Delicious Scottish Toast Recipe for Breakfast Bliss

Welcome to my latest recipe article featuring one of the most iconic dishes in Scottish cuisine – Scottish toast! If you’re a fan of traditional Scottish delicacies or just looking to expand your breakfast menu, look no further than this mouth-watering dish.

The history of Scottish toast is fascinating, originating from the hills and glens of Scotland where oats have been a staple food for centuries. Typically enjoyed as a hearty breakfast, Scottish toast has evolved to become a versatile dish that can be enjoyed any time of day. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, this dish has something for everyone.

In this article, I’ll be sharing with you my personal recipe for traditional Scottish toast. Packed with flavor and easy to make, this recipe is perfect for those who are short on time but still want a delicious and satisfying meal.

So put on your aprons, grab your frying pan and join me in making the best Scottish toast you’ve ever tasted!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Scottish Toast
Scottish Toast

If you’re looking for a mouth-watering breakfast that’s hearty, satisfying, and packed full of flavor, then you simply have to try Scottish Toast! This traditional Scottish dish is a sure-fire hit with foodies who love their meal to be hearty and wholesome yet rich in flavor.

So why will you love this recipe? For starters, it’s extremely versatile. You can cook it up in a number of ways- crispy, savory, sweet – the options are endless! The recipe also includes healthy ingredients like oats and eggs that give you a good dose of protein and fiber. Plus, the addition of confectioners’ sugar adds a touch of sweetness that will have you coming back for more.

Whether you’re aiming to impress your family on a Sunday morning or looking for an easy meal that doesn’t compromise on taste or nutrition, Scottish Toast is the perfect recipe for you. Give it a try and soon you’ll understand why it’s an absolute favorite amongst Scots all around the world!

Ingredient List

 A Scottish breakfast classic: Scottish Toast
A Scottish breakfast classic: Scottish Toast

Let’s gather our ingredients for this traditional Scottish toast recipe! You will need:

  • 4 slices of bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp of canola oil
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
  • A pinch of black pepper

Optional toppings: powdered sugar, confectioners’ sugar, beans, smoked salmon, avocado, sardines or steak.

For those who like a twist: try making Scottish oats crusted french toast or even the unique and savory scotch woodcock creamy scrambled eggs.

Now that we have gathered our ingredients, let’s start creating this delicious recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 Simple and hearty, perfect for a cozy morning in
Simple and hearty, perfect for a cozy morning in

Now that we have gone through the motivation behind this recipe, let’s get to the heart of it! In this section, I will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to prepare Scottish Toast Recipe.

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of whole milk
  • A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil or butter

Preparation and Cooking Process:

  1. Crack two eggs into a bowl, add two tablespoons of milk and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper to season. Whisk everything together until well combined.

  2. Add one teaspoon vanilla extract into the mixture to give your Scottish Toast a unique flavor.

  3. In a frying pan over medium heat, melt one tablespoon of butter or canola oil.

  4. Submerge two slices of bread into the egg mixture until the bread is soaked in it evenly.

  5. Lay each slice on the heated frying pan and cook them for three to four minutes on each side until they’re golden brown.

  6. Repeat the process with another slice of bread and leftover egg mix.

  7. Serve hot with your favorite toppings such as powdered sugar, confectioners’ sugar, whipped cream, avocado toast, sardines, or smoked salmon for a perfect breakfast spread!

Voila! This is how easily you can make flavorful Scottish Toasts without much difficulty.

Optional Variations:

For variation in taste, you can try using honey instead of vanilla essence or add some oats for an oatmeal crusted Scottish toast version. Another variation is to try making it like Scotch Woodcock, using creamy scrambled eggs as a spread over your Scottish toast topped with freshly ground black pepper.

Tips to Perfect Your Scrumptious Scottish Toast Recipe:

  • Use thickly sliced bread for an even distribution of flavor and texture.
  • Don’t oversaturate the bread with egg mixture to avoid making it too soggy or falling apart while cooking.
  • Heat the pan before beginning to cook the toast, as this prevents the bread from getting greasy when it is placed on not hot enough pan.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Can I use any type of bread for this recipe?
A. Absolutely! White, whole wheat, or sourdough bread will all work wonderfully.

Q. How do I make this recipe vegan-friendly?
A. Substitute eggs with flax eggs, nut milk for whole milk, and vegan butter or oil.

Now that you know all the secrets of preparing delicious Scottish Toast, go ahead and try your hand on this very simple but oh-so-delicious Scottish cuisine.

Substitutions and Variations

 Get ready for a burst of flavor with every bite
Get ready for a burst of flavor with every bite

Do you like to experiment in the kitchen and put your own twist on classic recipes? Then this is the section for you! Here are some delicious substitutions and variations you can try out with this Scottish toast recipe:

– Swap out the oats for bread crumbs to make traditional Scottish French toast. Simply mix together 2 beaten eggs, 2 tbsp of milk, a pinch of salt, and dip 4 slices of bread. Then cook them in a hot buttered pan until golden brown.

– For a savory twist on the Scottish toast, try making a Scotch Woodcock – creamy scrambled eggs served on buttered toast. To make the creamy scrambled eggs, whisk together 2 eggs, 2 tbsp of whole milk, a pinch of salt and black pepper. Melt 1 tsp of butter in a non-stick pan over low heat. Add the egg mixture and gently scramble until just cooked. Spoon the scrambled eggs over two slices of toasted bread.

– Want to add some texture? Try using Scottish oats instead of breadcrumbs for an oats-crusted French toast that’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

– Serve your Scottish toast with various toppings for a perfect breakfast feast! Try baked beans or English breakfast beans on top, smoked salmon or sardines alongside, avocado toast or steak toasts, or even poached egg on top!

These variations are sure to impress your taste buds and give you a fresh take on this traditional Scottish dish – mix it up and find your new favourite way to enjoy Scottish Toast!

Serving and Pairing

 Soft and fluffy bread with a hint of sweetness
Soft and fluffy bread with a hint of sweetness

This Scottish toast recipe is versatile and can be served in a variety of ways. If you’re looking for a classic Scottish breakfast, serve the toast with some beans or English breakfast beans on the side. The savory flavors of the beans complement the sweet and salty notes of the toast perfectly.

For a lighter, more refreshing option, pair your toast with some smoked salmon or avocado toast. The creaminess of the avocado or smoked salmon works well with the oat crusted French toast, making for a rich yet balanced breakfast.

If you’re feeling indulgent, serve your Scottish toast alongside some steak toasts or sardines. The richness of the steak or sardines complements the creamy scrambled eggs and oats crusted French toast beautifully, making for a decadent brunch experience.

You can also add a poached egg on top of your French toast to create a twist on traditional eggs Benedict. The runny yolk adds an extra layer of flavor and texture to your dish.

No matter how you choose to serve your Scottish toast, be sure to dust it with some powdered sugar or confectioners’ sugar before serving for an added touch of sweetness.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A delicious alternative to plain old toast
A delicious alternative to plain old toast

One great thing about Scottish Toast is that it can be prepared ahead of time and stored for later. If you’re looking to streamline your mornings, make a big batch of Scottish Toast on the weekend and store it for a quick and easy breakfast during the week.

To make-ahead: Follow steps 1-4 of the recipe instructions and then let the toast cool completely. Once cooled, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

To reheat: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the Scottish Toast on a baking sheet and bake for approximately 8-10 minutes or until heated through.

If you’re short on time in the morning, you can also reheat individual slices of Scottish Toast in the toaster or toaster oven. Simply place the slice in the toaster like you would with regular bread, and toast until heated through.

While Scottish Toast is best enjoyed fresh, leftover toast can still be delicious when properly reheated. When done right, reheating will help restore some of its original texture and flavor, making for a hearty and tasty breakfast any day of the week.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Bring a taste of Scotland to your breakfast routine
Bring a taste of Scotland to your breakfast routine

To make your Scottish toast experience even better, I have some tips that will help you achieve perfect results every time.

1. Use thick sliced bread

Scottish toast requires a hearty, thick slice of bread to hold up against the egg and milk mixture. Thick sliced bread will also absorb more of the flavors and not become overly soggy when soaked in the mixture.

2. Soak properly

Allow the bread to completely soak in the egg and milk mixture for at least 2-3 minutes on each side to ensure the ingredients become fully absorbed into the bread. If you don’t soak it enough, it won’t have the proper consistency.

3. Seasoning is key

Add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper to enhance the flavor of the Scottish toast.

4. Oats Crust

Mix oats with butter and sprinkle over the bread before cooking. The oat crust adds a crunchy layer that complements the creaminess of the French toast.

5. Adjust cooking time

Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of your bread slices and your griddle or pan’s temperature. To avoid burnt or undercooked parts, adjust your cooking time as you go along.

6. Powdered Sugar

Finish off your Scottish toast with a dusting of powdered sugar or confectioners’ sugar for added sweetness.

7. Pairings

Consider pairing Scottish toast with baked beans or English breakfast beans on top to add some extra flavor, smoked salmon, avocado toast, steak toasts or sardines are other great options. Also, this dish makes an excellent base for eggs benedict or eggs florentine

By following these tips, you’re guaranteed a delicious meal that will satisfy your cravings for traditional Scottish cuisine.


Before we wrap things up and you begin making your own delicious Scottish Toast, let’s go over some frequently asked questions about this traditional recipe. By addressing these queries beforehand, you’ll be able to avoid common mistakes and have a successful cooking experience. So, let’s dive into the FAQ section below!

What is the traditional Scottish toast?

When you raise a glass for a Scottish toast, the customary phrase to say “cheers” is Slàinte mhath, pronounced as slan-ge-var in Gaelic.

What is the Scottish toast spread?

If you’re looking for a vegan source of B vitamins, Marmite is a great option as it contains supplemental vitamin B12. One popular way to enjoy it is to spread a thin layer onto toast with butter. This sticky, dark brown paste has a strong, salty taste and a potent aroma.

What is a Scottish toast to friendship?

Oh divine being, from whom our existence originates, creator of the vast ocean and its sandy borders, we are constantly experiencing and acknowledging your benevolence. Our hearts overflow with gratitude towards you. If it is your will, all we ask is for the continued presence of those whom we consider trustworthy companions and those whom we cherish, and we shall remain content with no further desires.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, I hope this Scottish Toast Recipe has inspired you to try making and enjoying traditional Scottish cuisine. The oats add a unique and delightful crunch to the french toast, while the creamy scrambled eggs in the Scotch Woodcock variation take this dish to another level.

Remember to experiment with different variations and substitutions to find your perfect flavor combination. And don’t forget to pair your Scottish Toast with some English breakfast beans or smoked salmon for a truly authentic Scottish experience.

So, whether you’re hosting a brunch or enjoying a lazy weekend breakfast, this recipe is sure to delight your taste buds and impress your guests. Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!

Scottish Toast

Scottish Toast Recipe

Serve this hearty toast with fresh sliced fruit and other traditional breakfast items for a hearty breakfast. Also makes a nice dinner dish on a cold day.
Keyword < 30 Mins, Breakfast, Easy, European, Fruit, Grains, Inexpensive, Lunch, One-Dish Meal, Scottish, Stove Top
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 toasted loaf
Calories 605kcal


  • 1 loaf thickly sliced bread (or unsliced bread)
  • 1 box oats (quick oats are fine)
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • powdered sugar (for dusting) or confectioners' sugar (for dusting)


  • If loaf is unsliced, cut it into thick slabs.
  • Set out the sliced bread beside the stove.
  • Pour oats onto a big plate, and layer a fine amount of them for dipping the toast into.
  • Beat eggs, milk, salt and vanilla in a bowl deep enough to hold a slice of your bread.
  • Put butter and oil in a saucepan and let oil/butter come to a good heat, not too high but not too low.
  • Dip a slice of bread in egg mixture, let it absorb wet mixture until it is saturated but not too soggy.
  • Put slice in oats and cover and turn to cover again.
  • Place it in butter/oil mixture and cook on both sides until golden.
  • Set the slices that are done on a plate lined with paper towel.
  • If you are cooking for a few people, transfer to cookie sheet in low-heat oven until all slices are cooked.
  • Transfer to serving plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar, or serve with honey or syrup.


Serving: 169g | Calories: 605kcal | Carbohydrates: 57.2g | Protein: 24.2g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10.2g | Cholesterol: 450.5mg | Sodium: 949.6mg | Fiber: 2.4g | Sugar: 11.8g

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