Ever since I saw Dwayne «The Rock» Johnson eat these french toast, I knew I needed them in my life. After investigating quite a lot, I developed this recipe that I promise is the best in the world. There’s a before and after eating The Rocks’ French Toast (Rock Toast).
As The Rock says on his Instagram, his recipe for his cheat day french toast is a secret between him and his chef “Rocky“. I have to say it’s true, they have never provided an official recipe. There are a couple of restaurants in the US authorized to sell them but (surprise) they don’t share the recipe, either. So I put on a trench coat, grabbed my magnifying glass and got to investigating.
How to make The Rock’s French Toast: the clues
To recreate The Rock’s French Toast, I used an investigation tool we’ve all used: Instagram. There are many videos and photos on there where I was able to see the texture of the toast and sauce. There I saw that the slice of brioche they use is THICK. They claim it’s 4in (10cm) thick but seeing the videos and photos I could tell that was a bit of a hyperbole. 4 inches is half a loaf of bread so that’s can’t be. So I cut the brioche slices to the thickness I thought was more similar to reality: 2 inches (6cm). Then, for the soaking liquid, I used my brioche french toast recipe considering that Dwayne Johnson has mentioned a couple of times it has cinnamon. Finally, in this post above they mention that the sauce, which is key to this recipe, has peanut butter, maple syrup and coconut. Knowing all of this, I started testing recipes and nailed it on the second try.
The Rock French Toast (Rock toast)
OK now that I’ve validated my recipe by showing all the receipts I got, you need to know that these french toasts are THE BEST EVER. I can say they’re honestly the best I’ve ever had, and I love french toast. The best part of this recipe is 100% the peanut butter sauce. It’s really the decisive component. If you love peanut butter, Rock toast is definitely for you. If you prefer, you can also use another nut butter. Another component that I really appreciated was the toasted coconut. I’ve seen a few versions include Tequila-infused flakes but the original one didn’t include this. If you want to walk the extra mile, soak the flakes for a couple of hours in Tequila before toasting them in the oven.
Changes I would make to The Rock’s French Toast
One of the main appeals for The Rock’s French Toast (Rock Toast) is how thick the brioche slices are. Now, if you ask me, that’s more about the show than the flavour. Making them thicker doesn’t improve how they taste. The disadvantage the thickness presents is that you have to soak them in the liquid for a long time to get the slices to soak up everything. I’m more on the side of cutting the slices thinner and still serving them with the sauce, cream and coconut. I would make them 3cm/1in thick if you want a nice and thick toast, but 6cm/2in is a bit excessive. If you make them thinner, you can just soak them right before cooking and they don’t need extra time in the oven.
The Rock’s French Toast Recipe (Rock Toast)
For the French Toast
- 2 eggs
- 250 ml milk
- ¼ tsp salt
- 75 g brown sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 2in/6cm thick slices of brioche bread you can also make 4 thinner slices
- Unsalted butter
For the peanut butter sauce
- 6 tbsp peanut butter
- 150 g maple syrup or other syrup / honey you like
- 6 tbsp coconut cream
For the whipped cream
- 200 ml whipping cream cold, straight from the fridge
- 2 tbsp icing sugar
- ½ vanilla pod, only the seeds or 1 tbsp vanilla paste, or 1 tsp vanilla extract or essence
- toasted coconut flakes I like to toast them in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F for 10-15min
For the French Toast
- In a bowl, combine all the ingredients except the bread with a whisk. You can also use a blender.
- Soak the slices of bread for 2 hours on each side. You can also soak them overnight in the fridge and in the morning you turn them for 30min-1hr to get the other side as well. Here I recommend that at home it's easier to use thinner slices of bread so the soaking is just for a minute.
To cook them
- Preheat a pan over medium heat, add a bit of butter and add the bread. Cook for 2-3min or until golden.
- If you made thick slices, they bake in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F for 10 minutes or 15 minutes if soaking overnight. If you used thinner slices, there's no need to bake in the oven.
- Serve hot.
For the sauce
- Warm up the peanut butter in the microwave.
- Add a bit of the maple syrup at a time, whisking to mix.
- Add the coconut cream and also whisk it in.
For the whipped cream
- Beat the cream with the sugar and vanilla until fluffy.
- Serve the hot french toast with plenty of sauce, whipped cream and toasted coconut flakes.