Lemon French Toast

5 from 7 votes

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I am in love with this new topping for french toast. Lemon French Toast is light, creamy, sweet, and really really delicious. Serve it for breakfast, brunch, or maybe even dessert. It’s really that good. If lemon isn’t your thing, try this Classic French Toast Recipe.

Lemon French Toast with lemon cream topping and sliced strawberries on top

Lemon French Toast | With Strawberries

Warm french toast topped with sweet lemon cream can be served for a delicious breakfast, brunch, or even dessert!

My Mom makes a ricotta version of this lemon cream that we stuff into crepes that is downright to die for {recipe in my ebook…get a copy here}. I used cream cheese because I always have that in my fridge, but ricotta would be equally delicious. Spread this on generously to those warm french toast slices and dig in!

Main Ingredients Needed

Only 6 ingredients needed for the french toast–all are likely staples in your pantry already! For the topping you’ll need some cream cheese, lemon ZEST and lemon JUICE, and if you’d like the complete mouth watering, tastebud experience, some fresh strawberries and powdered sugar to garnish on top.

  • Eggs + milk- the basis for our custard we will dip our bread in.
  • Vanilla + Cinnamon- I love the hint of cinnamon and the slight sweetness vanilla adds.
  • Sliced white sandwich bread– I like using thicker, ‘texas toast’ slices of day-old bread
  • Butter– for frying

For the Topping

  • Cream cheese- softened
  • Sugar- to sweeten
  • Lemon zest + lemon juice- for that lemon-y goodness!
  • Fresh strawberries + powdered sugar- for garnish

How To Make Lemon French Toast | Directions

Directions to make the french toast are pretty standard if you’ve made french toast before. If you’d like to see step by step directions for that process, here is my basic How to Make French Toast recipe. For a printable recipe card for Lemon French Toast scroll down below.

Step 1: Prep

Preheat nonstick skillet over medium heat. Melt half a tablespoon of butter into the bottom.

Step 2: Make French Toast

In a shallow dish, whisk eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon together. Dip 1-2 slices of bread into the egg mixture and place into hot pan. Cook 1 minute per side or until browned. Continue this method until all french toast is cooked.

Step 3: Make the Lemon Topping

For the lemon topping: whip all the ingredients together until smooth.

Step 4: Spread over French Toast

Spread some lemon topping over each slice of french toast and top with sliced strawberries and/or powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

lemon french toast with lemon topping, sliced strawberries and powdered sugar on top

Leftovers

Lemon French Toast can last up to four days stored in the fridge in an airtight container.  Simply reheat in the microwave 30 seconds or until hot.

Love French Toast? Try these other delicious variations:

I hope you enjoy this deliciously sweet start to your morning! Enjoy, friends! 🙂

5 from 7 votes

Creamy Lemon French Toast

Warm french toast topped with sweet lemon cream can be served for a delicious breakfast, brunch, or even dessert!
servings 2 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients

for the french toast:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 slices white sandwich bread
  • butter for frying

for the lemon cream:

  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • fresh strawberries for garnish
  • powdered sugar for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat nonstick skillet over medium heat. Melt half a tablespoon of butter into the bottom.
  • In a shallow dish, whisk eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon together. Dip 1-2 slices of bread into the egg mixture and place into hot pan. Cook 1 minute per side or until browned. Continue this method until all french toast is cooked.
  • For the lemon cream: whip all the ingredients together until smooth.
  • Spread some lemon cream over each slice of french toast and top with sliced strawberries and/or powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 779kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 315mg | Sodium: 821mg | Potassium: 365mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 1859IU | Calcium: 380mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon french toast

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31 Responses
  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Total brain twins today! I definitely just posted crepes with lemon cream filling and strawberry sauce! I am loving your french toast version and it’s gorgeous! Pinned!

  2. Allison

    You always make my day with your daily post. I love reading about your kids & what they are up to. I’m still grinning from this morning post.

  3. Karen

    This does sound delicious. Think I could just use ricotta and eat it like pudding!
    Thank you for a great idea!

  4. Heidi @foodiecrush

    I have to remind myself that the dishes can wait, the dust balls can gather. Take time to spend with yourself and your family. You’ll never remember those dirty dishes but you’ll remember your babies. Your FT is so fresh! Loving it!

  5. Janelle

    I go through the same phases too! There are times when I just don’t care and I’m too lazy to clean, but then I reach a point where I can’t stand it anymore and I make myself clean! With a dog and two cats, my house can get (& feel) really filthy after awhile with no cleaning.

  6. Anna (Hidden Ponies)

    Such pretty spring French toast, love it! I’m sure your family appreciates you making their cleaning job easy with plenty of evident dirt, I may adopt the same approach 🙂

  7. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    Love the idea of topping french toast with a lemon cream! This is a beautiful breakfast!

  8. Lori

    OMG Lauren, we must be long lost twin sisters?! Well, maybe not twins, you’re much younger than me. Anyway, you described me to a “T”. I just had a gung-ho cleaning day Saturday. Ya know why? Because my husband had to work. If he was home, I wouldn’t have cleaned. I’m an all or nothing cleaner for sure. The other thing that REALLY motivates me to clean is going away on vacation. I have to have my house clean before I leave because the last thing I want to do after a vacation is come home and clean. Ugh! Have a great day!!

  9. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog

    Your attitude towards cleaning sounds exactly like mine! Love it! lol. This recipe sounds great…I love anything with lemons in it, so this french toast sounds super yummy!

  10. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

    I pretty much never feel like cleaning, but I always feel like having french toast. Love the topping! It looks fantastic!!

  11. Crystal Nell

    I’m going to AR to be with my mom on Mother’s Day and this is going to be the perfect brunch idea. She’s going to love it!! Thanks so much for the recipe!!

  12. kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    Ha! I never want to clean. And I don’t even always take a shower. This looks like the perfect mothers day breakfast!

  13. Michele

    5 stars
    I made Lemon Cream French Toast This Morning and it was wonderful. I made 6 slices and there is enough cream to have 6 more slices for my husband and I on Mothers day, this Sunday.

    Thank you for the recipe!

  14. Amy Armstrong

    5 stars
    WOW, just WOW!!! I made this recipe this morning for my kids!!! They LOVED it!! l love the way the strawberries and lemon contrasted with sweet and sour!!! I’m making your garlic flank steak tonight!! Can’t wait!!

  15. Krista B

    Love lemon and strawberry! My favorite combo! my husband loves french toast and anything lemon. Cant wait to make this for him!

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