Friday, January 11, 2013

Portuguese Sweet Bread French Toast

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Have you ever wondered how restaurants get such great tasting french toast?  I've often wondered how they get it so light and fluffy with that sweet taste instead of overcooked hard wheat toast flavor.  Well I think I have finally figured it out.
Portuguese Sweet Bread!  If you haven't ever tried Portuguese Sweet Bread you are missing out on a whole new bread experience!

When we were growing up my Dad, who was a general contractor, would bring home this wonderfully HUGE round loaf of sweet bread every Christmas from one of his sub-contractors.

We would all fight over this loaf until it was gone!  It made the most delicious toast ever!

Back in December while I was at my Niece's Sweet 16th party I noticed my Sister-in-law had a loaf on the counter and it brought back many wonderful memories.  I almost swiped it that night, but instead I asked her to pick me up a couple of loaves from the bakery she goes to.  Next time we were together she brought me two loaves, bless her heart, and I immediately started creating.

I figured if it was so yummy out of the toaster it would be delicious as French Toast and boy was I right!

So if you know of a bakery that sells Portuguese Sweet Bread, I would suggest you go purchase a loaf and indulge like we did :)

Here's what you need:

3 eggs, I use extra large
2 - 3 Tbs. half and half (I usually just pour some in)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, optional ~ I made it with and without and it was delicious both ways
4 - 6   1/2 to 1 inch slices of Portuguese Sweet Bread (because the bread is about 12 - 14" in diameter I slice it straight across then slice each piece in half, as shown in the above picture)

Preheat the skillet you are going to use on medium high.  Slice the bread and set aside.
Place eggs, half & half, vanilla and cinnamon if you're using it in a bowl and beat until completely combined.
Quickly and gently coat each side of the bread with the egg mixture and place on a hot skillet.  Cook on medium high for about 2-4 minutes per side or until golden brown.  Everyone has a different preference of doneness so I make them all golden but a few extra crispy.
When done, serve immediately with butter, warm syrup and fresh fruit.  
Serves 4 - 6 people depending on the number of slices everyone eats.  I usually start with the egg mixture above and add more as needed.

Here's the handy printable - Portuguese Sweet Bread French Toast


  1. This sounds wonderful. I don't have access to this type of bread. But I'll dream about it.
    Thanks for sharing such a sweet memory.

    1. My husband bought in Newport, Rhode Island, litle supermarket.
      Boston,Port area too.

    I don't think we have here this kind of bread, but I've been wanting to bake one for a long time.
    One I do, I'll save some slices for french-toast as well :)

  3. This bread is available at my local supermarket. It truly does make delicious french toast.


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