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Golden French Toast with a Fresh and Delicious Strawberry Puree Syrup

This delicious French Toast with Strawberry Syrup (pureed strawberries) may sound hard to make, but it is so easy and perfect for a weekend breakfast!

Whether you’re looking for a tasty breakfast treat for yourself or to make for your crew, this fluffy and not too sweet dish is sure to please…seriously. Add some bacon or sausage to make it an even heartier meal.

Why is it called French Toast?

If you’re like me, you’ve always assumed that French toast is…well, French! But, it’s not. According to legend a man named Joseph French created the recipe in 1724 and that is why it’s called French Toast.

There is, however, a similar recipe called Pan Dulcis that was introduced by the Romans and therefore, pre-dates Joseph French’s recipe.

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Pioneer Woman plate with two slices of fresh homemade French Toast garnished with homemade strawberry syrup - strawberry puree

Can French Toast be Frozen?

Yes, it can. Making French Toast ahead of time is a great way to have it on hand whenever the craving hits.

Make the toast according to the recipe below and allow it to cool.

Lay the cooked and cooled toast in a single layer on a baking pan that has been covered in parchment paper.

Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Remove from the freezer and place the slices in a freezer-safe container or in a plastic freezer bag.

How to reheat Frozen or Refrigerated French Toast

  • Place frozen slice on a microwave safe plate.
  • Lay a damp (not soaking wet) paper towel over the toast.
  • Reheat in 15 to 20 second cycle.
  • Check after each cycle and adding 15 to 20 seconds as needed to heat up the toast.

How long should you soak French Toast before frying?

This will depend on the thickness and density of the bread you are using.

If the bread is thick you will want to soak it in the egg mixture for 15 to 20 minutes.

Allow the mixture to penetrate the bread. If that doesn’t fit into your schedule, you can also make a French Toast Casserole that can be refrigerated overnight and popped into a preheated oven in the morning.

Thinner slices of bread will require less time. In my experience, thinly sliced white bread will soak up enough of the mixture in two minutes.

Can I use this recipe to make French Toast Sticks?

Yes! French Toast Sticks are a super easy alternative. The only change you will need to make to this recipe (see the details below) is to slice the bread into four equal pieces (sticks) before soaking in the egg mixture.

Cook until a beautiful golden brown is achieved.

Flip and cook on all four long edges. In this case, a thicker bread is definitely preferred.

What type of bread works best for making this recipe?

Almost any bread will do but a thicker, denser bread is preferred.

Brioche (like I used in this Brioche French Toast Casserole) is a wonderful option. Texas Toast, challah, or Italian bread also work well.

Have some fun and consider a chocolate chip bread, raisin bread, or blueberry challah.

Here’s a great recipe for Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Brioche French Toast that’s great to serve in the fall.

Other flavor combinations

Many unique flavor combinations can be made by switching out vanilla extract for another flavored extract. Consider banana extract, lemon extract, etc.

Top your toast with different fruits, jams, and syrups.

Be as creative as your heart desires and don’t forget to add whipped cream for even more delicious oomph!

Ingredients for homemade French Toast and Strawberry Syrup Puree - thick sliced bread, eggs, milk, and strawberries in a glass compote bowl

Ingredients for French Toast with Strawberry Syrup:

The ingredients for making a good French Toast are pretty basic. You’ll need eggs, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and bread.

The strawberry syrup is easier to make than you can imagine! Grab 1 pint of strawberries from the market. You can also use frozen strawberries. Sugar can be added to taste if desired.

How to Make French Toast

The process is almost too easy and you’ll find yourself making it every time you get the craving without fussing.

Puree:

Puree the berries (fresh or frozen) along with the sugar in a blender or Ninja. Set aside.

Ingredients:

2 large eggs

1/2 cup whole milk

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

6 to 8 slices bread of choice

Toast:

Whish together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.

Thoroughly soak bread in the egg mixture.

Heat butter in skillet until melted. A cast iron skillet is my preferred skillet for cooking and Stargazer has the best you can buy IMO. ☺️

Add soaked bread to the skillet. Flip with a spatula once it is golden brown and cook on the other side until browned and cooked through.

Serve with the strawberry syrup and sprinkle with powdered sugar using a dusting wand if desired. Garnish with fresh strawberries.

Pioneer Woman plate with two slices of fresh homemade French Toast garnished with homemade strawberry syrup - strawberry puree

Homemade French Toast with a Fresh Strawberry Syrup Puree

Mary Beth
Delicious fluffy French Toast served with an easy to make fresh strawberry syrup puree
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 16 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6 slices
Calories 142 kcal

Equipment

Stainless Steel Turner

Ingredients
  

Strawberry Syrup Puree

  • 1 pint Strawberries fresh or frozen
  • 1 tsp. sugar optional

Homemade French Toast

  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 6 slices bread

Instructions
 

For the Syrup Puree

  • Puree the berries along with the sugar (optional) in a blender or Ninja bullet. Set aside.

For the French Toast

  • Whish together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.
  • Thoroughly soak bread in the egg mixture.
  • Heat butter in skillet until melted. A cast iron skillet is my preferred skillet for frying.
  • Add soaked bread to the skillet. Flip with a spatula once it is golden brown and cook on the other side until browned and cooked through.
  • Serve with the strawberry syrup and sprinkle with powdered sugar using a dusting wand if desired. Garnish with fresh strawberries.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Homemade French Toast with a Fresh Strawberry Syrup Puree
Amount Per Serving
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 178mg8%
Potassium 223mg6%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 133IU3%
Vitamin C 46mg56%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword French Toast, Strawberry Puree, Strawberry Syrup
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