Best Homemade Baileys French Toast Recipe

Looking for the best homemade Baileys French Toast recipe?

You can prepare our easy Baileys French Toast at home in less than one hour. You can either use store bought Baileys or our homemade Irish Cream recipe to prepare this decadent French Toast.

Our favourite alcohol soaked brunch dish is perfect for a special celebration like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, Valentine’s Day or Christmas breakfast. Serve Baileys French Toast with scrambled eggs, fruit salad and sizzling sausages and bacon.

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History of French Toast

The origins of French Toast are not crystal clear. Long before the popular breakfast dish was called “french toast,” similar recipes were being whipped up all around the world. One of the earliest versions has been traced back to the Roman Empire.

The name French Toast was first used in 17th century England. The recipe and its name were later brought to America by early settlers.

In France, the dish is called Pain Perdu, which translates to “lost bread.” Originally, people made French toast from stale bread in order to make use of bread that would otherwise have been discarded. The dish is traditionally served as a dessert.

Around the world, people enjoy French Toast in many different ways. The British call french toast “eggy bread,” “gypsy bread” or “French-fried bread.” They even serve it with ketchup!

People in New Zealand prefer their French toast served with bananas, bacon and maple syrup. Australians serve up a savoury version of French toast with cheese and tomato sauce.

Ingredients you'll need to make homemade Baileys French Toast.
Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Baileys French Toast.

My Family Loves French Toast

One of my fondest memories growing up as a kid was waking up in the morning at our family cottage in Muskoka and smelling French Toast sizzling in the kitchen.

My father’s favourite brunch is French Toast, which he traditionally prepared for breakfast on our birthdays. He’d whisk a few eggs together with milk, cinnamon and nutmeg and then dredge thick sliced of Italian loaf. He’d fry each side of the egg-soaked bread in butter and then top with sliced berries and maple syrup.

After taking a trip to Ireland, dad was inspired to make a more decadent Baileys French Toast recipe. He swapped out the milk for Baileys Irish Cream, which is made of Irish whiskey flavoured with cream and cocoa.

Use thick Italian bread slices to make homemade Irish Cream French Toast.
Use thick Italian bread slices to make homemade Irish Cream French Toast.

How To Make Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

You can prepare our quick and easy homemade Baileys French Toast by simply using a bottle of Irish Cream you have hiding in your cupboard. If you don’t have Baileys on hand, or enjoy cooking from scratch, try making our homemade Baileys recipe.

Simply combine the ingredients below with a whisk in a large bowl. You can store the homemade Baileys in a glass jar in your fridge for up to a month. It also tastes great stirred into a cup of morning coffee!

  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 cup table cream
  • 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Irish whiskey (such as Jamesons or Bushmills)
Whisk eggs and Baileys into a casserole dish for easy bread dipping.
Whisk eggs and Baileys into a casserole dish for easy bread dipping.

Best Baileys French Toast Recipe

There’s no better comfort food than a plate of steaming Baileys French Toast hot off the griddle. So what qualities make the best Baileys French Toast?

The perfect French Toast must be crunchy and golden brown on the outside while at the same time featuring a moist and light interior. Be sure to soak your bread in the egg mixture for long enough so each slice absorbs as much liquid as possible. This will ensure the interior of your toast is moist rather than dry.

If you’re serving brunch for a large group we suggest preheating your oven to 200F. You can keep your French Toast warm on a baking sheet until you’re ready to serve everyone at the table.

Let bread slices soak in homemade Baileys and egg mixture.
Let bread slices soak in homemade Baileys and egg mixture.

French Toast Tips

Whether you’re a seasoned baking expert or it’s your first time in the kitchen, be sure to tend to your griddle or stove to ensure your French Toast doesn’t burn.

You can ensure your Baileys French Toast has a golden brown exterior by liberally coating your pan or griddle with fresh butter. We prefer to use butter as it browns nicely and adds a creamy flavour. If you’re all out of butter you can also use a neutral fat for frying such as canola oil.

We do not suggest preparing this recipe for vegans as it is made with cream, eggs and butter. You could try and substitute the cream in your homemade Baileys for a nut milk but the viscosity and mouthfeel will be very different. You might want to try mixing half almond or cashew milk with rich and fatty coconut cream to produce a vegan homemade Baileys.

So what bread should you use for Baileys French Toast? If you have any stale baguette or sourdough, just ensure you’re slicing each loaf so that they are thick, at least 1 inch.

Our favourite bread to use when making this recipe is Villagio Thick Sliced Italian Bread. The slices of bread are the perfect thickness and are small enough that you can typically fry three at a time in a large non-stick pan. They absorb the Baileys Irish Cream egg mixture perfectly, ensuring a crispy and moist final product.

Fry French Toast in butter inside a non-stick frying pan.
Fry French Toast in butter inside a non-stick frying pan.

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Serve Baileys French Toast with strawberries and maple syrup.
Serve Baileys French Toast with strawberries and maple syrup.

Easy Baileys French Toast Recipe

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Best Homemade Baileys French Toast

Looking for the best Baileys French Toast recipe? Soak homemade Baileys Irish Cream in thick slices of bread, fry in butter and top with maple syrup.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3
Calories: 1134kcal

Equipment

  • whisk
  • Casserole dish
  • mixing bowl
  • Flipper
  • measuring cup
  • Non-stick frying pan
  • oven
  • baking sheet

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 8 bread slices
  • 1 cup Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1/4 cup butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200F.
  • Whisk eggs and Baileys in a casserole dish.
  • Dip thick slices of Italian bread into Baileys egg mixture, being sure to coat evenly on both sides.
  • Preheat non-stick pan over medium heat and add a dab of butter. Once butter is melted add 2 slices of Baileys French toast at a time. Let each side of French Toast fry for 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
  • Store French Toast in preheated oven on a baking sheet to keep warm until ready to serve.
  • Serve French Toast with strawberries or your favourite fresh fruit and drizzle of maple syrup.

Nutrition

Calories: 1134kcal | Carbohydrates: 79.2g | Protein: 15.5g | Fat: 55.2g | Saturated Fat: 32.6g | Cholesterol: 311mg | Sodium: 547mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 54.7g | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 2mg

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