sugar-coated french toast {ffwd}

Sugar-Coated French Toast

We’re more of a pancake and waffle household, but I enjoyed French toast when I was a kid. This week’s recipe for French Fridays with Dorie was for a sugar-coated version. I gave it a try.

I picked up a mini-loaf of brioche at Iggy’s, perfect for French toast, sliced it up, and left it out overnight to get stale. Pretty simple. You make an enriched custard with cream, sugar, and extra egg yolks, in addition to the milk and eggs of my youth. The bread soaks a few minutes on each side. Then, the bread cooks in butter sprinkled with sugar. The sugar caramelizes and gives the eggy bread a nice finish. The final touch is a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

Bread Soaking

Initially, I was going to make a single serving, but to my surprise, Howard wanted some for breakfast too. It was good, though I liked it more than he did. I think we’ll go back to pancakes and waffles, even though this was a nice change.

There’s not too much else to say, so I’ll be brief this week. I hope all my American friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! To see the other Doristas’ verdicts on this one, check out their links here. If you’re interested, you can find the recipe in Dorie Greenspan’s book Around My French Table.

Bread Frying


Posted on 29 November 2013, in French Fridays with Dorie and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Looks like it turned out great! Glad you had someone to share it with! :)

  2. Looks great! Love the golden color of that french toast of yours! I totally forgot to sliced up my brioche to make it dryer!

  3. Your mini brioche is so cute :) My kinda size!

  4. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and are keeping warm this weekend. (Travel safe!)
    Glad to hear this was a treat for two :-)

  5. Great job on the French Toast. It looks delicious.

  6. Oh, I am not a French Fridays participant, but I just love seeing everyone’s contribution to the project. This looks wonderful!

  7. Helyn Benjamin

    Hi. Glad you had good thanksgiving and trips back and forth were uneventful. Made French toast today from challah. Added sugar to butter. Very good. Have good birthday week. Lovexxxxx Sent from my iPad

  8. Dear Betsy, your French Toast has such a lovely, sugary outside – wonderful color. It was indeed a nice change to pancakes and waffles – so, you enjoyed this for breakfast while we ate some for dessert (but we did not have dinner that day).
    Thank you also for all your kind comments! And I do hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  9. Your French toast looks tasty, Betsy. While I love French toast every bit as much as pancakes or waffles (which I like also – oink! oink!), I prefer my Mom’s version which was plain and simple. You’d be amazed how delicious plain French toast topped with Welch’s grape jelly tasted. Didn’t you order waffles at the bakery we all walked to on Saturday morning? From your Facebook pictures, it looks as if you had a wonderful holiday.

  10. True – not much to say about this other than it was good.

  11. I prefer waffles to pancakes or french toast, but this was one delicious french toast! Yours looks yummy! Hope you had a perfectly wonderful holiday!

  12. I love having the option to buy a mini-loaf, especially since I’m the only one eating it at our house. This time I opted for a brioche bun (meant for burgers) and it worked really well. I’m more of a savoury breakfast lover, but this made a great dessert. I love the shape of your brioche slices – they made for a very pretty finished product.

  13. I don’t know if I’ve ever met a breakfast food that I didn’t like. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, even if french toast isn’t your favorite.

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