The secret to making French toast great
Crunchy French toast is great if you get it right. It’s something I order every time I go out for breakfast or brunch. My favorite brunch spot in Lahore boasts a Crunchy French Toast that is to die for, and I was lucky enough to get the secret process from the chef himself! It’s made using a house made brioche, dipped in a thick custard over night and topped with crunchy cereal and slow cooked in butter. I don’t follow the recipe exactly, because I’m not going to make a fresh loaf of brioche every time I want French toast. I simplified the recipe enough so it can easily be at home, whether you have a restaurant grade kitchen or not.
French toast is all about the textures
The best Crunchy French toast has a variety of textures. The center has to be tender and custardy, with a crunchy crust to hold it together. You get the perfect crust by slow cooking the French toast in butter. I like adding just enough sugar for a light sweetness, so if you don’t want to add maple syrup you can eat it on it’s own. I love serving this French toast with a dollop of Chantilly cream, which is just whipped cream that is lightly sweetened and has a touch of vanilla. Fresh berries are a must in our house, strawberries being our favorite. I have some topping options listed in the recipe notes below.
They key to getting it right every time
There are a few tricks I picked up from the Chef of my favorite brunch spot, and they really make a difference. Even if you have fresh bread, letting it dry out really helps with the final texture. I have some tips on how to dry your bread out in the recipe notes. I like a higher egg to milk ratio, because the eggs give the French toast a custard center. Eggs also help the bread retain its shape. Making the mixture thin results in soggy bread that breaks on you. If you follow a couple of key points, you’ll get the best French toast every time.
Crunchy French Toast
- 6-8 thick slices of brioche bread or white bread
- 4 eggs
- 1/3 cup sugar or brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup milk whole milk or 2%
- 1 tsp vanilla optional
- 2 cups corn flakes cereal crushed
- butter for frying
- In a shallow bowl beat the eggs with the sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Add the milk while whisking the eggs.
- In a separate shallow dish spread out the crushed cereal. Heat 2 tbsp of butter in your pan on a low flame.
- Dip the bread for 45-50 seconds on each side, then dip in the crushed cereal. Carefully transfer the bread into the pan and slow cook for 4 minutes on both sides, or until both sides are crispy and golden brown.
- Serve with warm maple syrup and fresh fruit.
Have you tried this breakfast favorite?
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