St Patrick Day Recipes: Irish Soda Bread French Toast
Besides being a day when you can dress in all green and pinch people relentlessly, our family loves St Patrick Day because of all the great St Patrick Day recipes!
In fact we love this holiday o’ green so much that we’ve begun cooking St Patrick Day recipes for our kids for breakfast and dinner!
It all started a few years back when we had leftover Irish Soda Bread. Surely we couldn’t let this rounded loaf of perfection go to waste! And so we began the tradition of a St Patrick Day breakfast with a delicious and easy St Patrick Day recipe: Irish Soda Bread French Toast.
This year, celebrate St Patrick’s all day with us by eating Irish food all day!
I promise that even the pickiest leprechaun wouldn’t pass this recipe up!
Luck O’ The Irish Soda Bread French Toast
- 1 loaf of Irish Soda Bread, sliced (use this Irish Soda Bread mix or try this recipe)
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup orange juice
- Zest of one orange
- 2 tbsp real maple syrup, plus more when serving
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp cloves
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- Powdered sugar
- glass baking dish or glass pie pan
- electric griddle (or a large rectangular skillet)
- Preheat your electric griddle or skillet to about 300-350 degrees.
- In a 9 x 11 Pyrex pan (or a round glass pie pan), add the eggs, milk, orange juice, maple syrup and all spices.
- Add the zest from an orange into the egg/milk mixture, and whisk the mixture until it is well combined.
- Arrange the sliced bread, the egg/milk mixture and the skillet in close proximity to each other. This makes it much easier to grab, dunk and cook your soon-to-be-scrumptious French toast.
- Melt a little butter on the griddle or skillet.
- Using a fork, grab a piece of the toast and place it in the egg/milk mixture. Depending on the freshness of the bread (fresher bread will absorb the liquid quicker), allow the bread to soak in the mixture for 3-5 seconds or just until it looks like the toast is saturated but not soggy.
- Place the perfectly soaked (agghh, the pressure!) toast on the heated skillet. Keep repeating this process with subsequent toast slices until you have a happy little grouping of dunked-and-cooking slices across your skillet.
- Inhale the lovely cinnamon-maple syrup-bread aroma. Prepare yourself for the onslaught of children running into the kitchen shouting, “Mmmmm…mama, what are you making?!?! And why are you drooling?”
- Flip the bread once the underside is browned (maybe 3-5 minutes, depending on your griddle). Cook another 3 minutes or so on the opposite site until there are no more shiny “wet” spots on the bread and it looks completely cooked through.
- Serve with melted butter, maple syrup and a sprinkling of powdered sugar. Enjoy!
And that’s it! Now you’ve got a great new reason to stock up on Irish Soda Bread this St. Patty’s Day.
Or to at least pray that a leprechaun leaves some on your doorstep.