Glazed Donut French Toast Recipe

Have you ever went to grab a glazed donut to discover that they’re stale? Rarely do we finish off a dozen glazed donuts before they go stale. Jeremy loves donuts from a local donut shop called Amon’s Bakery. I’m actually not crazy about glazed donuts, but I agree with him that they’re pretty awesome when they’re fresh. Once donuts start to go stale even reheating can’t salvage them, but I discovered they make tasty French Toast. This Glazed Donut French Toast recipe won’t need syrup or any other toppings, the sugar glaze on the donuts starts to caramelize in the skillet and makes them amply sweet.

Glazed donut French toast

Glazed donut French toast

Are you curious why I made stale glazed donuts into French Toast? I hate it when food goes to waste. I grew up in a poverty ridden area, and I lived in Bogota, Colombia where families were so poor they would go through our trash looking for food. Most of our whole food waste goes to our chickens, but I can’t feed them sugary donuts. We had been buying brioche bread from our local Aldi, and we use it to cook French Toast. We were out of brioche, so I decided that the leftover glazed donuts would be worth a try.

It never crossed my mind that the sugar glaze would caramelize in the skillet, and would give the French Toast a Creme Brûlée taste. Did I mention that it’s ridiculously easy to make? You just need a few ingredients including glazed donuts, eggs, milk, salt, and optionally vanilla.

You can see the caramelize sugar if you look closely.

Glazed donut French toast

Glazed donut French toast

Glazed donut French toast

This individual recipe is for 4 slices of Glazed Donut French Toast. You can easily make just two slices from one donut, but you have to be willing to throw out the leftover egg and milk mixture. You can also very easily double the recipe and feed a crowd.


Glazed Donut French Toast Recipe
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  • 2 Glazed Donuts (preferably stale)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • dash of salt
  • optional vanilla extract
  1. Use a bread knife to slice the glazed donuts into two halves (donuts should be thinner circles)
  2. Beat egg, milk, and salt together until frothy
  3. Optionally mix in vanilla extract
  4. Pour into a shallow bowl
  5. Soak each donut side in egg mixture briefly
  6. Fry each side in a greased skillet or griddle over low-medium heat until golden brown
  7. Serve immediately

Glazed donut French toast  Glazed donut French toast

The milk and dash of salt helps to cut down on the overall sweetness of the Glazed Donut French Toast. You could also add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg to spice up your French Toast.

Our local bakery sells day old donuts by the bag at a discount, so you might want to check out your local bakery if you know that you want to make a batch or two.

What kind of specialty breakfast dishes do you like to make? Please let me know what you think of this recipe if you give it a try.

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  • Reply E Matthews 18/10/2018 at 6:13 am

    Thank you for your donut recipe. Had some old donuts left at work, chocolate covered as it happens. I hunted the Web and came across your post. Delisous had to soak them for over an hour (they were 4 days stale) so glad I didn’t throw them in the bin without first checking so see if they could be served another way.


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