French Toast

French Toast

French Toast

French ToastMatt Taylor-Gross

This simple yet elegant french toast, which comes from Brennan's in New Orleans, has a rich crème brûlée base. All it needs is a sprinkling of powdered sugar on top (or, serve it with another New Orleans classic, Bananas Foster, for the ultimate treat).

French Toast
This french toast, which comes from Brennan's in New Orleans, has a rich crème brûlée base—all it needs is a sprinkling of powdered sugar on top.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 14 cup plus 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 12 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 1 brioche or challah loaf (12 oz.), cut into 1-inch thick slices
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Confectioners’ sugar, to garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the cream with the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and egg yolks until the custard is smooth.
  2. Place 2 slices brioche in the custard, holding them in the custard for 20 seconds a side to ensure they are completely soaked through.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet or electric griddle, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Remove the bread from the custard, add to the pan, and cook, flipping once, until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the pain perdu to a serving platter and repeat with the remaining butter, brioche, and custard.
  4. Dust the pain perdu with confectioners’ sugar before serving.