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Almonds lovers listen up ~ my Almond Poppy Seed French Toast is a super delicious twist on the classic breakfast treat ~ made with brioche bread and buttermilk in the batter, this is a winner! I’m so happy it’s French toast season again.  Well, it almost is, and we  food bloggers have to be ahead of the game, our job is to inspire you to your next great mouthful, and fall comfort food is right around the bend, yay!  There are a couple of fantastic things about this recipe.  Of course, there’s the almond poppy seed thing, we don’t even need to discuss that.  It’s so good.  But here’s something else that you might not have tried.  I made the batter with buttermilk instead of the usual milk or half and half.  Not only does it lighten it up in terms of calories and fat, but it adds great flavor. Aren’t poppy seeds beautiful?  I love to cook with them, and I don’t know who thought of the idea of combining  them with almond but that was a stroke of genius.  Any time you add an element of interest to a dish I think it makes it more special, and …


makes 7 thick slices of French toast

Total time

0 minutes






  • 1 loaf day old bread (I used poppy seed brioche)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp Poppy seeds
  • ½ tsp almond extract (more to taste)
  • butter for the griddle
  • garnish
  • sliced almonds
  • powdered sugar


  1. Slice the bread in nice thick slices
  2. Whisk the eggs in a wide shallow dish, a pie plate works well. Make sure to get the eggs completely beaten. Whisk in the buttermilk, sugar, poppy seeds, and extract and blend until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Heat a griddle and butter it well.
  4. Soak each piece of bread in the batter before placing it on the griddle. It will only take a short soak on each side, you don't want it completely mushy inside.
  5. Cook the bread until it is golden on each side, and hot throughout. Serve hot with butter, maple syrup, and some sliced almonds on top. Dust with powdered sugar for a fancier presentation.
  6. View the recipe instructions at The View From the Great Island

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