Vanilla French Toast Recipe
The ultimate vanilla custard french toast made with sweet brioche bread dipped in a homemade custard batter and cooked until golden brown. Served with fresh berries, maple syrup, and whipped cream.
Everyone needs a classic French Toast recipe in their back pocket. The beauty of french toast is that once you have the vanilla custard down, you can change up the type of bread used in this french toast. I picked up some sweet brioche bread, already sliced, in the bakery section of my local grocery store.
What is Brioche?
Brioche is a pastry of French origin that uses butter and eggs for a rich and tender crumb. It is thick enough to hold up to the milk and egg vanilla custard.
What is the Best Bread for French Toast?
When choosing a bread to make french toast, the bread needs to be thick and sturdy enough to withstand being dipped into a custard. If you choose a flimsy white cheap bread, it may disintegrate right before your eyes. Brioche or Challah bread work beautifully in french toast because those types of bread hold up well and are full of rich flavor. You can also use Texas Toast, Cinnamon Swirl Bread, or French Bread. French Bread creates a crusty, sturdy French Toast. If you are using French Bread, you may need to soak it for 30 seconds longer.
How to make a Custard Batter for French Toast?
The French Toast custard is made with eggs, half 'n half, cream or milk, sugar, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon (optional). The key is to whip the custard well so the egg is completely incorporated into the milk. This can be done in a bowl with a whisk, a fork, or the entire mixture can be whipped in a blender. Add more sugar if you want your French Toast to be sweeter.
How do you make the Perfect French Toast?
- Start with the Perfect Bread. Brioche, Challah, Thick Texas Toast, or Cinnamon Swirl are my favorites to use in French Toast.
- Make a Sweet Custard Batter made with eggs, cream, sugar, vanilla, a pinch of salt, and cinnamon.
- Dip the bread into the custard batter for about 1 minute per side, to fully coat the bread.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat. Place a pat of butter and let it begin to sizzle. Add french toast slices dipped into custard into the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side. Watch carefully as you may want to LOWER the heat to medium-low if the bread is browning too quickly. You want it to be fully cooked on the inside as well so low and slow wins the race.
- Remove from skillet and place on a wire rack so the French Toast doesn't become soggy. The air circulation helps keeps any steam from forming underneath the French Toast. You may also keep the French Toast warm by placing in an oven set to 200 degrees.
- Top with Powdered Sugar, Maple Syrup, and Fresh Fruit.
If you LOVE French Toast, you can check out my Strawberries and Cream Stuffed French Toast.
I hope you love this Vanilla French Toast with Brioche Bread Recipe. Happy Cooking, my friends!
Made this with Brioche bread and it had everyone coming back for seconds. So good!
this is exactly how I've been making French Toast for 2-3 decades. That hint of cinnamon really makes a difference. Good recipe.
Thank you, thank you for such a descriptive recipe, the extra tips made all the difference for me. French toast is a favorite of my husband's but, though I consider myself to be an experienced cook, I had given up for a long time on making a decent batch...until today. I was nervous about soaking the bread for so long in the batter and the cooking time seemed to take so long but I trusted the recipe and FINALLY! I will never again fear making french toast at home!