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Making French Toast at Home:

French Toast is one of those breakfast items that can seem a bit daunting to make at home, but let me put your mind at ease! All you have to do is a few simple steps:

  1. Whip up the egg wash – this has eggs, half and half, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla whipped into it to make it extra delicious!
  2. Quickly dunk a slice of the brioche bread into the egg wash before putting it into a skillet with melted butter.
  3. Cook until the first side is golden brown, then flip! Cook until the other side is golden brown and repeat until all the slices are ready to rock and roll!
  4. Eat.

See? That’s not too bad! You’ll be a French Toast making star before you know it.

Let’s talk bread:

Using Brioche bread for this recipe is a complete game-changer. It is a bread that is buttery, fluffy and slightly sweet. You can’t go wrong. I found my loaf at Trader Joe’s, but you should be able to find them in the bakery section or a local baker of your choosing. Challah bread would be a close comparison if you can’t find Brioche bread. It really is a must!

Pro tip: since Brioche bread is such a tender and fluffy bread, don’t leave it sitting too long in the egg wash as it soaks it up fast. Speaking from experience – I had to toss a slice because I left it sitting for too long! 

Let’s talk toppings:

You really can’t go wrong when topping this Cinnamon Brioche French Toast, but here are some ideas:

  • Butter
  • Berries
  • Whipped Cream
  • Maple syrup
  • Chocolate chips
  • Jellies or jams
  • Honey
  • Powdered sugar
  • Warmed apple pie filling

The possibilites are endless! My personal favorite is a combo of butter, strawberries and maple syrup…and maybe a little whipped cream :).

If I’m being honest, French toast was never usually my first choice because it usually just tasted like fried bread. But this is no fried bread, my friend! I shamelessly stood there and ate fork-fulls of cold Cinnamon Brioche French Toast because it is SO good! It changed my French toast ways! 

A scrumptious breakfast, brunch or brinner (breakfast for dinner) will be on the table in no time with this Cinnamon Brioche French Toast!

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Cinnamon Brioche French Toast


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 French Toast slices 1x

Description

Cinnamon Brioche French Toast is what French toast dreams are made of! Tender, buttery slices of brioche bread are dunked into creamy, cinnamon-speckled egg wash, cooked until golden brown and delicious in a skillet of butter and topped to your liking! Breakfast never looked or smelled so good!


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Ingredients

  • 8 slices Brioche or Challah bread
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. In a shallow dish, such as a pie plate or 9×9 baking pan, whisk together the half and half, eggs, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract until combined.
  2. Heat the butter over medium-low heat in a large skillet. Working with a couple slices of bread at a time, quickly dunk each side of the bread slice in the prepared egg wash mixture and place it into the skillet. Cook for a few minutes or so, or until golden brown before flipping and cooking the other side of the bread the same way. Be careful to not let your butter or French toast burn. Reduce the heat if it is cooking too quickly.
  3. Repeat this process until all the bread slices have been used. Top with your desired toppings and enjoy!

Notes

  • Since Brioche bread is very fluffy and tender, it quickly soaks up the egg wash so be careful to not leave the slice sitting in the egg wash for too long.
  • If you have any egg wash that is on the sides (crust) of the bread slice that isn’t cooking as fast, you can use your spatula to gently tilt the slice of bread up so that the crust is in contact with the skillet to cook.
  • If you are making French toast to serve a crowd or group, make the French toast as directed then place them evenly (not stacked) on a baking sheet lined with a baking rack to keep warm in the oven (set your oven temp as low as it will go, somewhere between 170-200). This will keep the French toast warm and not soggy.

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If you make this recipe and love it as much as I do, I’d love to hear from you! Comment below, rate the recipe, or share a picture tagging @kjandcompany or using #kjandcompany so that I can see your fun pictures 🙂

Thanks for following and cooking along with me!

 

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