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Bourbon French Toast with Spiced Maple Whipped Cream

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

You read it right! In my last post I mentioned that my husband and I are expecting a baby this spring, which also means that we aren't drinking our evening splash (or two) of bourbon. We are simple folk, and nothing beats a little Jim Beam over ice after a long day of work.

While I honestly don't miss drinking alcohol, I do occasionally miss the sweet and zingy caramel taste of a good tasting bourbon - not too sweet, and not too much bite. I started a mission to try out some new recipes with a hint of bourbon, and Bourbon french toast was born!

This recipe is written to use a full 12" loaf of Turntable Bakery braided bread (available at Missoula and Alberton Farmers Markets), cut into 1-inch slices. While this bread is the preferred bread for this recipe, any thickly-sliced french bread or challah-style bread will do.

Make it with the full 3 tablespoons of bourbon for a rich whiskey flavor, or just add 1-2 tablespoons for a more subtle taste that brings out the rich flavors of the bread and vanilla without overpowering your taste buds.

Spiced Maple Whipped Cream is the perfect compliment to the vanilla and bourbon flavors of the french toast - this simple combination is sure to wow your S/O, family, or brunch guests! (My husband and I had enough to munch on it for the rest of the day!)

Bourbon French Toast with Spiced Maple Whipped Cream

Makes 3-4 servings

Takes one hour, start to finish


For French Toast:

1 - 12" loaf Turntable Braided bread, French bread, or Challah, cut into 1" Slices

6 Eggs

1 cup Whole Milk

1 Tablespoon Cinnamon

2 teaspoons Vanilla

3 Tablespoons Bourbon of choice (I use Jim Beam)

For Maple Spiced Whipped Cream:

1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1 teaspoon Vanilla

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon*

1/2 teaspoon Ginger*

1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg*

1/4 teaspoon Cardamom*

1/4 c Maple Syrup

*Please note that you do not need to use all of these spices if you don't have them on hand. Just cinnamon or no spices at all works just fine for a delicious maple whipped cream, but the combination makes it all that much better


- Using a 9x13" or larger pan, lay out as many pieces of bread as will fit flat on the pan (Save the rest for the second round)

-In a mixing bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients listed for Bourbon french toast (eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, bourbon), mixing with a fork or hand whisk until well combined.

-Pour the entire mixture over the french toast slices in the 9x13" pan. Make sure to pour over each piece slowly.

-Turn the bread slices over so that they are completely soaked in the egg mixture and set aside to soak while you make the whipped cream.

-In a clean bowl, combine all ingredients for maple spiced whipped cream. Please note that you DO NOT have to have all of these spices to make this delicious - just the cinnamon or just the maple syrup and vanilla would work well, but this combination is incredible and I highly recommend it if you have all of the ingredients.

-Check on your french toast slices and flip them to continue soaking process.

-Using a hand mixer or stand mixer on high speed, whip mixture until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes.

-Set aside. Will refrigerate overnight.

-Heat skillet or griddle to medium heat. I prefer to cook thickly sliced french toast at a medium heat in order to ensure that it is cooked through to center.

-Once hot, grease surface with butter, allowing to melt completely. If butter is burning or "smoking," just turn your heat down.

-Place pieces of soaked bread on skillet, replacing them in the pan with fresh slices to soak while you cook the others.

-Cook them for five minutes on each side, or until dark brown.

-Keep warm in a 200F oven until ready to serve.

-Serve with butter, whipped cream, and a little extra maple syrup! Enjoy!

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