If your kids want to cook something but are beginners in the kitchen, this easy eggy bread (or frech toast) is a great place to start.
Eggy bread, or french toast is one of our favourite quick lunches, and an easy recipe for kids to make either themselves or with a little supervision.
We normally serve it as a savoury dish at lunchtime, but it’s easy to turn into something sweet for a delicious brunch. Simply add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract to your milk then serve it with some fruit or maple syrup or jam.
We’ve eaten eggy bread since our kids were tiny. It’s a great weening finger food, and good for children who aren’t too sure about egg. My kids wouldn’t eat egg when they were younger, but they seemed to like this baked egg as the ‘eggyiness’ is a little less strong.
How can kids help make eggy bread?
This eggy bread recipe is such an easy dish for kids to make. Young kids can help crack and whisk the eggs, and dip their bread in the egg mixture.
Older children, who can be trusted around a cooker, can make this whole dish for themselves (with a little supervision). With only a few steps, it’s a quick and easy dish that any child would be proud to serve up.
Time: 5 minutes + 10 minutes cooking
2 tbsp milk
4 slices of bread
how to make eggy bread
Crack the eggs into a bowl
Get your toddler to gently tap the egg on the rim of the bowl. Once it starts to crack they can push their fingers in and crack it open. With a bit of practice my kids have become quite good at this but if a bit of shell does slip in I just use a larger bit to fish it out (shell sticks better to shell than it does your finger).
I also find it helpful to have a small bowl nearby to pop the brocken shell into. Kids kids would just dump it on the counter otherwise, so having a bowl handy saves a bit of mess!
Add a splash of milk
You just need enough milk to loosen the mixture a little – a table spoon or two should do the trick. If you’ve got very young children, you might want to measure this in yourself, otherwise, give your kids a tablespoon and either pour some milk into it, or pour the milk into a cup and let them spoon it into your egg mixture. You don’t need to be too accurate so most kids should be able to do this job.
If you want to make a sweet french toast, get your kids to add the vanilla and cinnamon at this point as well.
Whisk the eggs
This is always my kids’s favourite part and a great first job in the kitchen for any tiny chef. Either give your toddler a fork or a hand whisk to mix the eggs and milk together. Whisk it all together until it’s well mixed.
Coat the bread in the egg mixture
Dip one slice of bread in the eggs. This is an easy thing for your toddler to help with. Once one side is coated they can just use their hands to turn it over and do the other side. (Make sure you wipe their hands once you’re finished.)
We sometimes use a bowl for this job as it’s high sides keep the mess in. If you have a flat bottom dish, you could use that instead as they do make it a bit easier to coat the bread in the egg mixture.
Fry the eggy bread
Add a little oil to a frying pan, then cook the bread for 2-3 minutes on each side. Use a fish slice to flip it over. If you’ve got older children they might be able to help with this job, if they are safe around the heat. When my kids were younger i’d let them watch from a safe distance but wouldn’t let them too near the hob.
Serve the eggy bread
Use a fish slice to pop the eggy bread on to plates and serve. If you’re having it savoury, we sometimes just enjoy it with a bit of butter although some bacon on top would also be tasty.
The sweet version of french toast is delicious with some fresh fruit, jam or maple syrup.
- 3 eggs
- 1 splash milk
- 4 slices bread
Optional for making sweet french toast
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Make the eggy coating
- Break the eggs into a dish. Add a splash of water, and give it a good whisk. If you're making sweet french toast, add the cinnamon and vanilla with the milk.
Cook the french toast
- Heat a little oil or a knob of butter in a frying pan. Dip each slice of bread into the eggy mixture making sure each side is coated. Cook it on each side for a few minutes until it is cooked through.
- Serve with your choice of toppings and enjoy!