If you want something fancy and delicious for your Christmas morning breakfast or brunch, this Eggnog French Toast is perfect. Plated up, it looks amazing but it's actually easy to make and requires basic ingredients (Yes, I always have eggnog in the fridge in December). Plus the taste of eggnog, cinnamon, and extra nutmeg is something I can't turn down.
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French toast makes for a delicious, easy weekend brunch
So I'm not really an overnight french toast casserole kinda person but give me a fancy plate piled high with eggnog-y perfect french toast, maple syrup, and whipped cream and I'll be happy. This is one sweet breakfast that I'd actually choose over a savory one (my fave), and I think it's all down to the holiday vibes of the eggnog, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
I'm a sucker for the holidays and I'm even more pleased by a pretty plate of food. Or a pretty jar, like my Eggnog Chia Pudding – it fits the bill for both.
I think this easy french toast is the perfect breakfast for Christmas because it looks so good but is easy and takes hardly any time. This eggnog french toast recipe is really simple and I hope you'll make it and love it. If you've never made french toast, I have step-by-step photos below.
Ingredients you need
- Milk, eggs, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and a pinch of ground nutmeg for the custard. You'll also need the bread you like. I use a large, unsliced loaf of french bread. I buy the loaf of bread a few days before I need it and then let it sit for a few days to dry out a bit.
- Switch the eggnog out for milk for more of a classic french toast.
- Use the bread that you like – something that will soak up the custard though. Brioche is a good choice for french toast.
- Top with a dusting of powdered sugar.
How to make this recipe
So, how do you make French toast?
The basics of French toast are:
- the custard
- the bread
You'll dip the bread and then fry it until golden brown.
To make this eggnog french toast, choose a wide dish that can fit your bread slices in it. I chose my favorite brownie pan, it's big enough for three slices to fit.
Add the eggs, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and the vanilla extract to the dish. Whisk everything really well.
Add the bread slices to the egg mixture, leave for a few seconds and then turn them over and soak the other side. Watch your bread here. If it's really dry, it'll soak up a lot of this custard so you'll want to only leave each slice in the custard mixture long enough to soak up a bit.
Note: The more custard the bread soaks up, the softer your french toast will be. If you want it drier and crispier don't let the bread soak up that much. For soft french toast, let the bread soak up more. The amount of custard you'll need will depend on this, so you may need to make more custard!
Heat a frying pan over medium heat. I use a non-stick pan for this. Add a bit of butter and a bit of oil. Add a slice or two of bread and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
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Tips and Tricks
Cook over a medium heat to help ensure you burn your French toast.
I just leave mine in the brown paper bag it comes it. I let it sit on the counter for a few days before making it.
I like to add oil to my butter because butter can burn easier.
Eggnog French Toast
- syrup (optional)
- whipped cream (optional)
- a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg (optional)
- In a wide shallow dish, mix together the eggs, eggnog, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and nutmeg. Whisk well.
- Dip each slice of bread in the egg mixture and then fry for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
- Serve as is or drizzle on syrup, add whipped cream and an extra sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon.
Nutritional information is an estimate. Values vary based on products used.