Crunchy Coconut French Toast

A stack of five slices of coconut french toast sprinkled with toasted coconut and dripping with maple syrup on a plate

French toast is one of our favorite breakfast dishes, so we’ve experimented with many variations of the classic recipe. We served brunch for a brief time at our restaurant, and this was one of the most popular dishes on the menu. The sweet coconut gives it a Caribbean flavor, while the maple syrup conjures up thoughts of our home in Vermont.–Bob and Melinda Blanchard

Crunchy Coconut French Toast

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  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • Serves 4
5/5 - 2 reviews
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Place the coconut and cornflakes in a shallow bowl and mix well.
In another shallow bowl, lightly whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture and soak for about a minute on each side. They should be well coated but not soggy.
Press each slice into the coconut mixture on both sides, patting firmly and turning them over several times to coat thoroughly.
Heat the butter on a griddle or in a large saute pan over medium heat. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with warm maple syrup.
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  • It’s important to use unsweetened coconut in this recipe. The sweetened variety is too moist and makes the bread soggy.

Recipe Testers Reviews

Keeping the cornflakes and coconut on the slices of challah proved to be the hardest part of this dish. So easy and so good!

This French toast received rave reviews from the entire table! A very nice twist on classic French toast.

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