Saturday, August 20, 2011

Panera Bread Custard French Toast

My husband surprised me the other day after a business trip with a yummy loaf of raisin bread from Panera Bread and a recipe to make custard french toast.  It was a fun twist to your typical milk, egg, and cinnamon french toast- this recipe used heavy cream to make it a little richer and creamier.  Their recipe obviously called for their raisin bread, which was a fun change, but you could just as well use any bread, which I can't wait to try!

Custard French Toast

6-8 slices bread such as Texas Toast or raisin bread
4 Tbsp. melted butter
3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. heavy cream
3 large eggs
1 Tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt

1. For the French toast custard, using a hand whisk combine the milk, heavy cream, eggs, honey, vanilla extract and the salt.  This custard can be made well in advance.  Give a brisk stir before making the toast.
2. Transfer the custard to a casserole or open shallow dish for dipping.
3. Dip one slice into the custard and turn over after about 15 seconds.  Transfer the slice to a plate while dipping another slice into the custard.
4. Heat a griddle or skillet and cook on each side until golden brown.  Serve with maple syrup.


  1. Anytime you can put the words "custard" or "heavy whipping cream" into breakfast food, I'm in!

  2. I made cinnamon raisin bread this morning just so we could have this for dinner today. I've been dreaming about it all day!! Heading to the kitchen now.