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Lions’ Plate: Diner-Style French Toast

By Shannon Deady

Here is another recipe brought to you by Trader Joe’s, with a little help by myself. In all seriousness though, my affinity for trying out new Trader Joe’s products may be nearing addictive levels, and when I saw this bread, I knew I needed to use it for one of my favorite breakfast and brunch treats – french toast.

The results were just as delicious as I had anticipated and received rave reviews from my breakfast-loving family and friends. This moist and buttery bread creates the type of thick french toast that looks and tastes like it’s straight out of the diner. Add-ons like powdered sugar, fresh fruit, Nutella, cookie butter or classic maple syrup make this french toast absolutely irresistible and add an even more fun twist to a tasty breakfast or brunch treat.

Makes: 6 pieces of french toast


-6 slices or about half a loaf Trader Joe’s sliced french brioche

-4 large eggs

-1 tsp cinnamon

-2 tsp cinnamon sugar

-2 tsp pure vanilla extract

-1 tbsp butter

Optional Add-Ons:

-Fresh fruit

-Powdered sugar


-Trader Joe’s speculoos cookie butter

-Trader Joe’s pure maple syrup


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, cinnamon, cinnamon sugar and vanilla extract, and stir.
  2. Soak each slice of bread in well-combined mixture for about one minute on each side or until bread is heavy but not falling apart or losing consistency.  
  3. Melt butter on large pan or pancake skillet, and place soaked bread slices on pan. Cook on medium heat for about three minutes per side or until french toast is golden brown and egg mixture is thoroughly cooked.
  4. Garnish with add-ons such as fresh fruit or maple syrup, and enjoy.


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