Gingerbread French Toast


I've gone FULL Christmas, everyone.

My tree and decorations are up, all gifts have been bought and (mostly) wrapped, and I've been listening and singing to Christmas music non-stop. I'm crossing my fingers that my neighbors don't mind me shout-singing "All I Want For Christmas Is You" non-stop...because that has definitely been happening.

The best part is it's finally cold in Texas. Last Monday it was 80 degrees and I was begrudgingly wearing a t-shirt and flip-flops. Naturally, after all of my complaining about the "summer weather" we were having, it started pouring that night and the temperature dropped about 30 degrees (as I was wearing said t-shirt and flip-flips).

I was a little annoyed at first, but now I'm embracing it. Gimme all the sweaters, boots and leather jackets. But also gimme this Gingerbread French Toast.


The light and fluffy brioche mingle perfectly with the warm gingerbread spices. Topped with a light drizzle of maple syrup and dusted with powdered sugar and you're good to go, girl.


Honestly, the brioche is a must. You can make it yourself, or pick up a loaf from your grocery store's bakery section like I did. Just don't skimp on the bread. It's completely necessary.


Round one of this recipe did not turn out the way I hoped it would. I cut the bread way too thin and soaked it in the batter way too long. Fresh brioche will soak up your batter super quick, so just a quick dip on either side of the slice is really all you need.

I originally let my bread SOAK in the batter for about 5 minutes. Just really let it hang out in there. That was my first mistake. I also thought the pan needed butter, and it did not. The result was slices of soggy, raw, but burnt toast. It also completely filled my apartment with smoke. 🙃


Round two was MUCH better. The Gingerbread French Toast was flavorful and golden brown. And so easy once I knew what I was doing. This recipe is perfect for one or two, or for a larger crowd!


So go on! Make Gingerbread French Toast, and be merry.



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Gingerbread French Toast
Light and fluffy brioche bread dipped in a gingerbread spiced batter that is pan fried to perfection. Perfect for one, or for a crowd!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (regular milk can be substituted)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 loaf brioche bread
Instructions
1. Mix almond milk, beaten eggs, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon into a shallow bowl or pan (I used a 9x13" pan).2. Slice bread in 1 to 1 1/2 inch slices, taking care to make sure slices are not too thin.3. Heat skillet pan over med/low heat and spray with non-stick spray.4. Dip sliced bread in egg mixture, evenly coating both sides. Let excess drain off before placing it on the hot pan. Cook both sides until golden brown.5. Top with maple syrup and powdered sugar. Serve hot.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Up to 8 slices



What's your favorite way to relax during the busy holiday season?

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