Eggnog French Toast

I have always found it funny that everyone in central Pennsylvania runs to the grocery store to stockpile bread, milk, and eggs before a snow storm. It’s somewhat ridiculous, because it’s very rare that we get snowed in for more than a day or two… I’m pretty sure a gallon of milk and one carton of eggs would do it. But, I’ve seen grocery carts loaded up with three times that.

I always wonder what everyone is making with their stockpile of bread, milk, and eggs… I figure they must really love French toast.  After all, what else do you make with bread, milk, and eggs? So, it’s become somewhat of a tradition at my house to make French toast for breakfast when it snows.  It’s our little way of poking fun at all of the over-preparedness for a pending snowpocalypse.

A week or two ago, there was snow in the forecast over night.  So, I told my hubby I’d make French toast for breakfast the next morning… Naturally, the next morning, when we woke up, and there wasn’t a flake in sight.  That is also pretty typical for this area.  The local news gets all hyped up about a blizzard, and we are lucky to get an inch or two.  Perhaps some of their advertising money comes from the producers of bread, milk, and eggs?

Despite the lack of snow, I decided that we would still have French toast for breakfast.  After all, I didn’t want to disapoint my hubby! (If I am being completely honest, I have to admit that I, too, wanted French toast for breakfast.) Of course, as it turns out, I hadn’t been to the grocery store in a few days, and we were running a bit low on milk (go figure!). I did have some eggnog hanging out in the fridge, though, (I have recently become obsessed with eggnog lattes), so I decided to just go with it.

The resulting eggnog French toast was delightfully festive, but not so different that my eggnog-hating husband realized what secret ingredient I had added. It was easy to make and a nice treat on a cold (albeit snow-free) morning.  It’s a great way to get rid of some extra eggnog, if you have it hanging around after your Christmas get together… Or, I think it’d be a fantastic addition to your Christmas brunch.  I think I’ll be making it again soon, snow or no snow!

Eggnog French Toast
(Makes approximately 10-12 slices)

  • 1/2 cup eggnog
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 10 – 12 thick slices of crusty bread
    (will depend on the size of your slices)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Cinnamon sugar for sprinkling (optional)
  • Maple syrup (optional)

Whisk together the eggnog, milk, eggs, and cinnamon.  Dredge the slices of bread in the mixture, giving bread time to soak up the liquid.

Meanwhile, preheat a skillet to medium heat and melt the butter in the skillet.  Transfer the soaked bread slices to the skillet.  Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, if desired, and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Flip the slices of bread, and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.  Serve warm, topped with maple syrup, or your favorite French toast toppings.

12 Responses to Eggnog French Toast

  1. What a fun twist on French toast! I have some eggnog in my fridge on its last leg, I just might have to give this a go for breakfast this week :)

  2. I normally make eggnog french toast at least once during the Christmas season and I haven’t yet! I need to put eggnog on that shopping list!

  3. Guilty as charged but I think it’s mostly when you have kids…running out of those basics would not be good. And yes, a snow day always meant pancakes or French toast now that you mention it…it was sort of an unexpected holiday for the kids and I would play it up with the best of them!

    I love eggnog French toast. Ahem…plus I have some eggnog and have not eaten yet and I might have to ‘test’ some for over the holidays, right? Love it.

  4. Found you on tastespotting. Love your blog and I will subscribe to it! I’ve just started blogging too and it’s awesome to see so many people making gorgeous food like this. Have a great Christmas! Feel free to pop over and say hi sometime x

  5. I love cinnamon French Toast and make it quite often. I’m really liking your idea of using eggnog instead of milk, especially over the holidays. I’m thinking the grandkids are going to be having this for their breakfast while here over Christmas. I’m curious to see if they will notice the addition of the eggnog!

  6. I just came across your blog as a suggestion from Google Reader; are you located in Central PA? I’m in Lancaster County myself – so I totally understand the milk and bread phenomenon. Can’t say it’s what I run for when it’s supposed to snow, but what do I know?