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Portuguese Bread French Toast Recipe

Portuguese Bread French Toast

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"One of the best uses for Portuguese bread is in baked French toast. Because the bread is so light it soaks up a lot of the batter and becomes too fragile to pan-fry. So...baking is the answer. Serve the French toast with maple syrup."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange rind in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Cut the bread into seven or eight slices, and lay them, overlapping, in a large baking dish.
  4. Pour the egg mixture over the bread, covering every slice. The bread should not be entirely submerged though; the higher parts should become toasted and crispy.
  5. Dot the bread with the butter. Bake the French toast in the oven for 35 to 45 minutes until the custard is set. Serve immediately.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 10, 2003

I loved this recipe and my boyfreind as well. He is a huge sweet bread fan. I used the recipe for portuguese sweet bread for the bread machine, that I got from this website. A definite keeper.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 25, 2010

I followed the recipe, and half the bread was emerged in the mixture, half was sticking up, but it was still gross to have half mushy bread. Won't make this again.


19 Ratings

Nov 22, 2004

Made this recipe with Italian Pandoro and it was wonderful. Had bread pudding consistency in dish and toasted on top. It was the hit of our Christmas Eve brunch. Easy to make, but has a sophisticated flavor. We cut the Pan d'oro in half vertically, then in 1/2" slices horizontally. Laid them in the glass dish at 45/angle. Pretty presentation. Smells great when it cooks. High awe factor. Don't overbake. Make sure this delicate dish doesn't burn.

Aug 08, 2003


May 06, 2008

This is good, but next time I'll lay the bread pieces out on a single layer and bake on a sheet pan. The stacking made the "connected" parts *very* soggy. I used freshly-baked Portuguese sweet bread from the site and next time I need to use not-so-fresh bread.

Dec 22, 2006

This is so very good. It reminds me of a bread pudding. I like to use thick slices of bread and omit the butter on top. It seems to come out a little more crispy on top which is the way we prefer it and nice and custard like in the middle. So good,you have to try it.

Oct 28, 2009

This recipe was wonderful...I made it for company the first time and it was a huge hit. The Portuguese massa (sweet bread) really gives it a special flavor and texture. I will definitely make it again. Thanks

May 07, 2009

This was great! I added some chocolate chips to the layers and it turned out great. This could probably serve 8-10 people since it is so rich and heavy. Since there are only two of us, we have been reheating it and it's still great!


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  • Calories
  • 452 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 59.9 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol
  • 185 mg
  • 62%
  • Fat
  • 16 g
  • 25%
  • Fiber
  • 2.9 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 17.4 g
  • 35%
  • Sodium
  • 288 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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