Sweet Eggy Bread (the perfect weekend brunch)

picture of eggy bread in a skillet


This recipe for sweet eggy bread is simple, quick, cheap and tastes amazing.

Eggy bread. The breakfast of my childhood. As a child, the only eggy bread I knew of was savoury. I ate it as it came, absolutely doused in HP sauce. Until only a few years ago, I’d never heard of the term French toast and certainly didn’t see any correlation between that dish and my mum’s most loved breakfast.


picture of eggy bread in a skillet


Eggy bread is a bit like French toast’s common cousin. It’s not fancy, at all. It’s ripped up bits of bread thrown in eggs. Well, our family version is, any way. Although eggy bread can be served more like typical French toast, with whole slices of bread, ours is a little bit like a savoury version of monkey bread. All this different terminology is becoming very confusing, isn’t it? All you need to know, really, is that it’s good. Cheap, quick, filling and tasty. What more could you want in a breakfast?

In Sweden, French toast is called fattiga riddare, which when directly translated, means poor knight (as in penniless). I was very amused to find out that in some parts of the UK, people also refer to sweet eggy bread in a similar way, calling it poor knights of Windsor. I had no idea. The things you discover when you have a food blog.


picture of eggy bread in a skillet


So, we’ve established (albeit in a very long-winded way) that savoury eggy bread is a winner on many levels. This sweet version, though? Well, can you ever go wrong with something that has sweet in its title? Nope. I came up with this idea one day when my kids wanted cinnamon French toast. I thought to myself: why not make sweet eggy bread. Why not, indeed?

Although this isn’t something I would whip up every day, it does make a lovely weekend brunch. The great thing about eggy bread is that you can use up any leftover or stale bread. And you don’t have to smother it in toffee sauce like I have. This is a food blog, remember. I need to make my food look a little pretty sometimes. To make it a little healthier, throw over some strawberries or Greek yoghurt, instead.

If you like my sweet eggy bread, check out my other sweet treats.


Sweet Eggy Bread (the perfect weekend brunch)

Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine British
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes


  • 5 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5-6 slices bread (any kind)


  • Whisk the eggs and milk together. Add the sugar and cinnamon.
  • Rip up the bread into small pieces (including the crusts) and add to the egg mixture. Let it sit for around 5 minutes so that all of the liquid is soaked up into the bread.
  • Add around 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil to a fairly small skillet or frying pan (mine is 25cm). When the oil is hot, add the eggy bread and flatten until it is an even thickness. Reduce to a medium heat.
  • Cook each side until brown. After around 5 minutes, flip the eggy bread over (the easiest way is to place a large plate over the top of the skillet and flip). The eggy bread is ready when it is cooked through.
  • Serve immediately with toffee sauce, melted chocolate, nuts, strawberries or Greek yoghurt. Whatever you fancy, really. Enjoy!
Sweet Eggy Bread (the perfect weekend brunch)Sweet Eggy Bread (the perfect weekend brunch)

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