Baileys à la French Toast

Background and History

Baileys à la French Toast is a delightful twist on the classic French toast, incorporating the rich and creamy flavor of Baileys Irish Cream. French toast, known as “pain perdu” (lost bread) in France, originated as a way to use stale bread by soaking it in a mixture of eggs and milk, then frying it to golden perfection. Baileys à la French Toast elevates this traditional dish by adding a luxurious, boozy touch, making it a perfect choice for a special breakfast or brunch.

The addition of Baileys Irish Cream, a popular liqueur made from Irish whiskey, cream, and cocoa, adds a rich and decadent flavor to the French toast. This fusion of flavors makes Baileys à la French Toast an indulgent treat that is sure to impress your guests.

Ingredients and Useful Facts


  • 4 slices of thick-cut bread (brioche or challah works best)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Maple syrup, for serving
  • Fresh berries, for garnish (optional)
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)

Useful Facts

  • Bread Choice: Thick-cut bread such as brioche or challah absorbs the custard mixture well and provides a rich, buttery flavor.
  • Baileys: The addition of Baileys Irish Cream gives the French toast a unique and indulgent taste, perfect for special occasions.
  • Garnishes: Fresh berries and a dusting of powdered sugar add a fresh and elegant touch to the dish.



  • 2 servings


  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time

  • Approximately 10 minutes


  • 4 slices of thick-cut bread (brioche or challah)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Maple syrup, for serving
  • Fresh berries, for garnish (optional)
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)


Prepare the Custard

In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, Baileys Irish Cream, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon until well combined.

Soak the Bread

Dip each slice of bread into the custard mixture, ensuring both sides are well-coated. Allow the bread to soak for about 20-30 seconds on each side.

Heat the Pan

Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat and add the butter. Allow the butter to melt and coat the pan.

Cook the French Toast

Place the soaked bread slices onto the skillet. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy.


Remove the French toast from the skillet and place it on a serving plate. Drizzle with maple syrup, garnish with fresh berries, and dust with powdered sugar if desired.


Serve immediately and enjoy the rich, creamy, and indulgent flavors of Baileys à la French Toast.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 420
  • Protein: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 180mg
  • Sodium: 350mg
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 20g


  • Bread Freshness: Using slightly stale bread works best as it absorbs the custard mixture more effectively.
  • Baileys Substitute: If you prefer a non-alcoholic version, you can substitute Baileys with Irish cream-flavored coffee creamer.
  • Cooking Tip: Ensure the pan is not too hot to avoid burning the French toast before it cooks through.

Allergy Warning

  • Dairy: This recipe contains dairy products (milk, Baileys Irish Cream, butter).
  • Eggs: This recipe contains eggs.
  • Gluten: This recipe contains gluten from the bread. Use gluten-free bread if you have a gluten intolerance.

Enjoy your delicious and indulgent Baileys à la French Toast!

What do the French call French toast?

In France, French toast is called “pain perdu,” which translates to “lost bread.” This name reflects the dish’s original purpose of using stale or leftover bread.

Where was French toast made?

French toast has a long history, with variations found in many cultures. The earliest known recipe dates back to ancient Rome. The French version, “pain perdu,” became popular in medieval Europe as a way to use up stale bread.

What is French toast called in London?

In London, French toast is commonly referred to as “eggy bread.” This term emphasizes the egg mixture used to coat the bread before frying.

How do you ask for French toast in French?

To ask for French toast in French, you would say, “Je voudrais du pain perdu, s’il vous plaît,” which means “I would like some French toast, please.”

How do you toast a girl in French?

To toast a girl in French, you might say, “À votre santé” (to your health) or “À toi” (to you) while raising your glass.

What is a fancy way of saying French toast?

A fancy way of saying French toast is “pain perdu.” This French term adds a touch of elegance to the dish.

What are the French cheers?

The French typically cheer with the phrase “À votre santé,” which means “to your health.” Another common toast is simply “Santé!”

What does French toast mean in English?

In English, French toast refers to bread that has been soaked in a mixture of beaten eggs and milk, then fried until golden brown.

Is French toast healthy?

French toast can be part of a balanced diet if made with whole grain bread and moderate amounts of sweeteners and toppings. However, it is often high in calories, sugar, and fat, so it should be enjoyed in moderation.

Is French toast eaten in France?

Yes, French toast is eaten in France, where it is known as “pain perdu.” It is often served as a dessert or a special breakfast treat.

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