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Rabanada Recipe (Brazilian French Toast) By A Native

This rabanada recipe (Brazilian French toast) is a classic Christmas recipe made with sweetened condensed milk, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon.

Also, this Brazilian breakfast dish has the perfect creamy center with a crisp outside. Serve with fresh berries, maple syrup, and whipped cream. 

Rabanada recipe
Rabanada is the Brazilian French toast

Easy Rabanada Recipe

Yumm, rabanada! (Pronounced hah-ba-na-da)

This delicious Brazilian breakfast recipe is traditionally served during a special occasion, like Christmas and New Year’s, but honestly, you can make it all year long as a breakfast or afternoon snack if you want it.

Well, this Brazilian-style French toast has a custardy taste and is deliciously creamy on the inside and slightly crunchy on the outside.

In other words, it’s finger-licking good, and you get to experience one of the most traditional recipes for Christmas in Brazil!

And if you were wondering, yes, rabanada is considered a traditional Brazilian food!

A plate with rabanada, the Brazilian French toast

What is the difference between rabanada and French toast recipe?

This Brazilian holiday recipe is creamier inside and a bit sweeter, but honestly, it tastes like a godsend.

I’m obviously biased, but once you’ve had rabanada, you’ll only want rabanadas from that moment on.

Can you make this Brazilian rabanada recipe ahead of time?

Well, fresh is always best, but a day before is okay, too.

In that case, be sure to store it in an airtight container. You can serve it at room temperature or warm.

Oh, don’t forget to brew some coffee to serve along.

Rabanada, the Brazilian French toast

For how long can you store rabanada?

For a day or two at room temperature in an airtight container.

Serving suggestions

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Fresh berries

Tips for a delicious Brazilian French Toast

Stale bread! While this Brazilian version of French toast is supposed to be creamy, it shouldn’t be soggy. And if the French bread is not stale, that’s exactly how it will be. So be sure to find stale bread!

Sugar, yes please! Don’t forget to roll the pieces of bread in sugar while it is still warm so it will stick easily.

Avoid an egg smell! A widespread practice in Brazil is to break the egg yolk membrane inside a fine-mesh sieve and let it drain into a bowl without pressing the egg yolk. Throw what is left on the sieve away. This way, you remove the thin skin, which causes the eggy smell.

No dirty oil! If the oil gets too dirty, run it through a fine mesh sieve lined with a single layer of kitchen paper.

Rabanada, the Brazilian French toast

Rabanada Recipe (Brazilian French Toast)

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This rabanada recipe (Brazilian French toast) is a classic Christmas breakfast. But it's so mouthwatering you can actually make it all year long.


  • 1 stale French baguette or Italian bread
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ 397g can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup sunflower oil
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Slice the baguette into thick slices of 3/4 inch. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix the sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
  3. In a shallow dish, mix the eggs with a fork until homogenous.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  5. Over medium heat, warm the vegetable oil in a frying pan.
  6. Add a few slices of bread to the milk mixture and soak them for about two to three minutes. Using a slotted spatula, spoon a piece of bread from the mix, let it drain a bit, quickly soak it in the egg mixture, and put it in the frying pan immediately.
  7. Repeat this with all slices.
  8. Let each side fry for about two minutes or until golden brown. Remove the bread and transfer it to a plate covered with paper towels. 
  9. Roll each bread slice on the cinnamon sugar mix. Serve warm.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 359mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 11g

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

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