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November 06, 2020 2 min read

French toast is a classic breakfast favorite, but did you know that it’s also super-easy to make campfire French toast when you’re out in the backwoods for the weekend?

That’s right, and as far as an easy camping breakfast goes, this is up there with the best. The secret to a quick camping breakfast is a pie iron and a heap of hot campfire embers still burning from the night before. 

Keep reading to learn how to make stuffed French toast with peanut butter and jelly (and did we mention, this recipe is entirely vegan, too?)!

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Campfire French toast tips and FAQ

Don’t I need eggs to make campfire French toast?

Traditionally, eggs are a major component of French toast; that’s the standard way to prepare a batter after all. Our recipe is vegan, however, and we find that this method is more convenient for campers even if you aren’t actually vegan.

Instead of trying to take delicate eggs camping, you can just use coconut milk and banana to prepare a fruity batter. There’s no chance of broken eggs if you’ve got no eggs to break!

What bread to use for French toast?

When you’re making French toast in the woods, you might be limited to the type of bread that’s available to you. You can make delicious peanut butter and jelly pie iron sandwiches with standard slices of white bread, and it’s going to be a step above your standard campfire breakfasts anyway!

If you’re still wondering what the ‘best’ bread for French toast is, however, then you can step up your campfire cooking game by bringing brioche bread or even a French baguette to your fold-out camping table. 

What goes good with French toast? 

You can serve so many great extras with your campfire French toast, and it’s really down to your personal tastes as to what you add to your pie iron sandwiches. 

If you’re keeping things vegan, then Good French toast not only goes particularly well with bananas but other fruits such as peaches, strawberries, and even melon. If you’re not trying to keep things vegan, then you can fry up some campfire bacon or sausages to have on the side for an even heartier start to your day. 

Why is it called French toast?

French toast is the stuff of legends, and there’s no clear cut reason as to why it’s actually called French toast. The most obvious answer, that it’s of French origin, might not even be correct. Instead, it’s thought that French toast was first popularised by a man named Joseph French in the 18th century. 

Other theories point out that similar recipes for French toast have existed since at least the early Roman era, and similar recipes were present all over Europe before it crossed over the Atlantic to the Americas (where it became particularly popular!).


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