This Balsamic Strawberry Brioche French Toast pulls together all bold flavors as a great option for breakfast or brunch. This french toast is easy to make, thick, soft, fluffy, delicious, uses a handful of ingredients, and comes completely dairy-free. Fully laced with a decadent balsamic flavored topping, this french toast recipe will certainly be your family's next new staple for those early mornings, especially during the Spring + Summer months. Vegan + Gluten-free options.
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OK, so I'm super ecstatic to be sharing this recipe because it's one that I've loved ever since first whipping it together in 2020 which is why I had to remake and reshoot everything to ensure that it's perfect! French toast is definitely in my top list of favorite breakfast or brunch dishes next to pancakes and waffles, of course! With the Spring season just around the corner, I couldn't resist sharing this thick + fluffy Balsamic Strawberry Brioche French Toast with you. It's SO good, ya'll and it's just as easy to whip together as regular french toast. I'm usually not one to delve into balsamic vinegar that often, but with this recipe, I'm swooning over the fact that I did because it just works, especially when paired with something naturally sweetened like fresh strawberries!
It definitely works as the perfect "pick-me-up" in the mornings or as a nice twist and switch up to regular french toast on any day of the week. Of course, if you're thinking of feeding a larger family or you just want something that requires a lot less work, then this Blueberry French Toast Casserole is the answer!
Whether you use challah, whole wheat, Brioche, or gluten-free bread, this french toast will be your favorite homemade brunch to date!
Balsamic vinegar is a deep brown vinegar that's made from unfermented grape juice, which makes it different from regular vinegar. Overall, balsamic vinegar is known for it's distinctive, bold, complex, and interesting flavors. In actuality, it has a rich, complex sweetness with notes of fig, molasses, cherry, chocolate or prune.
If you're familiar with balsamic, then you're aware that this dark, concentrated, + intensely flavored vinegar can be extremely bold (and perhaps off-putting) if it's not paired correctly.
However, I am learning that pairing it with sweeter things like apples, pears, honey, strawberries, other berries, etc. can be the best choice for the perfect pairing---as seen with this scrumptious Balsamic Strawberry Brioche French Toast recipe! Also, surprisingly, it goes very well with fresh mozzarella, which could be used for pizzas, crostinis, salads, etc.
Like many other vinegars, balsamic vinegar can be used for a lot of things like:
Both baked and pan-fried French toast recipes are delicious, however, I prefer the one that takes less active cooking time, especially on the weekends where I’m extremely laid back.
Instead of frying your French toast in butter over the stove, try a baked version. It’s easier to whip together, makes less mess (yes, to tossing everything together in one dish), makes a pretty decent batch for the entire family, and is basically “set it + forget it” vibes (hello, oven).
The key to the best French toast is to use fluffy bread like brioche or challah, and bonus points if it's a day old and a bit stale. It soaks up the eggy custard even better this way. Now, if you know me personally, then you know that I enjoy a good breakfast if I do get around to eating it.
During the week on most days, I tend to grab something quick since I often have work. However, the weekends are my faves because I get a chance to whip together something intricate! This french toast is no different. Here's what you'll need:
For the best french toast, it's definitely all about the type of bread used. Traditionally, any bread (including regular sliced breads) can be used, but the following options truly make for the perfect bite + results in my opinion and it's always best to purchase an entire loaf and use slightly old bread:
When it comes to making the perfect French Toast, I wasn't always a master at it. To be honest, I often ruined my toast pretty badly because it would stick to the pan and become this mush. Haha. Now that I've practiced a TON, I was able to learn a few tricks along the way which hopefully can help you when making this Balsamic Strawberry Brioche French Toast recipe:
One of my first mistakes was thinking that I could use any type of bread when it came to french toast. However, I was wrong. For the best, fluffy french toast, using the correct bread matters A LOT!
Personally, I've found that the following breads work perfectly: brioche, challah, french bread, etc. Basically, you want a bread that produces a dense crumb and that can hold up well in the custard.
Yup. You definitely want to make sure that all of your ingredients (whether using eggs or not) are at room temperature and not cold. This ensures that your melted butter doesn't become grainy or hardened in the process and that the custard is smooth, which helps your french toast to cook nicely and remain smooth.
The other important tip is to ensure that your bread slices are soaked nicely within the custard. This is why using quality bread every time matters. Getting a good soaked bread makes everything perfectly fried and less sticky for the frying mess!
Yup. You read that right. To make my french toast perfect, especially vegan ones, I often fry them on a high-quality non-stick pan or griddle which creates an easy flip and slide right off the pan situation. In addition, always ensure that you use butter in between frying and remember----just a little goes a long way!
Here, I’ve curated a list of cooking + baking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baked goods or cooked meals, especially with this Balsamic Strawberry Brioche French Toast. Everything from my fave baking sheet, skillet, food processor, high-powered blender, cooking utensils, and more. SEE THEM HERE!
When it comes to frying your french toast, like I said---the soaking process is obviously an important. However, that can sometimes means that your french toast comes out soggy, which is a major No, No! But don't worry. The trick to avoiding soggy french toast is in two things: the type of bread used (really thin bread isn't your friend) + a nice slow cook! Yup----cooking it over a medium-low heat instead of high-heat ensures that the outside doesn't become golden + brown before the insides can cook through properly. So, keep things lower in setting and let it take it's time to cook through.
Making the perfect french toast is all about the egg to milk ratio, believe it or not! In order to come out with a richly tender french toast, the best rule of thumb is ¼ cup of mil to 1 egg per two slice. Of course, things won't fall apart if you don't follow this, but it'll surely increase your chances of the best results. Another trick-----to avoid the "scrambled egg" taste, use only the egg yolks instead of the entire egg. Wallah!
OK, so if you're in a hurry or just feel for french toast, but your bead isn't day old or stale just yet, no worries! There's a hack that works that'll get you the results you need in the knick of time:
Quick option: Lay your slices of bread unto a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 300 degrees for 5-10 minutes until it "drys out".
Overnight option: Lay your slices of bread on a baking sheet or wire cooling rack overnight. Air will quickly dry out the surface of the bread.
You can easily make this Balsamic Strawberry Brioche French Toast recipe vegan and/or gluten-free. To make gluten-free french toast, simply use your favorite gluten-free bread (remember, the fluffier, the better).
For a vegan version, follow these swaps:
Absolutely! Everything in this Balsamic Strawberry Brioche French Toast is completely delish as is, but if you'd like to switch things up with the type of plant-based milk that you use-----that's totally fine! The world of plant-based milk is constantly expanding, it's hard to keep up! From the classics like cashew milk, sesame milk, soy milk, and almond milk, we now have delicious options like oat milk and even potato and quinoa milk.
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Omg this recipe was absolutely incredible!! Decadent and delicious, perfect for our weekend homemade brunch!
Ohh these just has to go on my weekend breakfast menu! I love french toast and never thought to top it with balsamic strawberries before - I'm drooling this looks so good!
Balsamic and strawberry is such a great combo! Plus, you added here French toast. And now I need to make it ASAP! It sounds too good. 🙂
What a lovely dish. So many flavors that we love in french toast.
What a tasty idea for breakfast! I love the sound of the flavours - this would be such a great meal to wake up to!