Eggy Bread is a savoury childhood classic. And no it isn’t ‘french toast’! There is a difference! This is quick and easy comfort food at its very best. In 12 minutes you can make a savoury souffle’d treat to eat on its own or gussied up as part of a bigger snack. I especially love it topped with bacon and maple syrup!
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My Eggy Bread recipe is another of those classic egg dishes that I grew up with. It makes for a brilliant breakfast, quick supper or is great with loads of toppings for a cheeky brunch.
It takes about 12 minutes to make and dirties only one dish and one pan. That’s my kind of speedy dish. My biggest problem is not eating the whole thing before I’ve even sat down at the table. I have the same issue with toast, two slices is just never enough.
The Difference Between Eggy Bread and French Toast
I like to boil the issue down like this. Eggy Bread is savoury. French Toast is sweet.
Obviously the dishes are very similar and french toast can be made without anything sweet being added to the egg mix. But it is then generally served with syrup, fruit and/or whipped cream etc.
I would also be inclined to use another, sweeter bread like milk loaf or brioche to make French Toast whereas I would only tend to use a regular white sliced loaf for Eggy Bread.
I am not adverse to turning my Eggy Bread into a sweeter dish but I would usually do so alongside savoury elements. Think Eggy Bread with bacon, maybe a cheeky fried egg and drenched in maple syrup. Its the best of both worlds!
Both dishes likely evolved from the french dish called Pain Perdu. Pain Perdu is generally made with thick sliced french bread rather than the sandwich loaves favoured in the UK and USA.
How to Serve Eggy Bread
As with pretty much anything involving eggs, or indeed food, I am inclined to involve bacon. My current treat is to use two slices of eggy bread to make a bacon sandwich.
I do also sometimes blow all that I have said above out of the water and have it topped with bacon and maple syrup. If I’m feeling really off the charts, I’ll have a poached or fried egg too – for the runny yolk. You can never have enough eggs.
My Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole is essentially a large baked eggy bread with lots of extras and perfect to make in advance.
Make Eggy Bread into a Feast
I truly believe that you can make any dish into a proper feast! Whether thats a feast for one after work on a Tuesday, a casual feast for four on a Friday evening or a feast for 12 for a special occasion!
Or stacking up up with bacon and maple syrup like in my photos for something a little meatier. I’d even serve it with some cheeky Pigs in Blankets!
Don’t forget to head over to my Brunch Feast Collection pages to find all of my tips and tricks to help you host a fun and stress-free feast. Plus remember to check out my recipe index to create your own awesome Feast!
Ingredients for Eggy Bread
Any eggs will do. Fresher, older or somewhere in-between.
My preference is to use a sliced white sandwich bread. You can use a brown or granary bread in a pinch but the flavour will come through quite strongly after cooking.
Eggy Bread is a great way to use up stale bread. So as long as there is no mould happening, this is a fab way to avoid throwing out that forgotten loaf. Or even the crusts.
Any milk will do. Skimmed, full fat or plant-based. No milk? Use water instead.
As with most recipes with so few ingredients, there are not too many ways that you can vary the recipe apart from which bread you choose and what you serve it with.
To turn Eggy Bread into French Toast, simply add 1 tbsp of sugar or sweetener to the egg mix before soaking the bread.
I make my Eggy Bread with whole slices of bread. When I was younger, the bread was usually sliced into three large soldiers before dunking and frying. It can also be cute to use a cookie cutter to make pretty shapes out of the bread for kids or presentation. Just try to be mindful of bread wastage when choosing your shapes.
Make it Vegetarian
Providing you don’t use your Eggy Bread to make bacon sandwiches, this recipe is suitable for vegetarians.
Make it Vegan
It is possible to make Vegan Eggy Bread by substituting the eggs with a vegan egg substitute like Vegan Easy Egg. A plant based milk or water can be used in place of the regular milk.
Do also check the ingredients of the bread being used as many white loaves can contain milk powder etc.
Make it Allergy Friendly
This Eggy Bread recipe is nut, onion and garlic free.
Gluten Free: This is a great way to make some of the dodgier gluten free breads significantly more edible! Just be careful when flipping the slices as gf bread will be more inclined to fall apart.
Dairy Free: Substitute the milk for plant-based milk or water.
Egg Free: Use a vegan egg alternative instead of the normal eggs.
Please note that this recipe may contain other allergens not referred to above. For more information regarding any dietary information provided on this website, please refer to my Nutritional Disclaimer.
Equipment Notes for Eggy Bread
I like to use a dish large enough to soak both slices of bread side-by-side at the same time. This makes for maximum efficiency! My large lidded pyrex dish is the perfect size but any large dish will do.
For the same reason, I use the largest frying pan that I own to cook the eggy slices. This means that I can cook both slices at once and don’t have to keep moving them around. You could cook the slices one at a time in a smaller frying pan if you need to.
A fish slice spatula is ideal for flipping the slices when cooking. Mine has a head nearly the size of a slice of bread which helps to ensure that it doesn’t break up when turning it in the pan.
A comprehensive list of the equipment used to make this recipe is included in the main recipe card below. Click on any item to see an example. There are no hard and fast rules so many items can be sensibly substituted to achieve the same results.
I would not recommend soaking the bread in the egg mix too far in advance. The bread will start to break down quite quickly and turn into bready scrambled eggs in the pan.
You can however part cook the eggy bread then leave it in the fridge or freezer until you are ready to eat. Simply reheat in a frying pan and finish the cooking process.
It is likely that you can cook frozen eggy bread from frozen on a low heat but I have not actually tried this yet.
Leftover Eggy Bread
I generally err on the side of only cooking the amount of Eggy Bread that I’m going to immediately eat or serve so leftovers don’t tend to be an issue.
However you can treat any leftovers the same as you would if you were cooking in advance. Chill or freeze the eggy bread until you wish to reheat and eat.
Eggy Bread Tips
Lower and slower cooking is the key to a lovely souffled middle. Cooking too fast will leave the outside too crispy and the centre filled with raw egg.
Try not to move the slices around the pan too much. Leave it be and a lovely crust will form.
If making a large batch, sit any cooked slices on a plate in a very low oven while cooking the remaining batches.
Don’t forget to let me know in the comments if you try making this recipe – I want to know what you think and if you made any substitutions, how did it turn out?
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- 2 Eggs
- 4 tbsp Milk
- 1 tsp Sea Salt Flakes
- 2 Slices Thick White Sliced Bread
- Oil Spray
- Add 2 Eggs, 4 tbsp Milk and 1 tsp Sea Salt Flakes to a flat-bottomed dish. ideally the dish will be about the size of 2 slices of bread. A snug fit is good.
- Whisk until all the ingredients are well combined.
- Soak 2 Slices Thick White Sliced Bread in the egg mix.
- Turn the slices of bread over after 1 minute.
- The bread is ready to cook once all the liquid has been absorbed.
- Heat a large frying pan on a medium heat. Add a few sprays of Oil Spray to lightly coat the bottom of the pan.
- Carefully add the egg soaked bread to the pan and turn the heat down a little.
- Fry gently for 4 minutes until the underneath is golden brown. If it starts to get too brown too quickly, turn the heat down a little more.
- Carefully turn the slices over and continue to cook on the other side for a further 4 minutes.
- Remove from the pan once golden brown on the second side.
- Serve asap however you fancy. Or just eat them with your hands straight from the pan and realise you are going to need to make another batch!