eggnog french toast

Despite being an oncology nurse, volunteer and mother of two, my mom was also the primary cook in our household. My dad traveled a lot for work, so it was often just my mom, brother and I around the dinner table. I don’t know how she juggled it all—when Dave works late I struggle to heat up a bowl of soup.

Looking back I realize she relied on easy standards in the kitchen that would cook quickly and still taste great, like pasta with veggies and stir fry. But on the occasion that not much was in the fridge and she had two hungry kids staring her down, we were treated to breakfast for dinner.

French toast became one of my ultimate comfort foods. Because we noshed on it rarely as a treat, it still brings back those vacation-y, snow day sort of feelings for me. Normally I make it as my mom did: eggs, milk, and a few spices. But around the holidays I like to give it a festive feel by adding eggnog to the batter.

The type of bread you use will really determine the flavor of the French toast. Sandwich breads and Texas toast (pictured) will yield softer, more tender slices, as well as retain more of the flavor of the batter. Harder breads (crusty loaves of French and sourdough) will not soak up as much batter and you’ll often taste more of the bread than the batter. But it’s all a matter of preference.

What I like most about French toast, and what my mom knew early on, is that it’s a quick, comforting meal. In a matter of minutes you can have a satisfying breakfast (or dinner) on the table for the whole family. This recipe in particular is great for holiday crowds and is a fast way to feed the hungry masses Christmas morning.

A little butter and syrup on top is all I require, but to give kids a little extra protein you can top with a smear of peanut butter or a dollop of vanilla yogurt. For the adults you could even spike the batter with a little bourbon or rum for an extra special treat.

Try it this weekend for breakfast, dinner, or anytime in between. Your hungry (and impatient) family will thank you.

-RDG

Eggnog French Toast

If you soak your bread quickly, you may be able to eek out a few more slices from the batter. For maximum eggnog flavor, allow bread to soak slightly longer. Serves 2-4.

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup eggnog
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 slices sandwich bread
  • butter, for frying

Beat together the eggs, eggnog, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract in a medium-sized shallow bowl. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a frying pan just above medium heat. Quickly soak both sides of each slice of bread in the egg mixture and place in the frying pan (don’t crowd the pan—cook in batches if need be, adding more butter in between). Cook for a few minutes on each side, until lightly golden brown. Serve immediately topped with butter and maple syrup if desired.

Comments

  1. Would never have thought of using eggnog.. great idea! French toast is one of my comfort foods too.. always makes me feel good. I love that you can do so much with it just by changing out the toppings. Fresh strawberries and whip cream is one of my favorites… or adding a mashed banana to the batter and then some peanut butter and sliced banana on top ๐Ÿ™‚ *off to make some for breakfast now*

  2. Making these this morning!!! YUM!

  3. I just found you through OC2 Seattle and so nice to find other Seattle bloggers. I am a huge fan of eggnog and anything with eggnog must be amazing. Also just saw that you had a baking event. How do i get on that list for the next one?

  4. Ah…this sounds perfectly comforting for that Sunday morning when its snowing outside. Thanks for sharing – the addition of the spices must be great.

  5. This looks absolutely delicious, and I don’t even like eggnog that much ๐Ÿ˜‰ My personal favorite variation on french toast is to use cinnamon chip bread from Great Harvest. You’ve got to try it if you haven’t already! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. What a great twist to use eggnog!

  7. Oh my goodness. I just found this recipe the other night and happened to have all the ingredients on hand, so I did this for dinner tonight. This is the most perfect French toast I have ever made. Moist and delectable, and so incredibly easy/fast. I added a shot of Kraken dark rum and it was absolutely perfect. Thank you so much!

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