Saint Paddy’s Day Leftovers: Drunken Irish Soda Bread French Toast

Who’s left with some Saint Paddy’s Day leftovers? I’ve got both hands raised. We all know what to do with the meat and cabbage, but what about all that leftover soda bread that we inevitably always have? You know, the one sitting around for day and days because we don’t have the heart to throw it out. The one that is usually hard as a rock by the time we muster up the courage to throw it out. Yup! That one. Well, I say, don’t waste it!!! Leftover soda bread is actually the perfect type of bread to make a delicious Drunken French Toast with. That’s right, I said “drunken”. No, you won’t get buzzed off of this recipe but, a little nip of whiskey in the custard definitely brings this french toast from ordinary to extraordinary.

You want to make sure that the soda bread you use isn’t the crumbly kind or else it won’t slice up nicely. As long as it can be cut evenly into slices using a serrated knife, you are good to go. And if you have the sweeter style, raisin studded bread, even better. Enjoy!

Drunken Irish Soda Bread French Toast

Serves 4


2 large eggs, beaten

3/4 cup cream/milk

1 ounce dark rum

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 small loaf of leftover raisin studded Irish soda bread, cut into 1/2-inch slices (about 8 slices total)

2-4 tablespoons unsalted butter

* maple syrup, for serving


1. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, milk/cream, rum, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Dip each slice of bread quickly into the custard mixture. Note: don’t leave it soaking too long or the bread might fall apart.

2. Melt half of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place a few slices into the pan and cook until brown on each side, about 2-3 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining butter and slices of bread. Serve warm drizzled with maple syrup. Enjoy!

Christina Stanley-Salerno is a mama, recipe developer, food stylist, photographer and blogger She loves cooking for and with her family. Life is hectic, but Christina is passionate about mealtime because she believes that family meals are the glue that holds everyone together. Creating simple, quick and healthy meals is her specialty and her trick to keeping the family meal a reality, even on busy weeknights.

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