Ice Cream French Toast is the easiest breakfast hack that you didn’t know you need. While your traditional French toast is made by dunking bread into an egg and milk custard before frying it up, we’re going to use melted ice cream as a wonderful little shortcut method. You’ll never go back to traditional French toast!
You know my thoughts on this, bestie. French toast is delicious…but a melted ice cream French toast? Sign me up. I don’t know need to hear anymore. Just feed me.
Honestly, the only problem with this recipe is that I’m entirely unfamiliar with the concept of leftover ice cream.
How to make ice cream French toast
Making French toast using ice cream instead of a traditional milk and egg custard is super easy. So easy, I wonder if this even qualifies as a proper recipe. There are two basic steps:
- Soaking the bread in melted ice cream
- Frying the ice cream-soaked bread. And that’s it. It’s delicious.
(It’s literally bread soaked in ice cream…and then fried in butter. How could that not be delicious?)
If you want, you can watch the Ice Cream French Toast recipe video on YouTube as well.
As with anything that has so few ingredients, you’ll want to use the best quality that is available to you.
What kind of ice cream to use
I’m using vanilla ice cream for this recipe as it’s the classic option. However, you can swap it out for any ice cream flavour you want to experiment with. Ideally, look for an ice cream that was made using milk and eggs (think: your local ice cream shop’s French vanilla) as that will result in the richest French toast.
Additionally, make sure you use actual ice cream for this recipe – don’t try to switch it out with gelato or anything else.
What kind of bread to use
Thick-cut brioche and challah are ideal for French toast. However, you can switch this out per your preference. Regular sandwich bread will work fine, but if you’re not going for the richer breads, I’d suggest mixing it up using a bread with sprouted seeds or grains for a bit more texture.
Different ice cream flavours
You can use whatever ice cream flavour you prefer – even the funkier varieties with peanut butter ribbons and raspberry whathaveyous will create an interesting result! If you’re not sure where to begin, I’d suggest starting with plain ol’ vanilla before taking a baby step over to something like chocolate or strawberry ice cream.
Fruits and toppings
Making ice cream French toast feel different is easy when you mix up the toppings. Berries like cut strawberries or raspberries are my favourite toppings, but caramelised bananas are another great option.
As for syrups, maple syrup is a staple in my home. But pancake syrup, honey, and chocolate syrup all work great, depending on the other flavours you’ve got going. (One of the good things about a vanilla ice cream custard is that it pretty much goes well with everything!)
For a fun and festive twist, you can swap up the melted ice cream custard for eggnog! The principle remains the same.
Tips for the best ice cream French Toast
One of the best things about this recipe (other than it being a two ingredient French toast!) is that there is very little special or technical knowledge to make it work. Your standard French toast tips will serve you well here:
- Use slightly stale bread so that you can absorb plenty of custard without worrying about your bread breaking apart.
- How long you soak your bread in ice cream/custard will largely depend on how dry or custardy you want your French toast to be. If you want it crispier/more dry, then don’t soak the bread in the ice cream for long – a quick “plop and pat” will do the trick in most cases.
- Heat management – too much heat and you’ll burn the outside of your toast; too little, and you’ll dry out the toast before it’s cooked through (in the sense that you won’t have a delicious soft custardy centre!). If you have a tendency to burn your French toast, add a little vegetable oil to your butter.
In the case of a melted ice cream-soaked French toast recipe, I’d recommend using an ice cream that was made with a custard base (meaning it contains eggs and milk, which not all ice creams do these days)) as it will result in a richer more decadent brunch!
This recipe is best consumed fresh. However, it will keep for up to 3 days if refrigerated in an airtight container.
More French toast recipes
- Hong Kong-style French Toast
- Perfect French Toast (Twice Cooked!)
- Nutella & Dark Chocolate French Toast
- Cinnamon-Sugar French Toast
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You may have heard about ice cream soaked French toast on the Today Show, but I first heard of it on an episode of Jacques Pépin’s Cooking at Home, so here’s a link to his and Julia Child’s book. Honestly, you can’t really go wrong with JP – I’ve read a bunch of his books, and still watch episodes of his TV shows regularly. He’s fantastic.
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And that’s it for today. Have you ever tried ice cream French toast? What did you think? It just makes sense…right? Let me know in the comments below.Print