This easy eggnog French toast is the ultimate Christmas morning breakfast. It is quick and easy to make and using eggnog instead of milk gives basic French toast a fun holiday twist. Add some maple syrup and whipped cream for a festive and tasty holiday breakfast.
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My family and I enjoy eggnog during the Christmas season. Its rich and creamy flavor is a part of our holiday traditions and its distinctive sweet flavor always reminds me of Christmas.
Because of this we usually have leftover eggnog, and we have learned that there are many eggnog recipes you can make. I have made eggnog pie and eggnog cookies in the past, and this year it occurred to me to wonder, “Can you make French toast with eggnog?”.
Well it turns out not only can you make French toast with eggnog it tastes amazing! Using eggnog in the recipe takes French toast from basic to decadent and festive.
Why You Will Love this Eggnog French Toast Recipe
- This is a simple recipe which has only 3 ingredients and takes only 5 minutes to prepare.
- Despite the fact that it takes very little effort to make it seems like a fancy breakfast. I love low effort food that seems elegant!
- The eggnog French toast has crispy edges with a soft interior and a sweet eggnog flavor.
- It is an excellent way to use up leftover bread.
- Everyone can add their own favorite toppings to the eggnog French toast, from whipped cream for a sweet treat to fresh blueberries for a healthier breakfast.
- This is a rich and sweet breakfast, perfect for a celebration or a holiday brunch.
- Eggnog – I like to use my homemade sous vide eggnog in this recipe. My kids are all old enough to drink now so I have no problem using spiked eggnog in the French toast recipe. But non-alcoholic eggnog should work also if you have younger children.
- Eggs – My family likes our French toast on the eggy side, so I include a lot of eggs in my recipe.
- Bread – French toast works well with any bread. If you have a thick cut crusty brioche type bread it will taste amazing. However I almost always just make it with leftover white sandwich bread and no one complains!
That is it, the only other thing you need for the recipe is your choice of toppings. Because the eggnog is so flavorful there is no reason to add other flavorings like vanilla extract or ground cinnamon.
How to Make French Toast with Eggnog
1. Mix the Eggs and Eggnog
Pour the eggnog into a flat dish, like a cake pan or pie pan. You need a wide and flat pan to make dipping the bread easier.
Break the eggs into the dish and stir to mix everything together. Use a whisk or a fork to break up the eggs and make sure everything is mixed well.
My homemade eggnog has a fair bit of ground nutmeg already, so I didn’t add any extra. But you can stir a little bit into the eggnog mixture if you like.
2. Fry the Eggnog French Toast
Heat a frying pan or griddle over medium heat. Once it is hot add some cooking spray or butter to prevent sticking.
Dip the bread slices into the eggnog mixture and flip them over to coat completely. Let the excess mixture drip back into the pan.
Place each bread slice on the griddle until it is full. I like to use a griddle pan instead of a frying pan because the griddle holds four pieces at a time, which means I can cook the French toast in only 2 batches.
Flip the bread over after about 2 minutes, when it is golden brown on the bottom and the edges are crisp. Let the second side cook for another 2 minutes.
Then remove the eggnog French toast to a serving platter or plate.
How to Serve Eggnog French Toast
There are many, many different things you can use to top this eggnog French toast. Of course pouring maple syrup all over the top is traditional.
My kids think it is best when it is also topped off with whipped cream, which makes it more like a dessert than a breakfast. I guess that makes it perfect for Christmas morning, since the holidays are the time to indulge!
Here are some other festive topping ideas.
- Powdered sugar
- Cinnamon sugar
- Fruit like blueberries, raspberries or bananas
- Caramel sauce
- Add red and green sprinkles on top of the whipped cream to really get into the holiday spirit.
How to Keep Warm
If you want to serve your Christmas breakfast all at once you might want to keep the slices warm while you finish making them. To do this set your oven to 200 degrees F.
Then put the finished slices on a cookie sheet in a single layer in the oven. They will keep well for 15-20 minutes while the remaining slices cook.
Variations and Tips
If you and your family don’t like your French toast quite so eggy you can reduce the number of eggs to three.
You don’t have to just serve this French toast recipe at Christmas time. If you are making your own homemade eggnog you can make it any time of the year!
Find More Holiday Breakfast Recipes
- 1 cup eggnog
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, optional
- 8 slices of white bread
- various toppings
- Put a griddle pan or frying pan on the stove on medium heat.
- In a flat pan like a pie plate or cake pan mix the eggnog and the eggs. Stir to mix everything together. Add nutmeg if desired.
- When the griddle is hot add some cooking spray or butter to the pan.
- Dip a slice of bread into the eggnog mixture, turning it over to coat it completely.
- Put the slice on the griddle and repeat until the griddle is full.
- Let the eggnog French toast slices cook for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Then flip them over and cook for another 3 minutes on the other side.
- Serve with desired toppings such as maple syrup, whipped cream, powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, fruit, caramel sauce or sprinkles.
To keep the French toast slices warm put then in the oven at 200 degrees F on a cookie sheet while you make the next batch of French toast.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 293Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 223mgSodium: 410mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 15g
Nutrition facts are estimates and don't include toppings.