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.
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.
I love Texas toast.
I love French toast.
I love waffles.
… and that sums up how I feel about Texas toast French toast waffles! Incredibly easy to make and beyond yummy. Self-control was very challenging with a platter of these little tasty beauties in front of me. Sweet, with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla, you can substitute any bread you like, but I prefer Texas toast because it can more than handle the job of holding up to an egg batter and a waffle iron. I often contemplate what I would do differently to a recipe after I make it. A little twist or something. I can honestly say there is absolutely nothing I would change about Texas toast French toast waffles. Except to maybe double the recipe.
Our local grocery store has English muffins on sale 50% off on occasion. I can’t pass it up when they do since English muffins are great for a lot of things, from breakfast to lunch to dinner. I love them as hamburger buns, topping the burger with a great fried egg. And now, I love them as French toast.
These English muffin French toasts take very little time to make and come out fantastic. They taste just like your usual French toast, but they have a bit more crunch and texture to them. I’d have no problem saying that I like them more than the usual French toast.
Although I garnished these with powdered sugar and maple syrup, you could also use chocolate syrup, or better, Nutella spread!