French toast is a real combination of savory and sweet. It’s all the best parts of a pancake, an omelet, and toast all in one tasty dish. Cracker barrel French toast is one of those genuinely American style breakfasts and can be served in several ways. Today we are going to show you how to make Cracker Barrel French toast at home. We’ll also show you some tips and tricks to ensure that you get the perfect result every time.
How To Make Cracker Barrel French Toast
If you are a regular reader, you’ll know that we much prefer simple recipes. Well, they don’t come more straightforward than this. You’ll be able to make Cracker Barrel French toast using standard store cupboard ingredients.
The distinctive taste of Cracker Barrel French toast actually comes from its main ingredient. We are, of course, talking about the bread. You’ll notice that this recipe uses sourdough bread. Sourdough bread is naturally leavened using a ‘starter’. This is where the ‘sour’ flavor comes from. The starter is made by mixing flour and water. Gradually over time, the natural sugars in the flour begin to ferment. This produces carbon dioxide that causes bread dough to rise.
Sourdough bakers are obsessive about their starters. Different flours and fermentation produce different flavors. For us, that is just a little too much hassle. When we make our homemade Cracker Barrel French toast recipe, we only use store-bought sourdough bread.
To make this recipe, you’ll need a skillet and a large bowl. That’s it! See, we told you that it was simple!
Making homemade Cracker Barrel French toast is easy. It makes the perfect ‘canvas’ to serve with other breakfast favorites. Let’s talk toppings. Our favorite is to top our French toast with a big blob of whipped cream and piles of candied bacon. However, you can use practically anything. Whipped cream and Blueberries? A few slices of strawberry and banana? Maybe just a thick lashing of maple syrup? The choice is yours.
Before we dive into the recipe, we want you to get a perfect result every time. Why not take a look at some of our tips and tricks below. We offer lots of practical advice and even suggest some alternatives if you are running low on a few ingredients.
Tips and Tricks
- As we’ve said, sourdough forms the basis of this recipe. But it isn’t a deal-breaker. If you don’t have any sourdough bread, ordinary bread will work just as well. The only difference will be that you won’t get the slight ‘tang’ like you would with sourdough bread. Some people don’t actually like the ‘tang’.
- We use sugar to sweeten the recipe. If you are trying to count calories or reduce your sugar intake, a sweetener such as stevia or another alternative can be used.
- One of the main keys to this recipe is making sure that your pan is hot enough. We don’t want the French toast to be soggy. Use medium to high heat and make sure your pan is up to temperature before cooking.
- If you are cooking for a crowd, then making French toast can get a little messy. The key is to be organized. Make a mini production line that looks something like this… Bowl, pan, plate. Work methodically and cook the French toast in batches.
- Here’s a secret tip. For your egg mixture, use the biggest bowl that you can get your hands on. The larger the bowl, the easier it will be to dip and flip your French toast.
- Don’t be tempted to leave several pieces of bread submerged in the egg mixture. A quick dip is fine. A long soak is not. Your French toast will end up soggy and may even break apart if you leave it in the mixture too long.
- This recipe is adaptable. It will make 8 slices of Cracker Barrel French toast. If you need to make more, simply double the ingredients. Likewise, if you need to make less, then you can halve the ingredients.
Cracker Barrel French toast is one of those recipes that looks ‘classy’ but is actually really simple. The dish is delicious on its own, but don’t be afraid to experiment with different toppings. What is your favorite French toast accompaniment? Let us know in the comments below.