This Eggnog French Toast is the perfect Christmas morning breakfast! Thick cut slices of bread soaked in an eggnog mixture, then pan fried until golden brown and crispy around the edges. It’s an amazing way to use up stale bread or eggnog and is great served with our homemade maple caramel sauce. *heart eyes*
French toast is one of my favourite breakfasts of all time. And after making several homemade french toast recipes that are suitable year round, it was time to make a classic french toast recipe that was perfect for the holiday season!
Our version is made with just 4 ingredients, and your favourite ingredients for toping and is packed with so much flavour from the eggnog. So if you’re an eggnog fan, this is a must-try recipe.
Interested in checking out my other french toast recipes? Browse them here:
- Fancy Vegan French Toast
- Chocolate Stuffed French Toast
- Vegan Granola-Crusted Candied Peach French Toast
- Vegan Stacked Blueberry Cheesecake French Toast
- Pumpkin Pie Vegan French Toast
Why You’ll Love This Delicious Holiday Breakfast
- Perfect for Christmas morning. Planning your holiday brunch menu? You can’t go wrong with an eggnog french toast recipe! It’s quick and easy, yet can feed a hungry crowd.
- Festive way to use up eggnog. If you’re looking for creative ways to use eggnog besides sipping it by the fire this year, you’ll love this french toast! Or, you might like some of my other favourite eggnog recipes: Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls, Eggnog Cookies, or this Creamy Eggnog Latte!
- Made with a homemade Maple Caramel. This is entirely optional, but I love drizzling this holiday breakfast with an indulgent maple caramel. You won’t miss the plain maple syrup one bit!
Key Ingredients and Substitutions
- Holiday nog: Any of your favourite holiday eggnog will work well in this french toast recipe. We used a store-bought vegan holiday nog, but you could also make a Homemade Eggnog!
- Ground cinnamon: The only other ingredient needed for the eggnog mixture!
- Bread: If you’ve made french toast before, you know the best bread to use is thick slices of stale bread. If your bread is too fresh, bake it at a low temperature for 10-15 minutes, or until dried out.
- Butter: Any vegan butter or margarine of choice will work well.
- Sugar: We used regular cane sugar, but you can also use a light brown sugar for a deeper flavour.
- Pure maple syrup: Adds additional sweet, rich flavours with caramel undertones that compliment the flavour in the caramel. For the best richness, we do recommend using pure maple syrup, but you can also use agave in a pinch.
- Butter: In addition to using butter to pan-fry the french toast, butter is used when making a homemade caramel to make it extra smooth, creamy, and to help emulsify the drizzle!
- Cream: Any vegan cream or full-fat coconut milk of choice will work. You want to use something thick and higher in fat – avoid using thin store-bought milks such as almond milk. If you have leftover cream from making a Peppermint White Russian, that would work perfectly here!
How to Make Eggnog French Toast
- Brown the sugar. In a small pan over medium/high heat on the stove top, add the cane sugar. Stir frequently until dissolved – it will first turn crumbly, then brown before dissolving into a liquid.
- Make the maple caramel. Remove the browned sugar syrup from the heat and slowly whisk in the maple syrup. Next, add in the vegan butter and cream, continuing to whisk until a silky caramel sauce forms and is well combined. Place back on the burner (turned off) to keep warm.
- Prepare the french toast batter. In a shallow bowl, add the eggnog and cinnamon and whisk to combine.
- Make the french toast. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Once hot, add some vegan butter and heat until melted. While the pan heats, dip a slice of bread in the batter, letting the excess drip off before transferring it to the hot frying pan. Cook the french toast for 5 minutes per side, or until a golden crust forms.
- Repeat until all batter or bread is used. We were able to make 8 slices of french toast, but this will differ depending on the thickness and type of bread used.
- Serve. Serve the festive french toast immediately while warm with a drizzle of warm maple caramel and additional toppings of choice. Enjoy!
Ideas for Serving
French toast is hearty enough to enjoy on its own, but it’s also delicious paired with breakfast sides like Tofu Scramble, Roasted Potatoes, fresh fruit, vegan breakfast sausage, and of course a dollop of your favorite whipped cream!
How long will eggnog french toast keep in the fridge?
Leftover french toast will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Similarly, if you have leftover french toast batter, it will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and can be used as the week goes on to make french toast fresh!
Can I freeze eggnog french toast?
Yes, french toast slices can be frozen. To freeze, cook the eggnog french toast as usual and let cool to room temperature on a wire rack. This will prevent the french toast from becoming soggy. Once cool, freeze in a freezer bag together with pieces of parchment paper between each slice to prevent sticking. Freeze for up to 2 months for optimal freshness.
Is this french toast vegan?
This eggnog french toast as written is vegan. We used a holiday egg nog that is made without eggs or dairy, as well as vegan butter for frying!
Similar Christmas Breakfast Recipes to Try Next
- Christmas Twist Bread
- Easy Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
- Cranberry Loaf with Lemon Zest Glaze
- Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls
- Chocolate Stuffed French Toast