Honey Vanilla French Toast

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Honey Vanilla French Toast - a simple, sweet breakfast recipe

Do you ever have those moments when an ingredient in your kitchen just inspires you so much that you look for ways to put it in just about everything for a few days? That was the situation I found myself in after we picked up our first container of local Virginia honey. Back in California, I used local honey for everything, but it took us a while to buy any honey after the move to Virginia even though we actually live like 5 minutes away from a honey farm. I still have to visit that farm, but we did finally get our hands on some local raw honey from our dairy CSA farmer.

The reason I love local honey so much is not just because it’s a chance to support a small producer, but because the flavor is always unique to the area from which the honey came. The honey changes based on the plants the bees used for pollens, so you’re not only eating local, you’re actually TASTING local.

Honey Vanilla French Toast - a simple, sweet breakfast recipe

The week we received our honey, I made cheese (not with the honey), and I needed something to make with all the whey. I turned some of the whey into two loaves of Italian wheat bread. When the weekend rolled around, we still had some bread, and so the Godfather requested French toast for breakfast. My typical method of making french toast includes standing in my kitchen and eyeballing all ingredients, adding whatever looks interesting at the moment into a bowl, whisking it all together, and praying it turns out, which it always does as French toast is just forgiving like that. It should be though, it’s a way to use up stale bread, and I think it would be odd if it were a persnickety recipe.

That day, I decided to use a little of our honey instead of the tiny bit of sugar I usually add and the resulting honey vanilla French toast was a unanimous success! I tested this with both a wheat and white Italian bread, but it would be equally delicious with a challah bread (my favorite), or any other thicker cut bakery bread.

Honey Vanilla French Toast - a simple, sweet breakfast recipe

We just can’t get enough of the light sweetness from the honey with the hint of vanilla, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Honey Vanilla French Toast - a simple, sweet breakfast recipe

Honey Vanilla French Toast
 
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Honey Vanilla French Toast - a simple, sweet breakfast recipe
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings of 3 slices each
Ingredients
  • 12 1-1¼" thick slices Italian baguette bread
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 c milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp honey (feel free to add a little more for a sweeter French toast)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the milk, egg, honey, and vanilla extract in a bowl.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat with ½ a tablespoon of your butter.
  3. Soak bread slices briefly on both sides, in batches, before placing in the pan to cook.
  4. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until the bread is a nice golden brown. Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes on the other side before removing to a serving plate. Continue cooking in batches until you've finished.
  5. Store the finished French toast in a warmed oven until you're ready to serve. I heat my oven to the lowest temperature it will go (170 F) and then turn it off and use that to keep my French toast warm while cooking.
  6. Serve immediately with fresh fruit, honey, or syrup.

 

Honey Vanilla French Toast - a simple, sweet breakfast recipe

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9 Comments on Honey Vanilla French Toast

  1. Hillary Reeves
    April 1, 2016 at 11:13 am (12 months ago)

    MMm I love this! I always ALWAYS have leftover bread. This is the best way to use it up the next morning!

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  2. Paige @ Where Latin Meets Lagniappe
    March 28, 2016 at 5:38 am (1 year ago)

    French toast is one of my very favorite breakfast recipes :):) This version with local honey is perfect! And I love your description of local honey — you’re actually “tasting local” — so spot on 🙂

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  3. Brian Jones
    March 26, 2016 at 9:58 am (1 year ago)

    100% with you on the honey thing, we have a few suppliers locally and all of their produce is very unique and unlike anything from a large scale supplier. Love this recipe it looks fabulous!

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  4. Byron Thomas
    March 25, 2016 at 7:14 am (1 year ago)

    OMG. Mary! Seriously, this is the best looking French toast I’ve seen in a very long time. I really, really, really need to make this.

    Reply
  5. Whitney
    March 24, 2016 at 10:06 pm (1 year ago)

    This looks absolutely stunning, Mary! I looooove French toast, especially when made with really thick slices of bread. Honey vanilla just sounds too good!

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  6. Whitney @ That Square Plate
    March 22, 2016 at 8:08 pm (1 year ago)

    This seriously sounds heavenly. I love getting local honey too from the farmers market. I’d eat it on anything!!

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  7. Thalia @ butter and brioche
    May 8, 2015 at 11:46 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks for reminding me how much I love french toast. I definitely will be making this for mother’s day breakfast on Sunday!

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    • TheGodmother
      May 15, 2015 at 6:11 pm (2 years ago)

      If you did, I hope you enjoyed! 🙂

      Reply

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