Cuban Bread French Toast

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
Total Time 21 mins

Cuban Bread French Toast is the perfect way to use up that stale bread you forgot about… now you can treat yourself to some delicious homemade french toast drizzled with maple syrup!

Cuban Bread French Toast (recipe via

Cuban Bread French Toast

Are there certain things you don’t cook yourself — but you order all the time at restaurants? French Toast is one of those things for me. I am the self appointed queen of pancakes (self appointed means that I told Jorge to call me the Queen of Pancakes and he said ok). I feel completely comfortable whipping them up anytime, anywhere. For example, there are 12 different pancake recipes on this blog already! So it was about time I made some French Toast – Cuban French Toast to be specific!

The Secret to Perfect French Toast

To be honest, I am not as comfortable with French Toast as I am other breakfast foods. I can make it…just not as good as I can get in a restaurant. Then I learned the secret — stale bread. Apparently EVERYONE knew that you had to use stale bread to make good restaurant style french toast, except me. I had no idea!

I found out the – not so secret – stale bread tip from a girl I overheard talking on her phone. She was complaining about wanting french toast, but not wanting to wait for the bread to go stale. I had a total AH-HA moment in the middle of Publix. I immediately turned to my friend Google and found out that stale bread = prefect french toast. Who knew?! Well, apparently every one but me knew. 😉

Cuban Bread French Toast (recipe via

Now that I know the secret to the prefect French Toast, there is no stopping me! And for my first recipe, I really wanted to recreate a Cuban Bread French Toast I had in Miami about 4 years ago.

I haven’t been able to find a similar french toast dish near me and am really excited to finally be able to have it without having to drive 5 hours to Miami! If you like regular french toast and you like cuban bread, you will for sure love the combination of the two. You should also check out my Donut French Toast for a fun spin on this recipe!

Yield: 4

Cuban Bread French Toast

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

Cuban Bread French Toast is the perfect way to use up that stale bread you forgot about... now you can treat yourself to some delicious homemade french toast drizzled with maple syrup!

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


  • 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


  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.


loosely inspired by Alton Brown

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Serving Size:


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

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29 Responses
  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!!

  11. 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! 🙂

  12. 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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