Welcome to the last French toast recipe you will ever need. Yes, I know it’s unexpected, but here it is! Our French toast recipe will put a smile on your face and make you yearn for one more delicious slice! Get the recipe down below for our Rum Citrus French Toast.
Rum Citrus French Toast
What makes good French toast? My checklist goes something like this, good French toast is toasty along the edges but soft just about everywhere else. It has hints of cinnamon and nutmeg but not overly so, and there are notes of vanilla, brown sugar, orange, and sweet cream butter. And call me nutso, but a dusting of powdered sugar is 100% standard issue. And to top it all off, a good table syrup is okay, but pure maple syrup is even better. That’s it! My version of French toast is probably a lot like your version of French toast, and maybe that’s why we’re cool like that! Or perhaps it’s because hungry minds think alike! Yep, that’ it!
When it comes to making good French toast having good quality bread matters, but just as important, the batter has to be legit as well.
You Need The Right Bread for French toast
Let’s start with the bread because quality bread is the very foundation on which any respectable French toast is built upon. So up the ante and grab some good artisan bread like brioche and challah. These types of bread are ideal because they’re made with substantially more egg and butter than most other varieties of bread. I think artisan loaves of bread work better when making French toast because they’re denser and will absorb more of the batter and won’t fall apart after you dredge the slices into the batter like so many store-bought bread. Plus, a good artisan bread, I used a honey white, but a good sourdough makes excellent french toast too!
The best batter for French toast
Now, let’s talk the French toast batter because without the batter, all you’re doing is making toast, and although toast is okay, we’re craving something better. The batter is how we get all of those French toast flavors we love into the final product. And we do this by adding lots of flavors that work well together to deliver something almost magical when all of the ingredients are combined.
I add citrus in the form of both lemon and orange juice, pure vanilla extract, light brown sugar, granulated sugar, melted butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, eggs, half & half, dark rum, and a pinch of salt. I’ve also used bourbon in this recipe, and it was just as good. But if adding rum or bourbon goes against your sensibilities, then, by all means, don’t add them, but you do know there’s alcohol in pure vanilla extract. Just saying.
Adding both pure vanilla extract and dark rum ensures that this is one French toast one recipe you’ll never forget.
What You Will Need To Make Our Rum Citrus French Toast:
Good Bread. Using quality bread makes all the difference when it comes to making good French toast. Spend a few extra pennies and grab a good artisan bread and you won’t be disappointed. Think Brioche, Challah, or sourdough, and good artisan white bread is a good choice as well.
Eggs. The job of the eggs in French toast is to help the batter cling to the bread but also to give the bread a slightly fluffy texture. Farm fresh eggs work best but use whatever eggs you have in the fridge.
Milk, Half & Half, or Heavy Cream. Milk is essential because it is the medium by which all of the ingredients get distributed; basically, it holds everything together. Use whole milk, half & half, or heavy cream.
Cinnamon, Nutmeg, & Clove. You can’t have classic French toast flavor without cinnamon, and when you add nutmeg and a pinch of clove, we’re talking next level. You can also add ground ginger or cardamom, but go light because these flavors are intense.
Lemon & Orange Juice. Fresh lemon and orange juice are ideal, but using bottled lemon juice, or store-bought orange juice is fine.
White Sugar & Light Brown Sugar. Sugar adds sweetness, but it also helps give French toast its look by assisting in the caramelization department.
Pure Vanilla Extract. Those vanilla notes shine front and center when you add quality pure vanilla extract. Add scraped vanilla bean paste for an extra kick of yum.
Melted Unsalted Butter. Adding a tablespoon or two of melted unsalted butter to the mix is nothing but good on top of good. Are you getting hungry yet?
Salt. A pinch of salt both counters and brings out the sweetness. Use sea salt, Kosher, or flaky sea salt. Just don’t add any flavored salts.
Table Syrup. Use your favorite table syrup or make your own, but in my humble opinion, nothing beats pure 100% maple syrup.
You Will Love Our Rum Citrus French Toast Because It’s:
Perfect For Breakfast, Dinner & Brunch
Rum Citrus French Toast
- 5 large eggs
- 1 cup half and half
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed orange juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon dark rum or spiced rum
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt or Kosher salt
- pinch of ground nutmeg
- pinch of ground clove
- unsalted butter
- neutral cooking oil (vegetable, canola, corn, peanut, or safflower)
- In a large bowl, crack five large eggs, add half and half, whole milk, orange and lemon juice, pure vanilla extract, dark rum, sugar and light brown sugar, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, salt, and melted unsalted butter. Mix well using a fork or a whisk.
- Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add two tablespoons of unsalted butter and a tablespoon of neutral cooking oil, when the melted butter and oil mixture is hot add the slices of bread that have been dipped in the French toast batter and shaken off.
- Cook the bread until it is golden brown, then use a spatula or your fingers to flip it over, butter the cooked side, and allow the other to cook.
- Place the finished slices of French toast on a plate and dust with powdered sugar or fruit like blueberries and sliced strawberries.
- Drizzle with your favorite syrup and serve.
Okay, you have the recipe now; all you have to do is make French toast happen when you make come back and tell us all about it! We would love to hear from you, just a comment in the comment section down below. Let’s get in the kitchen and work magic!