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Instant Pot French Toast

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Easy and delicious, this homemade Instant Pot French toast is a great twist on the brunch classic. Made with just seven ingredients, it's ready in 20 minutes with all the sweet flavor you crave.
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  1. Instant Pot French Toast Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Instant Pot French Toast
  3. How to Serve
  4. Storage
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This quick and delicious Instant Pot French toast is a perfect breakfast or brunch option that takes only seven ingredients and is ready in less than an hour. The sweet flavor of the custard-soaked bread is rich and irresistible with a delightful hint of cinnamon, making this dish everyone’s favorite. 

Check out our easy recipes for oven-baked french toast casserole and French toast roll-ups as well. 

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Instant Pot French Toast Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 4 cups of French bread, cut into bite-size pieces and dried overnight
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

PRO TIP:

French toast is definitely best when made with drier, stale bread. Make sure you are using day-old bread for this recipe.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

NUTS: You can also add pecans or walnuts to this baked French toast dish if you’d like.

ORANGES: Add orange zest to the batter for a delicious, irresistible flavor.

RAISINS: Now, I’ll be honest, I don’t personally love raisins BUT some folks do and this is definitely a recipe you can add them to! 

BREAD: We like using French bread but some folks love sourdough, brioche, or challah bread, so those are some options if you’d like to try them as well. 

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How to Make This Instant Pot French Toast

STEP ONE: To prepare the bread, cut the loaf into slices and then cut slices of bread into bite-size pieces. You can leave the bread pieces out on the counter on a baking sheet the night before making this dish. To make it faster, you can also place the bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake at 325°F for 20 to 25 minutes.

STEP TWO: Select an ovenproof dish that fits inside your Instant Pot. Spray the sides and bottom of the pan with nonstick baking spray. You can use parchment paper at the bottom too for easy release.

PRO TIP:

You can use the special pan made for Instant Pot if you have it or you can use another similar-sized pan. 

STEP THREE: In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and then add the milk, vanilla, regular sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Instant Pot French Toast process shot of ingredients in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Add the dried bread pieces and push them down gently so that all the bread pieces are covered with the egg mixture. Let them soak for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure every piece of bread gets into the mixture.

Instant Pot French Toast process shot of dried bread pieces being soaked with the mixture

STEP FIVE: Pour the mixture into your prepared dish. Cover the dish really well with foil.

PRO TIP:

I put a piece over the top and then also placed the dish on a piece of foil and brought the edges up around it. This helps seal out the moisture while it is steaming.

Instant Pot French Toast process shot of mixture placed into a dish then covered with foil

STEP SIX: Place your trivet that came with the Instant Pot in the bottom of the pot and pour 1 cup of water into the pot. 

Instant Pot French Toast process shot of trivet placed into the instant pot and water poured into the bottom of the pot

STEP SEVEN: Place your baking dish on top of the trivet.

Instant Pot French Toast process hot of baking dish placed on top of the trivet

STEP EIGHT: Place the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the vent is turned to “seal”. Set manual and pressure to high for 40 minutes.

Instant Pot French Toast process shot of French toast being cooked in the instant pot

STEP NINE: When the timer goes off cover the vent with a towel and quick release the steam.

STEP TEN: Remove the dish carefully as it will be hot and remove the foil from the dish draining off any excess moisture on the foil.

Instant Pot French Toast process shot of foil removed rom the dish

STEP ELEVEN: Let the dish sit for 10 minutes before serving.

How to Serve

Our family loves melted butter and maple syrup poured on top of this breakfast casserole. You could use a fruit sauce topping or fruit-based syrup for this instead. We also love it when I melt creamy peanut butter, or Nutella and drizzle it on top! Fresh dollops of whipped cream are another favorite.

Fresh fruit like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, or bananas are a great choice on top. Sprinkle chocolate chips across the top before serving, or melt them in the microwave and drizzle over the top. A dash of powdered sugar is a classic topping that is also delicious on this Instant Pot French toast.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days and then reheated in the oven or in the microwave. 

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French bread is soaked in a classic sweetened egg custard and baked for this delicious Instant Pot French toast casserole recipe. A tasty spin on the classic brunch staple, you’ll love how simple and easy it is in the Instant Pot!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the best type of bread to use in this recipe?

Any day-old bread will work. We like to use French bread but sourdough, Italian or challah bread works well too. Sometimes, I like to use stale croissants in my French toast too.

Can I use dairy-free milk in this recipe?

This French toast recipe will work fine with any milk including almond milk, oat milk, or soy milk.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

You can prep the pan with the bread and egg mixture and store it in the fridge overnight. Pop it in the oven once you are ready to bake it the next day.

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Instant Pot French Toast

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Easy and delicious, this homemade Instant Pot French toast is a great twist on the brunch classic. Made with just seven ingredients, it’s ready in 20 minutes with all the sweet flavor you crave.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups French bread cut into bite-size pieces and dried overnight
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • To prepare the bread cut the loaf into slices and then cut into bite-size pieces and let it dry overnight on a cookie sheet or pan.
  • Select an ovenproof dish that fits inside your Instant Pot. Spray the bottom and sides of the dish with nonstick baking spray. You can use parchment paper in the bottom too for easy release.
  • In a large bowl whisk the eggs and then add the milk, vanilla, regular sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  • Add the dried bread pieces and push them down gently so that all the bread pieces are covered with the liquid. Let them soak for about 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally to make sure every piece of bread gets into the milk mixture.
  • Dump the mixture into your prepared dish. Cover the dish really well with foil.
  • Place your trivet that came with the Instant Pot in the bottom of the pot and pour 1 cup of water into the pot.
  • Place your baking dish on top of the trivet.
  • Place the lid on the instant pot and make sure the vent is turned to “seal”. Set manual and pressure to high for 40 minutes.
  • When the timer goes off cover the vent with a towel and quick release the steam.
  • Remove the dish carefully as it will be hot and remove the foil from the dish draining off any excess moisture on the foil.
  • Let the dish sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

TIP: French toast is definitely best when made with drier, stale bread. Make sure you are using day-old bread for this recipe.
TIP: You can use the special pan made for Instant Pot if you have it or you can use another similar-sized pan. 
TIP: I put a piece over the top and then also placed the dish on a piece of foil and brought the edges up around it. This helps seal out the moisture while it is steaming.

Nutrition

Sodium: 157mg | Calcium: 70mg | Vitamin A: 168IU | Sugar: 19g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 110mg | Cholesterol: 85mg | Calories: 182kcal | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 3g | Protein: 6g | Carbohydrates: 32g | Iron: 1mg
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