Why Leftover Eggnog Makes the Best French Toast

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Each year we splurge on this amazing locally made eggnog since it's the only time of year they make it. One of our family traditions is to trim the Christmas tree while drinking eggnog and munching on cookies.

And one of the best parts about having this eggnog around? It makes the best French toast ever.

The downside of this local eggnog is that it doesn't have a long shelf life, so I feel sad whenever we don't finish it in time. We've also over-purchased eggnog for parties and found ourselves with more than we can handle, but now I happily throw an extra bottle into the shopping cart just to make French toast.

Why does eggnog make the best French toast?

Think about the basic ingredients in French toast: milk, eggs, sugar, and spices. Now think about the ingredients in eggnog — they're basically the same thing, but with cream and egg yolks in there too.

My conclusion? Eggnog is just a richer version of French toast batter! And richer means more delicious. The bread happily soaks up the batter and cooks up all custardy in the middle.

It's also easy to make eggnog French toast. I just pour out eggnog, add in a few eggs, and whisk it all up. No need to break out measuring spoons to spoon in sugar or spices — everything's all taken care of.

So should you find yourself with leftover eggnog (which I know never happens in some households), give eggnog French toast a try. Since eggnog usually has a hefty dose of wintery spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, it's a festive twist to make on a breakfast and brunch classic.

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