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Upgrade your breakfast game with Babka French Toast. A delightful and easy-to-make dish that combines the rich, swirled layers of babka with the classic comfort of French toast.

Babka French Toast on a plate with orange juice and black berries

Typically, I don’t find myself with leftover babka as it tends to vanish quickly in my household. However, on those rare occasions when a few slices linger, I seize the opportunity to create a comforting and indulgent breakfast. Making French toast with babka creates a harmonious fusion of textures and tastes.

It’s a creative and delicious dish that brings together the best of both worlds, making it a memorable and satisfying morning treat.

If you are looking for a great babka recipe, try my Double Chocolate Babka or Traditional Chocolate Babka.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Rich flavors: Babka, with its sweet and swirled layers of chocolate or cinnamon, adds a luxurious and indulgent flavor profile to the traditional French toast.

Simple preparation: It’s a great way to elevate your breakfast without much effort.

Versatile toppings: The Babka French Toast is a blank canvas for a variety of toppings. 

Comfort food appeal: You combine familiar flavors’ nostalgia with a modern and exciting twist.

Ingredients Overview:

*The full recipe is in the recipe card below!

Babka: Chocolate or cinnamon both work well. Nowadays, you can find babka at many local bakeries and grocery stores or make your own using my great recipe that yields two loaves.

Eggs: Eggs are crucial for creating the custard-like coating on the babka.

Milk: Whole milk, 2%, or even half & half or heavy cream can be used to create the mixture.

Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract enhances the flavor of the French toast.

Butter (for cooking): Butter is used to grease the pan for cooking the French Toast, providing a rich flavor.

Pro-Tips for the Absolute Best Babka French Toast

Use stale babka: Slightly stale babka absorbs the custard mixture better than fresh babka. If your cake is too fresh, you can leave it out for a bit.

Properly soak the cake: Ensure each slice of cake is evenly coated with the custard mixture. Allow it to soak for a few seconds on each side, but don’t let it become too saturated.

Preheat the pan: Preheat the skillet or griddle over medium heat before adding the soaked babka. This helps in achieving an even golden brown color.

Serve immediately: French toast made with babka is best served immediately after cooking while it’s still warm and crispy.


How do I make French Toast for a crowd?

Prepare a large batch by increasing the quantities of eggs, milk, and other ingredients. Cook the slices in batches and keep them warm in the oven until ready to serve.

Can I make French Toast ahead of time?

While it’s best served fresh, you can prepare the custard mixture the night before and soak the bread slices just before cooking. Leftover French Toast can be refrigerated and reheated.

Can I freeze French Toast?

Yes, you can freeze cooked French toast. Separate slices with parchment paper and store in an airtight container. Reheat in the toaster or oven.

What toppings go well with French Toast?

Maple syrup, powdered sugar, fresh berries, whipped cream, sliced bananas, or a dusting of cinnamon are popular choices. Get creative based on your preferences.

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Babka French Toast on a plate with orange juice and black berries

Babka French Toast

Author Rachel
Yield 4 servings
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This Babka French toast recipe combines the rich flavors of babka with the classic comfort of French toast.
Kosher, Dairy


  • 8 slices of babka (chocolate or cinnamon swirls work well) preferably slightly stale for better absorption sliced ¾-inch thick
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk 2% or whole milk or cream or half & half
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • Butter for greasing the pan

Optional toppings:

  • powdered sugar, maple syrup, fresh berries, or whipped cream


  • Whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and salt in a shallow dish until well combined.
  • Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat and add a small amount of butter to grease the surface.
  • Dip each slice of babka into the egg mixture, ensuring both sides are well-coated but not overly soaked. Allow the babka to soak for a few seconds, but avoid over-saturating to prevent sogginess.
  • Place the coated babka slices on the preheated skillet or griddle. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cooked through. Adjust the heat as needed during cooking.
  • Repeat the process for all babka slices, adding more butter as needed.
  • Once cooked, transfer the babka French toast slices to a serving plate.
  • Serve warm, topped with your choice of powdered sugar, maple syrup, fresh berries, or whipped cream.
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