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Brioche French toast with bacon, banana & maple syrup

Brioche French toast

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  • Serves 4

This indulgent weekend brunch combines salty bacon with sweet, maple-syrup-soaked brioche and banana slices for a special breakfast to savour

Nutrition: per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal624
fat43g
saturates19g
carbs29g
sugars19g
fibre1g
protein28g
salt4.2g
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Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 200ml single cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla seed paste
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 4 thick, generous slices or 8 thin slices of day-old brioche
  • 25g butter , for frying
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil , for frying
  • 12 rashers bacon
  • 2 bananas , sliced
  • maple syrup , to serve
  • 4 eggs
  • 200ml single cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla seed paste
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 4 thick, generous slices or 8 thin slices of day-old brioche
  • 25g butter , for frying
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil , for frying
  • 12 rashers bacon
  • 2 bananas , sliced
  • maple syrup , to serve

Method

  • STEP 1

    In a large bowl, whisk the eggs vigorously, then add the single cream, vanilla and sugar, and whisk again.

  • STEP 2

    When you’re ready to cook, heat the oven to its lowest setting, pop a baking tray inside and pour the cream mixture into a shallow dish or tub that will allow space for the brioche to lay flat. Heat a griddle or a frying pan to a medium heat, and melt the butter and the oil together.

  • STEP 3

    Place the brioche slices in the cream mixture for 1 min, then turn each slice and gently press all over, allowing them to soak up the liquid for another 1 min or so until fully soaked.

  • STEP 4

    Remove the brioche from the mixture and place onto the hot griddle or pan (you may need to do this in batches). Cook for a few mins on either side until the inside is tender and moist (but not wet). To check this, make a small cut in the middle with a knife – the inside should be like cooked bread pudding. Keep warm in the oven while you cook the remaining slices.

  • STEP 5

    In the meantime, fry the bacon in a pan for 5 mins until crispy. Serve the French toast topped with bacon, bananas and a drizzle of maple syrup.

  • STEP 6

    In a large bowl, whisk the eggs vigorously, then add the single cream, vanilla and sugar, and whisk again.

  • STEP 7

    When you’re ready to cook, heat the oven to its lowest setting, pop a baking tray inside and pour the cream mixture into a shallow dish or tub that will allow space for the brioche to lay flat. Heat a griddle or a frying pan to a medium heat, and melt the butter and the oil together.

  • STEP 8

    Place the brioche slices in the cream mixture for 1 min, then turn each slice and gently press all over, allowing them to soak up the liquid for another 1 min or so until fully soaked.

  • STEP 9

    Remove the brioche from the mixture and place onto the hot griddle or pan (you may need to do this in batches). Cook for a few mins on either side until the inside is tender and moist (but not wet). To check this, make a small cut in the middle with a knife – the inside should be like cooked bread pudding. Keep warm in the oven while you cook the remaining slices.

  • STEP 10

    In the meantime, fry the bacon in a pan for 5 mins until crispy. Serve the French toast topped with bacon, bananas and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Is brioche bread good for toasting?

French toast can be made using a variety of breads, including baguette, white loaves, challah and brioche. We’ve chosen brioche for several reasons:

  1. The enriched dough gives the finished dish a buttery depth of flavour
  2. The soft texture of brioche means it crisps up well when toasting, while remaining soft and fluffy in the centre.
  3. The thick texture of brioche is perfect for soaking up the egg mixture before toasting, and it also absorbs runny toppings such as maple syrup well.

What type of brioche is best to use for French toast?

We recommend looking for a high-quality fresh brioche loaf made with real butter, eggs, whole milk or cream, and sugar. This type of brioche will toast well without becoming dry on the inside. This recipe is made with plain brioche, but you could use chocolate chip brioche for extra indulgence.

What are the best toppings for brioche French toast?

Be creative by topping your French toast with your favourite extras, such as:

  • The fried bacon, sliced bananas and maple syrup in this recipe provide a good balance of salty and sweet.
  • Opt for butter, maple syrup and a handful of fresh berries.
  • If you have a sweet tooth, chocolate or caramelised biscuit spreads are an excellent choice, especially with chocolate chip brioche.
  • Make your own compote to spoon over the toast – we’ve got a range of compote recipes to choose from, including blackcurrant compote, blueberry compote and quick fruit compote.
  • For a savoury alternative, try sliced avocado, a poached egg and chili flakes.

Is brioche bread good for toasting?

French toast can be made using a variety of breads, including baguette, white loaves, challah and brioche. We’ve chosen brioche for several reasons:

  1. The enriched dough gives the finished dish a buttery depth of flavour
  2. The soft texture of brioche means it crisps up well when toasting, while remaining soft and fluffy in the centre.
  3. The thick texture of brioche is perfect for soaking up the egg mixture before toasting, and it also absorbs runny toppings such as maple syrup well.

What type of brioche is best to use for French toast?

We recommend looking for a high-quality fresh brioche loaf made with real butter, eggs, whole milk or cream, and sugar. This type of brioche will toast well without becoming dry on the inside. This recipe is made with plain brioche, but you could use chocolate chip brioche for extra indulgence.

What are the best toppings for brioche French toast?

Be creative by topping your French toast with your favourite extras, such as:

  • The fried bacon, sliced bananas and maple syrup in this recipe provide a good balance of salty and sweet.
  • Opt for butter, maple syrup and a handful of fresh berries.
  • If you have a sweet tooth, chocolate or caramelised biscuit spreads are an excellent choice, especially with chocolate chip brioche.
  • Make your own compote to spoon over the toast – we’ve got a range of compote recipes to choose from, including blackcurrant compote, blueberry compote and quick fruit compote.
  • For a savoury alternative, try sliced avocado, a poached egg and chili flakes.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2015

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