This skillet gluten free Eggnog French Toast recipe is easy and perfect for Christmas morning! It's topped with maple syrup and nutmeg.
My recipe for Eggnog French Toast was first published on Life Tastes Good where I am a contributor.
This French Toast is super easy to prepare and the flavors of eggnog like cinnamon and nutmeg make it a great dish to serve to guests during the holiday season and on Christmas morning.
It's that time of the year when everything is a little more decadent. We find ourselves indulging in all of the treats that appear during the holiday season - Cookies, pies, and eggnog.
It turns out that eggnog is not just for sipping - It adds great flavor to everyday breakfast items like Eggnog French Toast!
The richness of the eggnog makes it the perfect substitution for heavy cream - The ingredient that makes French toast so delicious.
This recipe will get everyone in the holiday spirit!
What Type Of Bread Is Best For French Toast?
This recipe is gluten free so bread options are slightly different than if you were to make a non-gluten free version.
A hearty bread like brioche or challah is best. These varieties can be tricky to find gluten free but if you're able to I highly recommend them. A thick Italian loaf, French bread, sourdough, or Texas toast also works great.
You want a bread that will stand up to that thick eggnog mixture.
The heart of a good French toast recipe is a thick and sturdy bread and a creamy base.
French toast is not meant to be diet food so a seeded multi-grain bread won't do (that kind of bread can wait until January when we all go back on our diets)! The creamy base for this recipe starts with 5 eggs.
- Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl and add 1 ½ cups of gluten free eggnog. I would go for the traditional full-fat version that uses heavy cream.
- Add 1 tsp. of vanilla extract, 2 tsp. cinnamon, and ¼ tsp. nutmeg to the mixture.
- Stir all of the ingredients until completely combined.
Soak The Bread In The Creamy Eggnog Mixture
The next step is to pour all of that creamy goodness over the slices of bread and let it absorb.
I find that it works best to use a shallow baking dish or bowl when soaking the bread.
- Place half of the bread in a shallow dish and pour half of the egg mixture over it.
- Flip each piece of bread over a few times to make sure they are fully coated.
- Depending on the size of your dish it's best to complete this in stages - Once the first batch of bread is coated it is fried and then the second half of the bread and egg mixture is added to the dish.
Cook The Eggnog French Toast In A Skillet
Now it's time to turn that bread into French toast! I like to use a cast iron pan for this but any type of skillet or griddle will work.
- Heat the pan or griddle to medium low and add 1 Tbsp. or so of butter. You can also use ghee OR a combination of oil and butter to achieve that nice golden color.
- Once the butter is melted add as many pieces as will fit in the pan. Toast until the first side is golden (this usually takes 4-5 minutes) and then flip them over.
- Repeat on the second side.
The heat may need to be adjusted depending on the type of pan you are using. The pan should be hot enough to fully toast the bread but not hot enough to burn it.
I find that somewhere between medium-low and medium works great for a cast iron skillet.
Repeat the toasting process with the remainder of the bread. Be sure to add another Tbsp. of butter or ghee between each batch. That butter is essential for optimal toastiness!
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What To Serve With Eggnog French Toast Recipe
Once all the bread is toasted it's time to serve.
I like to serve this Eggnog French Toast Recipe with warm maple syrup and some freshly grated nutmeg. You can use regular nutmeg as well but there is nothing like the freshly grated stuff.
The dusting of nutmeg reinforces the nutmeg flavor in the French Toast and eggnog and nutmeg were just made for each other.
Sweet dishes like this one are great paired with savory ones like eggs, bacon, sausage, or hash browns. It's perfect with egg dishes like this Southwest frittata, ham and cheese frittata, or sweet potato turkey hash.
When it comes to breakfast items like this French Toast you can't go wrong with some coffee.
How Long Does French Toast Last In The Fridge?
If you've got extra French Toast you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
It may be re-heated in the microwave or in the oven.
Can It Be Frozen?
This Eggnog French Toast may be frozen!
How To Freeze
- To freeze, simply place the cooled French toast in a heavy-duty freezer bag and press all the air out of the bag.
- Label with the date and store up to 3 months in the freezer.
How To Thaw
- Transfer the French toast from the freezer to the fridge 24 hours before use.
- Heat in the microwave or place in a baking dish, cover with tinfoil, and place the baking dish in an oven heated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake until heated through.
This recipe can be doubled if you're serving a group of people. Guests visiting over the holidays will love the flavors in here. It makes a great breakfast or dessert.
It turns out that eggnog is not just for sipping!
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- Fluffy Old Fashioned Pancakes
- Rhubarb Streusel Muffins
- Baked Lemon Doughnuts
- Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles
- Pumpkin Scones
- Banana Pancakes
- Apple Streusel Muffins
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Eggnog French Toast Recipe
- Cut a loaf of bread into thick slices.
- Place half of the bread in a shallow baking dish or large bowl. Pour half of the egg mixture over the bread and turn each piece over until it is completely coated. Once this first batch is fried this step will need to be repeated (depending on the size of your dish or bowl).
- Heat a skillet or griddle to medium-low. Add 1 Tbsp. of butter or ghee and allow to melt completely.
- Once the pan is fully heated and the butter melted add as many pieces of bread as will fit in the pan. Toast the first side for a few minutes until it is golden brown. Flip and repeat on the second side of the bread. Each side will need to cook for a few minutes depending on the size of the bread and the type of pan you are using.
- Once the bread is toasted on both sides remove and set aside. Melt another Tbsp. of butter and repeat with another batch of bread. Continue this process until all the bread is toasted.
- Serve this French Toast with warm maple syrup and a dusting of nutmeg (freshly grated if possible).