These French Toast Waffles are an easy and quick alternative to traditional waffles made with batter. Prepared with simple pantry ingredients, this recipe combines the richness of French toast with the crispiness of waffles to create the best of both worlds!
Optional garnishes: Maple or pancake syrup, freshly-sliced strawberries, powdered sugar, whipped topping
Heat waffle iron to a medium-high heat.
When hot, add 1 Tablespoon pats of butter until the waffle iron is well-greased.
While the waffle iron is heating, prepare the egg mixture in a medium-sized bowl by whisking together the milk, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, maple extract and salt.
With a slotted spoon or spatula, dip the bread slices in the milk mixture, one at a time. Completely immerse the bread and then raise it up and let the excess liquid drip off.
Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
Place the liquid coated bread on top of the hot, buttered waffle iron.
Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on the top portion of the bread before closing the lid of the waffle iron. (Don’t force the lid to shut completely, just place it down on the bread).
Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown. The cooking time depends on the individual waffle iron and may vary. The toast is done when golden brown and slightly crispy on the outside.
Serve with syrup, whipped topping, sliced strawberries, and powdered sugar, optional.
To Store: Store cooled French toast waffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
To Freeze: Place in a freezer bag or an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 2 months.
To Reheat: For a crispy textured waffle, reheat the waffles in a toaster; for a softer texture, reheat in a microwave.
Make sure your waffle iron is hot. When it comes to crispy edges, a hot waffle iron makes a huge difference.
The type and thickness of your bread will slightly change the final result of your waffles. If the slices of your bread are thinner than an inch, you may find that soaking it too long may turn your bread into mush. This can make it very difficult to get into the waffle iron.
This French toast waffle recipe is perfect for using up stale bread. The drier the better because it will be able to soak up more liquid.