Where have these decadent baked french toast sticks have been all my life? I’ve totally been missing out. I’ve gotten them at restaurants before so who knows why I’ve waited so long to try making them at home. They are easy to make, no-fork-required, perfectly dunk-able sticks of soft, buttery, perfectly cinnamony french toast bliss! Breakfast just got a whole lot more exciting! For an easy meal and to keep the no silver-ware thing going you can serve them serve them along baked egg muffins (another thing I need to share) and some salty crispy bacon to round things out. Everything is better with a side of bacon.
Of course these aren’t just for kids, everyone of all ages will love these. Though my kids totally enjoyed these I know I enjoyed them equally as much if not more. What’s not to love? They’re hand hold-able, easy to serve, easy to eat, perfectly delicious french toast and they’re definitely a great start to any weekend morning! They’d also be a great make ahead breakfast that you could have on hand in the freezer rather than buying the store-bought kind. And if you wanted to make them healthier you could use hearty whole grain bread and cut back on the sugar and syrup. Try these once and you’ll be hooked!
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup whole milk
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- 8 slices Texas toast bread
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted, plus more for serving if desired
- Maple syrup, for serving
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 18 by 13-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl whisk together sugar and cinnamon, set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl vigorously whisk together milk, eggs, vanilla and salt until very well blended. Cut each slice of bread into even three strips (you can layer a few slices to cut several at a time). Dip each portion (I usually dip 2 sticks at a time) into egg mixture then lift and let excess run off and transfer to prepared baking sheet (they will have to fit closely together but leave just a little space between them). Using a basting brush, brush tops of french toast sticks lightly with 1 Tbsp of the melted butter. Sprinkle tops evenly with half of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake in preheated oven for 13 minutes. Remove from oven, flip french toast sticks to opposite side and brush tops lightly with remaining 1 Tbsp melted butter and sprinkle evenly with remaining cinnamon sugar mixture. Return to oven and continue to bake until cooked through, about 13 - 18 minutes longer. Let cool for a few minutes. Brush lightly with a little more melted butter if desired and serve warm with maple syrup for dipping.
- Recipe source: inspired by food.com