Canadian French Toast

Golden Bread French Toast - Pain Dore

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  • Total: 23 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 18 mins
  • Soak: 5 mins
  • Yield: 3-6 portions (3-6 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
180 Calories
12g Fat
11g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3-6 portions (3-6 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 132mg 44%
Sodium 132mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 7g
Calcium 134mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Canadian French toast recipe, alternately known as golden bread or pain dore, is an easy preparation of thickly sliced bread soaked in sweetened, cinnamon custard and then sautéed in butter to golden perfection. The origin of the whimsical name "golden bread" is from the delicate hue the bread takes on after it is fried and drizzled with amber maple syrup.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon together until the mixture is completely blended and smooth.

  3. Stir the milk into the egg mixture until it is fully incorporated.

  4. Place the slices of bread into the egg mixture, turn them over to coat all the surfaces, and allow the bread to soak for 5 minutes.

  5. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet set over medium heat. Cook 2 slices of soaked bread in the melted butter for 3 minutes.

  6. Turn the slices of French toast over and cook them for an additional 3 minutes, until they are golden brown and lightly crispy on each side.

  7. Repeat with the remaining butter and soaked bread.


  • While softer breads may be used, this French toast recipe produces great results with a drier, more substantial bread, like a country loaf or baguettes.