French toast waffles are a fun and delicious way to enjoy the taste of French toast, in the form of homemade waffles! This kid-friendly breakfast recipe is perfect for a weekend brunch.
Waffles are a treat in our house. Although we normally keep whole grain waffles in the freezer for an easy breakfast, we also like apple waffles, churro waffles and even chocolate waffles loaded with ice cream for a delicious dessert.
Waffle iron recipes are increasing in popularity. There are recipes online for hash brown waffles and cinnamon roll waffles. Learning how to make French toast waffles fits in perfectly, doesn’t it?
What’s in French toast waffles?
The ingredients to make this French toast waffles recipe are pretty basic. It’s just French toast, cooked on a waffle iron. Here’s what you’ll need:
- A loaf of bread – If you can find day-old bread, that’s even better! You can make the recipe using white, wheat, or even gluten-free bread. This honey-wheat bread would be perfect.
- Milk – Any variety will work, even nut milk.
- Sugar – The recipe calls for regular granulated sugar. To lower the calories, feel free to substitute the sugar with a cup-for-cup sugar substitute or coconut sugar.
How to make French Toast Waffles
This is such an easy waffle recipe! You can prepare the French toast batter while your waffle iron preheats. Since you’re essentially making French toast, there’s no yeast or leavening agent in the batter. This means that the batter won’t need to rest like it does when you make traditional buttermilk waffles or pancakes.
Preheat waffle maker. (Spray the waffle maker with cooking spray if your style of waffle maker needs it.)
Slice bread into thick slices about an inch thick.
Whisk milk, eggs, cinnamon, and sugar together.
Dunk each slice of bread into mixture and turn the bread to coat.
Allow the bread to slowly soak up egg mixture.
Place onto a preheated waffle maker.
Cook until golden brown.
How long do waffles need to cook?
You’ll need to cook the waffles long enough to allow the French toast to get crisp and golden brown. Depending on how thick the bread slices are, this can take anywhere from 4-6 minutes. We often find that the timer on the waffle iron is not exactly correct. If the bread is not golden brown when the timer goes off (or the waffle iron light goes away), allow it to sit in the iron just a little bit longer.
Can I freeze French toast waffles?
Absolutely! These waffles freeze beautifully, so they’re a great make-ahead breakfast or meal prep idea. To avoid soggy waffles, be sure to allow the cooked waffles to cool completely before freezing them. They’ll need to be placed into zip-top plastic freezer bags or an airtight, freezer-safe container.
How to reheat frozen waffles:
For a crispy textured waffle, reheat the waffles in a toaster; for a softer texture, reheat in a microwave.
What can I put on waffles instead of syrup?
French toast waffles are best served warm. Top them with maple syrup, powdered sugar, or a dusting of cinnamon sugar. If you would like a fruit topping, try our raspberry or strawberry sauce. I often top my waffles or pancakes with a sprinkling of brown sugar. It’s so simple, but so very good!
What to Serve with Waffles for Breakfast
What kind of bread is best for French toast?
If you would like to make a homemade bread for French toast, we recommend:
French Toast Waffles
- 1 loaf of Challah bread
- 1 cup milk
- 8 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- butter and syrup for topping
- Preheat waffle maker. (Spray the waffle maker with cooking spray if your style of waffle maker needs it.)
- Slice bread into thick slices about an inch thick.
- Whisk milk, eggs, cinnamon, and sugar together.
- Dunk each slice of bread into mixture and turn the bread to coat.
- Allow the bread to slowly soak up egg mixture.
- Place onto a preheated waffle maker.
- Cook until golden brown.
- Remove and repeat with each slice of bread.
- These waffles freeze really well. Place in a freezer bag or container and seal well.
- To reheat, place slices of French toast waffles in a toaster for a crispy texture, or reheat in a microwave for a softer texture.