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Brioche French Toast

18/09/2020

Brioche French Toast is a quick and EASY recipe you can make in minutes! The fluffy brioche is cooked in a sweet egg custard and fried in butter, topped with lashings of strawberry jam and icing sugar for a deliciously indulgent breakfast or brunch.

A stack of Korean style french toast covered with strawberry jam, fresh strawberries and a sprinkling of icing sugar.

Why We Love This

Soft chewy brioche bread in a deliciously sweet, custardy egg batter, fried in butter and slathered in sweet strawberry jam. It’s seriously a match made in heaven!

French toast is ready in less than 10 minutes. It’s so easy to make and such a delicious breakfast or brunch treat that you can make even when you’re feeling lazy. We think it’s even easier than making pancakes – perfect for when you just cannot wait around for pancake batter to aerate!

Where We Learned This Recipe

French toast is something we never expected to learn how to cook while travelling through Korea! Which is exactly why we loved discovering it in Busan! Recipes always seem to pop up in the most unexpected ways with people or ingredients you can never expect.

Our host in Busan would make this for us every morning, even cutting with scissors into bite-size pieces. He told us keeping it simple with just strawberry jam was the way to go, and we agree.

We decided to call this recipe Brioche French Toast – Korean style – because it’s uniquely the way we learnt it, and super delicious.

Sprinkling icing sugar over a stack of brioche french toast and strawberries.

What is Brioche French Toast? 

Brioche French Toast is one of the most decadent weekend treats you could ever make for yourself. Think fluffy bread in a soft, sweet custardy egg coating, topped with jam and powdered sugar. It’s a popular breakfast menu item in cafes and guest houses around the world.

French toast is usually eaten for breakfast or brunch, but you could eat it for a decadent afternoon snack or dessert. We’ll never judge!

What You’ll Need

Easy ingredients for this french toast recipe! All you need for the batter is eggs, milk, sugar and butter. For toppings we recommend strawberry jam / fresh strawberries and perhaps a sprinkling of icing sugar to make it fancy!

  • Brioche Bread – The texture of cooked brioche bread is out of this world! Look for the best quality brioche loaf you can get, made with real ingredients. If you can’t get your hands on brioche, you can also try sweet milk bread or regular white bread. One thing we do recommend: make sure the slices are thick. This helps to keep the outside crispy and the inside nice and fluffy, no matter what bread you use.
  • Caster Sugar – We recommend caster sugar /powdered sugar which is finer and easier to dissolve than regular white sugar. You can use golden caster sugar for even more caramel-y flavour.
A stack of freshly cooked french toast slathered with strawberry jam and topped with fresh strawberries.

How to make:

  1. Pop the eggs, milk and caster sugar in a bowl and whisk together before pouring the mixture out onto a lipped plate.
  2. Next, grab a large saucepan and throw in the butter. Heat it up over medium heat, moving the butter around to coat the pan.
  3. Now quickly dip both sides of each slice of bread into the egg mixture. Wipe off any excess with your finger then pop them in the pan.
  4. Cook for a few minutes each side until golden brown, then flip over and repeat on the other side.
  5. Serve hot with fresh strawberries and strawberry jam. And if you’re feeling extra decadent, why not sprinkle icing sugar over the top!

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Be quick when you pop the bread in the egg mixture on both sides – this ensures it doesn’t soak up too much mixture, and keeps the bread fluffy in the middle.
  • Fry it in just little butter so it crisps nicely on the outside but doesn’t soak too much into the bread.
  • Warm the plates in the microwave so when you serve it up, the toast stays nice and hot.

FAQs

How do I cook french toast?

French toast is usually fried. While our host used oil, we found that butter gives the toast a crispier finish and when cooked on low it helps to cook the egg more evenly on both sides. Some recipes like Hong Kong Style even deep fry the toast.

Why should I use brioche bread?

Brioche is a deliciously buttery sweet bread, with a golden colour and decadent texture, almost like a croissant in soft, bread form. The slices are usually thicker than regular bread, perfect for soaking up the egg custard while also staying firm enough to slice and pick up with a fork.

Is French Toast actually French?

You would think so given the name wouldn’t you? Not so. Apparently the recipe can be traced back to a Roman recipe collection known as Apicius. Then there are the German and English versions. Not to mention it seems to be the number one cooked breakfast offering at guesthouses around the world! It seems to be quite the worldly recipe and not a whole lot to actually do with France. Unless, we believe the story that the name came from a man called Joseph French who named the dish after himself. What do you think?

Variations & Substitutes

  • Sweet Topping Ideas – Try blueberries, caramelised bananas, golden syrup, homemade Kaya Coconut Jam or chocolate sprinkles like in our Roti Coklat (Indonesian Chocolate Banana Bread)! You could even top add a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream. Also melted butter, maple syrup and cinnamon are always a winning combo!
  • Make it Savoury – Skip the caster sugar in the egg batter. Top the cooked french toast with avocado, crispy fried bacon, feta, sautéed cherry tomatoes and mayonnaise or chipotle sauce.
A stack of fluffy french toast on a plate with fresh strawberries.

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★ Did you make this recipe? Please leave a star rating below!

A stack of freshly cooked brioche french toast.

Brioche French Toast

Brioche French Toast is a quick and EASY recipe you can make in minutes! The fluffy brioche is cooked in a sweet egg custard and fried in butter, topped with lashings of strawberry jam and icing sugar for a deliciously indulgent breakfast or brunch.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Korean
Servings: 6 Slices
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $5

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pop the eggs, milk and caster sugar in a bowl and whisk together before pouring the mixture out onto a lipped plate.
  • Next, grab a large saucepan and throw in the butter. Heat it up over medium heat, moving the butter around to coat the pan.
  • Now quickly dip both sides of each slice of bread into the egg mixture. Wipe off any excess with your finger then pop them in the pan.
  • Cook for a few minutes each side until lightly browned, then flip over and repeat on the other side.
  • Serve hot with fresh strawberries and strawberry jam. And if you’re feeling extra decadent, why not sprinkle icing sugar over the top!

Recipe Notes

Tips to get this recipe just right: 
  • Brioche Bread – Look for the best quality brioche loaf you can get, made with real ingredients. If you can’t get your hands on brioche, you can also try sweet milk bread or regular white bread. One thing we do recommend: make sure the slices are thick. This helps to keep the outside crispy and the inside nice and fluffy, no matter what bread you use.
  • Caster Sugar – We recommend caster sugar /powdered sugar which is finer and easier to dissolve than regular white sugar. You can use golden caster sugar for even more caramel-y flavour.
  • Butter – Fry it in just little butter so it crisps nicely on the outside but doesn’t soak too much into the bread.
  • Sweet Topping Ideas – Try blueberries, caramelised bananas, golden syrup, homemade Kaya Coconut Jam or chocolate sprinkles like in our Roti Coklat (Indonesian Chocolate Banana Bread)! You could even top add a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream. Also melted butter, maple syrup and cinnamon are always a winning combo!
  • Make it Savoury – Skip the caster sugar in the egg batter. Top the cooked french toast with avocado, crispy fried bacon, feta, sautéed cherry tomatoes and mayonnaise or chipotle sauce.
  • Be Quick – when you pop the bread in the egg mixture on both sides – this ensures it doesn’t soak up too much mixture, and keeps the bread fluffy in the middle.
  • Warm the Plates – Pop them in the microwave for a minute so when you serve it up, the toast stays nice and hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 27mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 438IU | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
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20 Comments

  • Reply
    SHANIKA
    04/12/2019 at 1:50 pm

    5 stars
    Nothing like a good French Toast recipe! I love anything Brioche because that means extra fluffiness. This looks great!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/12/2019 at 9:01 am

      Yes, exactly. It also gives it a slightly sweeter flavour making it perfect for breakfast!

  • Reply
    Anita
    04/12/2019 at 11:30 am

    5 stars
    This french toasts are so quick and simple to prepare, and taste really delicious.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/12/2019 at 9:00 am

      Agreed!

  • Reply
    Irina
    04/12/2019 at 11:09 am

    5 stars
    I am used to make French toasts, but have never known some tricks. Thank you for your beautiful tutorial:)

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/12/2019 at 9:00 am

      No worries Irina, I’m glad it was helpful for you! 🙂

  • Reply
    Denay DeGuzman
    04/12/2019 at 11:02 am

    5 stars
    I am a French toast fanatic! I just made your special recipe and it is delicious! Thank you so much for another wonderful recipe.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/12/2019 at 9:00 am

      Aww thanks so much for letting us know Denay!

  • Reply
    Emily Liao
    04/12/2019 at 10:28 am

    This Brioche French Toast looks amazing! I love how this is a Korean style with the jam 🙂

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/12/2019 at 9:00 am

      Yes agreed! The jam makes all the difference!

  • Reply
    Shanika
    23/01/2019 at 4:02 pm

    5 stars
    I love Brioche French Toast and I love that this recipe is so simple, yet a great twist on a classic dish! The perfect breakfast indeed!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      28/01/2019 at 1:42 pm

      High five to that Shanika. ????????????

  • Reply
    Natalie
    23/01/2019 at 3:28 pm

    5 stars
    WOW this is stunning! Your photographs are amazing – looks so delicious and perfect for brunch ♥

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      28/01/2019 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks Natalie! Xx

  • Reply
    Caitlyn Erhardt
    23/01/2019 at 12:56 pm

    5 stars
    Love that you used brioche! This sounds like a wonderful breakfast idea!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      28/01/2019 at 1:41 pm

      Loooove brioche, it has that gorgeous texture normal bread just can’t even hope for, made even better when transformed into French toast!

  • Reply
    Andrea Metlika
    23/01/2019 at 12:18 pm

    5 stars
    This Brioche French toast looks absolutely marvelous.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      28/01/2019 at 1:41 pm

      Thanks Andrea, hope you enjoy!

  • Reply
    Lisa Huff
    23/01/2019 at 12:08 pm

    5 stars
    LOVE French Toast with brioche! Such a perfect breakfast or brunch!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      28/01/2019 at 1:40 pm

      We know right, it’s the best!

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