Cuban Bread French Toast

Prep 5 mins
Cook 16 mins
Total 21 mins

Cuban Bread French Toast is the best for easy family breakfasts! You’ll love this homemade French Toast recipe made from crusty Cuban bread, drizzled with classic maple syrup and dusted with icing sugar. Ready to garnish with fresh fruit or any toppings of your choosing!

Maple Syrup Being Drizzled Over a Stack of Cuban Bread French Toast

The Best Homemade French Toast

As the self-appointed Queen of Pancakes, I love whipping up a sweet breakfast stack whenever opportunity calls. This time, it’s my best recipe for homemade French Toast, made with crusty Cuban bread, drizzled with classic maple syrup and dusted with icing sugar.

French Toast is one of my favorite restaurant breakfasts. That’s why I’m so thrilled with this easy Cuban Bread French Toast, as it’s practically restaurant-worthy. The secret? Stale bread! Before making this recipe for the first time, I was clueless as to the fact that day-old bread was the key to making perfect restaurant-style French Toast at home. The game has officially changed!

This quick French Toast recipe is the best for family breakfasts; thick slices of Cuban Bread dipped into a deliciously sweet egg wash and cooked to golden brown perfection in no time at all. Ready to be garnished with the toppings of your choosing! 

For another fun spin on classic French Toast, check out my Donut French Toast.

What is Cuban Bread?

Cuban Bread is actually very similar to French Bread: crusty and golden on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, and made from similar ingredients in the shape of a baguette. Cuban Bread is a traditional Latin American version where lard is added to the bread dough for a flavorful, fresh bread that also happens to make wonderful French Toast the following day!

A Collage of Two Images of Homemade French Toast Topped with Maple Syrup

Recipe Ingredients

What makes this Cuban Bread French Toast so quick to pull together on a weekend morning? The list of simple ingredients, for starters! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Half-and-Half: To combine into the egg wash for a rich consistency. You can also use regular whole milk or buttermilk.
  • Eggs: 3 large eggs should be enough to coat about 8 slices of bread.
  • Honey: To sweeten the egg coating.
  • Cinnamon: A hint of spice for that cinnamon French Toast flavor.
  • Cuban Bread: A day-old, stale loaf cut into 1-inch slices.
  • Maple Syrup & Powdered Sugar: For serving. Pure maple syrup is always the first choice, but honey or golden syrup are good alternatives.
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Vanilla

How to Make Cuban Bread French Toast

Here’s how to make up a batch of this fresh homemade French Toast in about 20 minutes:

Whisk the Egg Wash: Combine the half-and-half, eggs, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt and stir well to make the egg wash coating. I like to make the wash in a large baking dish since it’s easiest to lay the bread into, but any large bowl will suffice.

Coat the Bread: Dip or lay the Cuban bread slices into the egg mixture, allowing the slices to really soak on each side before transferring them to a preheated non-stick skillet. 

Cook: Cook the French Toast slices until they’re golden brown on both sides. Depending on the size of the pan, I’d recommend cooking 2 slices of bread at a time, for at least a couple minutes per side.

Serve: Once all the French Toast slices are cooked and golden, serve immediately from the pan and top them with powdered sugar and/or maple syrup.

That’s it! Don’t forget to serve alongside or top with other ingredients like fresh fruit to your preference.

Tips for Success

  • Make It Dairy Free: Swap the milk in this recipe for a dairy free alternative like almond, oat, or coconut milk.
  • Use Day-Old Bread: Stale bread is the key to restaurant-style, homemade French Toast! Ask your local bakery for yesterday’s bread; not only is an older loaf likely discounted, but stale, day-old Cuban bread is best for soaking up the egg wash.
  • Let the Egg Wash Soak In: Make sure to give your bread slices enough time in the egg bath so that the mixture can really saturate the bread.

Topping Ideas & Serving Suggestions

Like pancakes, the toppings for French Toast are next to endless! Here are some suggestions of ingredients to dress up your Cuban Bread French Toast:

  • Cinnamon, mixed spice (a.k.a. Pumpkin Pie Spice), nutmeg, cardamom
  • Chantilly cream
  • Berries, bananas, clementines, chopped apples and pears, and other seasonal fresh fruit
  • Lemon or citrus zest
  • Raspberry Sauce, Blackberry Rum Sauce
  • Crushed nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, etc.)
  • Peanut butter, Salted Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Sauce
  • Shredded cheddar or gouda cheese, for a savory twist!

Try these other breakfast dishes to serve alongside this deliciously sweet French Toast:

If you’re looking for a full daytime feast, definitely check out these 50 Easy Brunch Recipes!

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Store leftover cooked French Toast slices in an airtight container in the fridge if you’ll be reheating them within 3 days. 

You can also freeze leftover French Toast for a later time! Pre-freeze the cooked French Toast slices in a single layer on a baking sheet, and then transfer the frozen slices to a freezer bag or freezer-safe container to store. These will keep frozen for up to 3 months!

Reheat the slices from the fridge or freezer in a 350º F oven covered in foil, on the stovetop over low heat, or in a toaster oven until heated through, then serve as usual.

More Easy Breakfast Ideas 

Yield: 4

Cuban Bread French Toast

A Stack of Cuban Bread French Toast with Syrup Drizzled on Top

Cuban Bread French Toast transforms day-old bread into a decadent family breakfast! An easy homemade French Toast recipe drizzled with maple syrup, ready to garnish with your favorite toppings!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 (1-inch) slices day-old/stale cuban bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • powdered sugar and maple syrup for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt.
  2. Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a 10-inch nonstick skillet.
  3. Dip bread into mixture, allow to soak for 20 seconds on each side, and then place in skillet.
  4. Cook 2 slices of bread at a time in the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Repeat with all 8 slices.
  5. Serve immediately with powdered sugar and/or maple syrup.

Notes

loosely inspired by Alton Brown

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 436Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 195mgSodium: 360mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 1gSugar: 44gProtein: 8g

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Comments

31 Responses
  1. Smiley Habanera

    I recently loss my mom and because she had alzheimer’s I didn’t get to write all the recipes I wanted. Now that I searched for a French Toast Recipe, this came to the closest way she used to make it. But instead of maple syrup, she used to make her own syrup with two cups of sugar, one of water with a stick of cinnamon and boil until it thickens while stirring. Then soaked the French Toasts in the syrup and sets at the table for everyone to enjoy. That’s the original way of eating Cuban Style French Toast. My mom used to be a baker and an amazing one at it! Thank you so much for posting this, even though I’m 8 years late to this recipe.

  2. Rachel G.

    I found this while trying to figure out what to do with my stale Cuban bread. But I felt like you needed to know, Pinky’s Diner in Tampa serves a stuffed Cuban French Toast (“stuffed” with a sort of pink fruity spread deliciousness) that is amazing–I’m not kidding, I’ve been thinking about this French toast for at least three weeks. Just thought I should tell you, for the days where you neither feel like making your own or driving 5 hours to Miami! 🙂

    1. Jessica

      That is so good to know! We used to go to Pinky’s years ago, but it got so hard with the twins. Next time we happen to be without kiddos – we will defiantly go!

  3. Carol UK

    Forgive my Britishness, but what is ‘half and half’? As a matter of fact, I don’t know what Cuban bread is either! Is it similar to a French stick? Looks the same from your wonderful photo’s. I am sorry, but I have to find a tissue, can’t stop salivating! Wow. Looks awesome. My husband is going to be so chuffed! Thank you, Chef! Xx

  4. vicki

    This looks scrumptious ! I’ve discovered another secret to great French toast along with stale bread. You might want to try instead of 3 eggs, 1 egg and 2 egg yolks. Eliminating some of the egg whites gives a better flavor. I think I came across this idea on an episode of American Test Kitchens.

  5. Adele

    Jessica, this looks AMAZING! Have you ever made Bread Pudding with this Cuban bread? Is there any other bread you recommend if we can’t get Cuban bread? I may have to hunt down some bread and make them tomorrow!

  6. Megan {Country Celaver}

    I can’t even handle this right now. Seriously, my bran cereal is crying inside my tummy right now. This wins hands down.

  7. Amanda Juneau

    I love to cook but have never made French toast before (crazy I know!) and my husband has been asking me to make it for months. I saw this recipe and knew I had to try it, and let me tell you…a huge hit! I was afraid a full tablespoon of vanilla would be a little overpowering but it was perfect. I will definitely be making this again (and again). Thank you for sharing!

  8. Nicole @ Feeding This Family

    You are NOT the only one who didn’t know about the stale bread. Heck I always thought the secret was a thick eggy dough like challah.

  9. Tina | My Life as a Mrs

    holy YUM!!! and apparently that makes 2 of us that didn’t know the stale bread trick! 😉 Mike has been wanting me to make a Guava and Cheese stuffed french toast and I’m thinking this would be the PERFECT base for it (never thought to use Cubano bread!). Done & Done.

  10. Joanne

    I”ve never made myself French toast either! My mom’s was always so good I can’t imagine being able to have it compare. I’m glad I know the stale bread secret though so that when I do attempt it, it will be the perfect texture!

  11. Courtney @ BakeMeBetter

    My husband makes maple syrup so I am particularly interested in your breakfast posts. This looks incredible. I love how you make syrup look so good! Please tell me you are eating REAL maple syrup!!

  12. Beth

    I would kill for some cuban bread…… I have seriously considered a weekend trip from my home in STL back to where we lived in Boca Raton just for some good cuban food….. If you have a recipe for cuban bread, i know i would totally love it! 🙂

  13. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Stunning photography. Whoa. That pour shot, the tack sharp clarity. Just so beautiful! And I bet it tastes great too 🙂 pinned!

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