RECIPE | Zola Nene's muesli-crusted French toast

Using muesli to add some extra crunch to French toast makes every bite a pleasure because of the varying textures, says the celebrity chef

10 July 2019 - 13:57 By Zola Nene
Muesli-crusted French toast.
Muesli-crusted French toast.
Image: 'Simply Zola'

"Yes, I know that everyone knows how to make French toast, but I often find that it can be boring to eat after a few mouthfuls," says celebrity chef Zola Nene, author of Simply  Zola.

"I've started adding extra crunch to mine by pressing some muesli into it, which makes every bite a pleasure because of the varying textures. Hey, don't knock it until you try it."

Serves: 4


2 eggs

60ml milk

60ml sugar

5ml ground cinnamon

2.5ml nutmeg

5ml vanilla essence

4 thick slices brioche or kitke

250ml muesli

60ml unsalted butter

To serve:

Vanilla-flavoured frozen yoghurt

Mixed berries

Icing sugar


  1. Whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla essence.
  2. Dip the brioche or kitke slices in the egg mixture, then coat in the muesli.
  3. Heat a pan, add the butter, then place the coated slices in the pan and cook over a low heat until golden-brown on both sides.
  4. Serve with a generous scoop of frozen yoghurt, mixed berries and a dusting of icing sugar.

Recipe and photograph from 'Simply Zola: The Journey Continues' (Struik Lifestyle) by Zola Nene, which was named the world's best English cookbook by a TV celebrity chef at the 2019 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.