5 Spice French Toast

5 Spice is a traditional spice bIMG_2100lend originating in the Canton province of China.  Originally a traditional medicine, it is a key ingredient in a number of savory dishes including the base for Hoisin.  We love using the spice with fattier, slow cooked dishes but we are finding that it also works great in sweeter dishes including my favorite way to make French Toast.




4 thick slices of a great quality white bread – brioche or challah are perfect.

6 large eggs

1 cup whole milk

1/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons 5 Spice blend

1 teaspoon salt

If possible, use bread that is a couple days old.  It absorbs the egg mixture much better if it is slightly stale.  You can put the slices in a 200F oven for 30 minutes to help dry it out.

Whisk together the egg mixture and soak the sliced bread, turning frequently, for at least 20 minutes, until the egg mixture has fully been absorbed by the bread.

Heat a large griddle and cook the French toast, flipping once, for about 5 minutes per side or until golden brown.  Finish in a 350F oven for about 5 minutes.



We used a butter top bread from Turnbridge Point for this recipe.  Having a local source for pastries and bread is amazing.

We try to only use milk from Nice Farms Creamery,  They are a small family dairy located in American Corner MD.  They have a full line of dairy products that are available at shops and farmers markets around the area.

Eggs are from our own pastured chickens.

Bacon comes from our friend Darlene at Pops Old Place.   Great eggs, pork, beef, and lamb.  All grown responsibly.