It had been soooooo long since I had French toast. Anita suggested that I make some and I quickly put the things I needed on my grocery list. I started with homemade brioche bread, but you can use a loaf from the store or substitute another type of bread, such as challah. You’ll get the best results with day-old or slightly stale bread. My homemade brioche is nice and thick, absorbing loads of the egg batter, which is the key to a perfect French toast. You don’t just want a light coating on the outside, you want it all the way through, in each and every bite.
This brioche French toast checked off every box on my list of things that make for great French toast. A slightly crunchy crusty edge: check. Eggy creamy soft insides: check. Able to absorb tons of real Maple syrup: check and check again.
Also try my English muffin French toast and my cinnamon French toast bake!
Brioche French Toast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
- 1 cup half-and-half
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons honey warmed
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 8 1/2" thick slices stale Brioche bread
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
- Your favorite toppings real maple syrup, powdered sugar, whipped cream, fruits, etc
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Add half-and-half, eggs, honey and salt to a pie pan. Whisk with a fork.
Working in batches, place bread in the egg mixture and let soak on each side for 30 seconds. Transfer to a wire rack over a sheet pan.
Working in batches, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet. Add 2 bread slices to the skillet and cook until golden brown, 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes. Remove to another wire rack over a sheet pan.
Transfer pan of bread to the oven and bake 5 minutes.
Serve immediately with your favorite toppings.
I woke up one morning and said “That’s it. I am not ignoring my bread machine any longer”. Like a lot of folks, I keep my bread machine at the back of the pantry. Way in the back. Well, no more. I’ve been using it to make fantastic po boy bread dough and since Anita requested French toast, I also made a great loaf of bread machine brioche bread. My first time. And yeah, though it’s not like I worked the dough by hand, it still feels homemade and boy, was the French toast out of this world!This bread machine brioche is so soft and eggy inside. The crust is thin but a little crunchy. It holds up well for making French toast.
The key to this bread is determining when to add the butter. You’ll be adding 8 tablespoons (a stick), one tablespoon at a time at 1 minute intervals, during the last kneading cycle. For our bread maker the second (last) kneed cycle ends 35 minutes after starting the machine. That means I add the first tablespoon of butter after 27 minutes. You’ll want to consult your bread machine manual to know when the kneading cycle ends.
Bread Machine Brioche
Follow the measurement amounts exactly to get the proper texture.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons lukewarm water
- 2 whole eggs plus 1 egg yolk lightly whisked
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons bread flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 3/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into tablespoon-sized pats, softened
Add all ingredients except for the softened butter to the bread machine in the order specified by your bread machine maker. I have listed the ingredients in the order for my older model Regal bread maker.
Set your bread machine to 'sweet' or 'regular' if yours doesn't have a 'sweet' setting and begin processing.
minutes before the second kneed cycle is completed start adding the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, 1 minute between adding each one. NOTE: My bread machine book has a chart showing the various cycle times. For mine, making sweet bread, the 2nd kneed begins after 15 minutes and last 20 minuets. So, I began adding the butter 27 minutes (15 minutes + 20 minutes - 8 minutes) after starting the bread.
Let machine finish and then open the top. Let the bread cool 20 minutes before removing to slice.