These Ciabatta French toast are delicious French toast made with Italian Ciabatta bread slices. They are crispy and slightly sweet with a delicious cinnamon buttery flavor, perfect for a weekend breakfast.
As European people, we love to eat ciabatta bread, sourdough bread loaf, and yeasty bread.
However, bread doesn’t last forever and hardens after a few days.
The good news is that you can use leftover ciabatta bread to make French toasts! Let me tell you how.
How To Make French Toasts With Ciabatta Bread
It’s super easy to make ciabatta bread French toast.
All you need are:
- Ciabatta Bread Loaf or mini ciabatta bread rolls – below, I will explain how to prepare the bread just in case you crave French toast and your ciabatta bread is fresh, not hard.
- Large Eggs
- Milk of Choice – can be any milk from soy milk, almond milk, to regular milk.
- Sugar or Coconut Sugar for a healthy swap
- Vanilla Extract
Preparing The Bread
The trick to making the best fresh toast is to use old bread sitting on your kitchen counter for 3-4 days. In fact, the bread is harder after a few days, and it won’t soak up too much of the egg mixture and get too soft.
However, if your bread is fresh, you can still make good crispy French toasts.
To do so, cut the ciabatta bread into thick slices of about 3/4 – to 1 inch. Then, place the slices onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
If your bread is already crispy and hard, skip the following step.
Prebaking Soft Bread
Bake your soft bread for 10 minutes at 350°F (180°C), flipping the bread slices halfway. You want the bread slices to be hard and crispy.
Cool them down on a wire rack.
Making The Egg Batter
Now, in a shallow bowl that fits the length of your bread slice, beat the egg, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla together.
Dip each bread slice into the egg mixture, a few seconds on both sides, to just cover the sides.
Wait for a few seconds above the bowl to let the excess batter run back to the bowl, and place the prepared bread slices on a large plate.
Now, warm a non-stick frying pan with coconut oil or butter. When the oil is hot and melted, add the pieces of ciabatta bread to the pan and fry for 2-3 minutes on one side until crispy on the edges.
Now flip the bread slices and keep frying for one minute.
Add more butter or coconut oil as you go to make sure the bread is fried and egg cooked evenly. The French toasts are ready when golden brown and crispy.
French Toasts In The Air Fryer
If you want to skip the oil, use an air fryer for cooking your French toasts.
I recommend covering the air fryer basket with a piece of parchment paper before placing the bread slices on top of it.
This prevents the egg mixture from running down into the air fryer cavity – that’s less cleaning for later!
Put the toasts in the Air fryer at 350°F (180°C) for 4 minutes, then flip the bread in the air fry for 2 more minutes.
When the egg mixture is set around the bread, pull out the piece of parchment paper and air fry for an extra 4-5 minutes until the bread is ultra crispy.
Place two or three slices of ciabatta bread French toasts on a plate and serve warm with some of the toppings below:
Drizzle of liquid sweetener – we love maple syrup or coconut nectar, but honey, and agave are options:
- Fresh Berries like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries
- A Dollop of Butter
- Almond Butter
- Peanut Butter
- Powdered Sugar
You can store leftover cooked French toast in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
To rewarm French toast, warm a frying pan on medium heat, with no oil. Place the slices of bread and cook on both sides for a few minutes until crispy and warm again.
Another option to rewarm the French toasts is to place the slices in a sandwich press or bread toaster.
Have you made these French Toasts with ciabatta bread? Share a comment or review below!
Ciabatta French Toasts
- 6 slices Ciabatta Bread hard, a few days old, thick-cut to 3/4"
- 2 large Eggs
- ¼ cup Milk you can use dairy-free milk, like almond milk , soy milk, or coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- ¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Vanilla
- 3 teaspoons Coconut Oil or butter
- Cut your ciabatta bread loaf or mini ciabatta rolls into thick slices of about 3/4 inches to 1 inch.
- If your bread is fresh and not firm, bake the slices of ciabatta bread at 350°F (180°C) for 10 minutes on a baking sheet. Flip halfway and cool down on a wire rack before using in the recipe.
- In a shallow bowl, whisk egg, cinnamon, sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.
- Dip each side of the bread slices for a few seconds into the egg mixture. Wait for a few seconds above the bowl to let the excess egg run back to the bowl. Place the prepared bread slices onto a plate.
- Warm the coconut oil or butter in a frying pan. When hot, fry bread slices for 2-3 minutes on one side, then flip on the other side. Add more coconut oil if no more is left in the pan. Repeat these steps until all the French toasts are cooked.
- Serve immediately with a drizzle of maple syrup and fresh berries.