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French toast will always signify a slow Sunday’s morning where an indulgent breakfast is calling to be enjoyed. French toast is an incredibly delicious meal that is effortless to throw together. The perfect slice of French toast should have a custard like middle with a golden, crunchy and buttery outside. The way to achieve this is to make your mixture the night before and leave the bread to soak it up overnight. I also like to fry my French toast in lots of butter with just a drizzle of olive oil to ensure the butter does not burn.
If you are feeling particularly indulgent, you can use a brioche loaf for the bread however, a white sourdough works just as well. The great thing about French toast is that you can cater the toppings however you please. My favourite topping is maple syrup and strawberries but chocolate, a dusting of icing sugar and even condensed milk works just as well!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do you soak the bread overnight?
By leaving the bread to soak overnight, you are allowing the liquid to be fully absorbed by the bread. It also deepens and enhances the flavour and ensures a soft and custard like centre.
Do you have to soak the bread overnight?
Ideally it’s best if you can soak the bread overnight however, if this cannot be done I suggest leaving it soak for a minimum of 1 – 2 hours.
What bread do you recommend I use?
Traditionally a brioche loaf is used yet I find this type of bread hard to source so resort to a thick sourdough loaf.
What is brioche bread?
Brioche is a French pastry that resembles bread. It is made with lots of eggs, milk and butter.
What should I top my French Toast with?
This is entirely up to you! I like to use fresh strawberries and maple syrup as my toppings.
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- 4 Slices of white bread cut at 4cm thick
- 5 Eggs
- 1 1/2 cups Full cream milk
- 1/4 cup White sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla bean paste
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 50 g Butter
- Olive oil
- Maple syrup
- Strawberries sliced
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla bean paste and cinnamon powder until all ingredients are well combined.
- Place the slices of bread into a deep dish tray. The more snug they are the better. Pour the mixture all over the bread and leave to sit for a minimum of 2 hours or ideally overnight. The bread will soak up all of the liquid.
- In a fry pan on a medium/high heat, melt the butter with a drizzle of olive oil. When the butter starts to foam, place a piece of bread into the pan and cook for 3 minutes on each side or until golden and crispy. Remove from the pan and repeat this step with the remainder of the bread.
- Drizzle maple syrup all over and finish off with a sprinkling of fresh fruit.