Buttermilk french toast is a simple but decadent breakfast you will love. Perfectly spiced, crisp on the edges and soft in the middle.
When you think of traditional breakfast foods, french toast is usually near the top of the list. Besides waffles and pancakes, french toast is a favorite amongst many and with this easy buttermilk french toast recipe, you’re going to see why this is a favorite in our house and soon will be in yours.
We love french toast. Who doesn’t? It’s so simple and easy to prepare and doesn’t require much effort at all. Golden crispy bread with a soft spiced custard-like bread in the middle. Yum!
For this recipe, we’re keeping it simple and easy but adding in a bit of flavor and richness thanks to buttermilk and orange zest. If you’ve never tried your french toast recipes with buttermilk then you are in for a huge treat because this is way better than plain milk.
Ingredients for buttermilk french toast
- Eggs: We will need 6 large eggs to make sure that we have enough for the base of this french toast “batter.”
- Brown sugar: Adding in a little brown sugar will help to give sweetness, crispness, and a depth of flavor while helping to achieve a gorgeous color as the slices cook.
- Nutmeg: Adding in a little nutmeg will help to give a naturally earthy/nutty flavor that’s truly comforting. Perfect for mornings.
- Buttermilk: Using buttermilk to help make the batter will add in some acidity, richness, and creamy goodness to every bite.
- Vanilla: Adding in a little vanilla extract will help to enhance the flavors in our french toast recipe.
- Orange zest: Adding in some freshly grated orange zest will make our french toast taste fresher and much more vibrant.
- Bread: You can use sandwich bread, sliced brioche, Texas toast, or any other type of sliced bread depending on your preferences.
- Butter: This is going to help us grease our skillet or griddle, making it nonstick and adding a great flavor and color to our cooked french toast.
How to make buttermilk french toast
- Combine the eggs, brown sugar, nutmeg, buttermilk, vanilla, and orange zest in a shallow dish (like a pie plate).
- Mix the ingredients together until the eggs are beaten. The more mixed they are the better.
- Heat your skillet over low heat and let it come up to temperature.
- Place the pieces of the bread into the egg mixture and coat both sides by flipping the bread in the dish.
- If your bread is thick, hard, or stale you can let it sit for a few minutes in the egg mixture to absorb the liquids but you don’t want to oversoak the bread because then it will become soggy and not cook as well.
- Grease the skillet with the butter and then place the french toast inside in the pan. Cook until the bread has reached 165 degrees F internally and the outsides are a nice golden brown color.
The french toast origin story varies depending on who’s telling it but the experts believe that french toast was created back in the 5th century BC by the Romans. The story goes that Romans would dip slides of bread into milk and sometimes eggs before frying them. This dish was called “Pan Dulcis.”
Serve your french toast up with other common breakfast favorites like eggs, bacon, sausage, or fresh fruit. You can top your french toast with fresh fruits, powdered sugar, or any flavored syrups, jams, or spreads like Nutella, cream cheese, or butter.
After cooking up your french toast, you can allow your bread to cool down and store it in an airtight container for up to a week. Simply reheat and eat when ready. This is a perfect way to meal prep breakfast for the week to simplify the morning routines.
Yes! You can stick your cooled french toast on a baking sheet and place it in the freezer for about an hour or two to solidify. This helps to prevent the pieces from sticking together so you can easily grab one or many as desired when hungry. Transfer them to an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and cook when ready to eat.
Buttermilk French Toast
- 6 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- 12 slices bread sandwich, texas toast, etc.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- In a shallow dish, combine eggs, brown sugar, nutmeg, milk, vanilla and orange zest.
- Mix well until the eggs are beaten.
- Heat skillet on low and let it come to temperature.
- Place pieces of bread in egg mixture, coating both sides.
- If the bread is thick and stale, let it sit for up to 7 minutes per side, but don’t let it get soggy. Soggy bread won’t cook well.
- Butter skillet and cook on medium heat until golden brown on both sides and cooked through (165ºF).
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