Savory French Toast with Red Pepper Syrup

Updated: Jun 16, 2020

I made this recipe for the New Year's Day cooking segment on Good Morning Washington in 2019. It's remained one of my favorites. This recipe is perfect for people who love the texture and comfort of French Toast, but don't necessarily want the traditional sweetness. For the sweet-lover in you, the Red Pepper Syrup will give you just a hint of what you love. P.s. I ate the picture! So, I'll be making this again really soon and will post the image.


o 1 TBS Canola Oil

o 1 TBS unsalted Butter

o 6 large egg yolks

o 1 cup of half and half

o 1 TBS Italian Seasonings Herb Blend

o 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, for serving

o 1 teaspoon kosher salt

o Ground white pepper, to taste

o 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and grated

o 6 slices French or Challah bread, cut 1 1/2-inch thick (staled or toasted)

o Chives for garnish


Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Blend egg yolks, half and half, herbs, salt, pepper, garlic.

Place toasted or staled bread in mixture for 2 minutes on each side.

In a 12” pan, heat butter and oil over medium heat until it begins to sizzle.

Remove bread pieces from egg mixture, shaking off the excess mixture.

Place bread slices in the pan, leaving space between each slice.

Sear each side for 2-3 minutes, until both sides are golden brown, and toast feels springy when touched.

Remove slices and place on a baking sheet. Bake in oven for 5 minutes, until crispy and springy.

Top with grated Parmesan and chives. Serve with Red Pepper Syrup

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