With slices of sweet brioche bread dipped in a custard and fried until golden brown, Brioche French Toast is a tasty breakfast you can enjoy any time. It mixes up in minutes, reheats well, and can even be frozen for later.
Serve this delicious French toast dish with butter and maple syrup, whipped cream and berries, or a simple dusting of powdered sugar. It’s a great dish to serve alongside Breakfast Sausage and a Quiche Florentine.
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While French Toast Casserole is easy, sometimes you want legit a French toast recipe, and what better bread to use than the sweet buttery, French brioche? It toasts up golden brown and makes one of the best dishes for breakfast, but who says you can’t have it at other times of day?
Why Make This
It’s easy. With just a handful of ingredients and some fresh or even stale brioche, you can whip up this dish in just minutes.
It helps you avoid food waste. Whether you’re using brioche that’s a little dried out or using up all the bits of milk and cream you may need used up, this is a great recipe for shopping the kitchen to save money.
It’s delicious! This promises to be one of our top french toast recipes. We’ve had it three times in as many weeks. It’s that good!
Here’s what you’ll need to make Brioche French Toast:
eggs – Eggs are a key ingredient in this dish, not something you can omit. Got extras? Be sure to check our recipes for what to make with eggs.
milk – You need both milk and eggs to make the custard egg mixture, however you’ve got some wiggle room here. You can use whole milk, light milk, heavy cream, or even a plant-based milk. If you’ve got leftover evaporated milk from another recipe, this is a good way to use it up.
sugar – We add just a bit of sugar to the custard. You can also use maple syrup, honey, or alternative sweetener if you prefer.
vanilla extract – I love the flavor just a teaspoon vanilla extract gives to this. Remember making your own vanilla extract is cheapest. You can use another extract if you like, such as almond, cake batter, or lemon.
cinnamon – Cinnamon is a classic seasoning for French toast and perfectly complements the sweet bread.
brioche bread slices – You can use whatever brioche bread you have, however my secret for most affordable Brioche French Toast is to use the brioche “hot dog buns” from Trader Joe’s. They’re nothing like hot dog buns, but they’re almost half the price of regular brioche bread. They are perfect for this!
toppings for serving – Provide whatever toppings you like with this, such as whipped cream, fresh berries, sliced bananas, butter, jam, powdered sugar, honey, and/or maple syrup
Here’s how to make Brioche French Toast:
In a shallow dish whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. It’s okay if the cinnamon doesn’t perfectly mix in.
Heat a griddle to 350 degrees or a heavy skillet over medium heat. Grease it with melted butter or oil.
Dip the bread pieces in the egg mixture, flipping to coat. Avoid letting the bread soak in the custard. It’s a delicate bread and will fall apart if too wet.
Cook the bread in the hot griddle, for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until toasted brown. Flip the slices and continue cooking until golden brown on both sides.
Serve the Brioche French Toast with optional toppings.
Store leftover in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Freeze for longer storage.
To reheat: toast in the toaster, air fryer, or oven until crisp.
TLDR? Watch the Best Brioche French Toast web story.
The difference is the type of bread used. Brioche is a sweet buttery bread. Other French toast is often made with sandwich bread.
Don’t let the bread soak in the custard. It’s super delicate and will easily fall apart. You want to dip the slices in the egg mixture just to coat, flipping quickly and removing to the hot skillet immediately.
French toast can be made with any type of bread but it’s best if the bread is a bit on the drier side. This allows it to absorb the custard without getting overly soggy.
This is a great dish to freeze. Once the toast has cooled, lay the slices out on a lined baking sheet and place it in the freezer. Once the slices are frozen firm, you can transfer them to a ziptop bag to store in the freezer for up to 6 weeks. Frozen this way, you can remove just a few slices at a time.
Got a lot of eggs? Be sure to check out these recipes that use a lot of eggs.
More Great French Recipes
Brioche French Toast
- 4 egg beaten
- 1 cups milk
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- melted butter or oil
- 16 oz brioche bread slices
- whipped cream, butter, jam, powdered sugar, and/or maple syrup for serving
- In a shallow dish combine the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.4 egg, 1 cups milk, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Heat a griddle or heavy fry pan to 350 degrees. Grease it with melted butter or oil.melted butter or oil
- Dip the bread pieces in the egg mixture, flipping to coat.16 oz brioche bread slices
- Cook the bread in the hot griddle, for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until toasted brown. Flip the slices and continue cooking until golden brown on both sides.
- Serve the French toast with optional toppings.whipped cream, butter, jam, powdered sugar, and/or maple syrup for serving