No matter what you do, you’re always going to end up with extra French toast batter, especially when you’re making a big batch of it.
It’s nothing to worry about, though. After all, it’s better to have leftover French toast batter than to be short on it. Not to mention, there are many more uses for this batter than making French toast again.
What to do with leftover French toast batter? Turn it into a delicious savory brunch, sweet snack, or tasty casserole. You can even use it to coat chicken fingers.
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about re-utilizing leftover French toast batter.
What Can I Do With Leftover French Toast Batter?
There are plenty of recipes for leftover French toast batter. Some of them don’t even feel like they have anything to do with those French toast you had yesterday.
Additionally, you can make an extra batch of French toast and store it in the fridge or freezer. Cooked French toast can last up to four days in the refrigerator and two months in the freezer.
When you feel like craving some French toast, just reheat it and top it with your favorite ingredient.
Below are some of the dishes you can make with French toast batter:
1 – Omelet
Since the French toast batter already has eggs, milk, and flour in it, it’s going to be perfect for sweet omelets. You just need to add extra eggs if the mix is a bit milky.
Follow these steps to make the perfect omelet:
- Add 1 tbsp of butter to a hot skillet until it starts to foam a little.
- Pour about three ounces of the batter and let it sit.
- Use a rubber spatula to pull the cooked batter from the edges to the center.
- Wait until all the batter is cooked and the omelet’s bottom is golden brown.
- Flip the omelet and wait until completely cooked.
- Slide the cooked omelet into a plate.
- Spread butter over it, sprinkle some sugar and enjoy.
2 – Tortilla Crepes
Crepes are delicious and versatile. You can basically add anything over them, from butter and syrup to cheese and turkey.
This recipe allows you to use your leftover French toast batter alongside flour tortillas to make fake crepes. Yes, they’re not authentic crepes, but they taste equally delicious.
To make fake crepes, do the following:
- Heat a non-stick pan.
- Dip flour tortilla into the leftover French toast batter.
- Cook the tortilla on one side for a few seconds until golden.
- Flip it over to the other side and let cook until it changes color.
- Roll the tortillas and serve on a plate.
- Top them with whatever you like and enjoy.
3 – Chicken Fingers
French toast batter can be used as a coating mix for chicken fingers. All you need to do is season the batter and get some panko or breadcrumbs ready.
For tasty golden chicken fingers, follow these steps:
- Season the batter with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika.
- Add a little more flour to thicken up the batter.
- Prepare your chicken by slicing boneless breasts into thin strips.
- Dip the strips into the batter.
- Coat the strips with panko bread crumbs.
- Deep fry those strips in hot oil until golden.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy.
4 – French Toast Bread Pudding
Bread pudding is a delicious afternoon snack. Pair it with a cup of coffee and enjoy the heavenly taste. To make French toast bread pudding, follow these instructions:
- Preheat your oven to 425°F.
- Cut some toast or bread (preferably stale bread to better absorb the batter).
- Throw those bread alongside some raisins into the batter and let soak for a moment.
- Pour the mixture into a deep baking dish.
- Sprinkle some brown sugar on top.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- Serve with syrup and fresh fruit if available.
5 – Monte Cristo Sandwich
For this recipe, you can use any type of bread you have to make the sandwich. Essentially, a Monte Cristo sandwich has a tang to it from the raspberry jam spread inside.
As for the fillings, you can get creative with them. Personally, I’m a cheese addict. I prefer a mix of cheese and deli cold cuts.
To make a divine Monte Cristo Sandwich, follow these steps:
- Spread raspberry jam over one slice of the bread.
- Spread the other slice with mustard, if you like.
- Build up your sandwich using your preferred cold cuts.
- Add any type of cheese you like (Melty kinds work best, like swiss, provolone, or cheddar).
- Hold together your sandwich with a couple of toothpicks.
- Dip the sandwich in the leftover French toast batter.
- Toast the sandwich over a hot skillet until golden brown.
- Flip the sandwich over and toast the other side.
- When the cheese is melted, cut the sandwich in half and serve.
6 – Crispy Toast With Ice Cream Topping
Well, ice cream makes everything better. You can use French toast batter and make the perfect treat to enjoy on a hot summer day.
Making this sweet dessert doesn’t require much work. Below are the steps to follow:
- Dip any type of bread into leftover French toast batter.
- Coat the bread in breadcrumbs.
- Deep fry those bread slices in hot oil until golden brown and crispy.
- Slice the bread in two, and then top it with ice cream.
- Drizzle caramel syrup over it, or just use any type of topping you like.
- Dust with cacao powder or powdered sugar and enjoy.
7 – French Toast Monkey Bread
This recipe is for monkey bread fans, and it’s just as enjoyable. All you need is some canned biscuit dough, and you’re ready to go. Do the following for best results:
- Preheat the oven as instructed on the can of biscuits.
- Coat a small round cake pan or a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Break up the biscuits and cut them into bite-sized pieces.
- Dip all the pieces into your leftover French toast batter.
- Layer the biscuit pieces into the baking pan.
- Melt two tbsp of butter separately in the microwave and mix with some syrup.
- Drizzle that mix over the monkey bread.
- Bake the monkey bread until golden brown.
- Check the inside of the biscuits with a knife just as you do with a cake.
- Allow to cool down, then serve with syrup.
8 – Challah Bread Toast
Challah is a special kind of bread. It’s formed as a braid, and it’s usually eaten on ceremonial Jewish occasions and major holidays.
It’s kind of similar to brioche, but instead of the butter in brioche, challah contains oil. It has a rich sponge texture which makes it perfect for this specific recipe.
Paired with fruits and nuts, a slice of challah bread toast will definitely impress your guests.
To make challah bread toast, do the following steps:
- Slice a couple of bananas.
- In a big pan, fry the banana slices in olive oil.
- Add honey and water to the pan where the banana is frying.
- Slice the challah bread.
- Dip the bread slices into your leftover French toast batter.
- Fry the slices in the same pan next to the banana slices.
- Flip the bread slices to the other side when golden.
- Plate the challah bread French toast with fried bananas.
- Drizzle with your favorite sauce.
- Top with a mix of nuts, preferably pecans or almonds.
- Sprinkle powdered sugar on top and serve.
Can You Save French Toast Batter?
Yes, you can. If you find yourself in a situation where you have made too much French toast batter, don’t worry about it. You can easily save leftover French toast batter for later use.
You can either refrigerate it or freeze it. It all depends on whether you’re planning to use it in the next couple of days or not.
So, if you’re going to use that batter the next day, you can store it in the fridge. It can stay for two to three days over there and will be ready to use for a fresh batch of French toast.
However, if you want to save it long-term, the freezer is the perfect place. Leftover French toast batter lasts in the freezer for up to three months.
Just use a freezer-safe container or pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and throw it in the freezer. Whenever you’re ready to use it, place it overnight in the fridge to thaw.
Can You Make French Toast Batter the Night Before?
As mentioned previously, you can make French toast batter and save it in the fridge for 2-3 days. Don’t leave it out, though, as it becomes dangerous to consume.
French toast batter shouldn’t be left out overnight. In fact, according to the USDA, you shouldn’t eat any food that has been left out for more than two hours, even if you’re going to cook it.
Similarly, if you’ve already added the bread, you shouldn’t let it soak in the batter longer than overnight when put in the fridge.
You can never go wrong with French toast batter. If you don’t feel like eating French toast two days in a row, there’s always a solution for that extra French toast batter.
In this article, you learned everything you need to know about what you can make with leftover French toast batter, and the rest is history.
Aside from storing it for later use by freezing or refrigerating, use the leftover French toast batter in everyday recipes. Just get creative with it.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Film/Video/Media Studies, as well as an associates degree in Communications. I began producing videos and musical recordings nearly 15 years ago. I am a guitarist and bassist in Southwest MI and have been in a few different bands since 2009, and in 2012 I began building custom guitars and basses in my home workshop as well. When I’m home, I love spending time with my three pets (a dog, cat, and snake) and gardening in my backyard.