Russian French Toast, Grenki

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Recipe: #13270

July 22, 2014

Categories: French Toast

"How Russians make it"

Original is 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (161.9 g)
  • Calories 403.2
  • Total Fat - 26.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 8 g
  • Cholesterol - 232.2 mg
  • Sodium - 514.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 28.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.2 g
  • Sugars - 8.3 g
  • Protein - 11.9 g
  • Calcium - 109.5 mg
  • Iron - 2.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Divide the bread in 1/2 cutting crosswise.

Step 2

Whisk egg, milk, cream, sugar, salt and cinnamon. ( i just used 1/4 cup half and half , light cream of some of you BECAUSE I LIKE DENSER TOAST )

Step 3

Heat oil in skillet.

Step 4

Dip bread into egg mixture. Put into medium hot pan and brown on 1 side then flip.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Use stale bread for the best results. This will help the bread absorb the egg mixture better.
  • Using half and half or light cream will give the French toast a denser texture.

  • For the cream, substitute Greek yogurt for a healthier option. The Greek yogurt provides a tangy flavor and adds protein to the dish.
  • For the oil, substitute butter for a richer flavor. The butter will also help to brown the toast more evenly and give it a better texture.

Coconut French Toast Replace the heavy cream with 1/4 cup of coconut cream. Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the egg mixture. Sprinkle shredded coconut on top of the toast before serving.

Cinnamon Applesauce. This is a great accompaniment to Russian French Toast, Grenki as it adds a sweet and tart flavor to the dish. The cinnamon adds a nice warmth to the toast, and the applesauce provides a nice contrast to the richness of the french toast.

Baked Apples with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar - This dish is a great accompaniment to Russian French Toast, Grenki as it adds a sweet and spicy flavor to the dish. The apples are cooked until they are soft and juicy, and the brown sugar and cinnamon give it an extra layer of sweetness. The apples provide a nice contrast to the richness of the french toast.


Q: Can I use fresh bread for Russian French Toast?

A: Yes, you can use fresh bread for Russian French Toast. However, stale bread is recommended for a better texture and flavor.

Q: How do I make Russian French Toast?

A: To make Russian French Toast, whisk together eggs, milk, and sugar in a shallow bowl. Dip slices of bread in the mixture and fry in butter until golden brown. Serve with your favorite toppings.

4 Reviews


I will be making this french toast again. Easy to put together and great flavor. Thank you dienia b for sharing the recipe with us. Made for the 2014 Culinary Quest - cruisin culinary queens.


review by:
(14 Aug 2014)

Baby Kato

We had a lovely breakfast thanks to this tasty french toast. It was quick and easy to make and it tasted great. Thank you for sharing. Made for Culinary Quest.


review by:
(12 Aug 2014)


Delicious, easy and quick. Made a wonderful breakfast for me this morning. Made for Culinary Quest 2014.


review by:
(11 Aug 2014)


Mmmm...French toast! This is my #1 favorite thing to eat for breakfast. This recipe was quick, easy and delicious. I used French bread (my preferred choice for French toast), but kept everything else as written. Thank you for sharing this keeper recipe.


review by:
(7 Aug 2014)

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Fun facts:

Grenki, a type of Russian French toast, is said to have been invented in the 17th century by Peter the Great, the Tsar of Russia. He was said to have enjoyed it so much that he made it a part of the Russian Imperial Court's menu.

Grenki is also said to have been a favorite of the Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, who enjoyed it as a late night snack. He wrote about it in his novel War and Peace, saying that it was "the most delicious thing in the world".