Fancy French Toast



Happy April Fools Day!
My father was the king of April Fools Day jokes while growing up.
He would wake up early and leave 15 or so jokes throughout the house for us to find in the am.
One year, my sister had asked him to make his special French Toast for breakfast.
She had forgotten what day it was and woke up all excited…
He left a note saying he had to go to work early but the French Toast was in the oven.
When she opened the oven, there were 4 pieces of white bread with April Fools Day written on them in mustard!
It was a very memorable moment…
But this post is all about my new French Toast recipe creation.
The husband and I gave up bread for Lent – it’s been a bit of a struggle.
But Sundays don’t count, so I decided to make a special breakfast on Sunday.
Fancy French Toast


I had smuggled in real oranges, lemons and other pretty things from the US, so I was ready to go.
I found a day old sourdough loaf at the grocery store and it worked perfectly.
I also froze the extra in snack size ziploc bags for this coming Sunday…
Just thinking about it makes my mouth water!


Fancy French Toast
Recipe type: Breakfast
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • Juice of 1 medium orange, (about ¼ cup)
  • 2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cognac, (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon, (about 1 Tbsp)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 slices bread, sliced 1-inch thick, preferably day-old
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • *Pure maple syrup, (optional)
  1. Whisk together eggs, milk, juice, vanilla, cognac, sugar, zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl; set aside.
  2. Place bread in a shallow baking dish large enough to hold bread slices in a single layer. Pour egg mixture over bread; soak 10 minutes. Turn slices over; soak 10 minutes more or until soaked through.
  3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  5. Fry half the bread slices until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  6. Transfer to warm oven.
  7. Wipe skillet, and repeat with remaining butter and bread.
  8. Keep in oven until ready to serve.
  9. Serve warm with maple syrup, ENJOY!






Are You a French Toast Person or a Pancake Person?

I’m a French toast person but with pancake eating nephews and friends (Bari)…
I’m almost both now!!!
Winking smile



  1. says

    That french toast looks amazing – but yes, if I had to choose, I’d probably go with a fancy pancake, like pecan or blueberry.

  2. says

    Your french toast looks amazing. My kids love to eat pancakes and waffles so we usually rotate though those for our weekend ‘fun’ breakfasts on Saturdays. After seeing this though, I’m going to have to try and talk them into french toast soon!