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Sugar-Crusted French Toast cut in half and garnished with berries and mint on a white plate

Sugar-Crusted French Toast

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Sugar-Crusted French Toast has a double coat of sugar, an extra rich custard and is a sublime treat for a decadent breakfast or comforting dessert!

Just some simple twists make this an outstanding French Toast Recipe. Extra yolks in the custard, plenty of real vanilla extract and the sugary crust make this one breakfast you won’t forget!

Sugar-Crusted French Toast Recipe cut in half and garnished with berries and mint on a white plate

Sugar-Crusted French Toast

After making the executive decision to skip the potatoes with prunes for last week’s French Friday’s with Dorie, I’m back with a dish more to my family’s liking. Dorie’s Sugar-Crusted French Toast was special in a number of ways.

First, it was sugar-crusted. More on that later. Second, it was made with nice thick slices of eggy brioche. And instead of the milk my mom used in her version, Dorie had us use a combination of whole milk and cream with a nice slosh of vanilla.

My mom, on the other hand, added a pinch of nutmeg to kick up the flavor. And besides the usual eggs, a few extra yolks were mixed into the soaking custard in Dorie’s recipe. Good so far, right?
Overhead view of Sugar-Crusted French Toast on a white ceramic plate with fresh berries

Tips for Making this Sugar-Crusted French Toast Recipe

The slightly stale brioche slices were soaked in the rich vanilla custard, then fried in butter sprinkled with sugar. If your bread is not day old, just leave it out uncovered, turning it over at least once, to assist the drying process.

Before flipping, the tops of the bread were also dusted with sugar, doubling the caramelization potential. Who wouldn’t love that???

I presented this as a breakfast dish to the hubby. He is pretty set in his way, and to be “Bill approved,” shaking up breakfast foods by serving them for dessert might be a bit of a stretch. But this sugar-crusted French toast was an A-OK way to start the day, served with either with berries or maple syrup or both.

It was no worse for him than those chocolate glazed donuts he brings home from the bakery “for the kids.”  We’re down to one child living at home, and she won’t eat those. So I’ve got his number.

Sugar-Crusted French Toast topped with maple syrup, berries and a dusting of powdered sugar

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Sugar crusted French toast halves on a white plate

Sugar-Crusted French Toast

An elegant French Toast recipe dipped in rich custard then coated in sugar before cooking.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 6 servings


  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2/3 cup plus 8 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 4x4x1-inch slices egg bread
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick)  butter


  • Whisk eggs, yolks, milk, 2/3 cup sugar, vanilla, and salt in large baking dish. Place bread in single layer in egg mixture, then spoon egg mixture over the bread. Let stand until soaked through, about 3 minutes.

  • Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar into the skillet. Add 3 bread slices to each skillet; cook until deep golden on bottom, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle top of bread slices with 2 tablespoons sugar, then turn slices over and cook until deep golden on bottom, about 3 minutes. Transfer French toast to plates. Repeat process for the rest of the slices.

    Serve with your favorite French toast toppings.

Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 344mgSodium: 498mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 18g


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