Cinnamon Brioche French Toast (Extra Thick)
This extra thick cinnamon brioche french toast is perfect for breakfast, brunch, and even dessert!
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French Toast Using Brioche Bread
If you are a breakfast food lover like us, you’ll be head over heels for this incredible french toast recipe made with brioche bread. With a sweet cinnamon flavor and fluffy texture, it is absolutely delicious and super easy to make.
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe
There are so many things to love about this cinnamon brioche french toast recipe, but here are just a few of them:
- It’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert
- You can make it in just 10 minutes
- All you need is a few simple ingredients
- No oven required
- It’s extra thick and fluffy
What is Brioche Bread?
If you haven’t had brioche bread before, you’re in for an absolute treat. Brioche bread is a type of french bread that contains a higher egg and butter content than other breads. This gives the brioche an almost fluffy texture.
Some types of brioche have added sugar to give the bread a subtly sweet flavor. The flaky crust and texture give the bread a pastry-like quality. Variations of brioche bread are vast, including chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and more.
Brioche bread: There are many different types of brioche bread that will work for this recipe. We love using a loaf of brioche bread from the bakery, but you can also buy pre sliced brioche bread at your local grocery store in the bakery section! You can also use cinnamon brioche bread to add some extra cinnamon flavor to your french toast.
Half-and-half: We’ve found that using half-and-half for french toast custard is the perfect option. It has a creamier texture than milk due to its cream contents, giving your french toast a richer flavor. If you don't have any half-and-half on hand, you can substitute whole or 2% milk.
Eggs: The eggs in the cinnamon french toast custard gives the french toast the fluffy texture.
Ground cinnamon: You can’t have cinnamon brioche french toast without cinnamon. This delicious spice blends together with the other ingredients in the custard to create amazing flavor.
Ground nutmeg: Nothing pairs better with cinnamon than nutmeg! This spice adds another pop of flavor that gives interest to the cinnamon toast.
Granulated sugar: The granulated sugar provides additional sweetness and compliments the spiced flavor. Additionally, it caramelizes when cooked for a slightly crisp golden brown exterior. You can easily omit the granulated sugar for a more savory french toast.
Salt: The addition of salt is key to accentuating the other flavors in any recipe. Salt will also bring out more of the sweetness in the taste of the bread and custard.
Pure vanilla extract: Trust us when we say adding pure vanilla to almost ANYTHING makes it better. The deep vanilla flavors compliment the spices and give this french toast recipe an addicting taste.
How To Make This Recipe
To get started, add the half-and-half, eggs, and pure vanilla extract in a wide, shallow bowl. A shallow bowl works best so you can fully coat the slices of bread in the custard mixture before cooking.
Stir the ingredients with a fork or whisk until they are fully combined with a smooth, even consistency. Then, thoroughly mix in the salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and granulated sugar.
You can even blend the mixture in a blender or food processor if desired. Once it’s fully combined, set the mixture aside.
We like to cook this french toast on a griddle to easily make several slices at once. If you don't have a griddle, you can cook it in a frying pan on the stove. Grease the griddle or frying pan with non-stick cooking spray or butter and heat it to medium heat (about 350°F).
Next, dip each slice of brioche bread in the custard mixture, fully coating each side. Place them immediately on the heated pan or griddle. Be careful not to let the bread soak in the egg mixture for too long or it may get too soggy.
Cook the brioche french toast slices until each side is golden brown (about 3-5 minutes total). Then, add all of your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Tips And Tricks
French toast is a super simple breakfast or brunch food that anyone can make. If you follow these tips and tricks, your french toast will turn out perfect every time!
Use a shallow bowl: When you make your french toast custard, we recommend using a shallow bowl like this one. This makes it a lot easier to evenly coat the bread slices for the perfect french toast.
Make homemade half-and-half: If you want your french toast to be extra rich and fluffy but you don't have any half-and-half on hand, you can easily make your own. To make 1 cup of half-and-half, combine ¾ cup of whole milk and ¼ cup of heavy cream.
Use a blender: Another option for making the french toast custard is to use a blender or food processor. Add the half-and-half, eggs, vanilla, salt, spices, and sugar to a blender and blend until smooth.
Use stale brioche bread: You may not know that stale bread is best for making french toast. This is because it tends to absorb the custard better than fresh bread can. That said, whether you use a fresh or stale brioche loaf, this recipe is absolutely delicious!
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There are lots of different toppings that taste amazing on cinnamon brioche french toast. Here are some of our personal favorites:
- Powdered sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Blueberry Compote
- Fresh berries
- Whipped Cream
- Melted Caramel
Best Breads For French Toast
We LOVE using brioche bread in this french toast recipe. However, the french toast bread options are limitless. These are some other breads that make for amazing french toast:
- Sourdough Bread
- French Bread
- Whole Wheat Bread
- Texas Toast
- Cinnamon Bread
- Raisin Bread
What do you eat with cinnamon french toast?
The beauty of this cinnamon brioche french toast recipe is that you can eat it with sides or all by itself. If you’re looking for side dishes that pair perfectly with this french toast, here are just a few:
- Eggs: scrambled, boiled, sunny side up, etc.
- Fresh fruit: whether it’s a topping or a side, fresh fruit pairs perfectly
- Bacon: There’s nothing better than crispy bacon and french toast
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Cinnamon Brioche French Toast (Extra Thick)January 5, 2023
- Shallow bowl
- Whisk or fork
- Griddle or frying pan
- 1 cup half-and-half
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 6-8 slices brioche bread
- In a shallow bowl, add the half-and-half, eggs, and vanilla extract. Stir until combined with a fork or whisk.
- Mix in the salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and sugar.
- Grease a griddle or frying pan with non-stick cooking spray or butter and heat to medium heat (about 350°F).
- Dip each slice of bread in the egg mixture, fully coating each side. Place them immediately on the griddle or pan.
- Cook until each side is golden brown (about 3-5 minutes). Add toppings and enjoy!
- Recipe makes 6-8 slices of french toast
- Use a shallow bowl to easily dip the bread
The breakfast of my dreams! This recipe was out of this world delicious.