Brown Sugar Cinnamon French Toast is your classic french toast breakfast or brunch recipe with the perfect blend and balance of warm spices and brown sugar! This recipe comes together in no time making it perfect for breakfast and brunch during busy weekday mornings, on the weekends and definitely the holidays! Recipe includes easy step-by-step recipe video and is sure to be a hit for all!
Brown Sugar Cinnamon French Toast
This Brown Sugar French Toast Recipe is definitely one you will want to bookmark and save to make for breakfast or brunch! It features light and fluffy brioche bread slices dipped in a delicious brown sugar cinnamon egg custard and fried until a sweet caramelized crust is formed! It’s simply divine, and a must try.
Here are some other reasons why I love this Brown Sugar French Toast Recipe:
- Requires simple ingredients that you most likely already have on hand
- The toppings are endless – maple syrup, honey, strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream etc.
- Comes together so quick making it perfect for a weekend or holiday brunch recipe
What You Need to Make Brown Sugar Cinnamon French Toast
- Brioche or French Bread – use a thicker slice of bread that will hold up well, brioche is the most common.
- Eggs – use 5 large whole eggs for the perfect richness in your custard base
- Cream or Milk – you can use your favourite milk or milk alternative in this recipe, any kind will do.
- Brown Sugar – for sweetness and gives a nice caramel flavour and golden crust to the toast
- Pure Vanilla Extract – for added flavour
- Ground Cinnamon & Nutmeg – the perfect spice blend for this recipe
- Salt – to balance the sweetness
- Butter – use this to grease the skillet, griddle or pan you are cooking the french toasts in
- Toppings – strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream, maple syrup, confectioners/icing sugar etc., as desired
How to Make Brown Sugar Cinnamon French Toast
1. Combine Ingredients in Shallow Bowl – in a large shallow dish, add eggs, milk or cream, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and whisk well to combine.
2. Preheat Pan– Over medium-low heat, preheat a non-stick skillet or pan, then lightly grease with butter or cooking oil, spreading evenly over the surface of the skillet or pan.
3. Dip Bread – dip one slice of bread into the egg mixture, allow to soak for 2-3 seconds then flip and dip the other side, soaking again for another 2-3 seconds (do not completely drench the bread).
4. Add Slice to Pan – place slice of bread into the skillet or pan and fry until golden brown — around 2 to 4 minutes, then flip and repeat. Work in batches if needed and do not overcrowd the skillet or pan.
5. Repeat & Top – repeat process with remaining bread slices, then remove and allow to rest on a cooling rack. Serve warm with desired toppings – blueberries, strawberries, whipped cream, maple syrup, confectioners sugar etc.
What Type of Bread to Use for French Toast?
Use a unsliced sturdy loaf to make french toast. Reason being, whichever bread you choose needs to withstand soaking up the egg and milk mixture without falling apart.
I recommend a Brioche loaf, however, these can be hard to find unsliced in your local grocery store. Some other alternatives would be loaf of challah, Pullman or Wonder sandwich bread or french bread – unsliced so you can cut the slices as thick as you’d like.
Do You Use Butter or Oil for French Toast?
When ready to add your french toast to the hot skillet or pan, use a combination of a neutral oil and butter. This helps with preventing the butter from burning, and helps to get the crisp golden edges we all want. Be sure to wipe out all browned and burnt bits from the skillet or pan after every batch.
See My Story Below for Step-by-Step Instructions
What Type of Milk to Use for Brown Sugar Cinnamon French Toast?
You may use whichever milk you prefer, I personally used Silk Half & Half Dairy-Free Cream for this recipe. However, you can opt for 2%, whole, skim etc.
What Spices to Use in French Toast?
Use a combination of ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Feel free to add more or less, depending on your taste preferences.
Brown Sugar Cinnamon French Toast Recipe Notes & Tips
1. Choose the Right Bread – thick slices of brioche, challah, or french bread are all great choices.
2. The Right Amount of Milk – add the correct ratio of milk to the custard. If there’s too much milk, the egg in the mixture won’t cook, meaning wet, soggy french toast.
3. Whisk Well – whisk the custard until the dairy of choice, eggs, and spices are well combined.
4. Add Olive Oil & Butter – give the pan a light greasing of neutral oil and butter. This will help prevent the butter from burning.
5. Preheat the Pan – this will help to prevent the custard from seeping out the bread and creating a ring along the edges.
6. Medium-Low & Slow – ensure you set your stovetop temperature to medium-low no higher than medium to prevent your french toast from burning.
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Brown Sugar Cinnamon French Toast
- Large Shallow Dish
- Non-Stick Skillet or Pan
- 7 Slices Brioche or French Bread cut 3/4-inch to 1-inch thick
- 5 Eggs
- 1/4 cup Cream or Milk I used Silk Brand Dairy-Free Half & Half
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar packed
- 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp Ground Nutmeg
- Strawberries, Blueberries, Whipped Cream, Maple Syrup, Confectioners/Icing Sugar etc. to serve
- In a large shallow dish, add eggs, milk or cream, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and whisk well to combine. Over medium-low heat, preheat a non-stick skillet or pan, then lightly grease with butter or cooking oil, spreading evenly over the surface of the skillet or pan.
- Dip one slice of bread into the egg mixture, allow to soak for 2-3 seconds then flip and dip the other side, soaking again for another 2-3 seconds (do not completely drench the bread).
- Place slice of bread into the skillet or pan and fry until golden brown — around 2 to 4 minutes, then flip and repeat. Work in batches if needed and do not overcrowd the skillet or pan.
- Repeat process with remaining bread slices, then remove and allow to rest on a cooling rack. Serve warm with desired toppings – blueberries, strawberries, whipped cream, maple syrup, confectioners sugar etc.