Crunchy French Toast

photo of nutella stuffed Crunchy French Toast

French toast is dipped in an egg custard batter and then covered in panko bread crumbs, giving it a super crunchy finish. This dish is inspired by the famous Crunchy French Toast from Blu Jam Cafe in Los Angeles.

This creation idea is, again, brought to you by my brother. Last week, I made Baked Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches after seeing my brother make his version (inspired by the ones from Churros Borough). After I showed him my version, he then showed me his photos of Crunchy French Toast inspired by the ones from Blu Jame Cafe and told me to make it. So I did.
slices of Crunchy French Toast stacked on each other
I’ve never had the ones from Blu Jam Cafe, but it’s basically French toast covered in crushed corn flakes, which actually was my initial thought of how to cover the French toast. However, I liked my brother’s idea of panko crumbs even better. I’ve made corn flake crusted chicken before and the corn flake crust just isn’t as pretty and doesn’t stick on as well. The panko crumbs perfectly covered the French toast slices and cooked very evenly.
close-up of Crunchy French Toast
Much like my Baked Churros, I found that baking the French toast was better than cooking it on the stove. I actually tried it both ways, but preferred the oven version, where the panko is evenly heated and stays crunchier longer. It’s also faster if you plan on making this for a crowd.
photo showing how to slice the bread
I used Texas-style toast as my base, and I couldn’t help myself. I felt compelled to stuff it with something. So I stuffed in some Nutella. You can also do chocolate spread, cookie butter spread, jam, fruit, etc. Or don’t stuff them at all.
Crunchy French Toast garnished with fresh fruit

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close-up of nutella-stuffed Crunchy French Toast
These came out so tasty. Instead of eating them with a fork and knife, we just picked up a piece, dipped in syrup and munched on them.

If you enjoy this recipe, be sure to check out my French Toast Donuts, Nutella Stuffed French Toast Pancakes and French Toast Pull Apart Muffins.

Crunchy French Toast

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
French toast is dipped in an egg custard batter and then covered in panko breadcrumbs, giving it a super crunchy finish. This dish is inspired by the famous Crunchy French Toast from Blu Jam Cafe in Los Angeles.

Ingredients:

  • 4 thick slices of Texas style toast but do not toast it, sliced into triangle halves
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream (see note)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup of panko breadcrumbs I prefer Kikkoman
  • 4 tbsp of Nutella spread optional
  • syrup for dipping

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat. 

  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together eggs, heavy cream and honey. In another bowl, pour in breadcrumbs.

  3. If you are stuffing your toast, carefully make an incision along the longest side of your triangle. The using a spatula, spread 1/2 tbsp of Nutella. Repeat with all slices.

  4. Take a triangle piece of bread and dip both sides in egg batter. Then roll it into the breadcrumbs until both sides are evenly covered in breadcrumbs. Place onto prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining bread.

  5. Bake for about 22-25 minutes, flipping over with 10 minutes remaining, until both sides are crunchy and golden and egg custard is fully cooked. Careful not to cook too long or your Nutella will completely dry out. Serve with fresh fruit and syrup.

Notes:

  • You can also use whole milk but the batter won't be as rich. If you use whole milk, reduce the amount to 2/3 cup.
  • The nutrition estimate does not include the syrup.
Nutrition Facts
Crunchy French Toast
Amount Per Serving (0.25 of recipe)
Calories 591 Calories from Fat 293
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32.6g 50%
Saturated Fat 16.9g 85%
Trans Fat 0.7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.7g
Cholesterol 173.9mg 58%
Sodium 451.4mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 61.4g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1.7g 7%
Sugars 24.6g
Protein 12.8g 26%
Vitamin A 19%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 12%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

8 comments on “Crunchy French Toast”

  1. These are awesome! I love the custard-y inside of French toast but this really ups the outside crispiness factor 🙂

  2. Looks yummy!  Can’t wait to try this with the panko!  And the Nutella – but that goes without saying 🙂

    Jillian

  3. Never coated my french toast in panko before.. genius idea!

  4. Thanks, for a great and yummy recipe! I sure plan on making this very soon!

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