Irish French Toast

Irish French Toast

Serves: 1 Soda bread with its soft, spongy texture makes really good French toast. Here are two ideas for a quick economical snack, one sweet and one savoury, both made with everyday ingredients.


  • 2 eggs
  • 75 mls/3floz milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 white soda farl
  • 10 g/ ½ oz butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Serve Savoury
  • 2 dsp pickles
  • 2 dsp onion relish
  • 25 g/1oz cheese e.g. Wensleydate
  • Serve Sweet
  • 1 red apple
  • 1 green apple
  • 2 plums
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 dsp water
  • 1 dsp yoghurt
  • Sprig of mint


  • Break the eggs into a bowl. Whisk along with the milk and a pinch of salt. Cut the soda bread in two and soak in the mixture for 30 seconds.
  • Heat the butter and oil in a shallow frying pan. Add the coated soda bread and cook lightly on either side, turning once. Cooking should take only a couple of minutes in total. Use a little kitchen paper to absorb any excess oil.
  • Savoury
  • Mix the pickles and relish together and spoon onto the toast. Crumble the cheese on top and brown under a very hot grill.
  • Sweet
  • Core the apples and cut them into wedges, skin still on and quarter the plums. Gently poach in the water and sugar for approximately 2-3 minutes until soft.
  • Spoon the fruit onto the farl and top with yoghurt. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
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