French Toast with Bacon Maple Frosting
This french toast is the perfect start to your day! Slices of Hawaiian bread are dipped in batter and fried until golden brown then get topped by the most amazing maple bacon frosting! This is one recipe your bacon loving family will ask for again and again.
For the French Toast:
- 16 oz Hawaiian Bread, sliced
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp butter for frying
For maple bacon frosting:
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
For the french toast:
In a shallow bowl whisk together flour, half and half, milk, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon and sugar.
Dip Hawaiian bread in egg batter on both sides.
Heat up a griddle or a large skillet over medium high heat and melt butter.
Fry the battered bread until golden brown on both sides.
Keep french toast warm while you prepare frosting.
To make frosting:
In a large bowl, best cream cheese with hand mixer until fluffy.
Add powdered sugar, maple syrup and beat to combine.
Stir in chopped bacon.
Serve french toast with maple bacon frosting.
What kind of bread to use for French Toast?
In this recipe I used sliced Hawaiian bread. Feel free to substitute Texas Toast, Brioche, Challah.
What can I substitute for half and half and whole milk?
This is my preferred combination to use to make the most decadent batter for french toast. After all this is not meant to be a diet food! If you have heavy cream, you can do 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1 cup whole milk. You can also use a lower percentage fat milk skim or 2%. I've also made it with almond milk and it turned out okay. But for best results stick to the recipe.
Can this french toast be made ahead?
Absolutely! You can fully prepare french toast and freeze if you like! Bread in general is one of my favorite things to freeze and I always make a big batch of french toast to freeze and have some on hand. Just place cooked and cooled bread on a foil lined baking sheet and place in the freezer for an hour. Then transfer frozen bread to a zippered freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat place frozen french toast in a single layer on a baking sheet, cover with foil and bake at 375F for 8-10 minutes.
Can I make the maple bacon frosting ahead of time?
Once you make the frosting you can store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I would take out and let it come to room temp while you make the french toast.
Notes on Bacon:
In this recipe you need already cooked bacon! I always make a big batch of bacon in the oven to have on hand since we are big bacon lovers. You can fry up your bacon in a skillet before starting the french toast, then drain on paper towel and allow to cool. But if you want to cook your bacon in a big batch to have on hand you can place it on a baking sheet in the oven and bake it at 425F for 12-15 minutes depending on how thick it is and how crunchy you want it! You can then place it on a paper towel and store in the fridge or freezer!