Gingerbread French Toast

Give French toast a holiday makeover! Transform plain white bread into spiced Gingerbread French Toast -- cookie cutters are optional, but it makes breakfast even more magical!
Holiday plates with gingerbread french toast dusted in powdered sugar.
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5 from 4 votes
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, brunch, Christmas, families, French toast, holiday, kids, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 152kcal
Author Liren Baker


  • 6 slices thick-sliced white bread
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 tablespoons Thrive Culinary Algae Oil divided


  • If using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes in the bread. (Reserve scraps for another use, or cook as a special treat for the cook.) I was able to cut out 4 large snowflakes and 4 gingerbread boys/girls out of 6 slices of bread.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger.
  • Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Coat the pan with about 1 tablespoon of Thrive Culinary Algae Oil
  • When the oil is heated through, quickly dunk one of your bread pieces into the batter, gently shaking off excess (you do not want it to get too soaked if you are using white bread. If you are using a thicker bread, like challah, then you'll have more wiggle room), and add to the pan. Repeat for remaining pieces of bread, working in batches, leaving at least an inch of space between pieces. 
  • When one side of the french toast is golden brown, flip and cook for another minute or so more until golden on the other side.
  • As you work in batches, add more oil as necessary to the pan. If you are making 4 snowflakes and 4 gingerbread boys/girls like I did, you should be able to do this in two even batches.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and serve immediately with powdered sugar or maple syrup.


Notes on bread:
Very thin, presliced white bread is often too delicate for French toast. If using presliced, find the thickest bread you can find and air it out (make-ahead notes below). Other good choices for bread to use is challah or French bread.
Making this on Christmas morning? You can make the bread cutouts the night before! Lay them out on a baking sheet -- airing out the bread overnight will actually make it better for soaking up the custard.
If you wish, you could combine the ingredients for the custard and chill in the refrigerator overnight.


Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 78mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2.5% | Calcium: 9.7% | Iron: 6.6%
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