This buttery on the inside and crispy on the outside Brioche French Toast makes an absolutely delicious breakfast that comes together so quickly. And even better, having leftovers makes this recipe excellent for quick weekday breakfasts for the whole family.
What is The Best Brioche Cinnamon French Toast
This classic french toast recipe is generally a type of breakfast where you dip your choice of bread slices into a simple egg custard with lots of ground cinnamon and fry the bread until it’s golden brown. Once done, you can top it with your choice of toppings like warm, sweet syrup (maple or fruit syrup!) or fresh berries, This delicious french toast recipe is also the perfect way to use up old, stale bread!
I’ve been making this French toast for so many years now. It’s been the best and easiest recipe for quick weekend breakfasts or even breakfast for dinner. But probably one of the best things about this recipe is that it uses an entire loaf of bread, which means that there are leftovers to be had.
Watch me make this Easy Brioche French Toast
The Players to make this Brioche French Toast
- Brioche Bread – using thick slices of brioche bread is what makes this the most luxurious French toast ever. Alternatively, you can thick slices of Texas Toast, which is more widely available.
- Eggs – I use large eggs to make this homemade french toast and it’s essential in creating that delicious custard mixture to dip your slice of brioche bread in.
- Milk – I personally use whole milk but use whatever you have on hand. You can even use a combination of heavy cream and milk if you’d like!
- Flour – this helps create a thicker consistency to the egg and milk mixture. Make sure you’re whisking the mixture in between batches because the flour will settle at the bottom.
- White Sugar – Plain granulated sugar is added to the egg mixture to bring a slight sweetness.
- Brown Sugar – I prefer using light brown sugar for the sweet egg custard. Alternatively, if you have dark brown sugar that you’d like to use, go for it!
- Ground Cinnamon – I’m a huge fan of cinnamon! Not only do I put cinnamon in the batter, but I sprinkle a little bit more over the slices of bread while they’re frying.
- Nutmeg – I love using the smallest amount of ground nutmeg in the batter. It brings such a nice warmth to the French toast.
- Vanilla Extract – This brings a warm, sweet flavor to the batter.
- Salt – Using salt helps bring all the ingredients together.
- Butter – I like using salted butter to fry up the slices of brioche slices in my electric skillet. Real butter is key here, in my opinion.
- Electric Skillet – This is one of my favorite kitchen tools that I’ve owned for so long. This electric skillet is able to fry 6 slices of French toast at a time which is a total time saver when you’re trying to get breakfast on the table. If you don’t have an electric skillet, you can use a large skillet or frying pan to make this classic breakfast recipe.
How to Make The Best Brioche French Toast
To make this perfect french toast, I find that drying out my bread a little bit, really allows the egg and milk mixture to soak into the bread. If I’m using a fresh brioche loaf, I like to create ‘pyramids’ out of my bread to allow air to circulate all throughout. Additionally, you can lay the slices out in a single layer flat on a cooling rack. Making these ‘pyramids’ take up less space which is why I do it. You can do this overnight, or even an hour up until starting to make this brioche french toast.
While the bread is ‘drying’, make the custard mixture by using a large mixing bowl or shallow dish to whisk the eggs, flour, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
In an electric skillet or frying pan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of butter and allow the butter to melt fully. While the butter is melting, give your custard mixture another good whisk, and start dipping your slices of bread (one at a time) into the custard. Give it a good soak for several seconds. Place as many slices as you can fit into your electric skillet into the melted butter. Sprinkle over some ground cinnamon and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes. Flip over your slices of bread and cook on the other side for an additional 3-4 minutes.
Take out your freshly fried french toast and place it on a baking sheet. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, whisk the egg mixture so the flour is once again reintroduced to the custard mixture, and begin frying up your other slices of bread.
Serve your brioche french toast with your toppings of choice!
Toppings for the Best Brioche Cinnamon French Toast
What I love so much about french toast, is that you can make this an extra special breakfast by using your favorite toppings! Here are some ideas:
- Drizzle of maple syrup
- Fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, chopped apples, or banana slices
- Powdered sugar
- Caramel sauce
- Whipped cream
- Chocolate chips
- Fruit preserves like Cherry or Fig Jam
- Nutella or Peanut Butter
What Type of Bread Can I Use to Make This French Toast?
I believe the reason french toast is so popular, is that the type of bread you use is super versatile! You can use any old bread (or of course, fresh bread!) that you’d like. Here are some different types of bread that you can use for this french toast recipe:
- Challah bread
- Fresh buttery Brioche bread
- Sourdough bread
- Regular bread (sliced white bread or whole wheat sandwich bread)
- Store-bought brioche bread
- Day old French loaf
- Croissants that have been sliced in half
Freezing and Reheating Leftover French Toast
To freeze leftover brioche french toast, place your cooled slices of french toast on a cooling rack and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes until completely frozen.
Remove the french toast from the freezer and follow the steps below to keep your deliciously rich french toast from getting freezer burn and staying fresh in the freezer!
- Cut a long piece of wax paper and set it on your counter. You can use one long piece of wax paper and put up to 3 slices of french toast.
- Place a slice of french toast close to the edge and fold up your wax paper over top.
- Flip the french toast over itself so that the wax paper is getting folded over the toast.
- Place another piece of french toast on top of the french toast that has been folded with was. Note: Make sure there’s a layer of wax paper in between the two pieces of french toast. This prevents sticking and keeps the french toast much fresher!
- Continue folding french toast on the wax paper. Fold in the sides of the wax paper to create a nice, folded look. This prevents air from coming in on the sides.
- Take your folded french toast and place it inside a gallon-sized freezer bag that has been marked with the date made and the name “Brioche French Toast” on the outside so you know the contents of the bag.
Homemade frozen french toast can last in the freezer for up to 2 months.
To reheat frozen homemade French toast, there are several ways you can do this:
Using a conventional oven that’s been preheated to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, place as many slices of frozen (not thawed) french toast directly onto the oven rack. Reheat slices of french toast for about 5-6 minutes until warmed through.
Using a toaster, place slices of french toast in the toaster and put on the defrost setting, and set it to 3. Once done, flip the french toast over and toast on a 2 setting. If you have a regular toaster that doesn’t have the defrost settings, toast on the lowest setting first, and once done, flip over and toast on low setting again until warmed through
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If you end up making this delicious and easy french toast recipe, please leave me a comment down below of the toppings you used! I’d love to chat with you.
Looking for other easy breakfast recipes? Check these out next:
- Easy Butter Croissant French Toast
- Baked Creme Brulee French Toast
- The Best from Scratch Homemade Belgian Waffles
- Starbucks Copycat Pumpkin Scones
The Best Brioche Cinnamon French Toast Recipe
- 12 Slices Brioche bread
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- 1 tbsp light brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon, plus extra for sprinkling
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- Dash salt
- 4 tbsp butter, divided
- In a large mixing bowl or shallow bowl, whisk together eggs, flour, milk, sugars, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter into electric skillet or frying pan over medium heat.
- Dunk slices of brioche bread into the custard mixture, ensuring all sides of bread has been coated.
- Place slices of bread into electric skillet and fry on one side for 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle over additional cinnamon if you'd like.
- Flip over the slices of french toast and cook the other side for 3-4 minutes.
- Serve warm with your choice of toppings. Enjoy!
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