Day.
How to Make French Toast From Scratch
French toast is basically fried bread dipped in an egg custard. However, for me what distinguishes a banging French toast from a basic toast is the bread and the spices. You have to start off with good quality bread. Then you have to spice that egg mixture up with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. You can up the flavor profile by using almond extract in place of the vanilla.
Best Bread for French Toast
My favorite bread for French toast is brioche bread. It’s thick and firm enough to stand up against the egg mixture. Yet, it soaks it up really well. Some great substitutes for brioche are: Texas toast, Challah bread, and sourdough.
Best Milk for French Toast
I make my brioche French toast with heavy cream because I think it adds to the richness and flavor. However, if you don’t have heavy cream you can use milk, half and half, or a dairy substitute like almond, soy, coconut, or oat milk.
- 1 loaf brioche bread (12 slices)
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon, and nutmeg in a shallow dish.
- Melt butter in a large skillet or on a griddle.
- Dip bread slices, one at a time, into the egg mixture. Make sure both sides of the bread are well-coated.
- Place bread slices in skillet or on the griddle and cook on medium heat until golden brown on each side, about 2 minutes on each side.
- Serve immediately.
Dip bread quickly, just long enough to coat each side with the egg mixture. If you dip the bread for too long it will become soggy and you will have to cook it longer.
What Goes with French Toast
I love to top my french toast with fresh fruit and maple syrup. But when I’m really trying to get fancy I make this vanilla bourbon maple syrup. Please make this to go with your brioche French toast. I promise you will love it and it takes your this brioche French toast to the next level. Make sure you serve it warm.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
1. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan.
2. Heat the mixture over medium-low heat. Until the butter is melted.
3. Mix and bring mixture to a boil.
4. Sample the mixture and adjust ingredients to taste.
5. Remove from heat and serve warm.
Once the syrup cools completely you can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Vanilla Bourbon Maple Syrup
This vanilla bourbon maple syrup is so good on French toast, waffles, and pancakes. It pairs well with fresh strawberries, sliced bananas, sliced peaches, and cooked apples. The possibilities are endless.
If you don’t have bourbon you can swap out the bourbon for Grand Mariner or rum and it would still taste yummy.
Can You Make French Toast Ahead of Time?
You can make this french toast the night before and store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container in the fridge. Sometimes I make a big batch and store them in freezer bags. We pop the French toast slices in the toaster oven when we are ready to serve.
I hope you and your loved ones enjoy this brioche French toast and vanilla bourbon maple syrup as much as my family and I do.
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