Spice up your breakfast with a batch of Vanilla Cardamom French Toast! Sliced brioche is dipped in a vanilla, cardamom and nutmeg custard and griddled until golden. Serve with butter, syrup, toasted almonds and powdered sugar for one delicious breakfast! Serves 6.

Vanilla Cardamom French Toast

One thing I love about the weekends, besides the obvious, is that I get to make breakfast for my family.

Typically Sunday breakfasts consist of eggs and bacon or pancakes and bacon. On the menu this past Sunday morning was French toast and endless cups of coffee. I swear I’ll find any excuse to use bread or a griddle!

However my intentions were to just making some basic ol’ french toast, until I opened my spice drawer to grab the vanilla and spied the cardamom. Could it work? Of course it did. And so I blogged about it.

Vanilla Cardamom French Toast

This breakfast wins the award for best flavor and best aroma. So, prepare to fall in love the second you place the custard dipped bread onto the griddle and get wafts of the vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom laced egg batter.

ingredients for Vanilla Cardamom French Toast

To Make This Vanilla Cardamom French Toast You will Need:

  • eggsAdds richness and will firm the custard while the French toast cooks.
  • milkLends moisture to the French toast custard.
  • breadBrioche is my favorite bread to use in this recipe, but almost any will work.
  • vanilla extractAdds warmth and enhances all of the other flavors in this recipe.
  • ground cardamomSlightly citrusy with notes of mint and pepper.
  • nutmegWarm, aromatic with subtle hints of clove.
  • coconut or olive oil sprayUsed for greasing the griddle or pan.
  • salted butterSlather over warm French toast when serving.
  • real maple syrupDrizzle desired amount over French toast when serving.
  • sliced almondsOptional for serving, but does add nutty flavor and some crunch.
  • powdered sugarOptional for a touch of sweetness when serving.

crack eggs into a shallow dish

First crack 4 large eggs into a shallow dish.

add in spices

Then measure and add in 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom and 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg.

What is cardamom?

It is a potent citrusy spice, so if you are unsure if you are a cardamom fan, maybe try a quarter teaspoon.

whisk to combine

Next, whisk until thoroughly combined..

Pour in milk

Then pour in two cups of milk and whisk some more. It’s insanely aromatic and I seriously couldn’t help from taking in deep breaths of the egg mixture!

dip bread into custard

Then dip one side in the egg mixture and then quickly flip to the other side. Repeat with the remaining 17 slices of brioche. NOTE: You will have to keep whisking here and there in between bread dipping because the cardamom likes to settle to the bottom of the dish.

excess custard dripping back into dish

Now, See those black specks? That would be the cardamom and nutmeg!

griddle the custard soaked bread

Then place onto a lightly oiled, preheated 325-350° griddle, or medium to medium-high heat if using a pan. The temperature will depend on the griddle you are using.

flip French toast

Next, flip after 3 minutes or when the bottom is golden and then repeat.

plate Vanilla Cardamom French Toast and top with butter, sliced almonds and real maple syrup.

Lastly, serve the vanilla cardamom French toast with butter, syrup and I prefer mine with toasted sliced almonds too.

Vanilla Cardamom French Toast

Because helllooo?! extra crunch in the form of almonds is never a bad thing.

close up of Vanilla Cardamom French Toast


Got leftover French toast? Save it and enjoy it later in the week! Store the French toast in an air-tight container or resealable bag/stasher bag (to avoid drying out or absorbing fridge odors) and refrigerate for up to 3 to 5 days.


Absolutely! Flash freeze the French toast first on a rimmed baking sheet for 30 minutes, portion serving amounts into resealable baggies (or stasher bags) and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Vanilla Cardamom French Toast bite

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

plate of Vanilla Cardamom French Toast

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Yield: 6 servings

Vanilla Cardamom French Toast

Spice up your breakfast with a batch of Vanilla Cardamom French Toast! Sliced brioche is dipped in a vanilla, cardamom and nutmeg custard and griddle until golden. Serve with butter, syrup and toasted almonds for one delicious breakfast!



  • 18 slices brioche
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • coconut oil spray, for griddle


  • salted butter
  • real maple syrup
  • toasted almonds
  • powdered sugar


  • Wipe or spray your griddle with coconut oil and preheat to 325° to 350°. The temperature will depend on the griddle.
  • Meanwhile, use a whisk to beat the eggs with vanilla, ground cardamom and nutmeg.
  • Pour in the whole milk and gently whisk to combine.
  • Dip both sides of each slice of bread into the custard and place onto a wire rack set into a rimmed metal sheet pan and repeat with the remaining slices of bread. *You will have to keep whisking here and there in between bread dipping because the cardamom and nutmeg tends to settle in the bottom of the dish.
  • Working in batches, place the dipped bread onto your preheated griddle and cook for 3 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown.
  • Flip and continue to cook for 1 to 2 more minutes. Repeat with remaining pieces. Keep the French toast warm on a rimmed metal baking sheet in a 200° oven.
  • Serve with butter, real maple syrup, toasted almonds and powdered sugar.


Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on SimplyScratch.com should only be used as a general guideline.
*Nutritional information is for the French toast and does not include any of the toppings for serving.
Serving: 3pieces, Calories: 553kcal, Carbohydrates: 52g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 312mg, Sodium: 562mg, Potassium: 157mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1212IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 171mg, Iron: 2mg