Brunch Just Got Sweeter with This Tiramisu French Toast

Tiramisu French Toast on a plate
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
2 servings

Just when you thought French toast couldn’t get any better, say hello to Tiramisu French Toast. Thick slices of challah are  stuffed with a sweet mascarpone cream, soaked in an espresso egg mixture, smothered in more mascarpone cream (because why not) and then given a healthy dusting of cocoa powder. If you love tiramisu as much as I do, you need to make this recipe ASAP.

Note: This recipe uses raw egg yolks. If you’re not comfortable with consuming raw egg yolks, whisk the egg yolks and sugar over a double boiler until the mixture is pale yellow in colour and the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Let cool before whipping in the mascarpone and heavy cream.

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Mascarpone Cream

loaf of challah or brioche bread, cut into 1-inch thick slices
large egg yolks
+ 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
cup mascarpone cheese
cup heavy cream

Egg soak

large eggs
cup whole milk
Tbsp dark brown sugar
tsp espresso powder or instant coffee


Tbsp butter for pan
Cocoa powder for dusting
Raspberries, for garnish, optional


Step 1

Using a paring knife or butter knife, cut a horizontal slit into the top of each slice to create a pocket, make sure not to cut all the way through. Repeat with remaining slices, set aside.

Slices of challah on a cutting board
Step 2

For the mascarpone cream: In a large bowl, beat egg yolks and sugar until pale yellow in colour, about 3 minutes. Add the mascarpone and whip for another 2 minutes. Remove half of the mixture into a separate bowl to reserve for the filling. Add the heavy cream and whip for 2-3 minutes until the cream has thicken but is still runny. Place in the fridge for serving.

Step 3

Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the reserved filling into the cavity of each slice and gently press the sides together to seal the opening.

Mascarpone cream being stuffed into sliced challah
Step 4

For the egg soak: In a shallow dish, add the eggs, whole milk, brown sugar and espresso powder and whisk until combined.

Tiramisu challah being soaked for French toast
Step 5

Melt the butter on a griddle or non-stick skillet over medium-low heat.

Step 6

Dip the bread slices in the egg mixture, one at a time, allowing the bread to soak for about 10 seconds on each side. Place the soaked slices into the heated pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Work in batches, don’t pre-soak the slices until you’re ready to cook.

Tiramisu french toast in a cutting board
Step 7

Top with the mascarpone cream, a dusting of cocoa powder and raspberries (if using).

Tiramisu being topped with mascarpone cream
Step 8

Serve immediately.

Tiramisu French Toast, ready to serve

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