Caramel French Toast (VIDEO)

Caramel French Toast

This Caramel French Toast recipe will spoil you forever. The combination of caramel sauce with crisp bacon and pecan topping is memorable.


For the Bacon Caramel Pecan Topping:

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 3 oz bacon (4 strips), chopped
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Ingredients for French Toast:

  • 1 loaf Italian Bread Cut 3/4″ thick (or 9-10 slices Texas Toast)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp butter or as needed to saute


How to Make the Bacon Caramel Pecan Topping:

  1. Toast pecans on a dry skillet over medium heat, tossing frequently until golden and fragrant. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.

  2. Place a medium saucepan over medium heat and add chopped bacon, sauteing and stirring ocassionally until browned. Use a slotted spoon to remove to plate.
  3. Melt 5 Tbsp butter into the bacon fat then add 1 cup brown sugar, 1 Tbsp water and 1/4 tsp salt. Bring to a boil then keep at a low boil 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove pan from heat and stir in 1/2 cup whipping cream and 1 tsp vanilla. Stir in chopped bacon, place back over heat and lightly boil another 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool 10 minutes before serving.

How to Make French Toast:

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together wet ingredients until combined: 1 cup milk, 3 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla. While whisking, add dry ingredients: 1/4 cup flour, 1 Tbsp sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of salt.

  2. Cut bread into 9 or 10 slices each 3/4″ thick. Place a large skillet over medium heat with 1 Tbsp butter.

  3. Dip each piece of toast generously in the egg mixture, turning a couple of times to thoroughly coat. Add to the skillet in a single layer, cooking in batches about 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown on each side.* Repeat with remaining toasts, adding more butter as needed then transfer to a platter.

  4. To serve: Top French Toast with a heaping Tablespoon of the bacon caramel topping then sprinkle each with toasted pecans.

Recipe Notes

*Adjust the heat if browning too quickly. You want the egg mixture to cook all the way through the bread. 

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