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Eggnog French Toast with Sugared Cranberries

This breakfast is sure to get you in the holiday spirit… Easy-to-make Eggnog French Toast is topped with eggnog syrup and sugared cranberries. It’s a holiday brunch best enjoyed with your loved ones in your pajamas.

Head-on view of a plate of eggnog french toast topped with sugared cranberries with cup of cranberries, eggnog, and coffee in the background and recipe title at top

I really, really wish this holiday season would last a little bit longer. If only for the fact that I haven’t drunk nearly enough eggnog. And really, this is the only time of year where it’s at all appropriate to be drinking eggnog (some eggnog haters would even say there’s no time of year). Imagine if you walked in on me drinking a large glass of eggnog in the middle of June? You’d think I was a crazy person! Not to mention, I’d have to make it myself because I highly doubt my grocery store would take my special off-season request.

Because there are only a few days until Christmas (!!), I’m getting in my eggnog any way possible. I came reallyyy close to putting it in my cereal in place of milk the other day. I resisted. But in french toast? Perfectly reasonable and acceptable.

I say it every year, but even if you don’t like actual eggnog, you probably enjoy the flavor (just not the consistency). This french toast has all the holiday flavor… Plus sugared cranberries for extra appeal.

EGGNOG FRENCH TOAST WITH SUGARED CRANBERRIES RECIPE

There’s nothing too complicated about whipping up this eggnog french toast. If you have a nice big skillet or griddle, it’s also the perfect breakfast to serve to company. It really is a regular french toast batter with eggnog and some spices mixed in. Super easy!

I like to use either challah or brioche bread for my french toast as I think it results in the fluffiest, tastiest french toast. But feel free to use any kind of bread you want. You’ll soak it in a mixture of eggnog, eggs, cinnamon, and nutmeg. That’s it!

After coating the bread with the eggnog mixture, cook it on a butter brushed griddle until golden. Easy peasy.

Collage showing process for making eggnog french toast, including batter being whisked, bread being soaked, and bread being fried on griddle

Sugared cranberries are also easy and a serious holiday essential in my house. They do take a little bit of time, so you may want to make them the night before you’re serving the eggnog french toast. You’ll coat them in a sugar water mixture and then let them rest for about an hour. They’ll be nice and sticky and ready to be rolled in granulated sugar. They’ll need to dry for another 30 minutes after that.

Oh, and I couldn’t serve the french toast with regular maple syrup, so I made a quick and easy eggnog syrup instead. You can skip this if you want, but it’s pretty darn yummy and really just involves simmering maple syrup and eggnog.

One photo of cranberries sitting in sugar water and one photo of eggnog syrup in saucepan

Serve the eggnog french toast with a healthy dose of syrup and top with sugared cranberries. You may not be in the holiday spirit just yet (I don’t blame you… this warm weather is not conducive to holly jolly fun).

Overhead closeup view of eggnog french toast topped with sugared cranberries on white plate

But this french toast will certainly help get you there. Which is why I recommend making it, like, NOW. It would certainly be an ideal Christmas brunch, but I really think you need that holiday boost well before then.

I wish sugared cranberries were a year-round thing, too. Though I have to admit that I’ve been seriously stockpiling cranberries this year… My freezer is filled with them because I can’t survive without them until next holiday season. Though I doubt I’ll be sugaring them in the middle of the summer. But maybe…

On that note, I guess frozen eggnog probably isn’t the best idea. But would there be any harm in trying??

Head-on view of a stack of eggnog french toast topped with sugared cranberries with jar of cranberries, glass of eggnog, and mug of coffee in background

Yes, what you see in these pictures is, in fact, my idea of a dream breakfast. A full stack of french toast with an extra-large glass of eggnog and mug of coffee. With the lights from the Christmas tree in the background. So cozy and perfect.

Also, I’d most definitely be wearing pajamas. Who wants to eat a plate full of eggnog french toast in their tight skinny jeans and sweater? Not me.

Head-on view of a plate of eggnog french toast topped with sugared cranberries with cup of cranberries, eggnog, and coffee in the background

But, I mean, if that was my only option, it would be OK. I guess that’s why leggings as pants were invented (and yes, I do believe in leggings as pants, within reason).

Happy holidays and merry almost Christmas! I hope you’re having a spectacular week.

What are you having for Christmas morning breakfast?

If you’re looking for more fun eggnog breakfast recipes, check out my Eggnog Overnight Oats and my Pumpkin Eggnog Danish. And, of course, this Eggnog Latte from Simply Lakita would go perfectly with any of these brunch treats!

5 from 1 vote
Eggnog French Toast with Sugared Cranberries
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Cranberry Drying Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This breakfast is sure to get you in the holiday spirit... Easy-to-make Eggnog French Toast is topped with eggnog syrup and sugared cranberries. It's a holiday brunch best enjoyed with your loved ones in your pajamas.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Brunch, Eggnog Recipes, Holiday Brunch
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Sues
Ingredients
Eggnog French Toast
  • 8 slices challah bread or brioche
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups eggnog
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • Unsalted butter for pan
Sugared Cranberries
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
Eggnog Syrup
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp eggnog
Instructions
Eggnog French Toast
  1. In a large shallow bowl, whisk together eggs, eggnog, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  2. Heat large skillet or griddle over medium heat and melt about 1/2 Tbsp butter.
  3. Dredge each slice of bread into the eggnog mixture, making sure bread is fully coated.
  4. Place bread slices on pan and cook about 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Add more butter to pan as needed.
Sugared Cranberries
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1/4 cup sugar and water.
  2. Stir to dissolve sugar and add cranberries to saucepan to coat in mixture.
  3. With a slotted spoon, remove cranberries to wire rack and let dry for about an hour.
  4. Roll cranberries in remaining 1/2 cup sugar until well coated. Let dry for another 30 minutes.
Eggnog Syrup
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine maple syrup and eggnog.
  2. Let simmer for about 2-3 minutes before removing to a heat-proof bowl or mason jar.
  3. Serve either hot or cold.

 

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12 Responses to "Eggnog French Toast with Sugared Cranberries"

  1. Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    What a perfect holiday breakfast! I tell ya, with the temps in Nashville this year, it’s going to be like drinking eggnog in June, lol! Merry Christmas!

  2. Emily aka The Three Bite Rule says:

    Ooooo yum. Fabulous idea. I already planned a baked creme-brulee bfast treat but now I’m thinking I need to try making eggnog whipped cream. I wonder if that’d work?

  3. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous, Sues! I love the sugared cranberries on top. Such a perfect touch!

  4. Victoria says:

    Yum! I definitely don’t have the same eggnog addiction as you, but I LOVE French toast and think eggnog would make an excellent custard-base for soaking. I also love the embellished syrup and sugared cranberries. So festive. I’m enjoying this warmer weather, but I must say it just feels weird this time of year, haha.

  5. Erika says:

    I love love love sugared cranberries.. This french toast sounds amazing!

  6. Mir says:

    Oh, lovely French toast. With happy sugared cranberries. Double love! This is the breakfast I’ve been wanting this week!

  7. Yum Yucky says:

    Excellent idea. My hubby will love this!

  8. Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    What a great breakfast for the holidays!

  9. Karen (Back Road Journal) says:

    What a festive way to start the day. Merry Christmas!

  10. Tandy | Lavender and Lime says:

    Next Christmas I must make eggnog – run out of time this year! Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas 🙂

  11. Kelly says:

    I can’t believe how quickly Christmas came this year too! This eggnog french toast would be perfect for breakfast tomorrow! It looks gorgeous with the sugared cranberries!

  12. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    You have me drooling!! This looks SO good. I love eggnog flavoured everything!

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