French Toast Recipe

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Patisserie A Step-by-step Guide to Baking French Pastries at HomeDelicious, fast and cheap, this is the perfect comfort food, or serve it as a posh breakfast for all the family. Stale bread is commonly used in France instead of the brioche: there are always some pieces of leftover baguette which need to be used up!

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 5 Minutes


  • 6 medium eggs
  • 60 g caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod (opened and scraped) or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 150 ml semi-skimmed or full fat milk
  • 75 g fresh double cream
  • 8 thick slices of brioche, cut into halves
  • 30 g butter
For the Topping
  • icing sugar, to dust
  • strawberry jam and fresh strawberries to serve
How to Make It
  1. In a bowl, whisk the eggs with the caster sugar and the vanilla (seeds and pod or extract), then add the milk and cream to make a batter.
  2. Place the brioche halves flat in the dish and pour over the batter through a very fine sieve. Soak the brioche for a few minutes until the batter soaks into it, then turn them over.
  3. Melt a knob of butter in a frying pan. Remove the brioche carefully from the dish, one at a time, and hold it between your fingers for a few seconds to drain the excess butter. Cook them at a medium heat in batches until they are golden brown. Turn them over to finish off the cooking.
  4. Sprinkle the French toast with icing sugar and serve warm with strawberry jam and fresh strawberries.

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