Brioche French toast is a delicious breakfast option you can whip up in just a few minutes with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Start with rich brioche bread, soak it in a creamy egg and milk mixture flavored with vanilla and cinnamon, and fry it up to crispy perfection!
This brioche French toast is incredibly easy and tasty enough for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner. It's kid friendly and simple enough for little ones to help prepare. Top it with maple syrup, powdered sugar, fruit, or whatever else you love, and dig in!
I love to use brioche bread for French toast because of its dense texture and rich flavor. It stands up well to the egg/milk mixture and ends up crispy on the outside and custardy on the inside. Flour is the perfect addition to a traditional French toast recipe, adding a little crunch to the exterior. Vanilla, brown sugar, and cinnamon work together to create the perfect flavor combination that is complimented by maple syrup, powdered sugar, or whatever else you love on French toast!
- brioche bread
- brown sugar
See recipe card for quantities.
The best bread for French toast
Brioche is a French pastry bread that contains milk and eggs, making it rich and pillowy and a perfect option for French toast. I can find regular sliced brioche at my local grocery store. Sometimes I even splurge on a cinnamon swirl brioche if I'm feeling extra fancy, which makes a spectacular French toast!
- Milk - I like to use whole milk for an extra creamy custard, but you can substitute low-fat or non-dairy milk if needed.
- Bread - This recipe has been crafted for brioche bread, but if you don't have brioche then regular sandwich bread makes a fine substitute.
- Brown sugar - I love the caramel notes that brown sugar adds to the recipe, but white sugar is definitely okay if that's what you have.
How do I keep French toast from getting soggy?
To keep your French toast from getting too soggy, try these tips:
- Dip the bread for only a few seconds in the egg mixture to keep it from absorbing too much moisture.
- Make sure to use stale or day-old bread. If your bread is too fresh, leave it on the counter for 15 minutes or toast it very lightly in the oven or toaster before using.
- Keep prepared French toast in a low oven on a baking sheet or dish until ready to eat.
- Pop leftover French toast into the toaster to heat and crisp it up.
How to store French toast?
Store leftover French toast in the fridge in a Ziplock or wrapped in aluminum foil for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or toaster.
Freeze in a Ziplock or foil with parchment between slices. Reheat in the microwave or toaster.
Crispy Brioche French Toast with Cinnamon
- 1 skillet
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoon melted butter
- ¾ cup milk at room temperature
- 1-½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- ⅓ cup flour all purpose
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 6 to 8 slices brioche bread
- Heat skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Whisk eggs in shallow pan, baking dish, or pie plate. Whisk in butter, milk, and vanilla, then brown sugar, flour, salt, and cinnamon. Continue whisking until smooth.
- Dip bread into egg mixture for a few seconds on each side. Allow excess egg mixture to drip off.
- Transfer coated brioche to heated pan. Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
- Transfer cooked brioche to a platter or baking sheet to keep warm in a 200-degree oven until all cooked and ready to serve.
- Serve with syrup, powdered sugar, fruit, or desired topping.