French Toast Bites

French toast bites These are more of a hybrid between French toast and cinnamon toast. Normally I don’t really think of French toast as crispy/crunchy. But these have a little crunch to them as the sugar caramelizes under the broiler. Sort of a brûlée situation.

French toast bites These are also really party-friendly since they’re served on skewers. We passed these around the office and they were gone quickly. I think it could also be sort of fun to throw the French toast bites in a small bowl with the fruit. Then it’s kind of a breakfast Panzanella, which sounds both weird and DELICIOUS. Or maybe that’s just me?

French toast bitesFrench Toast Bites

4-5 slices of French or Italian bread
3-4 eggs
2 tablespoons cream or whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/3 cup sugar

Cut the bread into cubes. I think it’s best to do this the night before and leave the bread in an open ziplock bag. Drier bread works well for French toast because it soaks up the egg mixture without getting soggy, like fresh bread can sometimes. 

French toast bites In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, cream, and vanilla extract. Add a pinch or two of the cinnamon. In another bowl stir together the remaining cinnamon and the sugar. Dip the cubed bread into the egg mixture, then coat in the cinnamon sugar. Place on a baking sheet lined with a Silpat mat. 

Broil for 1-3 minutes, flip, then broil another 1-3 minutes. I realize 1-3 minutes is actually a pretty big difference when working with a broiler, but all ovens are a little bit different. So, it’s best to keep a close eye on your toasts so they crisp to your liking but don’t burn. Once done toss in a little more sugar and assemble your skewers.

French toast bites You can use any fruit you prefer and don’t forget the syrup! Give my Classic Stuffed French Toast a try if you love brunch! Enjoy, and happy brunching. xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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French Toast Bites

Ingredients

  • 4-5 slices of French or Italian bread
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cream or whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Cut the bread into cubes. I think it’s best to do this the night before and leave the bread in an open ziplock bag. Drier bread works well for French toast because it soaks up the egg mixture without getting soggy, like fresh bread can sometimes.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, cream, and vanilla extract. Add a pinch or two of the cinnamon. In another bowl stir together the remaining cinnamon and the sugar. Dip the cubed bread into the egg mixture, then coat in the cinnamon sugar. Place on a baking sheet lined with a Silpat mat.
  3. Broil for 1-3 minutes, flip, then broil another 1-3 minutes. I realize 1-3 minutes is actually a pretty big difference when working with a broiler, but all ovens are a little bit different. So, it’s best to keep a close eye on your toasts so they crisp to your liking but don’t burn. Once done toss in a little more sugar and assemble your skewers.
  • 5 stars
    Emma, you are a genius! So simple and so incredibly delicious at the same time. I will recommend your recipe to all my friends:)

    • Probably. I like using a baking mat or parchment paper more though because it’s less likely to stick to the pan (even if you butter it). I don’t usually use parchment paper though if I am broiling as it is possible to catch the paper on fire (although unlikely, still there’s a bit of a chance when broiling) so a baking mat (silpat) is what I would recommend here.

  • Hi Morris! Broiling is a method of cooking where you place the food on a pan inside an oven. 🙂 -Jacki

  • This is perfect! This would make a great weekend breakfast! 🙂

  • That sound absolutly delicious! I have to try it! Thanks from France for sharing 😉

  • These look delicious, I will definitely be trying them at the weekend. Thanks.

  • I’ve made a huge bunch of french toast a week ago but this is such a great idea!!

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

  • That looks super duper good! I’d add some blueberries to my kabob! Consider this post pinned for a weekend breakfast 🙂

  • This is brilliant! And a fun way to portion out your carbs and fruit on the plate. So cute, too!

  • What a great idea for breakfast ! Love it ! I live in France and I used eat the french toast but this one are great 😉

  • These french toast bites look not only delicious but also adorable! I had french toast only once before and I would love to try it again 🙂

    Erika
    http://whaterikawears.com/

  • YUM! Lately I get hungry every time I come across a food post here! 😉

    http://www.misadventuro.us

  • This is perfect for my weekly Saturday post-yoga brunch! Thanks for the great ideas as usual!

  • This french toast bites look so delicious! I think I’ll be having breakfast for dinner. Happy Wednesday 🙂

  • Yummm, I think I will try this recipe Saturday morning 🙂 it will be a perfect breakfast!
    Thanks for the recipe!
    Orsi
    http://szkorso.blogspot.ro

  • Now this is my kinda french toast. My hubby loves french toast, but it can be a bit much for me. This way looks amazing.

  • YUM! I definitely want to make these for Saturday morning breakfast!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  • This sounds delicious!!
    xo, Lauren-lee
    www.laurenleegrace.blogspot.com

  • This is an amazing brunch idea!! Love the kabobs – so cute!

    Warm Regards,
    Alexandra
    www.littlewildheart.com

  • Is cinnamon toast a Stockholm thing? If so, Stockholm just moved higher up on my places-I-want-to-go-to list.

    🙂

    -Emma

  • What a sweet idea! French Toast is one of my favorite foods, so I definitely am going to try this! Thank you!

    Circus & Bloom
    ♥♥♥

  • What a sweet idea! French Toast is one of my favorite foods, so I definitely am going to try this! Thank you!

    Circus & Bloom
    ♥♥♥

  • This is SO adorable, and an awesome way to portion control! Whenever I do brunch I want the savory option but with a little sweet, so this would be perfect to put on the table as a side to the eggs benny too!

    Jill
    Latest post: Hips Don’t Lie! 3 Quick Moves to Keep ‘Em Fit for Life!

  • Oh, delicious!! I’ve been in Stockholm this weekend and I’ve eaten a fair amount of cinnamon toast bites. Well, I’ll have to recreate them now!
    xx,
    E.
    www.theslowpace.com

  • Okay, wow, these look AH-mazing. I must try these!

    Jas Poole Blog // photography & lifestyle

  • Skewers of fresh fruit and cinnamon french toast? Yes please!
    This looks like the ultimate brunch food. I’m saving this for Sunday.

    🙂

    emmasbeginning.blogspot.com

  • What a adorable Idea as an appetizer at a brunch event!
    ~megan
    www.booksteaandnyc.com

  • Is it just me, or does A Brûlée Situation sound like the perfect name for a dreamy summer band?

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