50 g (2 oz) butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
8 thick slices of brioche
3 eggs, beaten
4 tablespoons sugar
450 ml (3/4 pint) whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
75 g (3 oz) sultanas
single cream, to serve (optional)
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F), Gas Mark 4, and grease a large ovenproof dish. Spread butter over both sides of each brioche slice. Heat a nonstick frying pan and fry the brioche slices for 1–2 minutes on each side, until crisp and golden.
Whisk together the eggs, sugar, milk and vanilla extract, if using.
Arrange the brioche slices in the prepared ovenproof dish, scatter with sultanas and pour over the egg mixture. Cook in a preheated oven for 20–25 minutes, until just set and lightly golden. Serve with single cream for pouring, if desired.