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French Toast Custard Recipe

French Toast Custard Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 1. Brush both sides of bread with butter; place in a greased 13-in. x 9-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.
  • 2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before serving. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutritional 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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ForceForCooking User ID: 8559928 240002
Reviewed 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 and
3. 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 User ID: 8207710 217538
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2035574 15829
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"very good"

MOTCook User ID: 7688063 32221
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

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

MichaelVyskocil User ID: 7169821 39686
Reviewed 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."

huronshores User ID: 7183045 68794
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7050640 37887
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3563461 39685
Reviewed 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."

blhenn User ID: 5747906 8966
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"None of my family liked this at all. We will stick to the Carmel baked french toast from this site."

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