The Brazilian Christmas Recipe of the Week: Rabanada - plus55


Fried french toast smothered in cinnamon sugar - need we say more?
Brazil Culture

Your holiday gathering this weekend won’t be complete without this traditional Brazilian Christmas recipe: rabanada. A Brazilian twist on French toast, rabanada will quickly become a holiday staple in your home.

Rabanada takes just 15 minutes to prepare and uses everyday household ingredients. You know you want to get rid of that stale bread somehow! So fill your kitchen with the comforting aromas of fried toast and cinnamon and sugar. We dare you.


1 baguette or loaf of bread

2 cups of milk

1 can of condensed milk (see our recipe for coconut and condensed milk Cocada)

3 eggs, beaten

frying oil

a pinch of cinnamon

sugar to taste

5 Easy Steps

  1. Leave the bread slices to soak in a mixture of the milk and condensed milk.
  2. Beat the eggs with a pinch of cinnamon.
  3. Dip the soaked bread slices in the egg and cinnamon mixture.
  4. Fry the bread slices on both sides in a pan of hot oil. Set on paper towels to take off excess oil
  5. Cover the fried bread slices in sugar (cinnamon sugar, for the true cinnamon lovers)

It’s that simple and easy! In case you don’t believe us, just watch this short video that takes you through the steps of preparing, frying, and sugaring the rabanada.

Everyone does rabanada their own way. Some like their bread slices thick and eggy, while others prefer their rabanada thin and crispy. As for the sugary topping, some add mascarpone cherries on top, others add nuts and dried fruit.

Whether you have Brazilians in your family or just want a new recipe to shake up your holidays, this Brazilian Christmas recipe may just be the perfect addition to your table.