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Sunday Brunch: Christmas Morning Coconut French Toast Recipe

Posted December 21, 2014 by Stephanie
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Every time Sunday comes around I always ask myself, where the heck did the week go?! Is it me or does everyone feel that the older you get, the faster time seems to pass by? As a kid, the stretch between the first of December and Christmas was the longest time ever. It seemed like an eternity between each day, probably because those little chocolate advent calendars made it even harder to wait for each day to be over. I have such fond memories of me and my brother poking at our advent calendars. One year we managed to sneak one of the chocolates early. We each very carefully punched out the cardboard, ate the chocolates, and pushed the picture back into place. Of course when it was time for that day’s chocolate we were totally busted. It was worth it.

Anyway, chocolate advent calendars don’t have anything to do with this coconut tres leches French toast. Tres Leches cake, if you haven’t had it, is a absolutely delicious concoction of a light and fluffy yet dense sponge cake drenched in three kinds of milk. I French-toast-ified it here because I love the milky sweet flavors. Toasted coconut and whipped coconut milk add an extra bit of indulgence and tart raspberries brighten up the whole works.

The ingredient list looks a bit long, but really, these guys whip up in a flash. If you must make it easier and skip out on one thing, I’d say use regular whipped cream instead of coconut whipped cream. But really, coconut whipped cream is SO GOOD. This is totally dessert for breakfast, which seems to be my jam lately and is so weird because I’m usually obsessed with savories. Guess the holiday season just makes me feel extra sweet!

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Coconut Tres Leche French Toast Recipe
serves 2-4

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons condensed milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 can full fat coconut cream, refrigerated overnight
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 slices extra thick French bread or bread of choice
  • butter or oil
  • 1 cup raspberries

Add the coconut flakes to a dry pan and toast over medium heat, stirring frequently, until flakes are golden brown and toasty. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Flip the coconut can upside down and open. Pour the separated coconut water into a bowl and reserve for other uses. Spoon out the thickened cream into a large chilled bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until fluffy and thick. Add the sugar and whip until dissolved. Set aside in the fridge.

In a shallow bowl, whisk together the milk, evaporated milk, condensed milk, eggs, vanilla and salt. Dip the slices of bread into the egg mix, flipping once. Melt a bit of butter or oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add the soaked slices of bread and fry until golden brown and crisp, flipping once.

Enjoy immediately, topped with coconut whipped cream, toasted coconut and raspberries.

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It’s Sunday! You know what that means: it’s time for Sunday Brunch. Why don’t you skip the line and make brunch at home this week? The coffee’s truly bottomless, the booze doesn’t have a crazy markup and you can chill out in your pajamas. Every Sunday I’ll post a brunch recipe. Soon you won’t be asking, where should we go for brunch – instead it’ll be, what should we make for brunch today?


  1. Craig says:

    French toast is one of my comfort food favourites. This looks really tasty. I turned forty this year and trust me time doesn’t slow down. Have a great Christmas

  2. Gosh this sounds insane! Can’t believe how quickly time is flying what the heezy?!

  3. Karishma says:

    Yum this looks SO good!! The tres leches is such an awesome idea.

    I have never had one of those advent calendars, but my friend who is from Denmark was saying it was a HUGE thing there. I wonder if it’s just not a US thing?

  4. cynthia says:

    You make Sundays the best day of the week. <3

  5. Wow this looks divine. It’s nice to find a unique twist on french toast. I’m planning waffles with my new waffle maker this weekend, but this is on the soon list.

  6. Oh my yum. I do like French toast and you just brought it up about 5 notches with your coconut tres leche version. I will never be able to go back.

  7. This is one sexy french toast! HELLO mornings!

  8. Oh me, oh my this looks fantastic!!

  9. Drishti Roy says:

    wow. It is very delicious.

  10. Mmh this lookd divine, although anything captures my attention that involves raspberries! :D Happy Holidays!

  11. French toast is a Christmas morning tradition in my family and this just might have to be the recipe I make this year. The pictures are stunning!

  12. Gaby says:

    Yum!! The pictures are beautiful!!

  13. Ok, this looks amazing. So perfect for the holidays. Miiiight have to whip these up along with my other family breakfast traditions on Christmas in a few days! Yum, yum.

  14. Chrissy says:

    Wow, this looks amazing. I’ve just seen your blog recently and I am in awe of you. Where do you find the time?? It’s incredible, so creative and beautiful :)

  15. Okay, this has got to be the best french toast I have *ever* seen! I love the simplicity of the recipe and how beautiful the pictures are! I am definitely going to be trying this soon. Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Pierre says:

    Your photos are awesome, congratulation! And the recipe seems yummy I think I will try it one day. Thank you for sharing it!

  17. Allison says:

    For Christmas the BF got me a girdler and I made panettone french toast. I saw your recipe shortly after and cannot wait to make it for him. Coconut is his favorite and this looks absolutely delicious!

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