French Toast – the ultimate weekend brunch

Bank Holiday weekends signal the opportunity for a lovely long weekend and with that means lie ins and of course, brunch.

Before Rivkie met Dan, she really didn’t have much appetite for sweet breakfasts (we’ve told you before, we’re very much of the avocado on toast generation – or for Antonia, a bacon naan at Dishoom), but, Dan won Rivkie round with his delicious French Toast recipe and now we’re sharing it with you.

Of course when French toast is involved, the bread is all important. Rivkie and Dan often use challah for this delicious morning treat, but of course, brioche is the traditional carb of choice. You may also want to explore breads such as bulka bread, which is naturally sweet. If you can find it, chocolate chip bread or brioche is pretty spectacular too.

When it comes to toppings, maple syrup is a must, opt for good quality maple syrup, it’s a little pricier but you’ll find you can use it in salad dressings and on chicken marinades too, so it’s a worthy investment in our opinion.

This breakfast can be pretty sweet, so opt for fruits that compliment and balance out the flavours. Berries of all descriptions work really well for this dish and look beautifully vibrant and appealing but really topping choices are down to personal preference.

This of course is one the kids will love too and once you’ve done it a few times, it really doesn’t take long to rustle up.


2 eggs

2 slices of large challah (one slice per person)

1/4 cup of milk

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp of oil for first slice + extra 1/2 tsp per slice after.

Toppings (optional): Fruit, maple syrup, yogurt, cream, Nutella, lemon zest

Serves: 2 – one slice of bread per person, the mixture itself in the current amounts should stretch to three at a push.


  • In a dish wide enough to fit your slices of bread, mix together the eggs, milk and vanilla extract. You can beat this together with a fork.
  • Add in the cinnamon and mix again.
  • Prepare your pan on the stove, with 2 tsp of oil and heat on low light.
  • Soak each slice of bread in the mixture for about 5-10 seconds on each side.
  • Place straight into a hot pan and fry on each side until brown (around 5-10 seconds).
  • Remove slice from the pan and turn down the heat in between each slice. You may need to add 1/2 tsp of oil for each slice to ensure no sticking or burning.
  • Plate your French Toast and top with maple syrup and other toppings of your choice.
  • Enjoy!
Try it with Nutella! It’s delicious