Baileys French Toast

Baileys French Toast

The Spruce / Leah Maroney

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 3 servings
Yields: 6 slices

Baileys French toast is made of fluffy, sweet challah bread soaked in a Baileys-infused egg wash and topped with a decadent chocolate and Baileys sauce. It’s easy to make, and the Irish cream offers so much flavor that you barely need to add any other ingredients. 

Challah or brioche bread works best for this recipe since they are thick, rich, and already have great flavor. However, you can use another bread of your choice. Thinner, less sturdy bread will need less time soaking in the egg wash and will have a shorter cooking time. 

This French toast can be served any time of the year. It’s great for Christmas morning or St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s also delicious on a weekend or served for a springtime brunch. It can easily be doubled or tripled for larger groups and you can turn it into an overnight French toast bake. 

Ingredients

  • For the French Toast:
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-6 thick slices challah bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • For the Chocolate Sauce:
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons Baileys Irish Cream
  • For Serving:
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Fresh strawberries (optional)

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this French toast is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Make the Challah French Toast

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Bailey's French toast ingredients

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  2. Whisk the eggs in a shallow bowl until the whites and yolks are completely incorporated.

    Whisked eggs in a shallow container

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  3. Add in the milk, sugar, Baileys, and vanilla extract to the eggs and whisk again.

    Egg batter whisked together in a ceramic dish

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  4. Soak each slice of bread in the egg mixture, making sure to coat both sides. Soak for a minute or so, longer if the bread is extra thick, and less time if you are using a thinner bread.

    bread soaking in egg wash

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  5. Heat a skillet with a tablespoon of the butter on medium-low heat. Cook the French toast for 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and heated through.

    cooked French toast in the pan

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  6. Keep the finished French toast warm in a 200 F oven if you wish. Cook the remaining french toast using the remaining butter. While the french toast is cooking, gather your ingredients for the chocolate sauce.

Make the Chocolate Sauce

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    chocolate sauce ingredients

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  2. Add the chocolate chips, heavy cream, and Baileys to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high for 30 seconds, stir, and then heat again in 15-second increments until the mixture is completely melted.

    chocolate sauce in a bowl with a spoon

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  3. Drizzle the French toast with the chocolate sauce and top with whipped cream and strawberries if you wish. Serve immediately.

    Baileys French Toast with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and strawberries

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Recipe Variations

You can also make Baileys French toast as an overnight French toast bake:

  • Cut the bread into cubes. 
  • Place cubes in a buttered casserole. Pour the egg mixture over the top. 
  • Cover and refrigerate until the next morning or bake right away.
  • Bake at 375 F for 25 to 40 minutes (use the longer cook time if you refrigerated overnight).