Chocolate Baguette French Toast with Cinnamon Maple Syrup
This dark chocolate French toast is perfect for a special occasion brunch or breakfast or for date night! Crusty baguette slices are soaked in an easy custard-like batter rich with cocoa, then cooked until golden. They’re served with a drizzle of warm maple syrup infused with cinnamon and a sprinkle of chopped chocolate.
Start the French toast: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet and bake until fully toasted, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the syrup: Combine the maple syrup and cinnamon sticks in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and keep warm while you finish making the French toast.
Continue with the French toast: Whisk together the milk, eggs, cocoa, sugar, vanilla and salt in a medium bowl until evenly combined and frothy. Pour into a pie plate or other shallow baking dish. Add a few of the toasted baguette slices at a time and allow to soak in the custard, about 1 minute per side.
While the bread soaks, melt a couple tablespoons of the butter over medium heat in a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet. Working in batches, cook the baguette slices until cooked through and slightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving platter and repeat with the remaining butter and baguette slices.
To serve: Divide the French toast among plates, drizzle with the warm cinnamon-infused syrup, dollop with crème fraîche or whipped cream and sprinkle with the chopped chocolate.