Christmas Spiced French Toast

Get Christmas Day off to a delicious start with lightly spiced Christmas French Toast, a festive breakfast that’s on the table in minutes!

A plate of French toast topped with fresh berries and icing sugar

Food naturally plays a big part on Christmas Day, so you’ll want to start the day off with something special. This recipe for Spiced French Toast makes a perfect Christmas Day breakfast – it’s quick to make and tastes delicious!

The delicate spices give this dish a lovely festive flavour, that will really get your Christmas Day off to a special start.

But if you’re not a fan of the spices, or if you want to use this recipe at a different time of year, feel free to leave them out. It will still be a delicious way to start the day!

This recipe can take a bit of trial and error to get right, so you might want to do a practice run before the big day.

Christmas Spiced French Toast

Sally Akins
Start Christmas Day with this delicious and decadent spiced French Toast recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine British
Servings 2


  • 4 thick slices brioche
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 0.5 tsp mixed spice
  • 0.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp light olive oil or similar
  • Fruit, maple syrup or icing sugar to serve


  • Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat.
  • Whisk the egg, milk, mixed spice and vanilla extract together in a wide shallow bowl that's large enough to fit two slices of brioche in it.
  • Place two slices of brioche in the liquid and leave for around 15-30 seconds depending on how thick the bread is. Carefully turn them over and leave for another 30 seconds.
  • When the oil is hot, add the soaked brioche to the pan and cook for 5 minutes or until it is golden.
  • Flip the slices of brioche over and cook the other side for another 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a warm plate and cook the other two slices in the same way. You may need to add a little more oil to the pan.
  • Serve the Christmas Spiced French Toast with a sprinkle of icing sugar and some fresh fruit or berries. You could add a drizzle of maple syrup or honey if you like or even a scoop of vanilla ice-cream to turn this breakfast dish into dessert.
A plate of French toast topped with fresh berries and icing sugar

Christmas Spiced French Toast: Make It Your Own

This recipe for French Toast uses thick slices of buttery brioche, because it’s a bit more luxurious than some of the other options. You might like to try using thick cut bloomer or French bread or you could even use some slices of panettone if you have bought some for the festive season.

The recipe below is for two servings, but it’s easy to double up if you’re cooking for more people.

Christmas Spiced French Toast can be served with fresh berries, maple syrup or just sprinkled with a little icing sugar. You could fry up some crisp rasher of streaky bacon to go with it, if you’re feeling extra decadent!

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