Strawberry French Toast

Sweet, delicious, and unbelievably simple Strawberry French Toast!

Nothing says summer like strawberries, and nothing says breakfast like French Toast! (In my humble opinion anyway!) Put them together and you’ve got a pretty satisfying start to your day!

My entire family looooves French Toast, so I am always trying to adjust and perfect it so that it is closer to restaurant-quality and delicious. I think you’ll be pleased with this latest version. It’s golden and crispy on the outside…it’s warm and soft on the inside…and it’s sweet and flavorful. Plus, it’s SIMPLE! And we all love simple, right?!

Start out with a good quality bread, like a rustic Italian loft from Trader Joe’s. (Note: I have also made this with regular store-bought sliced wheat bread, and it’s just as yummy, but you do not have to let the bread soak in the egg mixture as long.)

In a shallow dish (I use my glass pie plate), combine the following with a fork or whisk:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 c. strawberry-flavored Kefir (see photo)
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract (optional)

Slice half of the loaf into 1/4 in. pieces.  This recipe will coat 10-12 slices, depending upon thickness.

Allow each slice to soak in the egg mixture on each side.

Pre-heat your oven to 400* and prep a stovetop griddle on medium heat (if you have it, use coconut oil on your pan in place of butter…it will be divine!)

Place 3-4 sliced at a time on the oiled/buttered griddle, flipping once, and removing once lightly browned on each side.

Line the toast on a wire rack over a baking sheet (so the toast is raised above the pan).  Bake for 3 minutes, flip and bake for an additional 3 minutes.  

Remove and serve!  Garnish with fresh berries and/or a light dusting of powdered sugar.  Voila!

(Because Kefir comes in a variety of flavors, you could easily make new and interesting versions of this recipe!  Kefir is a fermented milk beverage.  My kids refer to it as “yogurt milk”, and it is lower in lactose, for those of you with lactose intolerance.  Here’s the wiki link for more info…  I also like to use it in the muffin recipe found in this post.  Enjoy your Kefir creations!)

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