Hazelnut French Toast

Food By Joe Recipe Hazelnut French Toast pain perdue maple syrup

Simple ingredients and a super-quick prep make this hazelnut french toast an easy and delicious last-minute breakfast or brunch treat! 


  • 8 pieces of bread, preferably brioche
  • ¾ cup half & half or heavy cream
  • ¼ cup hazelnut liqueur (can substitute honey or maple syrup)
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons Butter (for the griddle)

Optional toppings:

  • Maple Syrup
  • Chopped hazelnuts
  • Sliced banana
  • Berries


  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Place a sheet pan with a wire rack inside the oven
  2. Place a second sheet pan with a wire rack on a counter nearby
  3. In a bowl, mix the eggs, cream, liqueur, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Whisk until fully combined and slightly frothy
  4. One at a time, lay each slice of bread in the egg mixture for 30 seconds per side. Allow excess to drip off and lay the soaked bread on the second wire rack you set up. Repeat with all 8 pieces of bread.
  5. Set griddle to between 350 & 375, and allow to completely heat up.
  6. Place 1 tablespoon of butter on the griddle and use a spatula to spread it out.
  7. Place 4 pieces of bread on the griddle and cook for 1 ½ minutes per side.
  8. Once both sides have cooked, remove toasts to the rack inside the oven. 
  9. Repeat with the remaining 4 pieces of bread and add them to the rack inside the oven. 
  10. Leave in the oven for 5 minutes to dry/crisp slightly.
  11. Serve immediately with your choice of syrup, berries, and chopped nuts.