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10 Minutes to the BEST French Toast: Crispy Cinnamon Nutmeg Brioche

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Move over Ihop and Trader Joe’s; there’s a new brioche french toast recipe in town. Seriously, If you want to have the best french toast recipe of your life, then try this cinnamon nutmeg brioche french toast. You won’t be disappointed! If you’re looking for quick and easy breakfast ideas, I’ve got you covered! The egg custard makes the inside of the brioche creamy and delicious, while the outside has a crispy crust that will give you all the mouth feels. Top it with warm maple syrup so that it gives just slightly when you bite into it for a luscious eating experience you didn’t know existed. 

Bonus: This dish takes about ten minutes to prepare and can be served for breakfast or as a dessert after dinner if someone wants something sweet before bedtime!

Close up of brioche french toast with butter and strawberries on top.

What is Brioche Bread?

Brioche bread is a type of bread made from an egg and butter enriched yeast dough that gives it its sweet taste. It’s often referred to as a “dietary staple” in France because people eat brioche for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. 

 If you’re interested in food history, this little tidbit may surprise you! Brioche, although a staple in France, now actually originated in Normandy in the fifteenth century. It wasn’t until the seventeenth century that France really took hold of the bread and made it their own. Also, it was made with a sourdough starter rather than yeast. The Brioche we know today didn’t make its appearance until the eighteenth century and would still be perfected over the following decades.

Why does Brioche make for the best french toast bread?

Not only is the texture of this bread excellent for french toast, but it also holds so much flavor. It is soft yet firm enough to soak up the custard without becoming a soggy, mushy mess, which makes it just right for french toast. Whether you like your bread thick or thin, brioche has you covered. Combine this with a perfect blend of spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon, and you’ll never make french toast with another bread again.

Equipment You’ll Need To Make Crispy Brioche French Toast

If you want your french toast to have a crispy outer crust, it is important to use a skillet large enough to accommodate the bread. All sides of the bread should be flat against the pan. I recommend using 14in Skillet. It is big enough to hold two pieces of french toast at a time and will help you get that crispy crust on the outside of the bread. The only other thing you’ll need is a shallow baking dish for your egg custard.

Close up of brioche Frech toast on a dark plate with butter and maple syrup on top.

Ingredients You Need To Make Cinnamon Brioche French Toast

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Sugar, and Vanilla Extract
  • Brioche Bread
  • Maple Syrup
  • Butter

How to Make the BEST French Toast Custard

Whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and vanilla extract in a shallow dish. Whisk until well combined and set aside.

How to Make Crispy French Toast

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter until butter begins to foam.
  2. Then take 2 pieces of brioche bread, coat both sides in the egg mixture for 10 seconds on each side.
  3. Transfer soaked bread pieces to the hot skillet and cook for 1½ to 2 minutes per side or until golden brown on both sides. Repeat until all pieces of french toast are cooked.
  4. Serve French toast with warm maple syrup and powdered sugar.

French Toast Toppings

When it comes to what toppings to use on your french toast, the skies the limit. Fresh fruit, jams, nuts, chocolate chips, powdered sugar, or even a cream cheese glaze if you’re feeling fancy all make for great toppings.

Brioche Frech toast on a dark plate with butter and maple syrup on top.

Brioche French Toast FAQs

Can I freeze this french toast recipe?

Absolutely! If you prefer to make your own freeze ahead breakfast meals, this recipe is perfect! You can make a large batch and freeze it for later use. Use a layer of parchment paper between each slice to keep them from freezing together. When you want to reheat it, toss it in the toaster or toaster oven on low to help keep that crispy exterior.

What can I use if I can’t find brioche?

Ideally, you want to use a bread that is thick so it doesn’t fall apart and get too mushy. Challah bread is another great option that is sweet and holds up really well to the custard. If you can’t find Challah or Brioche, you can grab a loaf of texas toast in the bread aisle. It may not be the best, but it still makes some pretty good french toast and will work in a pinch!

Can I bake this french toast in the oven?

If you don’t have time to stand at the stove, you can make french toast in the oven. It won’t have the same crispy exterior as with pan-frying, but it will still be yummy. 
To bake your brioche french toast, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper for easy clean-up. Follow the directions above for making your egg custard and coating the bread. Place each piece of french toast on the baking sheet and place it in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, flipping once halfway through.

How do you keep brioche French toast from becoming soggy?

If you’ve had a problem with french toast becoming soggy in the past, it is because you soaked it too long in the mixture. Even though brioche is a spongey bread that holds up well to moisture, it can get too saturated. It is important to only let the bread sit in the custard for 10 seconds on each side, 15 max, to avoid a mushy mess.

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Close up of brioche french toast with butter and strawberries on top.

Brioche French Toast

Move over Ihop and Trader Joe's; there’s a new brioche french toast recipe in town. Seriously, If you want to have the best french toast recipe of your life, then try this cinnamon nutmeg brioche french toast. You won't be disappointed! If you’re looking for quick and easy breakfast ideas, I’ve got you covered! The egg custard makes the inside of the brioche creamy and delicious, while the outside has a crispy crust that will give you all the mouth feels. Top it with warm maple syrup so that it gives just slightly when you bite into it for a luscious eating experience you didn't know existed.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Total Time 9 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 5 Large eggs
  • ½ Cup milk
  • ½ Tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ Tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 Slices brioche bread
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter (divided)
  • ½ Cup pure maple syrup (warmed)

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and vanilla extract in a shallow dish. Whisk until well combined and set aside.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter until butter begins to foam. Then take 2 pieces of brioche bread, coat both sides in the egg mixture for 10 seconds on each side.
  • Transfer soaked bread pieces to the hot skillet and cook for 1½ to 2 minutes per side or until golden brown on both sides. Repeat until all pieces of french toast are cooked.
  • Serve French toast with warm maple syrup and powdered sugar.
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