How To Make Japanese French Toast (Fluffy Milk Bread French Toast)

How To Make Japanese French Toast Using Shokupan (Fluffy Milk Bread French Toast)

by Ayako Kidokoro

Crowd Pleaser Bread Breakfast Brunch Easy Kid-Friendly Potluck-Friendly Under 30 Minutes

French Toast is one of the most popular items on menus in Japan. It is fluffy and custardy on the inside and has a crispy texture on the outside. The Japanese version of French Toast is very similar to the classic dish while being completely different.

Its appearance differs from Western-style French toast due to the bread used. Japanese varieties tend to be thicker and softer compared to some Western bread types.

Using Shokupan, a super fluffy bread, is the most common method for making French Toast in Japan. If Shokupan is difficult to find in your area, consider trying our Shokupan or Whole Wheat Shokupan recipes from our blog. Japanese French Toast made with Shokupan has a sponge-like texture that readily absorbs the egg mixture, resulting in a rich, moist texture when baked, allowing you to enjoy the full flavor of the eggs. It is almost like eating bread pudding.

The ingredients are simple and likely items you already have in your kitchen: Shokupan, milk, eggs, and sugar. In this recipe, I incorporate rum for added richness, though vanilla essence is a suitable alternative. Choose according to your preference!

Straining the egg mixture before soaking the Shokupan is crucial as it facilitates absorption. Additionally, cooking over low heat and allowing enough time for cooking yields the perfect texture: a crunchy exterior and fluffy, creamy interior.

Just like other breakfast menu items such as pancakes, Japanese French Toast is best enjoyed right away while still warm. Serve it generously drizzled with maple syrup for sweetness and add some fresh fruits to provide a refreshing contrast to the dish.

Japanese French Toast is commonly enjoyed for breakfast or brunch on weekends. While it requires a bit more time than just preparing cereal, making this Japanese French Toast ensures that your weekend mornings are truly special!


Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Total time: 30 mins

Total servings: 2

Difficulty: Easy

  • 4 Slices of Shokupan (Japanese Milk Bread)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 120 ml Milk
  • 30 g Sugar
  • Few Drops of Rum or Vanilla Extract
  • Butter
  • Maple Syrup
  • Berries (garnish, optional)
  • Powdered Sugar (garnish, optional)
  • Sprig of Mint (garnish, optional)

Expert's Tip

Shimomura Verdun Fine Japanese Bread Knife 220mm OVF-107-Japanese Taste

With the Shimomura Verdun Fine Japanese Bread Knife, ensure clean and precise slices of bread, perfect for cutting Shokupan! It is also ideal for slicing tougher bread like baguettes. The best part is it is dishwasher-safe! Enjoy your French Toast with this knife.


Shokupan French Toast

1) Gathering the Ingredients

Gather the ingredients together.

heating the milk
heating the milk 2

2) Heating the Milk

Heat the milk over low heat to 60°C (140°F).

cutting the crusts off of the shokupan
shokupan without crust

3) Cutting the Crusts Off of the Shokupan

Trim the edges of the Shokupan. This helps the bread soak up the egg mixture and makes it fluffy.

beating the eggs in a mixing bowl
adding sugar to the beaten eggs
adding rum to the custard
adding the heated milk to the custard
mixing everything together

4) Making the Custard

Add the eggs to a bowl, then pour in the milk, sugar, and rum. Mix well with a whisk after adding each ingredient.

straining the custard into a fine sieve
laying the shokupan into the custard
flipping the shokupan onto the other side

5) Soaking the Shokupan in the Custard

Strain the custard mixture and pour it into a flat container.
Soak both sides of the bread for at least 5 minutes each.

buttering a pan
adding the shokupan french toast into the pan
4 pieces of shokupan french toast in the pan
covering the pan with a lid

6) Cooking the French Toast

In a frying pan heated over low heat, add butter, and once melted, place the bread. Cover and cook for 8 minutes until a nice golden brown color forms.

flipping the french toast and allowing it to cook on the other side
flipped french toast

7) Flipping the French Toast

Flip the french toast and cover again to cook for 5 more minutes.

shokupan french toast

8) Plating & Enjoying the Shokupan French Toast

Place the shokupan french toast on the dish and serve it with maple syrup and some fruits. Enjoy!

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