Brioche French Toast
An indulgent classic recipe
Without doubt, French Toast is one of those classic breakfast favorites that gets all the family gathered round the table. It is a staple dish you bring out for special occasions. Whether it’s for a Mother’s Day breakfast surprise, Thanksgiving morning, or just to celebrate the weekend, a simple yet special French Toast recipe is one worth having in your repertoire.
Topped with sweet syrup and fresh berries, St Pierre’s Brioche Loaf is the star of this indulgent classic French Toast recipe. So, read on for our advice on how to make French toast.
Are French toasts actually French?
Yes, French toast is originally from France! The original term of the recipe is “pain perdu” that translates to “lost bread” in English.
What are French toasts?
French toast or “pain perdu” refers to soaking slices of stale bread in a mixture of beaten eggs, milk and sugar, and then frying them in butter until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside. Brioche French toast uses brioche bread instead of regular bread to make “pain perdu”.
Where does French toasts come from?
The origin of French toast or “pain perdu” comes from the idea that the dish is a way to use up stale or leftover bread that might otherwise be discarded. By soaking the bread in the egg mixture, it becomes moist and flavorful, and the frying process gives it a crispy exterior.
French toast can be served with a variety of toppings, such as maple syrup, fresh fruit, icing sugar or whipped cream. It is a popular breakfast or brunch dish in many parts of the world, and is known for its rich, comforting flavors and texture.
While French toast is often made with plain white bread, here at St Pierre we think using brioche instead makes for an even more indulgent and decadent experience, just like this recipe!
If you want to know more about brioche, check out our brioche hub page.
How to make French toast with brioche bread?
Our Brioche French Toast recipe below is a classic, and we’re sure it will fast become a staple in your cooking repertoire! It’s easy to make, and as long as you’re stocked up on our Brioche Loaf, you’ll likely already have all the ingredients in your pantry.
It’s also simple to customize your French Toast recipe. You can switch out regular milk for your preferred substitute, and choose your favorite frying oil instead of the butter. There are also so many options when it comes to what to eat with French Toast.
We’ve suggested berries with our recipe, but swapping these for whatever fruit is in season makes for a perfect breakfast or brunch dish. Try stewed apples for a fall brunch recipe, or check out our Blood Orange French Toast recipe – a spooktastic Halloween breakfast idea!
Our classic recipe uses our plain Brioche Loaf, but you can also get a bit creative here too. Try our Cinnamon Twist French Toast recipe for something extra special, it uses our Brioche Cinnamon Twist loaf. Orwhy not get inventive and try something with our Chocolate Chip Brioche Loaf, too? Our Brioche Loaves are designed to be soft and slightly sweet, the perfect base for French Toast and loading up with your favorite breakfast toppings!
Chocolate Chip French Toast Alternative
If you’re looking for an even more indulgent alternative to this recipe, try our Chocolate Chip Brioche Loaf! It’s very simple, just follow the same steps as the recipe below and substitute our classic Brioche Loaf. You’ll see, it adds an extra touch of deliciousness to the recipe thanks to the sweetness of the chocolate which blends perfectly with the caramelisation of the brioche slices. Enjoy!
- 2 slices of St Pierre Brioche Loaf
- 1 egg
- 1.4 fl oz milk
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Butter or oil for frying
- Fresh berries
- Fresh berries
- Pour the milk into a mixing bowl, then add the egg and the cinnamon
- Lightly whisk together until everything fully mixed together
- Pour the mixture into a large, shallow dish (bigger than your slices of brioche)
- Melt the butter in a frying pan over low to medium heat. If you’re using oil, simply gently heat in the pan
- Take one of the brioche pieces. Dip both sides of brioche into the egg mixture
- Add the brioche to the frying pan, cook gently on both sides until they’re golden brown in color
- While the first slice is cooking, get started soaking the second slice in the remaining egg mixture
- Top with fresh berries of your choice, and drizzle with your favorite type of syrup
Please visit our National Brioche Day page for more ultimate brioche recipes inspiration!
Pre-sliced, utterly decadent and completely delicious, our sliced Brioche Loaf will make the ideal addition to your table. With a lightly sweet taste, delicate texture and irresistible richness, St Pierre’s Brioche Loaf is delicious as is or simply toasted as a snack, and as an addition to any meal.
Chocolate Chip Brioche Loaf
The magical combination of our delicious brioche sliced bread, plus added smooth chocolate chips for an even more indulgent treat. This brioche loaf’s soft texture and delicious sweet taste make it the perfect treat for anytime of the day and take your favorite French toast recipe to the bakeries of Paris.
Enjoy it as is for a sweet snack or an indulgent breakfast.