World’s Best Breakfasts: French toast (pan Francés) at Secrets Huatulco

Published on: July 29, 2013 | Last Updated on June 23, 2019

In the search for the world’s best breakfasts, the French toast at Secrets Huatulco is a winner!

When traveling, some variations on familiar recipes are so memorable that you want to make them at home. The French toast (pan Francés) at Secrets Huatulco fell into that category.

My husband orders French toast everywhere we travel because it is one of his favorite breakfast dishes. But the version he had at The Market Café, the buffet at the all-inclusive Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa, was exceptional. It had a very moist center and crisp outside—but the crème de la crème were the available toppings: fresh maple syrup, chocolate sauce (a specialty in Oaxaca), and cajeta (caramel sauce made with sweetened caramelized milk).

Executive chef Felipe Gonzalez Celorio was kind enough to share the recipe with the readers of More Time To Travel.

Recipe for Secrets French Toast (Pan Frances)


  • Bread (The chef recommends brioche but sliced bread can be used in a pinch. His version used thickly-sliced egg bread (about 2” thick).
  • Milk (about 1 liter or 34 ounces)
  • 6 eggs
  • Vanilla to taste
  • Butter
  • Sugar and cinnamon


  • Blend and then beat the milk, eggs and vanilla.
  • Bathe the bread in the mixture.
  • Fry on both sides with butter.
  • Sprinkle with sugar & cinnamon.

I never use butter at home (I use Pam) and I only use milk sparingly. That must account for the difference in texture and taste!

French toast with cajeta

French toast with cajeta

My husband also fell in love with the fried bananas and ate it as a side dish. Here is the simple, but very delicious recipe:

Recipe for Fried Bananas (Platanos Fritos)

Platanos Fritos

Platanos Fritos


  • 4 bananas
  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil


  • Heat the oil to a temperature of 150 degrees centigrade.
  • Cut the bananas into small pieces.
  • Fry until golden brown.
  • Drain on towel paper before serving.

(Calorie counts not available and not being sought.)

Needless to say, my husband had pan Francés for breakfast each day of our stay and highly recommended them to everyone around us. Admittedly, I enjoyed them, too!

Buen provecho!

8/1/13 Update: This is the picture of the French toast I made this morning using the recipe.

French toast

My French toast

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    July 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Yum. On both of these. What a perfect breakfast! The photos are absolutely mouth-watering.

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