Rosemary Bread French Toast

by Rachel on March 13, 2010

Unusual and fabulous.

My sister makes her French toast with La Brea Bakery Rosemary bread (widely available at Costco, Ralph’s and I’m certain a market near you).  This always sounded a bit cooky to me, until I tried it.  Now my family is hooked too.  There is something about it that just works.  Thanks Sis!

Rosemary Bread French Toast (6 servings)

  • 8 slices of artisan bread, thickly sliced (we use La Brea Bakery Rosemary Bread)
  • 10 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • ⅓ cup Amaretto
  • 1 tsp cinnamon or nutmeg
  • Real maple syrup

Add milk to beaten eggs in a large bowl.  Add Amaretto and spices.  Lay bread in a 9×13 pan.  Pour egg mixture over the top.  Allow to sit for ten minutes.  Turn slices over.  Allow the bread to sit for ten additional minutes.  This can be done the night before and refrigerated over night.

Heat a griddle to medium-high heat.  Fry French toast slices in butter or margarine on the griddle until a golden brown on both sides.

Serve warm with real maple syrup.  I believe fake maple syrup is an abomination.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Sorry for the Convenience March 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm

1) Your sister sounds smart.
2) I don’t think I’ve ever cooked anything with 10 eggs.
3) Hooray for the Amaretto.
4) I’m not admitting that I like fake syrup.

Rachel March 13, 2010 at 5:12 pm

My sister IS smart. It has ten eggs because it’s enough French toast for 5-6 people. I know you like fake syrup. It’s obvious.

Stella March 13, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Yum, i love French toast. This sounds especially good with the rosemary.

Linn @ Swedish Home Cooking March 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Adorable. In Sweden we call French toast for Poor Knights. Learn more about Swedish cooking on my online cooking show, Swedish Home Cooking! Linn

Katie Brucker March 19, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Hello Rachel,
My name is Katie Brucker and I work in Marketing Communications for La Brea Bakery and Nancy Silverton. Hello! Your blog post for the Rosemary Bread French Toast came up in my Google alerts, and I have to say, we were all very impressed by the recipe! If you would allow, we would love to share this on our Facebook page with a link to your blog. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you, and keep up the good work! Your blog is very special.

Drew March 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Rachel — I can’t wait to try this recipe! Drew

Rachel March 24, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Drew: I hope you love it as much as we do. I hate to admit how often we eat this for breakfast! It’s basically a staple in our household. Cheers, Rachel

karen March 26, 2010 at 6:14 am

It looks wonderful! I buy La Brea bread every week at our market. Its one of the easiest(and best) ways to get our whole grains in every day.
I just found your website and think it is amazing! We too visit local farmers markets where ever our travels take us. I must admit I thought I was the only one that did that because our friends and family think its weird. I must be hanging out with the wrong crowd…

Rachel March 26, 2010 at 6:20 am

Karen: Apparently you need to start traveling with us! If you want to read some of the crazy stories of our travel/food exploits take a look at my travel blog ( I’ve written a lot about our approach to food and travel. Glad you found my blog!

Miranda July 19, 2017 at 1:16 pm

Hi Rachel!

I was wondering – if I don’t have Amaretto, do you think I could use almond extract? We bought some freshly baked rosemary bread at the store so I’m dying to try this recipe!

Thank you!!

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