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Hot Chocolate Japanese French Toast with Strawberries

My recipe two broadcasting live from my little Japanese kitchen!

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My recipe for today comes from my desire to have a treat breakfast featuring the beautiful, thick and fluffy bread served in Japanese bakeries.

In Japan, a little known secret to tourists, but a well-known one to locals and foreigners living here, is that after 5pm towards closing time, most supermarkets discount their fresh, lunch box and bakery items due to strict food laws in Japan.


So I managed to get these beautiful fluffy bread slices for 30% off and French toast (or eggy bread for us English folks) always works better with older bread, so this was the perfect recipe to make. I froze the rest, so now I can enjoy thick slices of Japanese toast with butter and jam or make eggy bread/ French toast whenever I want.


A few tips and pointers before we start.

Using thick bread slices, this recipe comes shy of 400 calories, which is a decent amount and has 15g of protein per serving, however if you prefer to cut down the calories further, you can use water instead of skimmed milk or use two slices of thinner bread instead and then have one slice with a side of fruit instead.


Or omit the hot chocolate powder and use cocoa powder instead for a more chocolate taste with a pinch of salt to bring out the chocolate flavour more.

Leave to soak otherwise it will be more like fried bread!


Cook according to your own preferences. I prefer my eggy bread really gooey and undercooked, so even with thicker toast, I tend to cook it for 90 seconds either side, but anything up to 4-5 minutes will cook it through completely. Just be careful not to burn it too much!


So I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I did.

Thick Chocolate French Toast with Strawberry Jam

Prep time: 5-7 minutes

Cook time: 5-7 minutes

Total time: 10-15 minutes

Yield: 1 serving


  • 1 slice
    Thick Japanese style bread (white bread works best)
  • 1
    Egg white
  • 150ml / 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp
    Milk, skimmed
  • 3 tbsp
    Low-calorie sweetener of choice
  • 16g / 3 tsp
    Low-calorie hot chocolate mix
  • Cooking spray
    For cooking the egg
  • 20-40g / 1-2 tbsp
    Strawberry jam (for serving)


  1. Whisk together the egg white, milk, sweetener and hot chocolate mix together in a medium bowl.
  2. Pour onto a plate or tray with a rim and then place the bread on top and spoon the mixture over the top of the bread.
  3. Leave to soak for 3-4 minutes on each side, turning over and then respooning the mixture over the top.
  4. Spray a medium frying pan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat to heat up the oil for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Place the bread into the pan and cook on each side for 2-4 minutes depending on how well done you like your french toast.
  6. Remove from the pan and plate, serving with icing sugar/ sprinkling with a spoonful of hot chocolate powder and strawberry jam.
  7. If halving the recipe for later, store covered for up to 2-3 days in the fridge.

Nutritional Information

Makes 1 serving
Serving size: 1 slice (roughly 200g)

Nutrition Facts
Servings 1.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 394
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9 g 13 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 4 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 3 mg 1 %
Sodium 719 mg 30 %
Potassium 301 mg 9 %
Total Carbohydrate 72 g 24 %
Dietary Fiber 7 g 29 %
Sugars 14 g
Protein 15 g 29 %
Vitamin A 6 %
Vitamin C 3 %
Calcium 19 %
Iron 0 %

Recipe Notes

To lower the calories further or for a lighter meal, replace the hot chocolate powder with 1 tbsp of cocoa powder and use water instead of the skimmed milk or omit the jam. You can also split the recipe in half like I did, for a lighter meal or make two slices with thinner bread and save the other for later.



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