This Eggnog French Toast with Gingerbread Syrup is my new favorite Christmas breakfast. Get a taste of Christmas in every gooey, delicious bite!
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Who doesn’t love a good French toast for breakfast? This eggnog French toast is perfect for the holidays! For some variety throughout the year, try our Strawberry and Cream French Toast, Hawaiian French toast, or our more traditional French toast with caramel syrup! For more easy breakfast ideas, check out our 25+ easy breakfast ideas HERE.
Eggnog French Toast
I love the taste of eggnog, and sometimes, I will even pour myself a glass around Christmas-time. But more than drinking it straight-up, I LOVE using it as an ingredient in recipes. The rich, thick, creamy texture makes for a perfect custard mixture for French Toast. Combine that with our gingerbread syrup recipe and you basically have Christmas morning on a plate.
Where to Find Eggnog
While putting this recipe together, I had the privilege of getting to know the story of the Van Es Dairy. The Van Es family moved to Texas from Holland and 1981 and started with a modest 28 cows. By 2005, they had moved to Marsing, ID with 1,400, and today, the Van Es family milks more than 5,200 cows and provides milk across the area. Meadow Gold works with family farms throughout the West, and to know that the milk and cream in the Meadow Gold Eggnog we used in this recipe could come from the Van Es family makes it that much more special! Meadow Gold eggnog is rich and creamy, making it perfect to use for this eggnog French toast recipe. It can be found in many grocery stores in the West, including Walmart, Target, and Smith’s.
What Kind Of Bread Is Best For French Toast?
For French toast, the obvious choice is a good French bread but it’s not your only option. There are all kind of delicious breads you can use to make French toast. Here is a list of all of our favorites:
- French Bread
- Brioche (sometimes you can find fun flavors like cinnamon or vanilla that also work great)
- Cinnamon Swirl Bread (my personal favorite)
- Texas Toast (plain)
- Homemade white bread (link)
- Homemade Wheat bread (link)
Stale Bread vs Fresh Bread
No matter what kind of bread you use, it isn’t a bad idea to let it go a little stale before using it (a day or two old is fine). Stale bread will soak up the eggnog mixture better than fresh bread and will ultimately make for a better French toast. If you are looking for a way to use up that day-old bread, use it for this eggnog French toast! Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!
If you want to enhance the festive flavor of this dish even more, you’ve simply got to top it with our gingerbread syrup. I’m not kidding, it really tastes like gingerbread! And who doesn’t love gingerbread flavors around the holidays? It makes for a great homemade gift that everyone will love. Just put it in little half-pint (or pint) jars and dress it up with tags and bows. It’s the perfect “neighbor gift” or a great gift for teachers or anyone who appreciates a good syrup!
More Favorite Christmas Recipes
I just love all the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this time of year. There are so many great recipes to try at Christmas, it feels impossible to fit them all in. But here are a few for you to try.
- Christmas Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing is a colorful, refreshing side dish for special holiday dinners, or any time.
- Christmas Tree Cupcakes are a simple way to bring a festive flare to your holiday parties. Adorable, moist and delicious; it has it all.
- 12 Days of Christmas Treats will give you the most festive, delicious holiday countdown you’ve ever had. Everything from pumpkin to caramel and chocolate to peanuts. You don’t want to miss this.
How To Make Eggnog French Toast
Eggnog French Toast:
- whipped topping optional
Eggnog French Toast:
- Cut bread into thick slices (about 3 inches wide) and arrange in a lightly sprayed 9x13 inch pan.
- In a large bowl beat together Meadow Gold eggnog, eggs, sugar, spices, and vanilla.
- Pour mixture over bread slices, I like to turn them a few times to ensure good coating. Optional: Sprinkle the tops with a little cinnamon and sugar. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or for at least 3 hours).
- In the morning bake for 45 minutes at 350 or until golden brown. Serve with gingerbread syrup and whipped topping (optional).
- Combine all the ingredients for the syrup in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a low boil, then remove from heat. Serve over French toast.