Almond Poppy Seed French Toast

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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!

Pouring maple syrup on a stack of Almond Poppy Seed French Toast

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.

Batter for almond poppy seed French toast

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 more fun to eat. Why make plain French toast when you can get a galaxy of specks and a nice little crunch from a heaping tablespoon of poppy seeds?

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A lot of people don’t realize that buttermilk is actually low in fat. It doesn’t contain any butter, it’s technically the stuff that’s leftover after butter making, so it’s actually very low in fat. The kind you usually find in cartons at the store is cultured, which makes it thicker and more flavorful. I love to bake with it so much that I make it part of my weekly shopping list. It keeps for a long time in the fridge, and I find endless uses for it.

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Almond Poppy Seed French Toast with sliced almonds

French toast is the easiest of all the luxury breakfasts, you only have to whisk the simple batter together and dunk the bread. Because the rest is so simple, the bread takes on special significance. I try to get good bakery bread, unsliced so I can make nice thick pieces myself. The great thing is that you can take advantage of specials because you don’t need (or even want!) fresh bread for this dish. Stale is just fine. I got my poppy seed brioche in the day-old section for a fraction of the original cost. Love that.

A stack of Almond Poppy Seed French Toast with dripping syrup

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3.56 from 87 votes

Almond Poppy Seed French Toast

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!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Yield 7 thick slices of French toast
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 loaf day old bread I used poppy seed brioche
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract more to taste
  • butter for the griddle


  • sliced almonds
  • powdered sugar


  • Slice the bread in nice thick slices
  • 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.
  • Heat a griddle and butter it well.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Cook's notes

You won't use the whole loaf, so double the recipe to feed more.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.



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    August 20, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Poppyseed brioche! I’ve only ever seen the plain one here. I love all your photos but that last one is incredible, such an inspired recipe with lovely flavours 🙂

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    August 18, 2014 at 10:39 am

    There’s a french toast season? 🙂 I would absolutely eat this any time of year. What a great texture it must have, with all those crunchy little seeds!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    August 17, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    When you open your bed and breakfast this is what I want! How creatively gorgeous. Very nice recipe and wonderful photos.

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    August 17, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Really gorgeous and like the use of the poppyseeds! Count me in for French Toast season. 😉

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    August 17, 2014 at 9:16 am

    there’s a ‘season’ for French toast?… i’d be so fat all the time if we lived together… fat but happy!

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    The Café Sucre Farine
    August 17, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Oh my word this looks amazing. We’re on a little road trip but I want to go right home and make French toast!

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    August 16, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I’ve never tried French toast with buttermilk but good to know that it works well! 😀

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    August 16, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I love everything about this!

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    August 16, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Poppyseeds are literally one of my favorite food items – I have such an obsession with it – they’re beautiful, give an amazing crunch and if you use enough they even impart flavor. Using them in & on french toast is brilliant – I will definitely be trying this!

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      August 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      I agree! I said that in another post, I forget which one, about the flavor, if you use enough of them you taste it! And that black blue color is so nice.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    August 16, 2014 at 11:13 am

    French toast season sounds just brilliant to me, love this decadent breakfast!

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