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They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and while we happen to believe that every meal is the most important of the day, we truly love a good breakfast. That’s why we thought up this Espresso French Toast recipe inspired by OXO’s 8-Cup Coffee Maker. This recipe is super simple to make—perfect for mornings when you’re preparing to take care of lots of other stuff during your day—as it’s essentially just French toast with coffee in the batter.
We used the OXO 8-Cup Coffee Maker to make this Espresso French Toast and we have to say that we genuinely LOVE this coffee maker. We are so excited to have it as a staple in our kitchen. Not only can you use it to brew anywhere from a single serving of coffee to a full 8-cup carafe but we also find it brings out the best in our beans. Ya know how everyone loves those rain/waterfall showerheads? There’s a small one of those IN the OXO 8-Cup Coffee Maker that makes sure all your grounds are evenly saturated and that just means better tasting coffee. Plus it’s easy to use and easy to clean. Nothing not to love.
Keep in mind that we called this recipe Espresso French Toast and not Coffee French Toast because we used espresso beans to make it. While you can use regular coffee beans, the espresso beans give the batter a stronger flavor so it doesn’t end up tasting just like regular French toast. And when it comes to choosing your bread, a loaf like brioche that you can slice into 1” thick pieces yourself is a great pick. Regular sliced loaves work fine too—just be sure to avoid any sour loaves like sourdough as the flavors don’t fit together great.
Now get ready to start your day with some serious espresso vibes, both on your plate and in your cup.
- Strong Coffee: we highly recommend espresso beans for this recipe, but you can use regular coffee if you need to—it just lends a subtler flavor.
- Heavy Cream
- Vanilla Extract
- Bread: A brioche loaf is our top choice or another bread you can slice into 1” thick pieces. Regular sliced loaves will work too though! Avoid sour loaves like sourdough. The coffee is already acidic enough and adding a sour flavor is not a great combo.
- Maple Syrup
Whisk Mixing Bowl OXO 8-Cup Coffee Maker Skillet
Start by brewing up some coffee in your OXO 8-Cup Coffee Maker. Add 6 cups Water and 90 grams Ground Espresso (remember, espresso beans are better than coffee beans here) to the coffee maker. Slide to the option to make 6-8 cups and hit brew. It’s that simple!
We recommend brewing this much coffee (even though less is called for in the French Toast batter) so you can enjoy a couple of cups alongside your French toast when it’s ready. The carafe on this OXO coffee maker keeps your coffee SUPER warm, so don’t worry about brewing it too early.
Now let’s make our coffee batter. In a medium bowl, add 2 Eggs, ½ cup Heavy Cream, 2/3 cup Brewed Coffee, 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract, and 1/8 teaspoon Salt. Whisk it all up until combined. You’ll see it’s come together when it looks smooth and takes on a color close to a latte or cappuccino.
Get your 8 slices of Bread ready because we’re about to cook some Espresso French Toast! Soak a slice in batter and add 1-2 tablespoons Butter to a (preferably cast iron) skillet. Once everything’s hot, cook your slice for about 1 minute on each side. That’s all it takes! Repeat with the 7 remaining slices.
This Espresso French Toast is ready to serve. Place your slices on a plate and serve with the remaining coffee from your OXO 8-Cup Coffee Maker. The OXO coffee maker keeps your coffee nice and hot so you’ll be ready for full breakfast mode when you’re done cooking. Top the Espresso French Toast with Butter and Maple Syrup and you’re ready to eat!
For another espresso-infused recipe, check out our Delicious Grilled Tri-Tip with California Avocado Relish. Or if you’ve tried this recipe and want another french toast idea, try our Summer French Toast with Lemon Tahini Syrup.
Espresso French Toast
This Espresso French Toast is made by brewing espresso beans in the OXO 8-Cup Coffee Maker and adding it to the batter for a next-level breakfast experience!
- 2 Eggs
- ⅔ C Strong Coffee We suggest brewing 90g espresso beans with 6 C water
- ½ C Heavy Cream
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- ⅛ tsp Salt
- 2-4 tbsp Butter
- 8 Bread Sliced 1” thick
- Maple Syrup for serving
Begin by brewing a strong pot of coffee in the OXO 8-Cup Coffee Maker. We suggest using 90 grams ground espresso beans with 6 cups water. This will leave you with extra coffee for drinking alongside your french toast!
Combine eggs, coffee, cream, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt in a bowl, whisk to combine.
Heat a large skillet over medium low heat. Transfer batter to a tray.
Place bread into batter and allow each side to soak up some batter.
Add a tablespoon or two of butter to the skillet and once it has melted begin to add the battered bread, take care not to overload the pan.
Cook each side for about a minute or until it has become nicely browned.
Transfer to a plate and serve right away, with maple syrup, extra butter, and a cup of fresh coffee.
If, you need to cook a larger amount in batches, heat your oven to 200℉, and place the finished pieces of toast on a tray in the oven to keep warm until all are ready.
Maria Leal says
My two favorite things in the world: coffee and breakfast food, thanks for sharing!