Irish Soda Bread French Toast

Irish Soda Bread French Toast

Irish Soda Bread French Toast is the perfect thing for St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. Made with Bailey’s Irish Cream, this french toast would be the best way to start your day of drunken festivities.

Erin Go Braugh!

Alright, mates, St. Patrick’s Day is this week and you know what that means?

Drunk Ass Bros, Italian Chicks Wearing Kiss Me I’m Irish Shirts, And Homicidal Leprechauns?


Don’t Take His Gold!

Well, your town is going to devolve into a drunken bar crawl so I say, “If you can’t beat em, join em!” Let’s start the day off with a boozy breakfast of Irish Soda Bread French Toast. There’s Bailey’s Irish cream in it!

Yeah, Bro! Let’s Go Braugh, Bro!

So we’re gonna start the day with french toast. The trick to good french toast is soaking the bread for a while so that the bread absorbs the egg throughout. If you do this with regular sandwich bread, it’s going to fall apart and keep that from happening, great french toast is usually made from a good, thick, dense bread; like challah. It also helps if the bread has lost some of it’s moisture and has gone a bit stale. Hey, did you know that in France, french toast is called pain perdu? It Literally translates to ‘lost bread’ and is called that because soaking it in eggs and milk is a great way to save that bread!

Anyway, what’s another thick, dense, bread? Irish Soda Bread!

What Even Is Irish Soda Bread? Is it Made With Coca Cola?

No! But it is made with soda! Bicarbonate of Soda! Or, as we here in the States call it, baking soda! Baking soda is used as a leavening agent to make the dough rise instead of yeast.

So, Where Can You Get Irish Soda Bread?

It’s seasonal and usually shows up in grocery stores and bakeries around St. Patty’s day. You could also try making it yourself. It’s not hard.

That’s What She Said!

Side note, that’s what she said jokes were created by men to boast about their sexual prowess and are only funny when you turn the misogyny on its head. For example: “It’s so tiny!” “That’s what she said” “Wow that was quick!” “That’s what she said” “It’s not hard.” “That’s what she said”

Anyway, back to bread. You can buy it at the store or you could make it yourself. Here are some recipes for Irish Soda Bread:

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Let’s start making some french toast! Slice the whole loaf into 3/4 inch thick slices and let the slices sit out overnight. Now, imagine it’s the next morning, you’re tired you’ve just poured some coffee. You’ve just read the latest ridiculous thing Donald Trump has done and you need a drink. Well, break out that Bailey’s and spike your coffee! Feeling better? Good!

Now that you’re a little buzzed, get a mixing bowl and crack 4 large eggs into and beat them. Then add the Bailey’s Irish Cream, light brown sugar, freshly ground cinnamon, and nutmeg and whisk some more. Pour the mixture into a 9 x 13 roasting pan and place the slices of bread in a single layer and let soak for 10 minutes. Flip the bread and soak the other side for 10 more minutes.

We’re about ready to get cooking. You either need a griddle, or a large heavy bottomed skillet. I prefer a cast iron skillet because it’s easiest to clean. Set your skillet over medium heat and preheat for about 5 minutes. Melt a tablespoon of butter in the pan and as many slices of toast as you can fit without over crowding. Cook for 3 minutes for 3 minutes on one side 2 minutes more on the other. Serve hot with fresh fruit, maple syrup, or honey.

Oh Crap!

Something just dawned on me. I should have added crumbled bacon on top. I guess I got mad F.O.M.B.


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This recipe requires a little something special. Here’s a list of what you will need:

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Irish Soda Bread French Toast

Irish Soda Bread French Toast With Bailey’s Irish Cream

French Toast Made with caky Irish Soda Bread and given a boozy twist with Bailey’s Irish Cream.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Matthew Cetta


  • 1 Loaf Irish Soda Bread
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 2 Teaspoons Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoons Freshly Grated Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Grated Nutmeg


  1. Slice the soda bread into 3/4 inch thick slices. Lay them out in a single layer and let them sit overnight.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk 4 large eggs. Add the Irish Cream, light brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and whisk some more. Pour the mixture into a glass 9 x 13 inch roasting pan.
  3. Lay the slices out in the mixture in a single layer and let them soak it up for 10 minutes. Flip and soak for 10 minutes more.
  4. Preheat a griddle or a large cast iron skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add a tablespoon of butter and let it melt.
  5. Working in batches, add as many slices of bread as you can without overcrowding the pan and cook for 3 minutes. Flip and cook the other side for 2. Remove from pan and serve hot.

Recipe Notes

Serve with fresh fruit, maple syrup, or crumbled bacon on top. MMM Bacon.

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24 responses to “Irish Soda Bread French Toast”

  1. That was a TERRIBLE joke.

    I loved it.


  2. Wow, this looks so amazing!! I haven’t made french toast in forever. After seeing this, I’ll have to make it though!!

    1. Matthew Cetta

      French toast for dinner? Awesome!

  3. What a fun Irish dish cuz everything is better with Bailey’s!

  4. Haha – FOMB – Fear of Missed Bacon! Honestly, I think this looks absolutely scrumptious just as it is – so much creamy, flavorful goodness from the Bailey’s, not to mention the spices and the yummy starting base of the soda bread itself! So easy, too – love that!

  5. Yasssssssss, boozy breakfasts! I love boozy breakfasts! They’re especially great for dinner. Brinner! They look damn good. That homicidal leprechaun, however, does not. 😀

    1. Matthew Cetta

      I dunno, the other two things sound worse, and at least the leprechaun knows how to party! Leprechaun!

  6. Wow this sure looks good. I could eat all that stack all by myself. Perfect for the day ahead 🙂

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Miryam, I kind of, maybe sort of did. No regrets! ????

  7. Well that is a great combination since I love both….soda bread and french toast. Great St. Paddy’s Day breakfast for sure….or any weekend brunch all year long.

  8. How did you forget the bacon 🙂

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Forgive me, Theresa, for I have sinned. ????

  9. What a delicious way to use store-bought Irish soda bread.

  10. Soda bread is my favourite and this is such a wonderful way to use it!

  11. Missing bacon is a tragedy 😉 This looks delicious – such a creative way to use soda bread!

  12. I’ve never had Irish soda bread, but I sure know what I would do with it if I had some! Looks fantastic!

  13. Ok. That leprechaun picture kind of scared me. Especially after that wonderfully divine picture of your french toast…I was happily scrolling down…then bam! Well played. I will make this french toast if only to reward myself for surviving that awful awful moment (and also because it has Baileys in it).

    1. Matthew Cetta

      It seems like no one remembers this movie!

  14. These look delicious…and what a funny post! 🙂

    1. Matthew Cetta


  15. Amanda

    First of all, that photo is gorgeous. I’m going to have to clean the nose prints off of my screen now from trying to lunge through to grab the plate. Thanks a lot. 🙂 Secondly, love the festive twist on a breakfast classic. Bailey’s? In soda bread French Toast? Yes, please!

  16. I have never had Irish soda bread, but this french toast looks divine! That steaming cup of coffee is the perfect pairing with it!

  17. What a St. Patrick’s Day treat!

  18. TY

    It rated incorrectly I would say more like 4.5 only because I would maybe use 3/4 cup Irish cream I had some dry patches when I flipped from the second side . Otherwise it was Amazing definitely will make again THANK YOU!!

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