I consider my day off to a fantastic start if I’m able to work in a breakfast in any capacity during the work week. One of my favorite items in the breakfast world is the humble French Toast. Eggs, bread, a hint of cinnamon, and vanilla come together to create an euphoric union of the two items. Unfortunately, it’s something I always viewed as a weekend treat.
At least until Burger King just dropped their new line of breakfast sandwiches.
The burger chain just released a trio of breakfast sandwiches that take the lauded French Toast and uses them as the bun that binds together the core elements of a breakfast sammie. This includes eggs and Slice, and the customers choice between sausage, bacon, or ham.
We grabbed a couple for the office to see if they live up to the hype I built in my head.
“The hint of sweetness from the maple balanced out the savoriness of the cheese and ham really nicely,” said Foodbeast’s Theresa Tran. “French Toast was plush, but not soggy either.”
She also recommends adding hot sauce to the sandwiches to add that extra layer of depth to them.
Customers will be able to find the new French Toast breakfast sandwiches at participating Burger King locations for a limited time.
It has been ingrained in my body that a well-balanced breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A stark contrast from my fellow Foodbeast Isai Rocha, who once admitted there were times he ate Mazapan candy for breakfast when he was younger.
A sugary tether between the world of balance and indulgence, Loaded Cafe, a restaurant chain in Southern California, created a menu that is inspired by the popular Mexican sweet.
The restaurant offers up Mazapan Waffles, French Toast, Pancakes, and Crepes. Each dish blends crumbled pieces of the peanut candy inside its batter. It’s then garnished with a house-made Mazapan syrup, made with sweetened condensed milk.
Fellow Foodbeasts Isai Rocha and Oscar Gonzalez met up at Loaded Cafe to check out what this Mazapan breakfast menu is all about.
“I love eating Mexican breakfast foods, but I feel like most of it is just savory or spicy dishes, so I really enjoyed trying some sweet breakfast foods that reminded me of my Mexican culture,” Gonzalez said as he dug into his meal. “The Mazapan has its own distinct flavor that really pairs well with any breakfast item, even the hash browns.”
The two hungry dudes went full family style into the breakfast spread, their faces illuminated like a freshly changed light bulb.
“Even though it’s made with peanuts, it’s definitely not the same as adding peanut butter to items,” Gonzalez gushed, as he tore into another crepe. “It’s sweeter and more condensed in a way that satisfied my craving for sweet breakfast foods and Mexican cuisine.”
Overall, the two thought the menu was innovative enough to save us a few boxes. That was supposed to include hash browns and crepes, but those were conspicuously missing by the time they got back.
You can find this Mazapan breakfast menu at each of the Loaded Cafe locations throughout Southern California.
French toast is most usually served as a sweet option, by dusting icing sugar on it and adding fresh strawberries. But there are lots of savory toppings for French toast that make this dish perfect even for a weeknight dinner.
French toast – called pain perdu in French – is a classic breakfast most people usually serve with a sweet topping, like jam, maple syrup, honey, or a combo of cream cheese and fresh fruit. But since I’m a ‘savory & salty breakfast person’, I’ve tried to find alternatives to all the sweet things you can put on top of French toast. I’ve found out that it actually lends itself really well to savory flavors.
Just give me a coffee and some French toast topped with any of the ingredients below every morning, and I’m a happy person, ready to start the day with a huge smile on my face.
But first, you should learn how to make French toast, and here we share our recipe with you. Then, we’ll give you a great list of savory toppings for French toast.
Savory toppings for French toast
If you want to alternate between the sweet breakfasts with something salty, you should try a few savory toppings for French toast. They’re also a good idea for an evening you don’t have time to prepare a more complicated dinner.
1. Salt and pepper
In fact, French toast doesn’t need any extravagant toppings to be tasty. Salt and pepper on their own, added to the whisked eggs, are usually enough to make a tasty and nourishing dish. But try to add chopped green onion and cilantro into the eggs before frying the toast. When ready, you can serve the French toast with sriracha sauce.
2. Herbed butter
Herbed butter is compound butter made with herbs. Try rosemary, basil, thyme, sage, tarragon, dill, parsley, cilantro, or marjoram, but make sure you choose fresh herbs, because they have a strong flavor that melts into the butter. Herbed butters are great savory toppings, but you can also enrich them with other ingredients.
For example, you can mix unsalted butter with finely chopped sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, and fresh or powdered garlic. Mix all ingredients together until combined, then spread the butter on the French toast.
3. French toast with seeds
We think French toast is one of the first recipes a child can make on their own. Also, it tastes like childhood. Make this French toast with plenty of mixed seeds, sumac, and grated parmesan anytime you want to remember how it was like to be a kid.
4. Fried bacon and cream cheese
You can fry the bacon in a skillet or bake it in the oven, your choice. After you fry the French toast, add some cherry tomatoes to the same skillet and roast them so that they char and soften a little. Serve them all together.
5. Different types of cheese or yogurt
In my opinion, cheese makes anything it touches so much better. When I think of savory toppings for French toast, the first thing that comes to my mind is cheese, because I love it! You can choose feta cheese, parmesan, mozzarella or any other cheese.
For example, mix mustard powder, garlic and a bit of hot sauce into the beaten eggs, then coat the toast with this mixture and grated parmesan. Make this incredibly simple dish for breakfast, brunch, or dinner.
A quicker cheese version is to make classic French toast and just sprinkle crumbled feta cheese and fresh thyme on it, or just yogurt. Done!
6. Avocado and parmesan
First, make a parmesan crust for your French toast. To do that, sprinkle grated parmesan on the bread slices coated in egg mixture, then fry them. The salty French toast is perfectly balanced if you serve it with really ripe sliced avocado and green onion. You could also sprinkle some salt and chili powder on them, for a little bonus savory flavor!
7. French toast sandwich with mozzarella and spinach
This recipe is a little more complicated, but it’s worth your effort! It looks like a sandwichbut it is French toast with mozzarella and baby spinach in the middle. If you like melted cheese, this one is for you!
In the fall season, you can find different types of mushrooms. Choose your favorite one, cook them and serve them as a savory topping for French toast. All you have to do is heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat, then cook together garlic, mushrooms and tomatoes for 5 minutes or until the mushrooms have softened. Serve them warm on French toast. Want some sour cream? Add some!
9. Eggs and green onion
Yes, we know French toast already has eggs. But that won’t be enough for an egg lover! French toast is great if you top it with sunny-side-up eggs! Sprinkle sea salt, freshly ground pepper, and chopped green onion! That’s perfection!
10. Smoked salmon
If you want your French toast to be spectacular for a late brunch, spread it with cream cheese and top it with smoked salmon! You can add avocado, red onion slices, and a baby spinach or arugula salad on the side, and you’ll see how beautiful a day can begin! Especially if you do this during the weekend!
McDonald’s has just made its first change to its morning time breads since 2003, when McGriddles first came out. This time, they’re utilizing French toast as the canvas to the griddled meats, eggs, and cheese piled inside of their breakfast sandwiches.
Photo courtesy of McDonald’s
The new French Toast McGriddles are being used to create McDonald’s version of an all-in-one breakfast sandwich. Called the McGriddles French Toast Breakfast Sandwich, bacon and sausage are piled inside with American cheese and a fried egg. The bread itself is brioche, so you’re getting richness with a hit of cinnamon and vanilla from that as well.
For now, you need to be in Minnesota to get it, as 200 locations there are testing out the sandwich right now. If it does prove to be a success and roll out nationwide, though, it’ll be the biggest breakfast sandwich McDonald’s currently has on its morning meal lineup.
Hawaiian Foods Week is here, meaning that around the country, restaurants will be gearing up and adding a ton of aloha to some island-inspired favorites. San Diego-based breakfast favorite, Broken Yolk Café will be doing just that, by offering a wide array of breakfast and lunch items that cater to the Hawaiian palate.
Broken Yolk is teaming up with King’s Hawaiian for the weeklong celebration, utilizing the cult-favorite sweet bread in a variety of savory and decadent meals.
The headliner dish of Broken Yolk’s special menu is Tiki Toast. This island spin on French Toast is made with three extra thick slices of King’s Hawaiian sweet bread rounds, topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, shredded coconut, caramel drizzle and powdered sugar.
Other items Broken Yolk will have available are as follows:
Coconut Crusted French Toast: Three slices of King’s Hawaiian bread rolled in shredded coconut and drizzled with a sweet milk glaze.
The Aloha Veggie Burger: A Beyond Burger patty with grilled pineapple, lettuce, tomato, onions, and mayo. Topped with King’s Hawaiian Original Sweet Pineapple BBQ Sauce. Served on a King’s Hawaiian bun with your choice of fries or rings.
Luau Pulled Pork Slider: Pulled pork topped with King’s Hawaiian Smoked Bacon BBQ sauce, cole slaw, and tangy pineapple relish. Served on King’s Hawaiian slider buns and your choice of fries or onion rings.
And a Pineapple Coconut Mimosa to wash everything down.
Broken Yolk’s menu showcases the versatility of King’s Hawaiian breads with some creative island twists on diner classics. You’re gonna want to sample them all to get the most out of Hawaiian Foods Week.
The Broken Yolk x King’s Hawaiian special menu will be available June 1-July 31 at all of the chain’s nationwide locations.
Taco Bell has been getting really creative when it comes to flipping different iterations of the taco shell. They’ve been taking anything imaginable that’s not a tortilla and using it to their advantage. We’ve already seen waffles, fried chicken, and even eggs used in the past. This time around, The Bell is innovating taco shells around a different breakfast classic: French toast.
Photo courtesy of Taco Bell
The new French Toast Chalupa is a blend of the sweet and savory sides of breakfast that Taco Bell hasn’t pushed since the days of the Waffle Taco. The two are in the same vernacular, with scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, and syrup on the side for drizzling or dunking. However, the French toast version of this flavor-blending breakfast taco is lacking one thing its predecessor had: cheese.
It’s strange that Taco Bell would choose to leave cheese off of this new item. That oozy, savory flavor is what makes something like the Sausage, Egg, and Cheese McGriddle craveworthy. Maybe the cinnamon notes coming off the French toast just don’t fly with the cheese? We’ll just have to trust TB on that call, I guess.
The French Toast Chalupa is currently undergoing testing in Dayton, Ohio, where it’s selling for $2.49.
Breakfast is the best meal of the day, which is why it shouldn’t be overlooked once the clock passes noon. Whether it’s eggs and bacon or cereal, there are no limitations for when you should indulge in your morning favorites, and you’ll be happy to know an overwhelming portion of the population agrees.
For all you cereal fans out there, Kellogg’s has dreamed up the perfect dinner situation with you in mind.
The Los Angeles-based cafe Sqirl and Kellogg’s have teamed up to bring you “Breakfast For Dinner,” a unique, limited-time, breakfast-themed pop-up featuring innovative sweet, savory and delicious cereal-infused dishes that are sure to please any breakfast-lover.
Beginning Thursday, September 21 through Saturday, September 23, Sqirl is showing off its love for brinner, and you should too. Here’s a little sneak peak of some of the special items being offered.
Mark your calendars and bring your appetite, because no one wants to miss Breakfast For Dinner.
1. Froot Loops French Toast
This is Sqirl’s famed French toast, made with Froot Loops-steeped custard, topped with Froot Loops steeped creme fraiche, and finished with “Plum Jam” and Fruit Loops Streusel.
This cornucopia of flavors will transport you back to the days of your childhood as you embark on a journey of familiar sugary sweetness. The soft, buttery texture of the French Toast is elevated by the crispiness of Froot Loops.
2. Krispies Egg
Who doesn’t love sausage and eggs for breakfast? This Krispies Scotch Egg is an egg wrapped in Sqirl’s house pork sausage and breaded in Rice Krispies before frying.
A new way of presenting a “Scotch Egg,” it’s served with a market salad tossed with radish, shallot and Rice Krispies to keep the theme going. 3. Special K Tonkatsu Breakfast Bowl
Kokuho Rose Brown Rice, Special Kcereal crusted and fried pork cutlet, tonkatsu sauce, pickles, sesame seed soft egg. A cross between southern fried steak and eggs, this savory pork cutlet, and soft-boiled egg find a perfect balance between the crispiness of Special K cereal.
4. Matcha Rice Krispies Treats with Smoked Strawberries
These are Rice Krispies with homemade fluff, green tea powder and smoked strawberries. If you’ve ever enjoyed adding fruit to your cereal, this soft and chewy treat is a must-try. Imagine a strawberry-infused Rice Krispies Treat, but with a twist.
5. Kellogg’s Cereal-Infused Sqirl Jam
What’s breakfast without toast and jam? For those that love to spread their jam on thick, this Sqirl and Kellogg’s cereal and fruit-infused jam was made specially for you.
Featuring peach and Frosted Flakes, and Plum and Raisin Bran, these sweet and fruity spreads create the perfect dichotomy between the familiar cereals of childhood, paired with the maturity of elegant fruit flavors.
Be careful, you might not want to share these limited time offerings. And if you can’t make it, why not experiment with creating these Kellogg’s treats in your own kitchen? Deliciousness knows no bounds.
French Toast and donut dishes over at IHOP have done some stretches and performed the beloved fusion dance first seen on Dragon Ball Z to create a new, more majestic, form this summer.
The International House of Pancakes has added three new hybrid items they’re calling French Toasted Donuts.
IHOP’s three new entries are the Bacon & Maple French Toasted Donut, Strawberries & Cream French Toasted Donut, and Apple Fritter French Toasted Donut. Man, that Bacon & Maple donut looks so meaty we probably won’t have to order our usual side of bacon.
Patrons with a throbbing sweet tooth may want to note that the new French Toasted Donuts will be available now through September 24 at participating IHOP locations nationwide. That leaves a little under two months to get your fix.