Eggnog French Toast is a holiday favorite at my place. A Christmas morning breakfast that we all enjoy after opening up our presents. Christmas Day is a day of eating. After opening the presents (and breakfast), we go to church then start on the Deep Fried Turkey and Coca Cola Ham. Always a food coma at my house! I love this Eggnog French Toast recipe, it always reminds me of the holidays.
I recently discovered that not everyone knows what eggnog is! While it’s very popular in North America, here in Australia, it’s just starting to get more popular. When we first moved here, we had to hunt to find supermarkets that sold it and if it was in stock. I’m so glad I can find it almost anywhere now.
Eggnog is a sweet dairy beverage made with milk, cream, sugar and eggs, and served with nutmeg and cinnamon. Homemade eggnog will often have brandy or rum added into it. For this recipe, I use non-alcoholic eggnog bought from the store.
What Do They Call French Toast in France?
As kids, we would joke about French toast. We’d ask if it was simply known as toast in France? The answer obviously is no. In France it’s known as pain perdu.French toast isn’t necessarily French either, and is known by many different names across Europe. It’s known as eggy bread, Spanish toast, gypsy toast and even German toast.
Eggnog French Toast with Brioche
It’s simply slices of bread that are soaked in beaten eggs, then fried. Day old bread is better to use than fresh bread, as it will soak up more egg without falling apart. You can use any bread, sometimes I use an Italian bread. But it tastes best using sliced Brioche bread, light and fluffy, great for soaking up the egg to make French Toast. Brioche has a high butter and egg content, which complements this recipe perfectly.
I love drinking egg nog at Christmas time, my kids say I go too crazy for eggnog. My wife makes Eggnog French Toast during the holidays for years now. It’s a quick, filling and easy breakfast, with a hint of eggnog flavor. Only 5 ingredients.
You can sprinkle with cinnamon sugar when serving Eggnog French Toast, but I prefer maple syrup and fresh whipped cream. Some people add cinnamon to the whipped cream, but I think that’s cinnamon overload. A sweetened whipped cream balances out rich flavor of this holiday breakfast treat.
Eggnog French Toast is the perfect Christmas morning breakfast. Delicious and easy to make. Made with cinnamon and nutmeg, served with maple syrup and whipped cream. Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
*Updated December 2018
Eggnog French Toast
Eggnog French Toast is the perfect Christmas morning breakfast treat. Delicious and easy to make. Made with cinnamon and nutmeg, served with maple syrup and whipped cream.
- 6 eggs
- 2 teaspoons Nutmeg or Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 1/2 cups eggnog
- 1 loaf of Brioche bread
- 2-3 teaspoons butter
Whisk together the eggs, nutmeg and eggnog until combined.
Melt 1 teaspoon of butter in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Dip 3 pieces of bread into the egg mixture, one at a time, until soaked. Cook the bread for about 2 minutes per side on medium heat until golden brown. Repeat process until all the bread and egg mixture is used up.
Serve with maple syrup and whipped cream.
Optional: add ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract for a flavor boost, and instead of adding 2 tablespoons of nutmeg, use 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of nutmeg. If the Eggnog you guy is already strong in cinnamon, you can reduce to 1 teaspoon, but don't skip it completely, as the eggs and bread bland out the flavor.