This Hong Kong-style French Toast recipe has soft and fluffy milk bread dipped in egg custard, served with sweetened condensed milk. It's decadent, sweet, and only takes 15 minutes to make.
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🍞 What is it?
Hong Kong French Toast is Hong Kong's version of the beloved breakfast dish. Unlike regular French toast, it's made with Asian-style milk bread, which is softer and fluffier than regular bread.
In addition, creamy peanut butter is added to the toast before it's fried, giving it a rich and nutty flavor. And once it's cooked, it's topped with a generous drizzle of condensed milk. Yum!
Why you'll love this recipe
- Quick & Easy: You can make it in just 15 minutes.
- Indulgent: I've crafted it to taste just like the ones from a Hong Kong cafe.
- Eat it any time: Enjoy it for breakfast, as a snack, or even as a dessert!
- Milk bread: Find this at Asian grocery stores. It's softer and fluffier than regular bread. You can substitute it with brioche, challah, or regular white bread.
- Milk: Whole milk is preferred, but any % will do.
- Eggs: An essential ingredient for the custard mixture.
- Peanut butter: Crunchy or smooth, your preference.
- Butter: If you don't have butter, you can use oil instead.
- Sweetened condensed milk - a thick, sweet condiment; you can find it in the baking section.
- Cinnamon and nutmeg (optional): I like the extra aroma it gives.
STEP 1: Spread peanut butter on one slice of bread, then combine it with the other.
STEP 2: Whisk together milk, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a shallow bowl until smooth.
STEP 3: Soak peanut butter bread in the custard mixture for 1 minute on each side.
STEP 4: Melt a small amount of butter in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add soaked bread and cook for 2-3 minutes until the bottom is golden brown. Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
STEP 5: Serve with a generous drizzle of sweetened condensed milk.
💭 Top Tips
- Use stale bread that has been left on the counter for a few days. It has less moisture, so it'll absorb more of the egg custard mixture. If you don't have old bread, pop them in the oven at 165℉ for 30 minutes to dry them out.
🥡 Storage & Leftovers
Storing: French Toast is best eaten fresh, but if you have leftovers, you can store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Reheating: To warm them up, bake at 350℉ for 5-7 minutes or use an air fryer at 350℉ for 2-3 minutes for a crispy outside and warm inside.
Hong Kong-style French Toast
- 4 slices milk bread (see notes for substitutions)
- 2 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 cup milk
- 2 large egg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon butter (for frying)
- ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk (or maple syrup)
- Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on one slice of bread, then combine it with the other slice.
- In a shallow bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until smooth.
- Soak peanut butter bread in the custard mixture for 1 minute on each side.
- Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add soaked bread and cook for 2-3 minutes until the bottom is golden brown. Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate for serving.
- Serve with a generous drizzle of sweetened condensed milk. Enjoy!