Pistachio Crusted Angel Food Cake French Toast

This pistachio crusted angel food cake French toast is perfectly sweet and has just the right amount of nut crunchiness. Drizzle with honey and devour.

This pistachio crusted angel food cake French toast is perfectly sweet and has just the right amount of nut crunchiness. Drizzle with honey and devour.

Now that the weather has changed to warm (which really is just a tease because it’s supposed to get cold again) I have decided I need a new bedroom fan. Ever since I was a kid I have loved sleeping with fans. It’s not just the noise but it’s the feeling of air blowing in the room. It totally puts me right to sleep. My husband thinks I’m a complete freak because I will happily sleep with the fan 6 inches from my face and blasting on high.

Well, last night it was a little warm in our room and I just feel like our other fan has been trusty for 5 years but is no longer powerful enough to do the job I need it to do. So that is why I’m trying to talk my hubs into going the industrial route. Now, you might think I’m totally insane but I once slept with an industrial fan and it turned my bedroom into a wind tunnel. I was in pure heaven.

If I had to pick a downside it was that the fan shook the whole flooring and if you went downstairs it sounded like there was a jet about to take off in our bedroom. No big. I loved it and that is all that should really matter…right?

So what does all this fan talk have to do with French toast? Nothing really. I just wanted to share my fan story because I’m hoping to wear my hubby down to the point where he just caves and lets me convert our bedroom into the wind tunnel of my dreams.

This pistachio crusted angel food cake French toast is perfectly sweet and has just the right amount of nut crunchiness. Drizzle with honey and devour.

But I’m not going to be totally crazy and just talk about fans. Even though I just wrote like 4 paragraphs on the subject…whoops!

Ok. Focus Brandy, focus!

French toast. This is not my first time using angel food cake as my go to bread for French toast and it will not be my last. I love the idea of nut crusted bread so I combined both and hoped for the best. The end result was crunchy on the outside and perfectly soft and spongy (in a good way) in the middle. Instead of maple syrup, I opted to use vanilla bean honey instead. Trust me, it was the right decision. Since I have made this I have smothered almost everything in vanilla honey. It’s basically the best stuff on earth.

{Looking for more French toast recipes? Try my Irish Soda Bread French ToastRaspberry Amaretto Croissant French ToastStrawberry Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast {Guest Post} or my Espresso Angel Food Cake French Toast.}


Pistachio Crusted Angel Food Cake French Toast

This pistachio crusted angel food cake French toast is perfectly sweet and has just the right amount of nut crunchiness. Drizzle with honey and devour.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 angel food cake, cut into 12 slices
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups finely chopped shelled pistachios
  • Honey, for drizzling {I used vanilla bean honey}


Slice angel food cake and set aside.

In a shallow bowl (I used a 9x9 dish) whisk together whole milk and eggs till the eggs are fully incorporated into the milk.

Once incorporated whisk in vanilla bean paste.

In a large skillet add a tablespoon of butter to melt over medium heat.

Quickly soak for slices of bread in the milk mixture, making sure to coat all sides.

Let the egg mixture drip off the bread and gently press both sides into the chopped pistachios.

Add the nut crusted French toast to the melted butter in the skillet and cook on all sides until the nuts are lightly toasted in color.

Continue until all pieces of cake have been fried. Add more butter in between batches if necessary.

Serve hot and with a drizzle of honey if desired.

30 Responses to “Pistachio Crusted Angel Food Cake French Toast”

  1. #
    Medeja — April 15, 2014 at 6:32 am

    This toast sounds heavenly!

  2. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — April 15, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I am the exact same way with fans! Can’t resist the white noise. I love cornflake crusted French toast, but haven’t done the nut route. Also, vanilla bean honey + angel food cake? Sounds heavenly. (pun totally intended and it does!)

  3. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — April 15, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Yes please, I’ll have some for breakfast.

  4. #
    Julie — April 15, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Holy Toledo, this looks awesome. Angel food is my favorite cake. And made into French toast? Ummm..yes, please! I’m not clear if you are supposed to eat this for breakfast or dessert, but I’ll choose both. 🙂

  5. #
    kristy @ the wicked noodle — April 15, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Goodness gracious, these look specatacular!! What an innovative recipe.

  6. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — April 15, 2014 at 9:17 am

    It was such a gorgeous weekend, and then we woke up to snow this morning. Which would be fine if I had this french toast waiting for me. This is just gorgeous!!!

  7. #
    Christine from Cook the Story — April 15, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Goodness doesn’t describe it. “Heavenly” comes close 😉

  8. #
    Robin @ Simply Southern Baking — April 15, 2014 at 10:03 am

    This looks amazing! Makes me want to have breakfast again this morning!

  9. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — April 15, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Well dangit, I’ve already eaten breakfast today but it looks like elevenses are on the menu. Starring a giant stack o’ this YUM.

  10. #
    Claire Gallam — April 15, 2014 at 11:10 am

    oh my freaking sweet jesus god.

  11. #
    Amy @Very Culinary — April 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    You had me at pistachio. And cake. And toast. Holy sh*t, this is brilliant.

  12. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 15, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I’m a sucker for anything with pistachios. I want a 2nd breakfast right now. 🙂 Looks and sounds amazing!

  13. #
    Brenda@SugarFreeMom — April 15, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Oh goodness that nut crust looks delightful!

  14. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — April 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Breakfast just got a whole lot tastier!

  15. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — April 15, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    It’s so funny you mentioned sleeping with a fan! We just turned ours on this week but forgot to dust it first. Our room was more like a dust tunnel than a wind tunnel. That industrial fan sounds pretty darn awesome though. I personally love sleeping with some background noise, so I’m sure the floors shaking would just lull me to sleep. 🙂 I am seriously loving this french toast. I’m a big fan of angel food cake for french toast but adding honey and pistachios? You cranked this waaay up to the next level!

  16. #
    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — April 15, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    This is such a unique way to do french toast! A must try!

  17. #
    Katrina — April 15, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Say whaaaaat?! This looks freaking unreal!! So fun!

  18. #
    Susan — April 15, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I sleep with a fan on too. In the summer, it’s the a/c and fan. I’m with you on the fan thing. With that in mind, after waking up in the morning, turning off my fan. I’d like a piece of this, mkay?

  19. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — April 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    This HAS to happen for breakfast soon! I love pistachios!

  20. #
    Joanne — April 15, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Well, you know, if you say something on your blog it HAS to happen and it MUST be true. So I see that fan in your future!

    Now, is my reward for being clairvoyant a slice (or twenty) of this gorgeous french toast?! I truly hope so.

  21. #
    Alaina {Fabtastic Eats} — April 16, 2014 at 2:33 am

    This is blowing my mind! I love everything about it!

  22. #
    Yankee Kitchen Ninja (Julianne) — April 16, 2014 at 10:42 am

    You have GOT to be kidding me — this is spectacular! And, as always, your photos are awesome.

  23. #
    Amanda - A Cookie Named Desire — April 16, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Oh yum! I am going to have to make these asap! By the way, have you ever heard of Vintage Bee? Talk about total honey food-gasm right there! I think you will love it!

  24. #
    Angela |Mind Over Batter — April 16, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    I don’t know what I love best – The pistachio crusted angel food cake, or that I have the option of smothering it in vanilla honey. So dreamy!

  25. #
    Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines — April 17, 2014 at 8:22 am

    You and my husband would get along. He loves sleeping with a noisy fan as well. I prefer no air flowing over me and absolute quiet. How’s that for a combination? 🙂 We both agree on French toast though and I think he’d love this as much as I know I would.

  26. #
    grace — April 17, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    i feel like i’ve seen oodles of french toast recipes in my life, but i’ll be darned if this isn’t one of the very best ever. how innovative and delicious!

  27. #
    Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar — April 21, 2014 at 10:42 am

    This sounds delicious! I love the idea of angel food cake – cake for breakfast! 🙂 Pinned!

  28. #
    Tammi — September 14, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Sounds awesome! Where do you get the vanilla honey? Or do you make your own? Thanks!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — September 25th, 2016 @ 12:56 pm

      My brother got me some as a gift but you can make your own too! You can mix regular honey with vanilla bean paste 🙂 Here are a few links to products: vanilla bean infused honey: http://amzn.to/2drwnnI or vanilla bean paste to make your own: http://amzn.to/2drw1gN I hope you enjoy the French toast!


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