Donut French Toast

Donut French Toast: repurposing stale leftover donuts into a delicious breakfast recipe by soaking donuts in a custard mixture and griddling them on the stove!

Yup, you read that right – Donut French Toast! And yes, it’s absolutely as glorious as it sounds.

I promised myself I would only have a couple of slices, but ended up eating way more than I meant to. 

This is the perfect way to use up any leftover donuts, so much better than just throwing them away!

Donuts griddled to perfection with cinnamon, powdered sugar and maple syrup? Oh happy day!

I made a quick run to the grocery store Saturday morning for some bacon and eggs for breakfast and everything else we needed for the week.

I tried really heard and only got the things on my list…until I made it to the checkout line.

I fell hard for all the fresh Krispy Kreme donuts lined up ready to be taken home. They were fresh, warm and smelled so good!

I quickly shoved a box into my shopping cart and ate one on the drive home.

And then I shared another one with the girls when I made it home. You guys….I have zero self control when donuts are nearby. 

The next morning I woke up and found the box of donuts on the counter. Stale. 

I almost made my favorite Donut Bread Pudding with Buttery Rum Sauce, but then Jorge gave me the idea to use them to make french toast.

He said we always use stale bread to make french toast, why not use stale donuts? That man is brilliant I tell you! 

I sliced them in half so they could soak up the custard mixture and started cooking.

I then topped them with a little extra cinnamon, a dash of powdered sugar and a healthy dose of good maple syrup.

We seriously devoured every single slice of these Donut French Toasts. There wasn’t a bite left! 

So the next time you find yourself with some stale donuts on hand, you have to try out this Donut French Toast!

It’s definitely different than the Cuban Bread French Toast we usually make, but I really like switching it up.

Plus, I love having a way to use up the leftovers from another meal. I hate throwing away food! 

I hope you enjoy this Donut French Toast as much as we all do!

Donut French Toast Recipe

Yield: 16 slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Donut French Toast: repurposing stale leftover donuts into a delicious breakfast recipe by soaking donuts in a custard mixture and griddling them on the stove!

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup half-and-half
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 stale donuts, sliced in half
  • powdered sugar and maple syrup for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt.
  2. Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large nonstick skillet.
  3. Quickly dip donut halves into mixture (do not let soak like traditional french toast – donuts soak up the custard mixture crazy fast), and then place in skillet.
  4. Cook a couple slices at a time and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Repeat with all donut slices.
  5. Serve immediately with powdered sugar and/or maple syrup.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 slices Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 24mg Sodium: 80mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 11g Protein: 2g

Donut French Toast Recipe

Yield: 16 slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Donut French Toast: repurposing stale leftover donuts into a delicious breakfast recipe by soaking donuts in a custard mixture and griddling them on the stove!

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup half-and-half
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 stale donuts, sliced in half
  • powdered sugar and maple syrup for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt.
  2. Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large nonstick skillet.
  3. Quickly dip donut halves into mixture (do not let soak like traditional french toast – donuts soak up the custard mixture crazy fast), and then place in skillet.
  4. Cook a couple slices at a time and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Repeat with all donut slices.
  5. Serve immediately with powdered sugar and/or maple syrup.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 slices Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 24mg Sodium: 80mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 11g Protein: 2g