French Toast / Bread Pudding – Instant Pot

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French Toast/Bread Pudding in Instant Pot – This weekend I discovered an amazing recipe! A delightful and moist French Toast with texture of bread pudding, which tasted heavenly. Boys were elated for breakfast plus they had additional toppings to choose from – more butter, chocolate chips, bananas, more marmalade and maple syrup! For a family that mostly eats healthy, we went all crazy this weekend. 

French Toast/Bread Pudding - Instant Pot

It all started with the French Brioche Bread that I have been eyeing at Trader Joe’s! Every time I saw it wanted to eat french toast. Finally, I bought it last week and decided to try it in my InstaPot rather than the conventional baked recipe.  There was no recipe that I was following and I just went with my instincts. I whisked together the normal egg+vanilla+cinnamon+sugar+milk mixture. I had a jar of orange marmalade that I wanted to use. So I stirred in a few spoons of that. Drenched the cubed bread in the liquids. Poured in my spring foam cake pan and cooked in the Instant Pot. After 15 minutes of cook time, I impatiently Quick Released the pressure. I was surprised to see the moist, gooey yumminess I had created. I let it sit for another 5 mins allowing it to settle a bit more. I could have broiled the french toast for a few minutes to get crispy top but we decided to just dig in!

French Toast/Bread Pudding - Instant Pot

I sprinkled a little more cinnamon on top, spread a spoonful of salted butter that melted beautifully on the hot pudding. Then we served a big spoonful each in our plates and served with bananas, chocolate chips and maple syrup! What a way to start the weekend  with 4 happy tummies!! Next time, I may try to broil, but then I might miss the moist bread pudding consistency?

French Bread

Going off-cycle with this blog post, rushing a bit as I know I have promised a bunch of you this recipe. So please excuse me for any typos/errors. Here is an easy French Toast recipe for Pressure Cooking:

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French Toast/Bread Pudding - Instant Pot
French Toast/Bread Pudding - Instant Pot
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
French Toast/Bread Pudding in Instant Pot - A delightful and moist French Toast with a texture of bread pudding, topped with cinnamon, chocolate chips, bananas and maple syrup!
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Servings: 4
Author: Archana Mundhe
  • 7 slices of French Brioche bread or any french bread, cut into cubes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk whole or 2% (I used whole milk)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange marmalade optional
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Toppings optional:
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • maple syrup
  • bananas
  • chocolate chips
  • nuts
  • raisins
  1. Lightly grease a round cake pan with butter or oil. I used butter spray. (I have a 7” springform pan, that does not have a seal proof base, so I put aluminum foil to avoid any liquid from dripping out. Time to get a new pan)
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, brown sugar, marmalade, vanilla and 1 tsp ground cinnamon until smooth.
  3. Add bread cubes to the bowl and mix gently, so that all the bread pieces are covered with liquids.
  4. Pour in the prepared cake pan. Line up the top layer by hand so they sit flat in the pan.
  5. Cover the pan with aluminum foil (time to dig out my stainless steel plate instead to cover the pan). If you prefer to not use aluminum foil, cover the pan with a few paper towels instead. This prevents from any additional water from getting into the pan.
  6. Add 1 cup of water in the Instant Pot. Place the cake pan on the trivet.
  7. Gently put the trivet in the pot. Close Instant Pot lid with pressure valve to sealing.
  8. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 15 mins. QR.
  9. Open Instant Pot. Carefully lift the trivet with the pan, and take it out. I use paper towels to hold the trivet.
  10. Allow to sit for 5 mins. (optionally broil for 5 mins)
  11. Sprinkle more cinnamon and spread a tablespoon of butter (love salted butter here)
  12. Serve with your favorite toppings - fruit, nuts, chocolate chips and maple syrup!
Recipe Notes
Depending on the thickness of the brioche bread, you may need more or less bread slices. I used Trader Joe's brioche bread which is very thick. When you mix the bread in the liquids, there should not be too much excess liquids leftover. About 1/4 -1/2 cup of excess liquids is fine. But if you have more, add another slice or 2 of the bread.


12 thoughts on “French Toast / Bread Pudding – Instant Pot

    1. How lucky! You are going to have so much fun cooking in it. Let me know if you have any questions.

  1. I’ve made this twice, and it is so delicious! We found it doesn’t need butter or syrup or anything. The flavor is great as it is. We just sprinkled a little bit of cinnamon on top.

    The second time I multiplied everything by one and a half, and thought 20 minutes would be enough, but ended up adding 3 minutes, then another 3 at high pressure. I’m going to play around with the time to get it perfect. Luckily, the taste is so exquisite it will be a pleasure to eat it as many times as is necessary!

  2. Hi Mimi! so happy to hear that you are enjoying this recipe. I agree it delicious as is. Good to hear that you also are working to perfecting this for the quantities you like. I would love to hear what your final timings are. We love adding blueberries to it.

  3. Just tried this after reading carefully and watching, and ended up with a soggy, undercooked mess. I’ve put it in the oven and am hoping it sorts itself out.

    1. Hi! Thank you for your feedback. I️ am so sorry that this did not work out for you in the Instant Pot. What kind of pan did you use? And hope the IP had come to pressure? Please Let me know.

      1. 7″ springform pan wrapped in foil. It came to pressure, etc. The egg was still runny when it came out. I ended up spreading everything on a cookie sheet and baking it for a while, until it was no longer runny, but it was still soggy.
        I’m wondering if maybe my brioche was sliced thinner than average, thus resulting in less bread used?

        1. I agree it must be the brioche slices. I use the ones from Trader Joes are they are very thick. I will update the recipe to mention that the bread should soak most of the liquids as you mix them in. When you put in the cake pan, there should not be too much excess liquids. Thank you again for your feedback.

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