This Cardamom French Toast recipe elevates simple, everyday ingredients to an entirely new level. Eggs, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, cardamom and cinnamon come together to transform stale bread into a delicious breakfast you won't soon forget!
And the good news is that making Cardamom French Toast is an easy endeavor, one you can handle on even the busiest of mornings! You probably already have all of these ingredients on hand so what are we waiting for....let's make Cardamom French Toast!
Why This Recipe Works
- This Cardamom French Toast made with simple, everyday ingredients.
- This recipe comes together quickly, in just a matter of minutes.
- It is perfectly flavored with a delicious combination of cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla extract.
- Milk and eggs form the base of the soaking mixture for the bread. Feel free to use any kind of milk here....plant-based varieties such as almond or oat milk will work just fine in this recipe.
- The milk and egg mixture is flavored with a little brown sugar for sweetness, vanilla extract, cardamom, cinnamon and salt. This comforting blend of sugar and warm spices is a delicious flavor profile for French toast.
- For the bread itself, anything goes! Use up some stale sliced bread you have on your counter or invest in a delicious loaf of rich brioche or French bread. You really can't go wrong here. The soaking liquid will work it's magic and transform even the most humble bread into an enticing breakfast!
- Finally, the soaked bread is cooked in butter and sprinkled with powdered sugar (totally optional but delicous)!
Special Equipment Needed
- A large (12 inch) skillet (I like to use a nonstick skillet here).
How to Make This Recipe
- Whisk the milk, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cardamom, cinnamon and salt together in a large bowl.
- Heat the butter over medium heat until the foaming subsides.
- Dip one slice of bread into the milk and egg mixture. Turn over a few times to that the liquid has an opportunity to soak into the bread a bit (you don't want it to be completely soggy). Transfer the soaked bread to the hot skillet. Repeat with as many slices as will fit in your pan.
- Cook until golden brown on the first side, about 3 minutes. Flip and continue to cook until the second side is golden brown, about another 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if you like and enjoy immediately. If you need to make another batch, transfer the cooked French toast to a baking pan and store in a 200 degree oven until all of the French toast is done and ready to serve.
- Soak the bread thoroughly but not so much that it is completely saturated and soggy.
- Adjust the heat as necessary to achieve a golden brown exterior on your French toast.
- Top with fruit, fruit compote, jam, whipped cream, roasted strawberries or simply a little additional butter and pure maple syrup!
If you you need to cook your French toast in batches, simply turn your oven on to 200 degrees and place a heat proof platter or baking pan inside. When the first batch is done, transfer it to the hot platter or pan in the oven. Make any additional batches and add them to the platter or pan when they are done. All of your French toast will be warm and ready to serve when you are!
Wrap any leftovers tightly and transfer to the refrigerator. Reheat and enjoy within the next 2-3 days. For longer storage, try freezing your leftover French toast! Simply wrap each piece in plastic wrap and then transfer to a freezer safe bag or container. Take out as many pieces as you need and reheat them in the oven or in the microwave.
You can go simple and just add a pat of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup, but there are so many delicious options! Keep reading below for some ideas to get you started.
Topping Ideas for French Toast
- Whipped cream (my Whipped Vanilla Skyr Cream is a really good choice!
- Creme Fraiche
- Cloudberry Cream
- Fresh berries or other fruit. Juicy ripe peaches in the summer are a wonderful option.
- A homemade seasonal compote or cooked fruit topping such as Roasted Strawberries, Blueberry Cardamom Compote, Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb Compote, Roasted Pear Compote, Peach Compote or Easy Apple Compote.
- Store bought or homemade jam
Looking for more Scandinavian-inspired breakfast recipes? Check out these delicious options:
Easy Cardamom French Toast
- ¾ cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Butter for frying
- 4-6 slices of bread if it’s a little stale, that is all the better
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- In a large shallow bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.
- In a large nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Dip the bread, one slice at a time, in the egg mixture.
- Place 3 slices in the skillet; cook 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining bread slices. Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately with additional butter and maple syrup or jam, preserves, fresh berries and whipped cream.
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