Thursday, January 27, 2022

Winter Breakfast: Eggnog French Toast

It's time to celebrate winter with a cozy breakfast made with one of the most winter holiday flavors of all....eggnog!  This decadent French toast recipe uses eggnog to amp up the flavor and make this breakfast company worthy!

Eggnog French Toast

What's better than Eggnog French Toast?  Only one thing.  Eggnog French Toast cut out in cute little pine trees!  Surprisingly our local market still have eggnog for sale.   So I grabbed a bottle and decided to use it in my cooking.  This Eggnog French Toast has all the creamy nutmeg flavors you love from the drink which makes for a decadent cozy winter breakfast.  And, did I mention that this recipe is sooooo easy??

To make this more fun, I used large tree cookie cutters on my day old bread and it sure made this winter breakfast all the more special.  I used 4 inch cookie cutters to get the most from my country bread.  Let me tell you the kids will go crazy for this!  

What Ingredients do I need?

  • eggs
  • eggnog
  • vanilla extract
  • nutmeg
  • butter
  • country bread
  • powdered sugar
  • maple syrup
  • berries (optional)

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use challah or french bread, or brioche
  • Add cinnamon to the mix
  • Use different cookie cutters for the holidays
  • Skip the eggnog and substitute milk for wonderful french toast
  • Add spices like pumpkin pie spice, or apple pie spice
  • Add different flavored extracts such as Mexican vanilla, orange, lemon, or rum

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • Make sure your bread is day old so that it soaks up the egg mixture and doesn't make your bread fall apart.
  • A large skillet helps when making different shapes.
  • To keep cooked French toast warm, place on a sheet pan and keep in a oven on 200 degrees.

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Eggnog French Toast

serves 6

2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups eggnog
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
pinch of salt
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 loaf of country bread, day old, cut in to 1" slices
optional toppings:  powdered sugar, maple syrup, berries

In a medium bowl add eggs, eggnog, vanilla, and cinnamon.  Whisk until combined.

Cut out bread in to desired shapes using a 4" cookie cutter if desired.  Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add a tablespoon of butter and swirl to coat.  Dip your bread one at a time in the egg mixture, turning over so both sides are covered with the egg mixture.  Place in the skillet and cook 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown.  Continue until all bread has been dunked and cooked adding more butter to the skillet as needed to prevent sticking.

Serve several slices of bread on a plate and serve along with favorite toppings.

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