Just in time for Shrove Tuesday aka Mardi Gras, here’s a recipe for Bourbon Peach French Toast & Pancakes. Since Shrove Tuesday is the last night of eating rich foods before beginning the penitential season of Lent, and the kids aren’t going to adult Mardi Gras parties, I like to serve my family something fun and delicious. And it doesn’t get much more fun and delicious than pancakes for dinner! (As a writer and mom, I don’t get out much. lol)
I have two recipes for this dish, but the other one has twice as many ingredients and is 3480 calories per serving!!!!! For me to eat that many calories there have to be Oreos involved. But this recipe is more reasonable at 190 calories per slice of bread, 380 for two slices and 290 for two pancakes.
I love this recipe so much that I put it in Every Deep Desire. It’s the breakfast Rafe and Juliet had the morning after their first wedding, 8 years earlier. And Rafe makes it for her again to remind her of what they’ve lost. So I guess it also makes a great Valentine’s Day Breakfast!
Serves 2 slices of toast or 2 pancakes
This recipe is perfect for a Valentine's Day, Mother's Day or Father's Day brunch. The bourbon peach sauce is also great over ice cream! I've included the recipe for the pancake mix that, if stored in an airtight container, will last for six months. I always have some on hand, ready to make pancakes.
15 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
25 minTotal Time
- 4-6 ripe peaches, sliced (pit removed)*
- 4 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 4 Tablespoons Kentucky Bourbon
- 8 slices of your favorite thick-sliced bread. (I like multigrain or day-old French bread)
- 4 large eggs
- 4 Tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 7 cups flour
- 4 teaspoons baking soda
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup pancake mix
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk****
- 1 Tablespoon oil
- Preheat griddle to 350 degrees. (Or a frying pan with butter to season the pan)
- In a pan, combine the peaches with the brown sugar. Turn the temp on low and let the peaches absorb the sugar for 6-8 minutes, stirring infrequently so as not to break up the fruit. Add in the bourbon and stir gently. Simmer for a few minutes until the alcohol has dissolved. It will look like peaches in a dark, sticky sauce.
- While peaches are simmering, mix eggs, water and spices in a shallow bowl (I use a glass pie plate). Dip the bread and cook on a lightly-oiled griddle or frying pan, only flipping once.**
- Place the French Toast on a plate and cover with bourbon peaches.
- Combine ingredients in a bowl and store in an airtight container. Mix lasts six months.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Let it sit for one minute, then cook pancakes in a lightly-oiled skillet or frying pan, only flipping once.**
*If you can't find fresh peaches, or don't feel like cutting them, use canned or frozen. 2 12-oz cans of peaches in juice (drained) or a 20-oz frozen bag will work. Also, stale bread makes amazing French Toast, as do the crusts that no one likes to eat. The kids won't eat them for lunch, but they devour the ends as French Toast. **I use an electric griddle to make French toast and pancakes and they turn out perfectly. ***If you make extra pancakes, they freeze really well for up to a month. ****If you don't have buttermilk, I just add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to a cup of milk. It's not perfect but will do in an emergency.
Sharon Wray is a librarian who once studied dress design in the couture houses of Paris and now writes novels of suspense, adventure, and love. The author of the Romantic Suspense Deadly Force Series, her debut book Every Deep Desire releases on March 6, 2018 and is still available for pre-order.