Dip your bread into melted ice cream for this irresistible two-ingredient Ice Cream French Toast. It’s as easy as it is delicious!

a stack of golden French toast covered in fresh berries with butter melting on top This is a sponsored recipe on behalf of the American Dairy Association Mideast.

Made popular by famous Parisian chef Jacques Pepin, this French toast uses melted ice cream as a custard base for the most tender and delicious french toast you’ll ever taste.

maple syrup poured on top of French toast with fresh berries and melting butter

Two-Ingredient Ice Cream French Toast

It’s perfect for Mother’s Day breakfast-in-bed, as well as a fancy brunch setting. Kids especially will love dipping the bread in melted ice cream, and the preparation is so quick and easy that you might decide to make French toast with ice cream every time!

Swap out milk and eggs for ice cream to make this decadent breakfast.

Besides melted ice cream and bread, you need butter for pan-frying as usual. Add fresh fruit and maple syrup for an extra special treat.

a slice of bread being dipped into melted ice cream near a pan with French Toast cooking

Breakfast or Brunch

French toast is quick and easy to prepare, and melted ice cream makes it even more simple. This method is perfect if you need to make breakfast for a crowd. There is no need to measure ingredients.

Every mom would love to receive this breakfast-in-bed for Mother’s Day. It’s also fancy enough to be served with mimosas for brunch!

maple syrup being drizzled over pancakes with sliced strawberries and blueberries with vanilla ice cream in the background

Ice Cream Flavors

Use your favorite ice cream for endless flavor options. We tested this recipe with vanilla bean ice cream as well as strawberry ice cream.

We recommend using full-fat ice cream. If you choose a lower fat content, be sure to watch carefully, as the French toast may cook more quickly and burn easily.

Did you know Ohio is ranked 4th nationally in hard ice cream production? The state is also 11th nationally in milk production and some of that milk may be used in your ice cream. See how ice cream is made — from the dairy farm to your cup or cone.

strawberry ice cream beside a stack of golden French Toast with melting butter and syrup

How to Serve French Toast

This French toast is soft and tender with a slight crisp to the edges from the sugar caramelizing while cooking. It can hold its own when it comes to flavor, even using a simple vanilla bean ice cream.

In addition to traditional maple syrup and fresh berries, try these toppings:

  • toasted pecans
  • sliced bananas
  • bacon
  • cinnamon or nutmeg
  • mini chocolate chips
  • granola
  • raisins/dried fruit
  • coconut shavings

Also, try drizzling with:

  • melted ice cream
  • yogurt
  • cream cheese glaze (a dollop of cream cheese sweetened with a pinch of sugar and thinned out with milk)
  • chocolate hazelnut spread (like Nutella)
  • peanut butter
  • leftover pie filling such as cherry or blueberry
  • fresh Whipped Cream (made in less than 1 minute!)

a stack of French toast with berries, butter, and syrup shown with a bowl of vanilla ice cream

maple syrup poured on top of French toast with fresh berries and melting butter

Ice Cream French Toast

Dip your bread into melted ice cream for this irresistible two-ingredient Ice Cream French Toast. It's as easy as it is delicious!

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  • 8 slices bread
  • 2 cups ice cream, (any flavor)
  • butter, for frying
  • maple syrup
  • berries


  • MELT ice cream in the microwave in 30-second increments until fully melted. TRANSFER to a plate.
  • PLACE bread into the ice cream and TURN to coat both sides.
  • Using low heat, MELT butter in a pan. PLACE bread slices onto the pan, making sure not to over-crowd.
  • After 1-2 minutes, or when golden, FLIP bread and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  • SERVE with syrup and fresh berries.



  • Any ice cream flavor can be used to make Ice Cream French Toast.


Serving: 8g, Calories: 216kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 222mg, Potassium: 119mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 148IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 86mg, Iron: 1mg
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More Fresh and Fruity Recipes

Try our Triple Berry Frozen Smoothies for a festive breakfast drink.

Make our Whipped Blueberry Goat Cheese if you have blueberry pie filling on hand. Or try our No Churn Cheesecake Ice Cream for an easy homemade ice cream option.


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