We love the classic kind - thick bread sprinkled with a little bit of powdered sugar and drizzled with maple syrup - but there are so many ways to spruce it up that we figured we'd give you our most beloved, unconventional recipes for the weekend so you can make them at home on your lazy Sunday.
By using a variety of different breads, like brioche and panettone, and fillings like peanut butter and jelly, our recipes feature something for every type of food lover. The sweet and holiday-inspired gingerbread French toast and the savory, breakfast-gone-wild bacon, egg, and cheese French toast are sure to impress your guests with a brunch like they've never tasted before.
French Toast with Toasted Walnut, Orange, and Cranberry Recipe
I found my inspiration from a cocktail. That's right... I was using cranberries to create a new cocktail and it hit me how appropriate it would be to combine both butter and the berries I love. The wheels kept churning and through just a bit of trial and error I have something I love. I mean, I could sit and eat it with a spoon-type love.
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Bacon, Egg, and Cheese French Toast Recipe
Even though the idea sounds like it might have been hatched late at night in a college dorm room, and we're sure it was at some point in time, we decided to go all-in and see what we could come up with. Thick slices of brioche-style pullman loaf get a soaking in salted eggs and a brown on the griddle, then two slices get filled with thick-sliced bacon and American cheese and finish melting in the oven.
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French Toast Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches Recipe
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Panettone French Toast Recipe
The flavor profile found in a panettone cake bread is that of orange, lemon, and raisins... with a whole lot of sweetness! This lent well to our creation of Panettone French Toast! And so, if you've still got some leftover panettone (and I'm sure you do as this stuff lasts forever), here's a great French toast recipe for you to try.
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Gingerbread French Toast Recipe
Here's a wonderful breakfast dish. The spices add that little something you never knew was missing from French toast. Don't want to wait until morning? Have some as a dessert! So quick and simple, this is sure to become a family favorite.
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Dulce de Leche French Toast Recipe
The perfect entrée for a "beerunch," says Chris Wade, executive chef at Public House. "The French toast works well with an amber-style lager such as the Vienna Lager we served at Beerunch. Mill Valley Beerworks Westfalia, Sierra Nevada Vienna Lager, or Sam Adams Boston Lager work well."
1 loaf of brioche bread, sliced 1.5 inches thick
1 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup dulce de lèche, plus more for drizzling
1 tablespoon rum
1 cup oil
Powdered sugar for dusting
Mix all ingredients except bread, oil, and powdered sugar in a large bowl; allow to rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Arrange sliced brioche in a single layer in a baking dish then pour liquid over it. Refrigerate overnight.
The following morning gently remove the soaked bread from the baking dish. Using a griddle or large nonstick sauté pan, heat a thin film of oil over medium heat. Fry French toast on both sides until golden brown, adding more oil as needed and being careful not to overcrowd the pan or skillet. Store finished slices on sheet in oven set to warm. Once all of the French toast is done, serve on plates and top with powdered sugar and a light drizzle of dulce de lèche.
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- Elyse Cromer, The Daily Meal