Recipe courtesy of Sweet n Savory Cafe

Wrightsville Beach French Toast

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  • Level: Advanced
  • Total: 2 hr 20 min (includes proofing time)
  • Active: 1 hr 15 min
  • Yield: 1 serving
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Cinnamon Smear:

1 pound margarine

2 pounds granulated sugar 

3/4 pound all-purpose flour 

3/4 ounces ground cinnamon 

1/4 ounce cocoa powder 

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

1/4 cup water 

Cinnamon Raisin Bread:

7 pounds high-gluten flour

4 cups sourdough starter 

4 cups water 

4 ounces granulated sugar 

4 ounces yeast 

2 ounces salt 

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

Cinnamon-sugar, for sprinkling

Raisins, for sprinkling

Maple Mousse:

2 cups heavy cream

1/2 cup powdered sugar 

1/2 cup maple syrup 

French Toast Batter:

8 cups eggs

3 cups whole milk 

2 cups heavy cream 

1 cup maple syrup 

1/2 cup spiced rum 

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 

2 teaspoons ground nutmeg 

Wrightsville Beach French Toast:

2 thick slices cinnamon raisin bread

Maple mousse, as needed

Powdered sugar, for sprinkling 

Fresh berries, for garnish


  1. For the cinnamon smear: Cream the margarine and sugar in a large bowl. Add the flour, cinnamon and cocoa powder. Slowly add the oil and water. Mix for 15 minutes and let rest for 5 minutes.
  2. For the cinnamon raisin bread: Mix the flour, starter, water, granulated sugar, yeast, salt and oil in a large stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for 15 minutes. Let rest.
  3. Portion the dough into 22-ounce balls. Flatten the dough and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mix and raisins. Roll the dough over itself 4 to 5 times and place in a greased bread pan. Cover the top and sides with the cinnamon smear. Proof the dough for 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  5. Bake for 46 minutes. Remove from the pan and place on a cooling rack. Slice into thick slices.
  6. For the maple mousse: Thoroughly blend the heavy cream, powdered sugar and maple syrup in a large bowl until well mixed.
  7. For the French toast batter: Thoroughly blend the eggs, milk, heavy cream, maple syrup, rum, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl until well mixed.
  8. For the Wrightsville Beach French toast: Soak the cinnamon raisin bread slices in the French toast batter until well saturated. Fry in a 350 degree F deep-fryer until golden brown, about 2 minutes (DO NOT OVER FRY).
  9. Cut the fried cinnamon raisin bread diagonally and shingle on a plate. Top with maple mousse. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and garnish with fresh berries.