Can you eat french toast without syrup?

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “Can you eat french toast without syrup?” We will also discuss the origins of french toast and wonderful toppings for your french toast.

Can you eat french toast without syrup?

Yes, you can eat french toast without syrup. As delicious as it is to moisten and sweeten your French toast with syrup, there are other topping options or even eating it without any topping.

The French toast is made from bread soaked in sweetened milk and deep-fried, being delicious on its own and the syrup only makes the experience even more comforting and flavorful. As the original recipe did not contain syrup, it is possible to say that eating french toast without syrup is still french toast.

What is the origin of French toast?

Like many dishes, French toast has theories and rumors about its origin and the first fact to demystify is that it is not French. Its origin seems to date back to ancient Roman times, when aristocratic Romans could feast on Pan Dulcis at any time of day.

There are stories that its name comes from a grammatical error, its creator would be called Joseph French and he would have invented the recipe in 1724 in Albany, New York.

The recipe has several versions around the world, including one in France called “pain perdu” bread lost, referring to the fact that the bread lost its softness and would usually be discarded but to avoid waste it became “pain perdu”.

For such a simple recipe that needs bread, milk, eggs, and oil, many sweet and savory versions have emerged over the years as well as many topping options in addition to the much-used syrup.

What else can I use as a topping for my french toast?

The possibilities are endless considering that it is fried dough that can be prepared sweet or savory. Some widely appreciated suggestions are:

  • Fresh Fruit: the acidity and sweetness is what a French toast needs to start the day right.
  • Peanut Butter: Creamy and full of good fats, goes with sweet or savory French toast.
  • Nutella: For chocolate and hazelnut fans, the best alternative.
  • Cinnamon: Perfect for those who think less is more, enhancing the flavor and valuing the star of the dish.
  • Powdered Sugar: sweetened with refinement and moderation.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk: for those who like the sticky texture of the syrup, but want to sweeten and bring a milky flavor at the same time.
  • Jam: Similar to fruit, they bring acidity and sweetness with a little less freshness and a little more indulgence.
  • Dulce de leche: Mixed with cinnamon, it creates a churros-flavored version of French toast.
  • Fresh Tomatoes and Cheese: A morning pizza version.
  • Bacon: Crispy and present in the breakfast of many Americans, it adds more flavor to the French toast.
  • Ham and Cheese: an unbeatable combination, almost a Croque monsieur.
  • Salt and pepper: Seasoning just to bring out the best of the salty French toast.
  • Herbed butter: The herbs will bring freshness to this caloric meal.
  • Avocado and parmesan: Avocado contrasts well with a French toast toasted with grated Parmesan. Chives and tomatoes are also a good combination.
  • Mushrooms: Tasty especially if accompanied by sour cream.

What are  two French Toast Recipes Without Using Brioche

French Toast with English Muffins

Swap the brioche for the English Muffin and surprise a loved one at your next brunch together, yielding about 2-3 servings.


  • Oil, for frying (vegetable, canola, or peanut oil)
  • 1/4 cup milk (you can substitute for plant-based milk e.g.almond, soy, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half or cream (you can substitute for plant-based cream )
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 English muffins, halved
  • Toppings (Fruits, Powdered sugar, maple syrup, etc.)


  • In a bowl, whisk milk, half-and-half, eggs, sugar, and vanilla.
  • Take the English muffin halves and moisten them with the mixture, flipping them a few times, until they are richly saturated.
  • Set aside a plate and cover with a paper towel.
  • Pour about 1/4 inch of oil into a large nonstick skillet set to medium-high heat.
  • Once hot, add muffin soaked halves to the oil.
  • Cook on the first side for about 30 seconds, flip and continue cooking until muffins are golden brown, always taking care that the oil remains hot and smoking.
  • Gently shake excess oil from muffins and place it on the prepared plate with paper towels.
  • Serves warm with powdered sugar, fruits, and maple syrup, if desired.


A Portuguese version of french toast using stale baguettes. Yields 6 servings.


  • 3 1/2 cup of  milk
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Lemon peel from half a lemon
  • 5 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 baguette, preferably day old, cut into 1″ thick slices
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 cup of cinnamon sugar


  • Mix milk, sugar, honey, cinnamon stick, and lemon peel in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Let cool.
  • Place beaten eggs into a shallow dish. Soak the bread in the milk mixture, just enough so that it is moist in the middle, and dip it in the eggs, covering both sides.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, add enough oil to come ½” up the sides of the pan. Fry soaked bread until golden, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  • When the Rabanada is fried, place it on a paper towel-lined cooling rack and toss in sugar and cinnamon immediately.

Other FAQs about Bread that you may be interested in.

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Can you eat croissants without heating?


In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “Can you eat french toast without syrup?” We have also discussed the origins of french toast and wonderful toppings for your french toast.

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