VERY French Toast

4 servings
20 min prep time
40 min total time

A staple of our weekend cooking, French toast is a comforting morning meal and a great use for bread leftover from last night’s dinner. This dish is a crowd-pleaser we come back to regularly. From our friends at Sweet Paul.


8 slices toasted or very stale bread, I used thick potato bread

2 cups whole milk

1 cup Vermont Creamery Crème Fraîche

3/4 cup sugar

1 stick cinnamon

1 small orange for zest, if desired

6 eggs, beaten

Olive Oil for frying

Maple syrup, berries, & crème fraîche , for serving


  • STEP 1

    Combine milk, crème fraîche, sugar, cinnamon, and orange zest in saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir frequently and watch mixture carefully. Once it comes to a boil, turn off heat and allow mixture to cool.

  • STEP 2

    Place bread into a shallow pan or cookie sheet with a lip.

  • STEP 3

    Once milk mixture is lukewarm, pour it over bread. Allow bread to soak up milk mixture. If bread is really hard, you can leave it in mixture for a few minutes. You don’t want the bread to be so soggy that it falls apart.

  • STEP 4

    Heat 1/2-inch of olive oil in frying pan over medium-high heat until it’s very hot.

  • STEP 5

    Lightly beat 6 eggs in shallow bowl.

  • STEP 6

    Working in batches, take each piece of bread from milk mixture and dip it into beaten eggs.  Place into pan.  Cook to golden brown; flip and fry the other side until golden.

  • STEP 7

    Place cooked french toast on paper towels and continue the frying process in batches until you’ve used all the bread.

  • STEP 8

    Stack your toast on a plate and layer with crème fraîche and berries. Drench the stack with maple syrup.

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Full of easy-yet-elegant recipes, stylish crafts, and entertaining ideas, Sweet Paul embraces his grandmother's motto "fullkommenhet er kjedelig," which means "perfection is boring." Through his blog and magazine of the same name, Sweet Paul inspires readers to "chase the sweet things in life" with creative and visually stunning ideas that are not weighed-down with impossible recipes or projects.