Cherry blossom + miso French toast

Cherry blossom + miso French toast

Chefs Eat Toasties Too
Brendan Homan

The cherry blossom season in Japan is extremely important and significant. Cherry blossom has a unique flavour that resembles almonds, and it goes well with desserts as well as savoury dishes.


Quantity Ingredient
4 5 cm thick slices of brioche, crusts removed and trimmed to 5 cm cubes
300ml full-cream milk
30g sakura cherry blossom paste
4 eggs, lightly beaten
120g icing sugar
250g see method for ingredients
25g white miso paste
60g unsalted butter, softened
100g see method for ingredients
vanilla icecream, to serve
see method for ingredients


  1. Put the brioche cubes in a sealed container and place them in the refrigerator for a few hours to dry out and harden up (this will help with soaking).
  2. Combine the milk, cherry blossom paste, eggs and 40 g of the icing sugar. Mix well together, then strain through a sieve into a shallow dish.
  3. Remove the brioche from the refrigerator and place the cubes in the dish to soak. Store in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour. Flip each cube after 15 minutes or so to get maximum coverage.
  4. Remove each cube from the dish and place on a wire rack over a tray to catch the drips. Leave for 20 minutes to drain.
  5. Use a spatula to mix the caramel cream evenly with the miso paste. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a small plain nozzle.
  6. Heat the softened butter in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat until just melted. Dust each drained cube of brioche with the remaining icing sugar. Add the brioche cubes to the pan and cook them for a couple of minutes until golden brown and caramelised. Flip each cube and cook until golden and caramelised on the other side.
  7. Remove from the pan and place the brioche cubes in four serving bowls. Top with the vanilla cherries and their syrup and pipe small bulbs of the miso caramel around it. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Pro tip

  • Sakura cherry blossom paste can be found online or in Asian or Japanese food stores. It is highly concentrated so you don’t need much. If you can’t find it, you could use some of the liquid from the Vanilla cherries instead.
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