What Goes With French Toast: The Perfect Combination of Sweet and Savory

There are endless possibilities when it comes to toppings for French toast. You can go sweet or savory, with almost any type of topping you can think of. 

Some favorite combinations of what goes with French toast include:

  • Classic French toast combinations: Bacon & Maple Syrup, Butter & Jam, Banana & Honey, etc.
  • Savory French toast combinations: Bacon & Eggs, Sausage & Peppers, Tomato & Mozarella, etc.
  • Exotic French toast combinations: Pineapple & Ham, Mango Chutney & Cream Cheese, etc.

In this blog post, we will explore some of the best combinations for this delicious breakfast dish. Whether you are looking for something classic or something a little more exotic, we have you covered.

French Toast: What Is It?

french toast powdered sugar
French toast powdered sugar. Credit: canva

French toast is a dish that consists of bread that is soaked in an egg and milk mixture, then fried. It is usually served with syrup or honey, and sometimes with powdered sugar or fruit toppings.

The dish was created in the 16th century by monks who wanted to use up leftover bread before it went stale. 

The name comes from their habit of soaking stale bread in milk and then frying it on a griddle, which made it taste better than eating plain old dry toast.

Why do they call it French toast?

It’s believed that the name comes from France, where it was popularized by cooks who wanted to make use of leftover bread. 

The term French toast became more common in English after World War II because many people were stationed there during this time.

Is French toast French or American?

French toast is a dish that originated in France, but it has become popular all over the world. 

In the United States, French toast is one of the most popular breakfast items.

What types of bread are commonly used for French toast?

Any type of bread can be used for French toast, but some types are better than others.

Bread that is denser and firmer work the best, as they hold up well to being soaked in the egg mixture. Some good examples of these are Brioche bread, French bread, or crusty artisan breads.

Slightly stale bread of choice (2-day-old-bread) is better as fresh bread tends to soak up the mixture too quickly, causing the French Toast to be soggy inside. 

What’s the difference between eggy bread and French toast?

Eggy bread is a British dish that is very similar to French toast. 

The main difference is that eggy bread is made with only eggs, while French toast also includes milk and/or cream.

What is the difference between toast and French toast?

Toast is a piece of bread that has been toasted until it’s crisp. 

French toast, on the other hand, is made from slices of stale or day-old bread that are soaked in an egg and milk mixture before being fried.

What Goes with French Toast?

Now that we know a little bit more about French toast, let’s explore some of the best toppings for this delicious breakfast dish.

Classic French Toast Combinations

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French toast with strawberry and whipped cream. Credit: canva

If you are looking for something classic, here are some of our favorite combinations that every French toast lover will love:

Butter and jam

This is a classic combination that is perfect for any occasion. 

Bacon and maple syrup

This is a classic combination that never gets old. You can use your favourite maple syrup or corn syrup.

Bananas and honey

This is a sweet and simple combo that’s perfect for breakfast.

Pecans and caramel

Another classic pairing, this time with a bit of added sweetness.

Honey and powdered sugar

This combination is delicious, but it can be a bit messy.

Strawberries and whipped cream

The perfect topping for any breakfast dish. Or you can also use fresh berries or any other fresh fruit.

Blueberries and honey

A great way to add some color to your French toast.

Orange zest and cinnamon sugar

This is another sweet combo that’s perfect for winter mornings.

Cinnamon, sugar, and maple syrup

This sweet combo of cinnamon sugar flavor is perfect for any breakfast or brunch dish.

Hazelnut spread

This nutty spread pairs perfectly with French toast.

Savory French Toast Combinations

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French toast with bacon and eggs. Credit: canva

If you are looking for something savory, here are some of our favorite combinations:

Bacon and eggs

A hearty breakfast combo that will keep you going all morning long. The taste is so delicious, with the crispy salty bacon complemented by juicy runny egg yolk. 

Sausage and peppers

This Italian-inspired combo is perfect for brunch.

Tomato and mozzarella

This is a light and refreshing combination that’s perfect for summer mornings.

Ham and cheese

This is a great combination for breakfast or brunch. Top each slice of French toast with 1 slice each deli-sliced ham, Swiss cheese, and 1 fried egg. 

Eggs Benedict on toast with hollandaise sauce

You can’t go wrong with this classic dish.

Sausage, egg, and cheese

A great way to start your day off right.

Exotic French Toast Combinations

french toast filled banana chocolate
French toast filled with chocolate and bananas. Credit: canva

If you are looking for something a little more exotic, here are some of our favorite combinations:

Pineapple and ham

This is a great combination for those who want something a little savory with their French toast.

Chocolate and bananas

Put ripe banana slices, spread with whipped cream, and sprinkle with chocolate chips. This pairing is perfect for those who love chocolate and bananas.

Pistachios and honey

This unique combination is perfect for those who want something a little different.

Almonds and apricots

A sweet and tangy combo that’s perfect for summer mornings.

Rice pudding with cinnamon and raisins

This is a classic combination that never gets old.

Mango chutney and cream cheese

A great way to start your day off right.

Peanut butter and jelly on toast

This is another classic combination that never gets old.

Pineapple and passionfruit syrup

This tropical combo is perfect for summer mornings.

Fig and berry compote

This unique topping is perfect for fall brunches.

Coconut, banana, and rum sauce

This sweet and tropical sauce is perfect for special occasions.

Cherry and almond compote

This sweet topping is perfect for a romantic breakfast or brunch.

How to Make French Toast?

Easy French Toast Recipe

This recipe is one of the most basic french toast favorite recipes. It is easy and quick to make.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8-10 thick sliced white bread (white sandwich bread or challah bread or brioche)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup, warmed

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar and set aside briefly.
  2. In a 10-inch or 12-inch hot skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
  3. Whisk together french toast batter: cinnamon mixture, eggs, milk, and vanilla and pour into a shallow container such as a pie plate. Dip bread in egg mixture.
  4. Fry slices of bread until golden brown, then flip to cook the other side.
  5. Serve with syrup and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

This recipe works with many types of bread – white, whole wheat, cinnamon-raisin, bread rolls, Italian or French bread. 

Other Delicious French Toast Recipes

When french toast mood strikes, try some of these recipes:

  • Almond-crusted french toast
  • Bacon french toast bake
  • Chocolate chip french toast
  • French toast casserole
  • Eggs on toast
  • Cream cheese glaze french toast
  • French toast with fresh fruit topping and French vanilla ice cream

Tips

  • I prefer thick slices bread, such as freshly baked or leftover homemade bread. It’s great (but not mandatory) if the bread is a day old or slightly moldy. Even consider using cinnamon toast, or brioche toast.
  • Any type of milk will do (even dairy-free), but the creamier the batter, the better. Whole milk is fantastic and you may even add a little splash of cream to enhance it.
  • The batter may be prepared 1-2 days in advance, depending on the freshness of your ingredients.
  • To freeze French toast, let it cool completely before wrapping it in freezer-safe paper or container for up to 3 months. Reheat on a skillet, in the toaster, or for a few seconds in the microwave.

FAQs

What sides go with French toast?

You can serve French toast with a side of bacon, sausage, or fruit. You can also top it off with powdered sugar and syrup!

What meat goes well with French toast?

You can serve French toast with bacon, sausage, or ham. You can also top it off with powdered sugar and syrup!

What should I eat with my toast?

You can eat toast with butter and jam, or you can top it off with powdered sugar and syrup! You could also serve it as a side dish alongside bacon, sausage, eggs.