Crunchy French Toast

Quick Summary

Crunchy French Toast- thick slices of Brioche bread dipped in a sweet vanilla cinnamon egg batter and coated in crunchy cornflakes. This twist on a classic is fun to make for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner!

crunchy French toast with maple syrup

Our French Toast recipe is the very best, we make it all of the time, but sometimes we like to mix things up. This Crunchy French Toast recipe is a fun twist on the classic! You will love the crispy, crunchy cereal coating!

This French toast recipe is similar to traditional French toast, the bread still gets drenched in a rich, vanilla egg custard with plenty of cinnamon. BUT before cooking, we coat the bread in cereal. Then, we cook the French toast in a little butter on both sides and end up with a fun and delicious breakfast!

The French toast is soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside, the best of both worlds. Serve warm with your favorite toppings like maple syrup, whipped cream, and berries, and enjoy every single bite. Kids and adults love this French toast recipe! It’s the perfect breakfast for weekends, holidays, or any special occasion!

crunchy French toast with cereal coating

Key Ingredients

The ingredients are basic, making this an EASY recipe to whip up any morning!

  • Eggs– use large eggs.
  • Milk- we use whole milk to create a rich batter, but you can use your favorite milk.
  • Vanilla extract– to give the batter flavor.
  • Cinnamon– a MUST for French toast!
  • Pinch of salt– to balance out the sweetness.
  • Cornflakes– cereal is the special ingredient for making the crunchy coating. We use cornflakes, but crispy rice cereal will also work.
  • Bread– I recommend using thick slices of Brioche or Challah bread.
  • Butter– cook the French toast in melted butter. YUM!
crunchy French toast on plate with berries

How to Make Crunchy French Toast

  • We like to cook the French toast on an electric griddle. If you are going to use one, make sure you preheat the griddle so it is hot and ready to go!
  • In a shallow pan or pie plate, add the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk until well combined.
  • Place the cornflakes in a large bowl and crush with your hands until the pieces are small, but not completely crushed into crumbs, and somewhat uniform in size. If you are using crispy rice cereal, you don’t need to crush them, they are small enough.
  • Dip each side of the bread in the egg mixture. Dip the slice into the cornflakes on both sides, pressing to adhere the flakes; set aside on a baking sheet or platter. Repeat with the remaining slices.
  • Melt a little butter on the hot griddle. You can also cook the French toast in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the French toast until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
  • To keep the French toast warm, place a wire rack on a large baking sheet and place the French toast on the rack. Keep warm in a 200 degree F oven for up to 30 minutes. This is helpful if you are serving a crowd.

Toppings

Serve the French toast warm with your favorite toppings. Here are some ideas!

Serving Suggestions

If you want to make a complete breakfast spread, here are some breakfast recipes that go well with the Crunchy French Toast.

pieces of crunchy French toast on plate with berries

More French Toast Recipes

Crunchy French Toast

Thick slices of Brioche bread dipped in a sweet vanilla cinnamon egg batter and coated in crunchy cornflakes. This twist on a classic is fun to make for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner!

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 cups cornflakes
  • 8 thick slices Brioche or Challah bread
  • Unsalted butter, for cooking
  • Maple syrup, powdered sugar, and berries, for serving

Instructions
 

  • If using an electric griddle, preheat the griddle to 350 degrees F.
  • In a shallow pan or pie plate, add the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk until well combined.
  • Place the cornflakes in a large bowl and crush with your hands until the pieces are small, but not completely crushed into crumbs, and somewhat uniform in size.
  • Dip each side of the bread in the egg mixture. Dip the slice into the cornflakes on both sides, pressing to adhere the flakes; set aside on a baking sheet or platter. Repeat with the remaining slices.
  • Melt a little butter on the hot griddle or in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the French toast until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
  • Serve the French toast warm with maple syrup, powdered sugar, and berries, if desired.

Notes

To keep the French toast warm, heat the oven to 200 degrees F. Place a wire rack on a large baking sheet and place the French toast on the rack. Keep warm in the oven for up to 30 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 332kcal, Carbohydrates: 51g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 149mg, Sodium: 458mg, Potassium: 201mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 691IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 124mg, Iron: 8mg
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  1. I have never heard of crunchy french toast. Sounds yummy though!! I will have to give it a try. Looks like your little retreat was a lot of fun! I have to call you. love ya

  2. Aww, what a romantic weekend trip! The snow looks so gorgeous in the photos, as does the french toast. Here, the snow is starting to melt and get all covered in dirt :(.

  3. What a beautiful spot — and the french toast sounds amazing! Glad you’re having such a fun getaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. What a beautiful place to be on this extra long weekend. Sounds so nice to be cuddled up away from it all. Love the little hearts you made. they look so good.

  5. What a gorgeous cabin! How nice to plan a Valentine’s getaway. I’m going to have to try the crunchy french toast. I like the Just Bunches cereal. I think that would be great too.

  6. The cabin looks awesome and so does the french toast!!!!! I love the crunchy concept on the outside! So glad you had a wonderful weekend!

  7. Sounds like such a nice and romantic getaway! The french toast looks scrumptious and the views are just gorgeous!

  8. Gorgeous photos. It would be hard not to have a blast there! What a perfect breakfast and I am a huge fan of crunchy french toast so this would be right up my alley.

  9. Sounds like a great time! Lovely pictures…
    I love the idea of crunchy french toast. I will try it and I can’t wait.

  10. How beautiful – the sky is so blue against the blanket of white. That French toast would be just what the doctor ordered on a cold morning.

  11. You are one sneaky and creative lady!! The cabin looks amazing! And that French toast, well, I wish you could be here to make it for me!! It looks uh-mazing

  12. Ha ha Crunchy french toast, I saw that on Diners, Drive Ins & Dive's and loved it.
    I wish I could get away for a while for some R & R….glad you had fun and some peace.

  13. fantastic twist on french toast! i’m a lover of honey bunches of oats and i think this is a stellar use for it.
    meanwhile, that scenery! color me jealous. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. What a wonderful weekend! I love the cabin and the thought of being all warm and snugly during a snowfall. It never snows here. I think I’m a tad bit jealous. The french toast looks so tasty. I like that crunchy twist. ๐Ÿ™‚