Baked French Toast Sticks


French Toast Sticks

Ingredients

  • 4-5 slices of bread I used an Italian loaf
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cream I used half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon plus more

Instructions

  1. Mix together the eggs, cream, vanilla and cinnamon in a shallow dish. Slice the bread into sticks. Coat each pieces in the egg mixture and place on a prepared baking sheet. I lined my baking sheet with a Silpatmat. You could also grease the baking sheet with a little oil or butter. Don’t use parchment paper, because we will be putting these under the broiler and parchment paper + broilers = bad news man. Don’t do it. Unless instead of making French toast sticks, you wanted to start a fire.
  2. Not like that’s ever happened to me. I’m an expert baker and all. Uh….
  3. Now sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar over each stick. Bake under the broiler for 2-3 minutes. KEEP AN EYE ON IT. Not all broilers were created equal, so watch yours and adjust the bake time. What we are aiming for is for the eggs to cook but also for the sugar to caramelize on top. Think creme brulee.
  4. After 2-3 minutes remove the sticks from the oven, flip and sprinkle on a little more cinnamon sugar. Bake for an additional 2-3 minutes. Now you’re ready to serve.

  • Oh my goodness, talk about a flashback to when I was a kid. I LOVED french toast and have not eaten it in years. Such a fun and cool recipe. Love the photo styling! Makes me want to eat a million french toast sticks!!!

    -Katie
    www.katieskronicles.org

  • Yummy!! I haven’t made French Toast in forever, but I will be trying these!!

  • This looks so good and easy. So I was wondering could you make a large batch and freeze them and pop a few in the microwave? I have a two year old who loves french toast and this would be perfect to be able to pull a few out of the freezer every morning.

  • I made these Baked French Toast Sticks tonight for dinner. They were so delicious. I followed the recipe and it worked perfectly for my oven. I was a little intimated, I’ve never made French Toast before let alone used a Broiler. I can’t wait to make these again. They would be a great addition to any Brunch. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

  • i need to make these, never had french bread before but they look worth trying out!

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  • Those look delish! I wish I would have seen it this morning!

    Sarah=)

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  • I made this recipe this morning. I did not have any cream, so I used regular milk. It still turned out very good. Thank you very much!

  • It looks delicious and makes me want to eat, thank you!:-) !! I’m French so if you want I’ll give you the recipe as it is cooking in France 😉

    French toast :
    200g of milk
    800g cream
    1 whole egg and 4 egg yolks
    150g sugar
    Stale French bread (it is better when the bread is not fresh / bun or bread can replace bread)

    Mix the egg yolks and sugar, add the milk and cream whipping. Deposit slices in the mixture and let it soak. Melt a little salted butter in a frying pan with a little brown sugar. Brown on each side. Enjoy as is or with a little cream or jam. NB: the real recipe is with stale bread + egg + milk.

    Have a nice day !

  • So yum! French toast is my favourite breakfast treat and baked just makes it so much easier for sharing. I’ve tried a blueberry cream cheese recipe, but will have to give sticks a try.

  • This reminds me of elementary school lunch in the BEST POSSIBLE WAY. I have never been a big fan of french toast, but have ALWAYS loved it in stick version. Go figure. So excited to try a homemade version. My mouth is watering just thinking of it!!!

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  • When I can no longer fit through my door, I will be blaming you! These look delicious, all my favourite things 🙂 xxx

  • Oh my….how delicious!!!!!!!!!! Such a great idea!!!!!

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  • Mmmm this looks delicious, can’t wait to try this out for breakfast! 😀

    http://beblacknblue.blogspot.co.uk

  • Yummy! Thanks for sharing your trial and error stories. Makes me feel comforted when I mess up 🙂
    Liz @ rusticpeach.com

  • Yum this recipe would go great with coffee!

    xoxo, Meg

    www.willwork4cupcakes.blogspot.com

  • While browsing my activity feed in Etsy today, I came across this little gem:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/120272889/stuffed-french-toast-stick-plush-ready

  • Yes, please. I kept scrolling through the post thinking it was Sunday morning with a cup of coffee. Alas, there’s four inches of snow on the ground and more to come.

  • These look delish!!! French toast is my fave sweet breakfast treats!

  • oh my god! these look gorgeous! trying these tonight already! thanks for sharing!

  • Yum! Brings back childhood memories. My fiance would LOVE these.

    Mary

    http://marymarysgarden.blogspot.com

  • Oh, so yummy!!! I guess that would make a perfect lazy Sunday breakfast 😉

  • French toast is my boyfriends fav. I have been trying to perfect it for a few months now using Alton Browns method. I think I am going to try to broil method you have here next time. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • I’ve been craving french toast lately! I’ll deff need to try this with my gluten free bread. 🙂

    Sara @ tinysugarbee.blogspot.com

  • French toast sticks are one of those dangerous foods that you start eating and don’t notice 5 minutes later when you’ve had the whole batch. I bet these would be good with a bit of caramel dizzle. =)
    Allison
    http://www.alliray.com/

  • Love the photos, have never tried to make french toast in the oven, but it is certainly a staple in my house! And I can totally relate to the whole parchment paper + broiler scenario. Yikes! Thanks for the post 🙂

  • these look absolutely delicious! i am laying in bed at 10:40pm but am seriously considering getting up and making them right now 🙂

  • i’m literally drooling over the pictures right now. this is totally up my alley.

    “my second version was more like soggy bread with burnt sugar on top. that one was pretty gross.” this made me smile, this totally happens to me all the time when i make recipes. eheh.

    love, x
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  • It looks so tempting!
    I’m gonna try it tomorrow 🙂
    Thank you!!!!!!!
    xo
    Anastasia
    http://natbeesfashion.blogspot.gr/

  • Well done! I think this looks like a fun way to eat french toast…for both kids and adults 🙂 I look forward to trying this, thank you.

  • Oh, man! You’re killing me! Those look and sound soooo good!
    xo Heather
    http://ahopelessnotebook.blogspot.com/

  • I’m excited to make these! I’ve never been too big on french toast, but I’ve always LOVED french toast sticks! I never thought to make them at home though – thanks for the inspiration!

  • mmmph gotta try this! I forgot I had a bunch of bread for it… and anything in easy-to-nom-stick-form is for me 🙂

  • Looks yum-my! This weekend I made Spice cake french toast.
    Here’s my recipe:
    http://astorytellinghome.com/2013/02/17/sweet-sundays-spice-cake-french-toast-recipe/

    Léa

  • Yum! These look delicious, my mom used to make these but fried up in the pan, sounds yummy prepared in the oven, I will be testing these out next brunch!

  • YUM! i am totally making these sometime.
    Thank you, Emma and Elise, for great inspiration everyday!
    Anna

  • I always find it funny that this is called “French toasts”, not sure that we French people eat a lot of it. Well, not me at least, though i absolutely love it! But we are supposed to use overdried old bread to make it, or old brioche, which i don’t have very often.. Maybe i should buy bread and let it dry on purpose 😉

  • I’m french, and sorry for my language… your French Toast looks good, but it is not at all French recipe!! As Keri-Anne, use mostly milk and eggs, and a little sugar.
    Exactly, I mix an egg and a glass of milk (my husband,chef, adds a little brown sugar). I soak the bread (or brioche for my husband) in the mixture and I bake bread in a pan with butter 2-3min. I sprinkle sugar bread slices and enjoy!!
    Here is the French recipe, more light, it’s true, but taste and tell me!!
    Aurélie
    PS: I love your blog, and thanks for all your many ideas!

  • I loooooooooove french toast, and these look SO good 🙂 I often use a little sprinkle of cardamon i my toast 🙂

  • Wooaah they look delicious! I’m definitely going to attempt to make these-thanks 🙂
    Rachelle x
    http://inspiredbytheretired.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Saw these on the blog and had to make them! They were awesome! I didn’t have any cream, so I just used regular milk. And I had a loaf of wheat bread, the poor kid cousin to the Italian loaf. It was my first time using the broiler, and it wasn’t as frightening as I thought it would be. Thanks for all the great recipies (along with everything else you guys post)!

    <3 <3 <3

  • OH yes, we have matching ideas of the perfect french toast stick! Making these!!!

  • Gosh it looks delicious !!
    New post up: http://www.thestilettoholic.com/2013/02/19/2300/

  • love the idea of making them into sticks. made mine into heart shapes last week for v-day using a cookie cutter and served with strawberry sauce was awesome will try your version too for sure. p.s. challah is the best bread ever for french toast! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  • Yum! Growing up my mom would sometimes treat us with french toast sticks from Burger King. They sure weren’t the healthiest things, and as an adult, I love your take on them and the ingredients you’ve used much more! However you slice it though, french toast sticks will always hold a special place in my heart haha. Thanks for sharing!

  • Dear Emma, I don’t know you (and I don’t even know what a french toast is.. shame on me, eh eh) but I wanted to tell you that I really like the way you write, it always seems that I’m listening to you instead than reading you 🙂
    thanks for sharing
    Valeria

  • yum! That sounds so delicious! My younger and older brother would love these, I’ll have to make them for them 🙂

    xoxo
    Juliette Laura
    juliettelaura.blogspot.com

  • Gonna make me some of these delights! YUMtastic!

    mmmmmmm xxxxxx

    www.drenchedinlife.com

  • Mmmm, these look fantastic Emma! The perfect weekend breakfast!

  • these used to be my favorite lunch from the school cafeteria! actually, i think i’m being called to make these, because i saw a similar recipe on Iowa Girl Eats the other day (http://iowagirleats.com). The recipe is calling to me!

  • These look yummy! I remember having French toast sticks for breakfast as a child multiple times a week. Brings back memories.

  • I now know what I’m making for breakfast this weekend!! =)
    Looks delicious!!!

    http://chloemoonergo.blogspot.com

  • Aah they look so amazing. Great photography too. My husband always orders French toast – I tend to go for Eggs Benedict but perhaps I should start changing my order! Yum yum yum x

  • These would be great for kids!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  • Okay, don’t hate me but I am not a french toast fan. However, my husband is, so I will definitely make this recipe for him!

  • YUM! Will definitely be trying this… I used to love Burger King’s French Toast Sticks when I was a kid…then I tried them again as an adult and well, they tasted like plastic. So disappointing! I’m sure this recipe you posted will reinvigorate my love of French Toast Sticks once more <3 Thank you!

    http://beautifuldaysgoneby.wordpress.com/

    ~Steph

  • meg- when using my silpat for this recipe I had no trouble. But I could def see some harm coming to a silpat if it was under a broiler for more than a few minutes at a time. Broilers are, well, very hot. Of course. 🙂 So if you are concerned I would skip it and just butter your pan well. Hope that works for you, good luck!

  • I second the “Penzey’s spices will change your life” sentiment! Their Vietnamese cinnamon opened a whole new world to me. Quick question: My friends have converted me to using a Silpat (amazing!), but they all warned me never to use it with the broiler because it might warp the Silpat or create softer, uneven spots on the pad–has that been your experience at all? I love mine so much I’ve been too afraid to try it under the broiler.

  • Emma – I am so glad you joined A Beautiful Mess!! French Toast Sticks were my favorite breakfast as a kid, I can’t wait to make this baked version myself. And thank you for the post on making your own pasta…I just got the Kitchen Aid attachment and i’ve been planning to adventure into pasta making soon. Thanks for all the great recipes, tricks/tips, and of course your quirky humor. <3

  • This sound so yummy and perfect for breakfast!
    Carlee
    http://almostendearing.blogspot.com/

  • French toast is my all time favorite breakfast food! I will definitely have to try this, it looks so yummy 🙂

    http://www.charliececile.com

  • The look delicious!!!!!!Oh my god…i’m starving!!!

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  • I just had lunch but Oh My God, I want to try these right now. I’m a French Toast regular, I make them on the weekends, but I’m never baked them. I’ll try it your way and see how it goes 😀

  • French toast was the first thing I learned how to cook. When my friends came over for slumber parties I would make them breakfast! Then they wanted to know how to make it!

    PS… these photos are killing me right now. Heading to the kitchen!

    http://run2thewild.blogspot.com/

  • Oh yum! We had French toast (or eggy bread as we call it) the other day. I never thought about adding other ingredients. I have always been taught to just use eggs and milk. I shall try this recipe next time xxx

    Keri-Anne
    http://gingerlillytea.blogspot.com

  • this is such a great and simple recipe, just perfect the lazy days! thanks for sharing, girls!

  • These look so delicious. I suddenly have the urge to make some breakfast foods now. Thanks for sharing! You make it look so easy! Xo, M at BT

  • These look yummy! My husband would be drooling right now if he saw these pictures, haha. I’d attempt to make them for him however my talent and patience for making anything is… none.
    thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Yum! French toast sticks were one of my favorite breakfasts to eat as a kid. I think I’ll have to try this recipe out this weekend!

  • This looks GLOOOORRRRIOUUUUS!
    BTW made your red velvet waffles the other night and they were a huge hit. The batter was like a DREAM (so smooth!!) and the syrup was fabulous! So good!

  • Oh wow. These. look. amazing-zing! I very sadly admit that I just used the broil option on my oven for the very first time. I think I’m ready to bring that count to two : )

  • French toast reminds me of childhood. When I wasn’t really too sick not to go to school, but it was raining outside, and my mom (then very yound) didn’t want to go to her college classes, so we both played hookie and made french toast and watched cartoons 🙂

  • Those look amazing!! We’re having breakfast for dinner tonight so I may add these. You crack me up; I’m with you in the I-started-a-fire club.
    Catherine Denton

  • Sooooo yummy looking and totally dipable!

    Melissa
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