We may have found the perfect festive breakfast –and we do not say that lightly! From the warmth of the cinnamon, to the snowy dusting of icing sugar, this is the epitome of a decadent holiday breakfast! Add in some maple syrup and pomegranate arils, and this Cinnamon Sugar French Toast will ensure your Christmas plate is the Zoom envy of all your mates!
Feeling like this might be too much to commit to on Christmas day? Well, first of all, let us assure you that it is a very low maintenance recipe; with just a few simple steps to take you to breakfast heaven. But, if you decide it might be a tad too aggressive prior to Christmas dinner then, know that it works perfectly for Christmas Eve, Boxing Day or any of those strange days that fall between Christmas and New Year where time just seems to stand still.
And if you have some leftover panettone in the house, it would make a wonderful substitute for the brioche or challah bread, so nothing need go to waste!
So, check your shopping list, in fact, why not check it twice … and make sure that these ingredients are on there – we know you want to!
Ingredients (Makes 12 slices)
- 400g loaf brioche or challah
- 100g caster sugar
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 4 eggs
- 230ml whole milk
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2tbsp unsalted butter
- In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar, and set aside.
- In a deep, preferably flat bottomed, bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk until combined. Add the vanilla extract.
- Slice the bread into 1” slices (about 12 in total) and quickly dip into the egg mixture, ensuring that each side is coated. Allow any excess mixture to drip off, and ensure you do not leave the bread to soak in the mixture.
- Once coated in egg mixture, place the bread slices onto a wire rack, or a baking sheet.
- Generously sprinkle the upward facing side with cinnamon sugar, ensuring you go right to the edges.
- Add a tbsp. of butter to a large skillet and melt over medium heat. Once melted, add 2-3 slices at a time, sugar side down.
- Allow the bread to cook until the downward facing side is golden brown, and the sugar is beginning to caramelise; approximately 2 minutes. Sprinkle the upward facing side with the cinnamon sugar, and flip the bread to allow the other side to toast up.
- Remove from the pan, dust generously with icing sugar, and top with maple syrup and pomegranate arils. Enjoy!
Tip: If making the French toast for a family, keep slices warm while the others are cooking by placing them on a foil lined baking sheet in an 80C oven.
Why not add this Cinnamon Sugar French Toast to your North Pole Breakfast? Perfect for little elves!
For more festive breakfast inspiration, check out our other recipes here.