Recipe By Chef John
Published Nov 2nd
Prep 20m Cook 20m Additional 2h Ready In 2h 40m
Servings 2 servings Calories 952.5

This does sound kind of crazy and to be honest, when I first tried it, I didn’t think it would work, but oh, does it work well. It’s one of the best French toasts I’ve ever had, especially with the spiced honey syrup we’re going to serve it with, which was just an absolute perfect pairing. 

Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 (1 inch thick) slices stale French bread
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons white sugar
  • ⅓ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¼ teaspoon Aleppo pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1 pinch kosher salt

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place stale bread in a shallow dish just large enough to tightly fit the slices in one layer.
  2. 2 Whisk eggs, salt, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, cayenne, and heavy cream for batter together in a bowl and pour over bread slices. Use tongs to toss to coat evenly. If there's excess batter pooling at the bottom of the dish, spoon it over the top of the bread slices.
  3. 3 Wrap and refrigerate until bread has absorbed all the batter or is fully saturated, 2 to 12 hours.
  4. 4 To make the honey syrup, combine honey, water, chili flakes, and salt in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir and bring to a simmer, then cook for 30 seconds. Turn off the heat and reserve until needed.
  5. 5 Remove bread from the refrigerator and press sliced feta into the top of each piece; about 2 tablespoons feta should almost cover the surface of each piece.
  6. 6 Heat butter and olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place in the bread, cheese-side down. Cook until the cheese has caramelized and the surface is well browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn the slices over, reduce heat to medium, and cook the other side until golden brown.
  7. 7 Serve immediately with the honey syrup spooned over top.  

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 952.5
  • Carbohydrate 99 g
  • Cholesterol 321.3 mg
  • Fat 51.9 g
  • Fiber 2.9 g
  • Protein 27.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 27.9 g
  • Sodium 1811.9 mg

Chef's Notes

Large batches of bread can be layered in a deeper dish or pan and soaked with the batter; You can use milk for cream, if preferred. I used French feta cheese for this (which is more mild) but use whichever type you prefer.


  1. Chef John does it again! This recipe was absolutely fantastic. The crispy coat with cheese and spicy honey pairs so well with the custard inside. This is the best french toast I have ever made, and I'll definitely make it often in the future.

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