Los Angeles pastry chef Karen Hatfield sprinkles her egg-soaked bread with cinnamon sugar before cooking it, creating an excellent crispy crust. She then tops the French toast with roasted plums and creme fraiche, creating the ultimate breakfast (or dessert).
Jessica Koslow started making jam in Los Angeles and soon developed such a huge following that she had to expand her business; thus, Sqirl was born. This recipe is just one of the showcases for jam you'll find there.
BLD Restaurant’s pastry chef, Mariah Swan, bakes buttery brioche for this crisp French toast, which she tops with a warm berry compote. The compote comes together in less than 10 minutes but tastes surprisingly complex for something so quick.
This decadent version of French toast, from Jamie West at The Mayflower Inn in Washington, Connecticut, is made with two slices of buttery brioche that are filled with creamy peanut butter, coated in crunchy cornflakes, toasted until crisp and topped with maple syrup and fresh berries. F&W’s Grace Parisi adapted the recipe to make it easier and cheaper.
Dive into the delectable sandwich with a fork and knife or pick it up with your hands, providing there are plenty of napkins close by. Chef Jesse Cool likes to tuck the maple apples in with the ham and cheese, but the fruit can be served on the side, along with a spicy mustard or horseradish sauce.
Almond brioche (brioche filled with almond paste) is a Parisian breakfast staple. In her adaptation, Grace Parisi soaks store-bought brioche in almond-infused custard—almost as if she were making French toast—and bakes it until crisp. It’s lovely sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar and topped with berries.