French toast on plate with fresh berries, syrup and icing sugar

French toast

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(15 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins plus soaking


Serves 4

Eggy bread, pain perdu or French toast – this classic breakfast dish has plenty of names and just as many options for toppings. We like it with fresh berries

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal401
  • fat29g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre1g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.8g
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  • 2 large eggs
  • 80ml whole milk
  • 40ml double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon



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  • 4 thick slices brioche
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • icing sugar and fresh berries, to serve (optional)


  1. Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Lay the brioche slices in a single layer in a shallow dish and pour the egg mixture over them. Allow to soak for 2-3 mins, then carefully turn over and soak for 2 mins more.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp of the vegetable oil and butter in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat until foaming. Carefully lift 2 slices of the soaked brioche out of the dish and add to the frying pan. Fry for 3 mins on each side, until golden and crisp, then place on a wire rack over a baking tray in a warm oven while you repeat with the remaining slices.

  3. Serve dusted in icing sugar and scattered with fresh berries, if you like.

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laurenamy20's picture
6th May, 2019
This was so delicious! High on the calorie count so it’s not going to become a regular on the menu, but absolutely amazing as a treat. I agree with the suggestion below of mixing normal sugar into the mixture, I did serve it with berries, crispy streaky bacon and good quality maple syrup with a sprinkling of icing sugar, but a touch more sugar for those with a sweeter tooth such as me would have been even better. Husband was happy with it how it was.
Nderang'ndo Mandeki's picture
17th Jul, 2018
Came out nice. Instead of sprinkling icing sugar at the end, I mixed normal sugar in the mixture. Very filing as well. I like it.
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