Waste Not, Want Not French Toast (And How To Freeze It)


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I hate to waste food. Now for those of you who have been reading Southern Plate for a while, I am likely sounding like a broken record on this point but I can’t help it, wasting food bothers me.

I’ve heard too many stories from my family about how scarce food has been in the past and children going hungry (in my family) to be able to take it for granted. I’ve mentioned a few times before but it bears repeating as it is a point which has impacted my life: I am the first generation in my family never to have known hunger.

This did not come easily, there were many times growing up when my parents would pretend they were busy while my brother, sister, and I ate so they could be sure we got enough, then they’d eat whatever was left. People have sacrificed so that I would never know hunger and I’m not about to go willy nilly tossing food in the trash when I can recycle it into something yummilicious with just a few added ingredients.

With Memorial day coming up, we’re all liable to have leftover buns. Rather than let them sit on the counter until they finally get thrown away, we’re going to turn them into a WOW dish. I’m not kidding on the wow part, either. This french toast is TO DIE FOR. It’s so good, in fact, that I sometimes go and buy buns just to make it.

Now the ingredients are surprising but not nearly as surprising as the fact that this will likely make the best french toast you’ve ever had. The texture and flavor are absolutely perfect. This is a recipe I love to make. I take whatever hamburger or hot dog buns are going bad and whip up french toast out of all of them. What we don’t eat that day, I place on waxed paper lined baking sheets and put in the freezer until hard. Once hard, I take them off  and slip them into gallon sized zipper seal bags and return to the freezer. To reheat, just place a slice in the toaster on two cycles, turning after the first one (this may vary for your toaster).

Make your own toaster french toast at a fraction of the price with flavor that blows the rest out of the water. If you’d like to read how I got started (and got my family firmly addicted) with making this, check out my old post on Depression Bread Pudding, another recipe using leftover buns. Sure is lucky for me that frugality is in vogue right now! Well, it would be lucky if I cared all that much about being in vogue…


Your favorite french toast batter can work here but I’m gonna show you mine as a starting point.

I like to keep things simple. Life is complicated enough.

You’ll need: Milk, eggs, cinnamon, and two hamburger or hot dog buns.


Place eggs, milk, and cinnamon in a bowl.


Beat it ’til it cries uncle.


dip each side of your bread into the batter.


Like so.

Make sure you just dip the slices and then take them out. If you leave them sitting in there it’ll get all soggified. :)


Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and heat it to medium heat. You can also just toss some butter or margarine in it if you’d rather do that instead of the cooking spray. It depends on my level of laziness on any given day. Today, I went with the spray. I was craving a Diet Dr Pepper and didn’t want to delay that gratification any longer than necessary.

I keep my Diet Dr Peppers in my old fridge in the garage. I have to walk through the house and down a flight of steps to get to them. It is better this way. Were they nearer or more convenient, y’all wouldn’t ever hear from me as I’d be sloshed over in a corner with a straw all day.

Note: I know I am going to get a few emails (at least) today about how unhealthy Diet Dr Pepper is and all that. Y’all are so sweet and I love you for it! Its my vice, though, and I’m stickin’ with it. I don’t curse, I don’t drink, and I don’t smoke. I don’t rob banks and I’m not a terrorist. I have never done anything illegal. I don’t even litter. I always vote and I drive the speed limit. I stand up for the pledge of allegiance. I don’t wear blouses that are too low or skirts that are too high. I feed wild birds and I let squirrels sunbathe on my back porch (see below). I don’t pick flowers from public landscaping and I don’t put sugar in my cornbread (but if you do it’s fine by me).

I drink Diet Dr Pepper. I’m cool with that.


This is the dangdest thing I ever saw


It wasn’t dead. It was sunnin’. Flat on it’s belly, all sprawled out.

I think old Bountiful has been sharin’ a few too many pecans with old Henry.

(Henry is the name of all of our squirrels)

Wait, I had a point somewhere. Oh, yeah..

Here’s a recap.

You got:

robberBank Robbers..

daily mail pix paul lewis



People who curse excessively…

dscn0409and me drinking my diet dr pepper.

I think I’m pretty good here.

Anyone tells you otherwise, tell ’em I said to get off m’tractor.


Dude, your french toast is almost done….

(I don’t really say things like “Dude” but it worked here)


Cook over medium heat until browned on both sides. This will just take a few minutes on each side.


This is awful. It tastes bad, its horrible. Tell everyone in your house that as they salivate so you can keep it all to yourself!

~grins with a mischievous twinkle in her eye~




You don’t wanna eat it!



~slides the plate over to you as her face softens~

Have at it, I’ll fix ya some coffee.


Waste Not, Want Not French Toast
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  • 2 hamburger or hot dog buns
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ c milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. Beat together all ingredients except buns with a fork until well blended. Dip in each side of bun.
  2. Place buns in skillet which has been sprayed with cooking spray and heated over medium heat.
  3. Cook a few minutes on each side, until browned.
  4. Serve warm with syrup.

To freeze: Place freshly cooked french toast (which has been cooked all of the way) on waxed paper lined baking sheets and put in the freezer. when frozen, remove from sheets and place in gallon sized zipper bags. Store in freezer. When ready to serve, put each slice in toaster and run for two cycles, or until heated through and crispy again.

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  1. Sandy Stephens says

    This sounds great christy! We love French Toast and I usually do it with my homemade sour dough bread leftovers (if there are any!). Question though…
    Do you make your own homemade syrup or do you go store bought? I make my own and we love it! I use equal amounts of brown & white sugar and an equal amount of water. Stir and heat well until it cooks down a bit, then add a tsp of maple flavoring if you want (we do!) Put in a small pitcher for serving…. Eazy Peazy! Goes great with pancakes (from scratch!) or french toast! LOVE all your recipes! Any more cookbooks in the works yet????

  2. Marsha says

    Thanks so much for the tips on using leftover hamburger buns for French Toast. After camping for the last 3 weekends, we had 3 partial bags of hamburger buns and 6 hot dog buns. I made them all into French Toast and put them in the freezer for when school starts. We have big birthday parties for our 3 children and have family that uses French Vanilla Creamer in their coffee. After each party, I am left with an almost full bottle of creamer, so I use that to make the French Toast instead of using milk. It’s so yummy!

  3. Tara says

    Great idea for the french toast buns!! And I have to tell you….just 1 hour ago my 2 year old was asking me “What’s the name of this squirrel?” (on a coloring page we picked up from Trader Joe’s. I have to come up with names quick because she asks the the names of all the animals we see when we are out and about. You know what name I came up with for her squirrel?? And this was BEFORE reading your post here. HENRY! So funny that I would then come across this post just one hour later and learn that all your squirrels are names Henry!

  4. says

    LOLOL. My daughter walked up and saw your pic as I was drinking MY Diet DP and she said “Look Mom! She’s like you!” Hahaha, too great. I am down to drinking only one a day. I am good with that! Smart choice putting them far away. At least you get your exercise as you go get your drink. 😉

  5. Denise says

    Amen, amen, and amen! (About your Diet Dr. Pepper…) I have said almost the exact same thing about me and my Diet Coke. : ) I tell people I don’t drink, smoke, curse, or do drugs. You have given me more ammo. LOL! Thank you for your sweet blogs and great recipes. This southern girl is right at home with your pages, nodding in agreement as I read. God bless !

  6. Katie Woodson says

    I got this recipe in an email from southernplate just a couple days before coming into a large quantity of leftover hamburger buns (long story.) So, I whipped up a batch for the kiddos this morning. Instant hit. Even my picky one loved it. It really does make lovely French toast. Thanks for the idea!

  7. says

    Christy I understand about your diet Dr. Pepper. Mine is the Starbucks Frappuccino Mocha. Funny thing is I don’t like coffee but I LOVE these. I try to hide them but I remember where I put it. I’m not very good at remembering things. Oh well. Like you I don’t have very many vices. so go ahead and have you Dr. Pepper. Enjoy! Just try to drink other things, too. Try a Starbucks. Love ya.

  8. Carol says

    My mom would use leftover biscuits, cut them in half and then cook (fry) them in a little oil–so tasty, a little eggy and no waste. We still do this from time to time and it really takes me back.

  9. Heidi Q says

    Rather than read the other 100 comments before this page, I may be repeating a tip… I like to add fresh ground nutmeg and vanilla along with the cinnamon in my French Toast egg dip. It is insane. I love the tip to use hotdog/hamburg rolls. Here in New England we have hot dog rolls that open at the top, separated at the sides, so the don’t have so much of the brown crust on them. Split right into 2 halves, they’d be great in this too.

  10. Tamra says

    This sounds easy & yummy! I never thought of using our old buns. Great idea! I have to comment that we may be long lost twinners! I am a DDP addict. And I don’t do any of those other things either. DDP is my only vice and I don’t care what anyone says. And I keep mine in extra fridge so I have to go through house, out to garage and down a couple of steps. So worth the effort. Have a great week!

  11. Emily Storm says

    Yummy!! I made this last night. I added some orange zest, nutmeg and vanilla. This was absolutely delicious!! This is the best french toast recipe I’ve ever made! It was so nice to make good use of the leftover hot dog buns. I only had two buns left over, but was seriously wishing I had more just to make more french toast. What an unexpected treat! Thank you Christy!

  12. Megan says

    Made this for the first time this morning! I’ll admit–I was a little skeptical–but I was certainly proven wrong! I don’t see any difference really between this french toast and the french toast I made with fresh bread last week!

  13. Josey says

    I’m with you, Christy- wasting food just doesn’t feel right. As such, I have 2 or 3 gallon baggies in my freezer stuffed with the ends of bread loaves and leftover hamburger & hot dog buns, etc. and until now only used them for croutons and bread crumbs. I’m glad to have another use for that enormous cache of food- thanks!

    In return may I share with you another useful trick for using every last bit of jelly in the jar- for some reason nobody ever wants to finish the jelly and the last 1/2 inch would go to waste except for this: I throw a few ice cubes and a bit of milk in the nearly empty jar and screw the lid on tight then hand to a kid to shake, shake, shake until they have a yummy fruity milk to drink. It’s a treat we look forward to!


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