Looking for a quick Sunday brunch option or holiday breakfast idea? Consider following this recipe for a delicious deep-dish almond brioche french toast that is sure to “wow” guests and satisfy any family member. If, by any chance, all of this yummy meal is not eaten, simply cover with foil, refrigerate, and reheat when desired.
- Butter or cooking spray (to coat pan)
- 24-ounce loaf of Brioche, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 8-ounce package of cream cheese, cut into 18 individual cubes**
- 3/4 cup chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 8 large eggs
- 2 cups of milk**
- 1/2 cup of firmly packed, dark brown sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Pinch of cloves
- 4 Tbsp. melted butter
- Powered sugar (for serving)
- Pure maple syrup, warmed (for serving)
Directions for How to Make French Toast:
- Begin by buttering a 9-x-13-inch baking dish, generously.
- Place half the bread cubes in the bottom of the dish, creating a single layer and filling in any gaps.
- Scatter cheese cubes, almonds, and raisins over the top, making sure it is evenly dispersed.
- Then, cover the two layers completely with the remaining bread cubes.
- In a large mixing bowl, briskly whisk together eggs, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves.
- Pour this mixture over the bread cubes, making sure it is distributed evenly.
- Next, gently press down on the bread cubes with hands or spoon to ensure that the top layer completely absorbs the liquid mixture.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for four hours. If desired, the mixture can also be refrigerated overnight for quick preparation the next day.
- When ready to cook, pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Remove the dish from the refrigerator and let sit out at room temperature for approximately 20 minutes before cooking.
- Bake french toast for 20 minutes, covered.
- Then, remove the cover and bakes for 15-20 minutes longer, or until the bread is toasted and there is no remaining, standing liquid.
- Remove dish from oven, and drizzle melted butter over the top.
- Run a knife around the edges of the pan to separate the french toast.
- Let sit for 5 minutes. Then, cut into individual squares. Serve with a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top along with warm maple syrup.
**How to make low fat French toast alternative: To make a version that is lower in fat, simply make a few substitutions. The cream cheese in the this recipe can be replaced with neufchatel, and the whole milk can be replaced with skim milk to create a a healthier alternative.
This recipe is inspired by David Leite.