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French Toast Custard

I usually make this dish for brunch, but it's also wonderful for breakfast or dinner. Guests have said it just melts in their mouth.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling Bake: 55 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8-10 servings


  • 8 to 10 slices day-old French bread (1 inch thick)
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • Brush both sides of bread with butter; place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. In a large bowl, beat eggs and yolks. Add milk, cream, sugar, vanilla and nutmeg; mix well. Pour over the bread slices. Cover and chill overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before serving. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 310 calories, 21g fat (12g saturated fat), 185mg cholesterol, 240mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • Itha
    Nov 25, 2019

    We have been enjoying this dish for years. My daughter comes back from college and ask for french toast but it has to be this one!

  • ForceForCooking
    Dec 22, 2015

    French Toast Custard has been a Christmas morning tradition for more than six years at our house. I would be disowned if it wasn't part of Christmas.This is a very simple recipe and turns out beautifully if you follow three very important steps.1. Bread should be a day or two old.2. Butter must be melted and3. Prepare at least the night before. This gives the custard enough time to soak into the bread.I serve the French Toast with a thick cut bacon. There is never any left over. So, now I make two.Thank you for such a great time-honored recipe.

  • DougDavis
    Jan 11, 2015

    Horrible recipe.Used two day old stale French bread as the recipe calls for. However, by buttering BOTH sides of the bread you prevent the bread from absorbing the majority of the custard. So you end up with overly dried cooked bread on top of a barely cooked layer of what looks like scrambled eggs.Will NOT repeat this recipe. Ruined our at home Sunday brunch sense this was supposed to be the main course.

  • danilane
    Nov 16, 2014

    very good

  • MOTCook
    Aug 22, 2014

    My first attempt was not successful. However, I will definitely make this again.

  • MichaelVyskocil
    Apr 6, 2014

    This is a quick-and-simple dish to prepare. I think this French toast custard could be improved with the addition of some fresh fruit.

  • massagelady1
    Aug 7, 2013

    No comment left

  • huronshores
    Mar 18, 2013

    imade this when the recipe first appeared.It was fantastic. good for a crowd.I'm glad I found the recipe again.

  • Collpepper
    Dec 22, 2012

    This has been a family favorite for many years. It's sweet, so it goes great with a breakfast buffet with other savory dishes.

  • zeefrog
    Nov 25, 2011

    For the past 5 years, I have made this recipe as a pre-Christmas brunch for friends and neighbors. Everyone loves it! I serve it with a big ham steak and/or sausage.