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Ice Cream French Toast

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  • Author: Riz | Chocolates & Chai
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 slices of ice cream French toast 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


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!


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  • 1pint vanilla ice cream, melted
  • 4 (1-1 1/2″-thick) slices challah or brioche
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided


  1. Pour the melted ice cream into a large baking dish. Add bread, turn to coat, and then allow it to sit for around 3 minutes. Flip bread and continue to soak until saturated (but not soggy), about 1-2 minutes more. (If you notice your bread starting to become soggy, shorten the times and remove it from the melted ice cream ‘custard’).
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Using tongs, carefully lift 2 bread slices from the melted ice cream, allowing for any excess to drip back into dish.
  3. Transfer to your hot pan, and cook until golden brown and the center of toast springs back when pressed, about 4 minutes per side. Repeat with 2 tablespoons of butter and the remaining slices of bread. Top your cooked ice cream French toast with a pat of butter, some maple syrup, and whatever else your heart desires.


  • Make sure to use ice cream and not gelato or a sorbet for this recipe.
  • This French toast hack came about in the 70s when ice creams pretty much all tended to have milk and eggs in them. Please be aware that not all ice creams these days actually contain milk and/or eggs! When in doubt, it’s always a good idea to visit your favourite local ice cream shop.
  • As with all recipes that only have a handful of ingredients, it’s ideal to use the best quality available to you. With ice cream-soaked French toast recipes like this one, the bread often goes overlooked…get yourself a nice loaf. You deserve it, bestie.
  • Ideally, use bread that has been left out overnight, and had a chance to become slightly stale. This will allow it to soak up more moisture without breaking.
  • When soaking your bread, if you notice it starting to get soggy, remove it from the pan! If the bread becomes too wet, it will become too delicate and break when you try to remove It from the pan to cook.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: French
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