Instant Pot Eggnog French Toast is here for the holidays!
All the flavors of the holidays in one little breakfast bite!
You could wait an hour or so for a french toast casserole to bake.
Or, you could "bake" it in your Instant Pot, instead.
If you know me, you know my Eggnog French Toast is being made in the Instant Pot!
To make Eggnog French toast (or any Instant Pot french toast!), you will use the pot in pot method.
What is pot in pot Instant Pot Cooking?
Pot in Pot cooking in your Instant Pot uses a pot (actually a bowl) inside your Instant Pot liner.
Use this method when the ingredients of a recipe do not have enough liquid to generate the steam required to get the pot to pressure. This method is also used if your liquid is really thick (think BBQ sauce).
This way, the water in the liner is generating the steam to cook the food in the bowl!
Do I need anything more than what came with my Instant Pot?
Yes, you do.
I use this Instant Pot insert bowl (affiliate link). It actually comes with 2 bowls that stack and can be put in together. But for this recipe, you only need one bowl. You can alternatively use any 6" wide bowl that is oven safe.
You can find my suggestions for more Instant Pot Accessories on the blog, here.
NOTE: I have not tested cook times in containers other than stainless. Cook time may or may not have to be adjusted depending on the material and thickness of your bowl.
Depending on the model of Instant Pot you have, the trivet that came with your pot may or may not have handles to easily pull your bowl out.
If your trivet doesn't have handles, you will have to make a sling out of foil to be able to lift the bowl out.
Does the bread kind matter?
Yes, and no. I find it is mostly a personal preference if you prefer french baguette, sourdough or brioche for your french toast, so any of those are okay. Just don't use regular sandwich bread.
Is the egg batter the same as regular french toast?
This version swaps out milk for Eggnog for the holidays, but the idea is the same. Whisk eggs, eggnog, and the most delicious combo of holiday spices for the mix.
Do I have to let it sit?
If you have the time, allowing the break to soak up the Eggnog mixture is best. I go with at least 20 minutes, but it isn't going to be an Instant Pot fail if you don't. Just make sure all of the bread is coated with Eggnog mixture.
What are the best toppings for Eggnog French Toast?
Now now, don't let a recipe tell you how to top your french toast, you do you. Some great options are:
- Maple syrup
- Powdered sugar
- Whipped cream
- Walnuts or pecans
- Heck, I would even eat this as a dessert and put ice cream on it!
Are you ready to give Instant Pot Eggnog French Toast a try?!
Instant Pot Eggnog French Toast
- 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot
- 2 tbsp butter, softened to grease your bowl
- 5 cups french or sourdough bread, cut into 1" chunks
- 3 eggs
- ¾ cup Eggnog
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup water
- Grease your bowl that you will insert into your pot REALLY WELL and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, eggnog, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and vanilla.
- Add the bread chunks to the egg mixture and gently combine.
- If possible, let the bread soak in the egg mixture for 20 minutes. If not, just make sure all of the bread is coated with the egg mixture.
- Transfer the bread and egg mixture to your greased bowl.
- Cover the bowl tightly with foil.
- Pour the water into the Instant Pot liner.
- Put the trivet into the water.
- Place the bowl with the egg and bread mixture on the trivet.
- Secure the lid on your Instant Pot. Set the pot to sealing.
- Set the pot to 20 minutes, high pressure.
- When the pressure cycle is done, quick release the pressure.
- Remove the bowl and the foil from the bowl carefully (it will be very hot).
- Place under a broiler for 3-5 minutes to crisp the top of the bread up just a bit.
- Scoop out and add toppings as desired!