Cooked in minutes, this Brioche French Toast – Korean Style is a quick and easy recipe with sweet fluffy bread and a crispy egg coating. Topped with lashings of strawberry jam and icing sugar for a deliciously indulgent breakfast, you’ll be going back for more.
French toast is definitely something we didn’t consider learning to cook while we travelled through Korea. Which is exactly why we loved discovering it there! Recipes always pop up in the most unexpected ways with people or ingredients you don’t expect.
It’s why we wrote about what ‘Authentic’ recipes mean to us and why today’s Brioche French Toast is Korean style – it’s uniquely the way we learnt it, and still super delicious.
Our host in Busan would make this for us every morning, even cutting it into strips with scissors so they were nice and bite-size. He told us keeping it simple with just strawberry jam was the way to go, and we agree.
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In this post, we’ll quickly go through:
- What is Brioche French Toast?
- Is Brioche French Toast better than regular French toast?
- How do you cook brioche french toast?
- Is brioche bread French?
- Is French toast French?
What is Brioche French Toast?
Brioche French Toast is sweet bread in a fried egg coating, topped with jam. It’s usually eaten as a breakfast, afternoon tea snack or dessert. We prefer to eat it for breakfast – but this is completely up to you. We like to think of each slice almost like a pancake, but for time-poor peeps who don’t want to wait around for the batter to aerate.
Is Brioche French Toast better than regular French Toast?
We think so! However, as we love sweet toppings, the combination of the soft Brioche bread with the egg and jam is a match made in heaven for us. If you can’t get your hands on brioche bread, you can also try sweet milk bread or just plain old 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.
How do you cook Brioche 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.
Really though, this recipe should be ready in minutes. These are the steps we follow:
- Mix the eggs, milk and sugar mixture on a plate.
- Heat the pan with a little butter.
- Dip the bread on both sides and scrape off any excess mixture.
- Pop it on the pan, and fry both sides until golden and lightly browned.
- Serve with jam and eat!
That’s it, it’s really that simple.
Is Brioche bread French?
Yes, Brioche is indeed French. Pronounced bree-osh it’s actually considered to be a pastry due to the eggy and buttery sweet nature of the bread. It definitely has a lot more colour than your regular loaf of bread and tastes much more decadent! It’s almost like a croissant in a soft, bread form.
Is French Toast French?
See now, you would think so given the name wouldn’t you? Alas, according to reports on the internet, it’s earliest recipe traces back to a Roman recipe collection known as Apicius. Then there are the German and English versions.
So it seems to be quite the worldy 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?
Brioche French Toast Recipe – Korean Style
So now you know the origins of the recipe, are you ready to get stuck into cooking it?
A couple of tips we recommend for the best results:
- 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 into the bread.
- Warm the plates in the microwave so when you serve it up, the toast stays nice and hot.
Time to get cooking!
- 6 slices brioche bread
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp milk
- 2 tsp castor sugar
- 1 tbsp butter
- strawberry jam
- fresh strawberries
- Pop the eggs, milk and castor 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!