This Canadian French toast recipe, alternately known as golden bread or pain dore, is an easy preparation of thickly sliced bread soaked in sweetened, cinnamon custard and then sautéed in butter to golden perfection. The origin of the whimsical name "golden bread" is from the delicate hue the bread takes on after it is fried and drizzled with amber maple syrup.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Soak: 5 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Yield: 3 to 6 servings
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup milk
- 6 slices day-old bread
- 3 tablespoons butter
- Maple syrup to garnish
Cook's note: While softer breads may be used, this French toast recipe produces great results with a drier, more substantial bread, like a country loaf or baguettes.
How to make Canadian French toast:
Beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon together until the mixture is completely blended and smooth. Stir the milk into the egg mixture until it is fully incorporated. Place the slices of bread into the egg mixture, turn them over to coat all the surfaces, and allow the bread to soak for 5 minutes.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet set over medium heat. Cook 2 slices of soaked bread in the melted butter for 3 minutes. Turn the slices of French toast over and cook them for an additional 3 minutes, until they are golden brown and lightly crispy on each side. Repeat with the remaining butter and soaked bread.
This golden bread recipe makes 3 to 6 servings.