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Cranberry Irish French Toast with Whiskey Butter

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A different kind of french toast made with Irish spotted dog bread (soda bread), topped with a homemade cranberry orange syrup and Irish whiskey butter.

Cranberry Irish French Toast with Whiskey Butter

  • Servings: 3 slices of french toast
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cooking Time: 20 min


  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (4 Tb) unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 Tb powdered sugar
  • 2 Tb Irish whiskey
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 loaf Spotted Dog or Soda Bread, cut into ½ inch slices
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup whole milk or half & half
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 Tb unsalted butter
  • extra powdered sugar to sprinkle over top


  1. FOR THE CRANBERRY ORANGE SYRUP: Put cranberries, orange juice, and sugar in small saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium and gently cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally and mashing cranberries with back of spoon. Strain mixture into a small bowl with a wire mesh strainer, pushing the mixture with the back of the spoon. Set aside.
  2. FOR THE WHISKEY BUTTER: Whip the butter and powdered sugar together in small bowl until fluffy. Add the vanilla and whiskey and continue to whip until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  3. FOR THE IRISH FRENCH TOAST: Heat oven to 200 degrees. In a shallow pie plate or casserole, beat the eggs. Add the half & half, vanilla, and cinnamon and mix well.
  4. Put 1 Tb butter in a large skillet over medium heat. While butter is melting, place a slice of bread in the egg mixture and let soak on each side for 30 seconds. Place soaked bread slices in melted butter and fry on each side for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Put cooked slices on baking sheet and place in oven to keep warm. Continue process with remaining slices of bread.
  5. Place 3 slices of bread on each place, pour desired amount of the Cranberry Orange Syrup over the bread, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and place a tablespoon of whiskey butter on top.

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