Brioche French Toast

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How to make the best brioche French toast–perfectly golden brown and crisp on the outside, yet tender, sweet, and buttery on the inside.

This fluffy and rich Brioche French toast recipe is impressive enough for Mother’s Day, Christmas morning breakfast, weekend brunch, or for serving up to overnight guests.

It is also easy enough to whip up on a lazy Sunday morning, just because.

Brioche french toast with banana slices and fresh berries on a white plate with a woman's hand reaching out and placing the plate on the table. Maple syrup, cherries, strawberries, a spoon, and a white linen napkin are surrounding plate

For more classic breakfast recipes, try our buttermilk pancakes and old-fashioned doughnuts.

The Best Bread for French Toast

Amazing French toast starts with amazing bread.

Enter brioche.

Brioche is a decadent French pastry bread with a soft and pillowy texture and buttery, lightly sweet flavor.

Most importantly, it makes for the absolute best homemade French toast ever.

The thick, soft brioche bread soaks up the sweet egg custard beautifully.

Thick sliced fluffy brioche french toast topped with slices of banana and strawberries, and fresh cherries.

The result is perfectly golden brown French toast, rich in flavor and with just the right amount of sweetness.

I love how the outside of the egg-soaked brioche bread crisps up yet the inside is melt-in-your-mouth tender. But never soggy. Just the perfect French toast texture.

For another recipe that uses brioche try this incredible lemon blueberry bread pudding!

Ingredients 

Six ingredients are all that you need for this classic brunch recipe.

Loaf of sliced brioche bread, about 2/3 of a stick of butter, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, 4 large eggs, and a measuring cup filled with whole milk
  • 4 large eggs 
  • 1 cup whole milk 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1 loaf brioche bread (about 8 slices) 
  • 4 tablespoons butter 

How to Make Brioche French Toast

Collage of three images: first reads "mix egg custard" and shows egg mixture with specks of cinnamon in it; second image shows slice of brioche soaking in egg mixture, reads: soak bread; third image reads "cook until golden brown" and shows a golden brown piece of toast in black round frying pan
  1. Prep: In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Heat a skillet (or griddle) over medium heat and coat with butter.
  2. Coat bread: Dip each slice of brioche into the egg custard mixture for about one minute, turning if necessary to coat both sides.
  3. Cook: Fry battered slices in the buttered skillet for about 1-2 minutes per side, until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining slices of bread, adding another tablespoon of butter to the skillet between each batch. 
  4. Serve: Serve immediately with your desired toppings. 

Toppings

Keep it simple and serve your brioche bread French toast with fresh fruit and maple syrup or top it with Nutella and whipped cream for a truly decadent treat.

Hand pouring pitcher of maple syrup over french toast with topped with fresh fruit. Bowl of cherries in background

Here are some more tasty french toast topping ideas:

  • Butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Fresh berries
  • Whipped cream
  • Sliced bananas
  • Fruit compote
  • Nutella
  • Peanut butter
  • Chopped pecans
  • Powdered sugar
  • Honey
  • Whipped cream
  • Caramel
  • Sprinkles

Storage

Refrigerator: Store leftover French toast in a zip-top baggie or air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezer: French toast freezes well for up to 3 months. To freeze, wrap each piece individually in plastic wrap, or place a piece of parchment paper between each piece, then place in a freezer baggie.

To reheat: Reheat french toast in the toaster oven (recommended), in a skillet or griddle, or in the microwave.

Overhead image of 3 slices of french toast topped with banana slices and berries

Recipe tips

  • Prep ahead. Mix up your egg custard batter up to a day ahead of time. Cover and refrigerator until ready to prepare. Just give the egg mixture a good stir before you soak the bread.
  • Medium heat. It is important to fry French toast over medium heat. If the heat is too low, the toast can dry out. If it is too high, your toast can burn.
  • Cooking for a crowd. Double the recipe. Mix the egg custard in a 9 x 13 casserole dish to easily coat several pieces of bread at once. Instead of a frying pan, use a large countertop electric griddle to cook several pieces of bread at once.
  • Different bread. Although this recipe is for how to make french toast with brioche bread, you could use the same recipe for whatever bread you have on hand (challah works well!). Note: The number of slices that the batter will coat may differ depending on the thickness of the bread.

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Three pieces of brioche french toast plated with banana slices and fresh berries
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5 from 14 votes

Brioche French Toast

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
The best brioche French toast recipe–perfectly golden brown and crisp on the outside, yet tender, sweet, and buttery on the inside.

Ingredients
 

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 loaf brioche bread about 8 slices
  • 4 tablespoons butter

For serving:

  • maple syrup
  • fresh fruit

Instructions

  • In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  • Heat a skillet (or griddle) over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter. Make sure the bottom of the pan is fully coated with melted butter. 
  • Dip each slice of brioche into the egg custard mixture for about one minute, turning if necessary to coat both sides.
  • Place battered slices in the buttered skillet and fry for about 1-2 minutes per side, until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining slices of bread, adding another tablespoon of butter to the skillet between each batch. 
  • Serve immediately with maple syrup and fresh fruit, or your desired toppings. 

Notes

Store leftover French toast in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Or freeze for up to 3 months. To freeze, wrap each piece individually in plastic wrap, or place a piece of parchment paper between each piece, then place in a freezer baggie.
Reheat in the toaster oven (recommended), in a skillet or griddle, or in the microwave.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 547kcal
Three pieces of brioche french toast plated with banana slices and fresh berries

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  1. Please include the number of grams for the Carbs in your recipes. Diabetics would want to know this.

    1. Hi Jean! I am working on finding a way to provide better nutritional information on my recipes. But I want to note that the nutritional information provided is an automatic calculation from a third-party app and should be used as an estimate only. I recommend using an app to calculate the nutritional information for the recipe using your specific ingredients- this will be more accurate.

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