Santa Fe (Railroad) French Toast

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

People have been making fun of the railroad for years, but no one jokes about their legendary French Toast. The train might have run late, but when indulging in a breakfast like this, who cared? I realize the cream adds calories, but suggest that you resist the temptation to use milk! It's worth the extra time on the treadmill! NOTE: Besure to use stale bread otherwise you're french toast may be soggy!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 slices firm white bread (day old, I use leftover sourdough) or 6 slices challah, 3/4 inch slices cut in half diagonally
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Garnish

  • confectioners' sugar
  • warm maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Position rack in middle of the oven.
  2. Arrange bread in a single layer in a baking dish.
  3. Whisk together cream, eggs and salt and pour over the bread.
  4. Soak bread, turning once, until most of liquid is absorbed but bread is not falling apart, about 2 minutes.
  5. With a slotted spatula, carefully transfer soaked bread to tray.
  6. Heat 1/2 inch oil in a heavy skillet over moderate heat until registers 325 degrees.
  7. Fry bread 3 or 4 pices at a time, turning once, until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes per batch, maintaining 325 degrees.
  8. Transfer to paper towel to drain briefly then arrange in a single lager on baking sheet.
  9. Once all bread is fried, bake toast until puffed, about 4 minutes.
  10. Dust with confectioners sugar and serve with syrup or honey.
Most Helpful

Oh so yummy! This made an awesome, wonderful breakfast- thanks so much!

Melanie Adrienne April 10, 2014

This is a fantastic recipe! I loved it. I used wheat bread and added about a 1/2 tsp of nutmeg. It is so rich and wonderful tasting, thanks for the recipe!

Jadelabyrinth March 06, 2010

This was yummy! I never have heard of a method like this one. It worked quite well. A few pieces of the french toast did taste just a tish bit oily, but after i doused it in syrup I didn't notice, lol. I used some thick texas toast for my bread. Worked great! It was a great Sunday breakfast. Thanks for sharing!

Shelby Jo September 14, 2008