Crackly French Toast

Recipe by lacezhangDifficulty: Easy


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This french toast has a fluffy yet custard-y rich interior, and a crackly coating to provide textural contrast to the eggy bread. To finish the toast, we sprinkle sugar on top of the bread and caramelize it in the pan itself, turning plain white sugar into a complex symphony of bittersweet notes ringing throughout the toast. No need for dealing with the blowtorch (for someone who cooks, I am irrationally afraid of fire). Just all in one pan. Music to my ears.


  • 4 slices of white bread

  • 70ml whole milk

  • 2 eggs

  • 20g sugar

  • butter, as needed to cook the toast

  • extra sugar, for sprinkling on bread

  • maple syrup, to serve


  • Make the custard mixture by whisking the 2 eggs, 20g of sugar, and whole milk together.
  • In a shallow plate, lay one slice of bread on it. Pour 1/4 of the custard mixture to cover the slice. Place another slice of bread right on top, making sure both slices stick together, then pour over another 1/4 of the custard mixture to cover. Let your first french toast soak up the custard mix evenly on all sides, flipping the bread around as needed. Repeat with the remaining 2 slices of bread and the leftover egg mixture.
  • Heat a pan over low heat, add in a knob of butter (about 10 to 15g per french toast), then place your toast in the pan.
  • Let it cook until golden brown, then flip. Sprinkle sugar over the top edge while the other side is browning. Flip and let the sugar caramelize in the pan's heat to form a crackly crust over your toast. Repeat the sugar sprinkle action on the other side. Once the caramelized crust is formed and everything is a lovely golden brown, remove from heat and plate up.
  • Serve with some maple syrup and extra butter if desired.


  • When caramelizing the sugared crust, remember to go low and slow. You don't want burnt sugar, instead, we're looking for a beautiful amber brown.

About Me


When not working on recipes in her kitchen, cranking up her overused commercial (yes, you read that right) oven at home, Lace can be found reading about food, writing impassioned paragraphs about food, thinking about food till the wee hours of the night, shopping for groceries as a serious sport, or gazing longingly at bakery displays.




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