Vanilla Bean French Toast! Thick slices of challah or brioche dipped in a fragrant vanilla bean custard are then griddled until golden. Top with fresh juicy nectarines and syrup!

French toast is serious business. But first you must know I realize I should be posting a bunch of festive red, white and blue recipes… but to be honest from BlogHer, to softball, to work and to blogging the holiday kind of snuck up on me. So my sincere apologies on that bit. I promise to make it up to you next week with a plethora of new recipes! Deal?

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Okay so back to business.

From the bread to the egg mixture to the endless toppings, French toast could just be my favorite breakfast-y thing to make. I say that just about everything, but go with it. I’ve made lots of French toast in the past, but if you’re looking for a simple, easy and pretty basic French toast recipe… then this is it.

I have this thing with nectarines. I love them so much this is my third recipe up on this here bloggy-blog. I’ve posted this cardamom nectarine recipe, this parfait recipe recipe and now I put them on my French toast… which was fab by the way!

french toast ingredients

To Make Vanilla Bean French Toast You Will Need:

  • eggs
  • vanilla bean
  • heavy cream
  • challah or brioche
  • nectarines
  • sugar or vanilla sugar
  • ground cardamom

add 5 eggs

Crack and add the eggs into a dish.

split the bean

Moving on, so you see I had this here lonely vanilla bean that was destined to be something great. All you do is split the length of the entire bean with a sharp knife.


With the back of the knife, scrape up that glorious vanilla bean caviar. Truth: so many times I just want to pop that vanilla caviar strait into my mouth… of course I’m scared it’ll taste dis-GUS-ting and I’ll hate it… but it doesn’t stop the urge from happening.

drop in the vanilla

Add that goodness to the eggs.

heavy cream

I had my cute-as-pie almost nine-year-old pour the heavy cream (a cup-ish) into the dish with the vanilla and eggs.


Add a pinch of kosher salt and whisk it up… make sure to break up that vanilla bean so it gets evenly distributed.



sliced challah

Slice the loaf into slices about a half to a full inch thick.

griddle and oil

Melt and spread a little coconut oil {or butter} on a preheated griddle or skillet. My griddle heats to 375 for the perfect French toast-ness. BTW this is my childhood griddle made by Farberware, it’s as old as I am {if not older}, it’s stainless and it still works like a champ! I love this thing!


Dunk both sides…


And place on a hot griddle.


Once a dark golden crust forms on the bottom… flip.

keep warm in the oven

I keep them on a rimmed cookie sheet in a 200 degree oven so they stay toasty.

Nectarines How To

To make the nectarines I just sliced up three nectarines, sprinkled them with three teaspoons of vanilla sugar, 1/8 of a teaspoon of ground cardamom and tossed. Just let them sit there for a while so the sugar can bring out those juices.

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Butter the Vanilla Bean French Toast, top it with the nectarines and a little {or in my case A LOT} of real maple syrup!

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Look it square in the, um eye…


And dig in. This Vanilla Bean French Toast is AMAZING!!!

Slightly vanilla-y, sweet from the nectarines and maple syrup. It’s like one of those breakfasts that mask as dessert.


Enjoy! And if you give this Vanilla Bean French Toast recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 6 servings

Vanilla Bean French Toast with Nectarines

Vanilla bean french toast: Vanilla bean is whisked into eggs and heavy cream. I like to dip thick slices of challah bread and griddle in coconut oil.



  • 1 loaf challah, sliced 1/2 to 1-inch thick (or about 12 slices)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and vanilla caviar scraped out
  • 1 pinch of kosher salt
  • coconut oil, or butter, for griddle


  • 3 nectarines, pit discarded and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar, or 1 tablespoon regular sugar plus 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom



  • Whisk together the eggs, vanilla caviar, heavy cream and salt.
  • Dunk both sides of the slice Challah and place on hot, preheated griddle that has been oiled with coconut oil or butter.
  • Flip once a dark golden crust forms on the bottom and repeat. Keep French toast slices warm on a rimmed cookie sheet in a 200° oven.


  • In a medium bowl, toss the nectarine slices with vanilla sugar and cardamom. Let sit for 5 minutes so the sugar can bring out the nectarine juices.
  • Spread softened butter over the warm French toast slices, top with nectarines and a drizzle of real maple syrup.
Serving: 2pieces, Calories: 219kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 164mg, Sodium: 64mg, Potassium: 214mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 978IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 47mg, Iron: 1mg