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chocolate french toast

Chocolate French Toast

Chocolate French Toast is the ultimate dessert for breakfast! Just the right amount of sweetness, richness, and slightly crisp caramelized edges. Perfect for chocoholic dads on Father's Day!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yields: 6 servings
Recipe by Tessa Arias


  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large loaf challah or brioche bread, cut into thick slices
  • Unsalted butter
  • Vegetable oil
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Maple syrup, if desired


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and about half the milk until the mixture forms a lump-free paste. Add in the remaining milk, eggs, and vanilla and beat until well combined. Remove the mixture to a large baking dish and add the bread, turning to coat. Soak the bread for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a very large nonstick skillet pan or griddle over medium heat. Add as many soaked pieces of bread that will fit and cook until browned and lightly crisp, about 3 minutes. The extra chocolate and sugar means this will go from perfect to burnt fast – so be careful! Transfer to a baking pan and keep warm in a 200°F oven. Repeat for the remaining bread.
  3. Dust with confections’ sugar, if desired, and serve with strawberry slices and maple syrup.