A Perfect French Toast Recipe with Pecan Bread for Mother's Day!

April 30, 20180


A (French)Toast to our Mothers

Mother’s Day is celebrated every second Sunday in the month of May.  Its purpose is to honor our mother’s, maternal bonds and the impact motherhood has had on each of us.  Every May, we set aside just one day to specifically celebrate and share with our moms just how much we love and appreciate them.

That’s why we decided to help you find the perfect way to share your mom some love. Nothing says “I love & appreciate you” more than a breakfast in bed!



Let’s face it, breakfast in bed is a literal dream come true.  To go from sleeping to eating…. If only that could be the norm.  Think about it. Waking up to a hot cup of coffee, buttery and warm bread with fresh, bright fruit all without having to get out of your nice cozy covers… talk about the best way to start the day.

Our mothers have always told us “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”  Somehow we just didn’t believe it till now. (We should have known - mom is always right.)   



When we began creating this recipe, we started from the ground up. The base of any great french toast recipe is, of course, the bread!

The key was to find a flavorful, robust bread that was not too thick yet not too thin.  The bread needed to hold up to the moisture of the egg mixture and the heat of the griddle.  Any enthusiastic french toast maker will tell you finding this balance is a challenge.  

Too soft a bread and your french toast can struggle to hold up to the egg mixture, becoming soggy and mushy.  Too dense a bread and the heat from the griddle can make your french toast tough and dry.

We went through a series of trials with different types of loaves: white, wheat, whole grain, brioche, texas toast… nothing provided us with the just right texture and flavor. Then, on a whim, we tested our Pecan Bread and Oh Mama!! We found it was the perfect thickness and density.  


As an added bonus, the pecan bread was already packed with loads of flavor!  Baked with handfuls of hearty, native Texas pecans, this bread is a foodies dream come true.  If you have never enjoyed a slice of our Pecan Bread, we’ll describe it for you:

A flaky, golden brown crust,  surrounding an airy, chewy interior, sprinkled with toasted, chopped pecan emphasizing the savory nuttiness of the bread itself... Pardon us while we mop up our drool.

So we had chosen the perfect bread! Now we had to discover the winning combination of spices.  So away to our test kitchens we went. After donning our aprons and heaving out our mixing bowls, we began whipping together ingredients.  



We wanted to stick to the traditional french toast flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.  However, we wanted to take the traditional flavors and build upon them to highlight the flavor profile of the bread itself.  

Turns out that when you work with high-quality ingredients, it’s pretty easy to make something great.  After a few practice batches, we found the best combination of wet and dry ingredients.



After spending a little time over a hot griddle, we served up some gleaming golden-brown goodness.

If you wanted to go the extra mile (like our mom always has), we suggest serving your buttery french toast with freshly sliced fruit, toasted pecans, a drizzling of warmed fruit preserves and just a dusting of powdered sugar.

The breakfast is to die for, the presentation is amazing and your mom will most certainly notice. Inspired by moms, made for moms, our Pecan Bread French Toast is a Mother’s day must.Psssstt!! Tell your mom you thought of this recipe yourself and earn yourself extra kudos - we won’t tell ;)



Pecan Bread French Toast

Servings: 4 individuals    

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes    

Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes



1 loaf of Collin Street Pecan Bread

⅔  cup milk

4 eggs

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

2 tsp vanilla extract

Salt to taste

2-4 tbsp unsalted butter

2 cups Fresh Strawberries and Blueberries, for serving

1 jar Collin Street Strawberry Preserves, for serving

1 cup pecans, for serving

½ cup Powdered Sugar, for serving

** Recipe can be halved to accommodate 2 servings instead of 4**


⭑ Pecan Bread only available for purchase only in Collin Street Bakery Bakeshops



Preheat oven to 200 degrees (this is for keeping your french toast warm). Line a rimmed baking dish with parchment paper.

Preheat a large non-stick griddle over medium heat.  

In mixing bowl, combine milk, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and salt. Whisk till well combined.  

Place two tbsp of unsalted butter onto the griddle to melt.  

While butter is melting, dip one slice of bread at a time into your egg mixture, ensuring an even coating of egg mixture on both sides.  Be careful to coat the bread without soaking the bread. Allow any excess egg mixture to drip back into the dish.

Place egg mixture-coated bread onto your griddle and allow to cook until the bottom side is golden brown (2-5 minutes) then flip. [Duration of cooking time depends on the duration of time bread spent in the egg mixture].  Once both sides are golden brown (~2-5 minutes per side), transfer cooked french toast onto your parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place in the warmed oven.

In a microwave-safe bowl, place 2-4 tbsp of Collin Street Strawberry Preserves.  Microwave on low for 30-60 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds until mixture reaches a smooth and flowing consistency.  

When you are ready to eat, place your french toast on a plate and garnish with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and pecans.  With a spoon, drizzle the warmed strawberry preserves over the top of the french toast. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.


Serve and ENJOY!

Need a french toast recipe to feed the whole family for brunch?  We’ve got you covered!  Try this…


Pecan Bread French Toast Casserole with Streusel Topping


Servings: 8 individuals    

Prep Time: 30 minutes    

Total Cooking Time: 45-60 minutes

*recipe requires mixture to chill overnight*



For the French Toast Casserole:

12 -13 cups cubed Collin Street Pecan Bread ⭑

8 large eggs

3 cups whole milk

½ cup white sugar

½ tsp salt

4 tsp good vanilla extract

1 jar maple syrup, for serving

1 jar Collin Street Blackberry Preserves

1 cup fresh blackberries


For the streusel:

2 cups packed light brown sugar

1 cup chopped pecans

½ cups unsalted butter, chilled and cubed (~1 stick)

4 tsp ground cinnamon

⭑ Pecan Bread only available for purchase only in Collin Street Bakery Bakeshops



Prepare a glass or ceramic 9x13 baking dish by coating the inside and bottom evenly with butter.  Place all the cups of the cubed Pecan Bread inside the dish.

In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt.  Whisk till well combined. Pour the egg mixture over the top of the cubed Pecan Bread and gently toss to ensure an even coating of all the bread.

**There will be a thin layer of excess liquid in the bottom of the dish - so don’t panic!**

Cover baking dish and allow to chill overnight in the fridge.  

The next morning, when you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl., combine light brown sugar, chopped pecans, chilled and cubed unsalted butter, and ground cinnamon.  Quickly, combine the mixture with your hands until it resembles chunky, damp sand.

Remove the unbaked Pecan Bread french toast mixture from the fridge.  Sprinkle the chilled streusel evenly over the top of the casserole.

Bake for 45-60 minutes or until topping is nicely brown and bubbly.  If the casserole begins to look too brown on top at the 45-minute mark, loosely tent with foil and continue to bake as needed.

Allow Pecan Bread french toast to cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting.  

While french toast is cooling, place 2-4 tbsp of Collin Street Blackberry Preserves. In a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on low for 30-60 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds until mixture reaches a smooth and flowing consistency.  

When you are ready to eat, place your french toast on a plate and garnish with fresh blackberries.  With a spoon, drizzle the warmed blackberry preserves over the top of the french toast. Serve with warmed maple syrup if desired.


Serve and ENJOY!




Get Your Collin Street Bakery Pecan Bread Here:


Downtown Corsicana

401 W. 7th Ave.

Corsicana, Tx 75110



Corsicana Interstate 45

2035 S I-45

Corsicana, Tx 75110

Exit 229



Bellmead - Waco Interstate 35

701 N I-35

Bellmead, Tx 76705

Exit 338A



Lindale - Interstate 20

17044 I-20 W

Lindale, Tx 75771

Hideaway Lake Exit



Greenville - Interstate 30

1220 I-30

Greenville, Tx 75401

Exit 94



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