My mom gave me a loaf of this pumpkin cinnamon swirl bread as a fall treat and my mind immediately went to French Toast. This was a fun Sunday brunch that Matt and I enjoyed. I used my traditional French toast recipe with this flavored bread. It had a strong cinnamon flavor which I LOVE!
You could use this recipe with any bread you would like as long as it has a good structure – think sour dough or challah. The main thing I love about about this method of making French toast is that the bread is toasted on a griddle first and then briefly baked. This allows the outside to get toasty while the inside is cooked through. And if you have to make it in batches it assures that all of the french toast will come out of the oven warm for the whole group.
This was enough for myself and Matt, but if you are making french toast for a larger group you will need to scale up the recipe. I normally get 4-5 pieces of French toast from this custard recipe when I use a traditional bread, but as this pumpkin bread was sliced pretty thin I got 7 pieces – yum!
Recipe (Initial method and custard adapted from Alton Brown)
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 egg
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ tsp vanilla (if desired)
- A pinch of salt
- 4-6 pieces of sliced bread
(The number of slices of bread depends on what kind of bread you use)
Preheat the oven to 375F. Squeeze approximately 1 Tbsp of honey into a glass pie dish or a shallow bowl. Heat in the microwave for 5 seconds (this makes it easier to mix the honey into the custard). Add in the egg, milk, vanilla, and salt and whisk to combine.
Preheat your griddle at this point. Set up a baking sheet with a cooling rack over it. You will bake your French Toast on this and it keeps both sides crispy. Dip both sides of the bread into the custard and make sure it's soaked. If your bread is dripping you can let the bread drain a bit on the cooling rack/baking sheet before putting on the griddle. Cook the dipped bread for 2-3 minutes on each side until it is toasted and crispy (to your liking). Bake the French toast for 5-7 minutes to cook through.
Note: I toasted up the French bread on our non-stick griddle, so I don’t use any butter or cooking spray. If you are using a pan over the stove you will want to use a cooking spray or some butter to make sure your bread doesn’t stick while you toast it.