Trader Joe’s Babka French Toast

How, you ask, do you make the best French toast ever? Just swap out white bread and use Trader Joe’s Chocolate Babka instead! Trader Joe’s Babka French Toast- an all too easy way to take a breakfast classic and make it a weekend-decadent. A few favorite ways to top it off: powdered sugar, salted butter and maple syrup, or cream cheese and jam

Trader Joe's Babka French Toast

Do you ever have issues when trying to eat French toast at a restaurant? You know… when you order and it comes soggy, or bland, or just plain old gross? I refuse to order French toast when I’m out for breakfast or brunch. I’ve had such bad experiences in the past. Most of the time, the bread is soaked for too long or the custard is super eggy. This Trader Joe’s Babka French Toast will right all those past mistakes.

French Toast Mixture with sliced Babka

What is Brooklyn Babka?

Chocolate Babka is a sweet, swirly, cake loaf rooted in Eastern European Jewish traditions. Trader Joe’s Chocolate Babka is made for them by a small, kosher bakery in Brooklyn that literally grew out of a grandmother’s kitchen. That is why we had to choose this babka to cook with! The chocolate swirl is all melty when heated through and makes for the creamiest bites!

Can you freeze a babka?

Absolutely! Don’t be afraid to stock up on the baked babka loafs. They freeze beautifully so don’t hesitate to wrap them up in an air-tight sealed container, bag, or plastic seal. The bread can be frozen for up to a month! We live 3 hours from the closest Trader Joe’s, so when we make it to a store, we stock up since we know we can freeze it and not sacrifice taste! In the event you tackle the task of making your own Babka, the dough can freeze exactly the same way 🙂

What can you put on babka french toast besides syrup?

Here are 5 awesome options if you are out of syrup or up for trying something new:
-Frozen berries, heated with a little sugar to make a sauce.
-Powdered sugar
-Apple sauce or yogurt

Trader Joes Babka French Toast Ingredients

Ingredients for Trader Joe’s Babka French Toast

  • 1 Loaf Trader Joe’s Babka Bread
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1 Egg, whole
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 TBS Cinnamon
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup of Milk

How to make Trader Joe’s Babka French Toast:

Find a shallow dish to place your egg mixture in. You want it to be shallow enough to easily dip your bread slices.

First, mix the eggs, milk, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla together until well-combined

Next, slice your babka into slices. I find I get about 8-10 slices per loaf of babka bread. The pieces tend to be about a 1/2 inch in thickness.

Dip your babka bread into the wet mixture, one side at a time. Be sure to not soak too long – just enough to get a wet coating on the exterior of the bread.

Dredging Babka in french toast mixture

Immediately transfer the bread to your griddle, which should be heated at 350 degrees F.

Cook for approximately 4 minutes on each side. You will know they are ready by the crispy texture and slight-browning on the exterior of the french toast.

Last, transfer the cooked babka to a plate and garnish with your toppings of choice! We find powdered sugar, syrup, and strawberries to be the perfect compliment to this delicious dish.

French Toast on griddle

Now, as you start to cut into the babka, you’ll already notice it’s tricky to keep the slices in tact, so do this carefully.  Same goes for soaking in the egg bath, and flipping on the griddle, etc.  Use a spatula that is large enough to hold an entire slice to help avoid breakage.
If you’re not having any luck and your slices fall apart on you, just embrace it; pile up the pieces, layer on the toppings and serve as a ‘deconstructed’ (literally) french toast.  Look at you, so artsy 🙂

Finished French Toast on plate
Yield: 6 servings

Trader Joe's Babka French Toast

Trader Joe's Babka French Toast

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 Loaf Trader Joe's Babka Bread
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1 Egg, whole
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 TBS Cinnamon
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup of Milk


  1. Preheat your griddle to 350 F.
  2. Slice your Babka loaf into 8-10 slices and set aside.
  3. Mix the eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon together in a shallow dipping dish.
  4. Carefully dip a slice of babka, covering the piece fully without soaking too long.
  5. Transfer straight to hot griddle.
  6. Cook the piece of babka for approximately 4 minutes per side.
  7. Transfer to a plate once the exterior of the babka appears dark and slightly crispy.
  8. Garnish with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 5g

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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