I’ve been making a lot of homemade bread lately, thanks to a new cookbook that I got, Bread Toast Crumbs, and even though homemade bread is super inexpensive, I hate seeing any of it go to waste. I’m experimenting with all sorts of ways to use up the leftover odds and ends of my bread and today I tried a recipe that I’ve wanted to make for quite some time, a 5-Minute Microwave French Toast Mug. I’m certainly not the first person to mix up a small-batch French toast (or bread pudding) in a mug, but I still wanted to share my version with you because it’s and excellent way to not only have a quick treat, but use leftovers and reduce food waste at the same time. Win-win.
You can use just any type of bread for this 5-Minute Microwave French Toast Mug, but the sturdier the better. Whole wheat works great, too! I’d steer clear of rye or super squishy white sandwich bread, if possible though. Cinnamon raisin bread is a natural for this use, as is brioche.
I’ve given the very basic recipe below, but you can customize it with all sorts of fun add-ins or toppings like berries (I topped mine with frozen raspberries below), sliced bananas, more maple syrup, powdered sugar, chocolate chips or syrup, or walnuts, pecans, or even peanut butter! Basically, anything that you’d like mixed into a pancake will probably be good mixed into or used as a topping for this French Toast Mug. You can even experiment with savory mugs by skipping the maple syrup and stirring in some shredded cheese, herbs, and diced ham. You can bet you’ll see a savory version of this on the blog soon!!
5-Minute Microwave French Toast Mug
- 1 tsp butter $0.04
- 3 Tbsp whole milk $0.07
- 1 tsp maple syrup $0.11
- ¼ tsp cinnamon $0.02
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract $0.21
- Pinch ground nutmeg $0.02
- 1 large egg $0.27
- 1 cup bread pieces* $0.10
- sliced bananas
- powdered sugar
- peanut butter
- chocolate chips
- Place the butter in a large mug and microwave for 15-20 seconds, or until it is melted. Add the milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and the egg to the mug and whisk until everything is well mixed.
- Add the bread pieces to the mug and gently stir until all the pieces are saturated with the egg and milk mixture. Be careful not to stir too roughly or the bread pieces may fall apart. Let the bread sit and absorb the liquid for about 1 minute.
- Microwave the mug for 60-90 seconds, or until the mixture is solid. I have a 1250 watt microwave and find that 70-80 seconds is about perfect. You may need to experiment to find just the right cooking time for your microwave and mug size.
- Serve immediately, or deck it out with your favorite toppings.
Step by Step Photos
Start by placing 1 tsp butter in a large microwave safe mug. Microwave for about 20 seconds, or until the butter is melted. Add 3 Tbsp milk, 1 tsp maple syrup, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, a pinch of ground nutmeg, and one large egg to the mug with the melted butter. Whisk the mixture until it is very well combined.
Tear or cut a piece of hearty bread into 1/2-inch pieces (about one heaping cup of bread pieces). Add the bread chunks to the mug and gently stir until they are saturated in the egg and milk mixture. Let them sit for about one minute to fully absorb the moisture.
Microwave the mug for 60-90 seconds, or until the mixture is solid and slightly puffed up. The total cooking time will depend on the wattage of your microwave and the size and thickness of your mug. I suggest starting at 60 seconds and adding 10-15 seconds as necessary.
You can add all sorts of fun toppings after it’s cooked, or even stir them in with the bread chunks before cooking. Berries are always a nice tart contrast to the slightly sweet mixture, but if you have a sugar tooth you can do things like chocolate chips, banana slices, or powdered sugar. Nuts are delicious as well!
I can’t wait to try a savory version!