Caramel French Toast (VIDEO)

This Caramel French Toast recipe will spoil you forever. It is stunning, simple to make and tastes as good as it looks. The combination of homemade caramel sauce loaded with crisp bacon and topped with pecans is memorable.

We love breakfast treats that are special-occasion worthy and easily feed a crowd like Cinnamon Rolls, bakery-style Almond Croissants and of course French Toast. Make this Caramel French Toast for your next brunch party and you will get recipe requests.

Slices of Caramel French Toast arranged on a platter and served with berries

Slices of Caramel French Toast arranged on a platter and served with berries

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The Ultimate French Toast Recipe:

My sister Svetlana attended a brunch party where she tried and fell in love with this French Toast so she re-made the recipe and shared it with me. This has a little less sugar than the original, but you won’t miss it. This French Toast is a slice of heaven on a plate. You’ve never had French Toast like this before.

All you need is a slice of French Toast and a big mug of coffee to make your day brighter.

Ingredients for making French Toast

Ingredients for making French Toast

The Best Bread for French Toast:

A thick-sliced bread that absorbs well without getting soggy is ideal for French Toast. Do not use bread that is too fresh or cotton-candy soft. Bread that is 1-3 days old works best and will absorb the egg mixture well. Our top bread choices for French Toast are:

  • Italian bread loaf (pictured here)- slice yourself to 3/4″ thick
  • Texas Toast – packaged thickly pre-sliced
  • Brioche – a sturdy bread that soaks well
  • Challah Bread – a lightly sweet bread
  • Easter Bread – similar to Challah

Bread loaves for French toast

Bread loaves for French toast

How to Make French Toast:

The process for making French toast is quick and simple. The key is in getting the egg soak mixture right. This has the perfect balance of eggs to milk and is lightly sweet with a touch of cinnamon. The real secret is in adding a little bit of flour. It makes helps the French Toasts to cook up plump, fluffy and beautiful without getting soggy. To make French Toast:

  1. Whisk together all French toast ingredients in a bowl
  2. Dip toasts to generously coat, turning a couple of times
  3. Sautee 3-4 minutes per side in a buttered skillet

French toast sauteed and assembled on a plate served with berries

French toast sauteed and assembled on a plate served with berries

Homemade Bacon Caramel Sauce:

This caramel sauce is sweet, salty, savory and dangerous. Dangerously good that is! It is decadent without being overly sweet, being balanced by the bacon (is it possible for bacon to balance anything, really?).

Ingredients for homemade bacon caramel with brown sugar, heavy cream, vanilla, salt and bacon

Ingredients for homemade bacon caramel with brown sugar, heavy cream, vanilla, salt and bacon

This caramel sauce excites your taste buds. It’s an elevated version of our basic caramel sauce but has all of the best flavors of Autumn, plus it there’s B-A-C-O-N! You’ll savor every bite of French Toast that touches it.

Bacon Caramel Sauce pouring from a spoon into a bowl

Bacon Caramel Sauce pouring from a spoon into a bowl

Make-Ahead Tips for French Toast:

The French Toast (bread) – can be sauteed an hour before serving, covered loosely with foil and kept warm in the oven until ready to serve.

Caramel sauce can be made up to 1 day ahead then warmed before serving until it reaches a pourable consistency.

If you are looking for an overnight recipe, try our French Toast Casserole recipe.

Assembled slice of French toast topped with caramel and pecans

Assembled slice of French toast topped with caramel and pecans

More Easy Breakfasts to Feed a Crowd:

If you are planning a breakfast or brunch party, our Breakfast Category will be a great planning resource for you. Here are some of our favorites to easily feed a crowd:

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Caramel French Toast

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Slices of caramel french toast arranged on a platter with berries scattered

This Caramel French Toast recipe will spoil you forever. The combination of caramel sauce with crisp bacon and pecan topping is memorable.

Skill Level: Easy/Medium

Cost to Make: $8-$10

Keyword: caramel french toast

Calories: 633 kcal

Servings: 10 people

For the Bacon Caramel Pecan Topping:

Ingredients for French Toast:

How to Make the Bacon Caramel Pecan Topping:

  1. Toast pecans on a dry skillet over medium heat, tossing frequently until golden and fragrant. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.

  2. Place a medium saucepan over medium heat and add chopped bacon, sauteing and stirring ocassionally until browned. Use a slotted spoon to remove to plate.

  3. Melt 5 Tbsp butter into the bacon fat then add 1 cup brown sugar, 1 Tbsp water and 1/4 tsp salt. Bring to a boil then keep at a low boil 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Remove pan from heat and stir in 1/2 cup whipping cream and 1 tsp vanilla. Stir in chopped bacon, place back over heat and lightly boil another 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool 10 minutes before serving.

How to Make French Toast:

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together wet ingredients until combined: 1 cup milk, 3 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla. While whisking, add dry ingredients: 1/4 cup flour, 1 Tbsp sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of salt.

  2. Cut bread into 9 or 10 slices each 3/4″ thick. Place a large skillet over medium heat with 1 Tbsp butter.

  3. Dip each piece of toast generously in the egg mixture, turning a couple of times to thoroughly coat. Add to the skillet in a single layer, cooking in batches about 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown on each side.* Repeat with remaining toasts, adding more butter as needed then transfer to a platter.

  4. To serve: Top French Toast with a heaping Tablespoon of the bacon caramel topping then sprinkle each with toasted pecans.

*Adjust the heat if browning too quickly. You want the egg mixture to cook all the way through the bread. 

Nutrition Facts

Caramel French Toast

Amount Per Serving

Calories 633 Calories from Fat 369

% Daily Value*

Fat 41g63%

Saturated Fat 20g125%

Cholesterol 86mg29%

Sodium 493mg21%

Potassium 252mg7%

Carbohydrates 58g19%

Fiber 3g13%

Sugar 42g47%

Protein 10g20%

Vitamin A 504IU10%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 71mg7%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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