Crispy, sweet, cinnamon French toast sticks – the perfect partner for your morning coffee! Cinnamon French toast sticks made with egg-soaked bread and drizzled with maple syrup – yum! Sometimes you just need a sweet decadent breakfast treat like this!
French Toast Sticks
I love everything about finger-friendly french toast sticks. Crispy, buttery brown and coated with the cinnamon sugar, french toast brings back childhood memories.
Believe or not, I wasn’t always a huge fan of vegetables. When I was a child, my mother had to make sandwiches with lots of vegetables to trick me into eating them. And I didn’t enjoy the bread crusts either – I know, I was one of those kids! My mother also went to the trouble of cutting the crusts off. And well, my fussiness as a child is where this recipe came from.
My mother never liked to waste food so she decided to do something with the leftover crusts. And she knew she had to trick us kids again to get us to eat them. And that was my first experience with sweet cinnamon french toast sticks – leftover crusts made super tasty for fussy kids!
I was telling Andy about this recently, and it came to me – why don’t I make them…
This cinnamon stick recipe is the result! A bit of trial and error to perfect my childhood version, and I have a new treat for my decadent weekend breakfasts. I’m not even sure why I wait for the weekends – this is so simple to make, and starts your day on just the right note.
And trust me, your family will love this recipe. Who needs any convincing to pick up a sweet cinnamon stick with your fingers, dip it into maple syrup, and let it melt in your mouth with a cup of tea or coffee?? It’s irresistible to pretty much everyone, including the kids.
So I’m sharing my favourite french toast stick recipe with you so you and your family can enjoy it too. But don’t worry, I won’t use my mother’s trick of making use of bread crusts! Bring joy into your life and share it with your loved ones! Read on!
Why You Will Love These Toast Sticks
These French toast sticks are crispy and firm, and the perfect size to pick up and dip in maple syrup. You can have your coffee ready in your other hand!
As they’re homemade, they’re fresh – not soft and soggy like shop-bought frozen french toast sticks!
While they’re a bit decadent with cinnamon, vanilla and a bit of sugar, they’re also made with whole-grain bread, and maple syrup is one of the healthier sweeteners for dipping
They’re the perfect quick, easy and casual breakfast on-the-run recipe!
French Toast Sticks Ingredients
Our French toast sticks are crispy and firm enough to be perfectly fit into your fingers. Soft and soggy frozen sticks make it difficult to dip in a maple syrup pot. Homemade are much better than shop-bought frozen french toast sticks!
Which is the best bread for these french toast?
My absolute favourite bread for these French toast sticks is raisin bread. It elevates it to a whole new level. I love the natural sweetness of the sultanas rather than adding a lot of sugar.
There’s also no need to use completely fresh bread. In fact, it works best to use slightly stale bread. So please do use stale bread. This is important!
Soft, super fresh bread, is only recommended for extra fluffy French toast that is super popular in Tokyo, but not for these French toast sticks as it absorbs too much egg mixture.
If you have some leftover, slightly stale bread, that’s perfect!
Maple syrup: These French toast sticks are best enjoyed with maple syrup. Maple syrup for me is just the perfect sweetener – its rich, deep, earthy flavour is to-die-for. And it’s a healthy alternative to sugar. These French toast sticks are slightly sweetened with cinnamon and a small amount of sugar, but dipping them into maple syrup really takes them to another level!
How To Make French Toast Sticks
These French sticks are super easy to make. Cut the bread slices into three strips (if using a standard sized slice of bread) – one and a half inches wide per strip.
Thoroughly mix the butter, eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla with a whisk. You want to avoid strands of egg whites appearing on the bread. Set the mix aside.
Soak the French sticks in the mixture. As soon as they’re coated with the mixture, fry them on the preheated pan.
My very best advice is to dip the breadsticks just enough to get the milk mix. No need to leave them there. Otherwise they absorb all the liquid towards the center of the bread, resulting in soggy texture.
Make sure that the skillet is pre-heated to a medium heat. This way, the breadstick coating is cooked immediately, avoiding it spreading out on the pan.
Medium heat also allows you to cook it until it’s golden brown without scorching the surface.
That’s it! Serve immediately and enjoy!
Tips for the Best French Toast Sticks
How to store them?
These cinnamon French toast sticks disappear from the kitchen table so quickly. I make extra and freeze them (usually before anyone sees them). With some stored in the freezer, you can make a quick and easy weekday breakfast anytime in no time at all!
To freeze, once you’ve cooked and allowed them to cool down, transfer them into an airtight container or a ziploc bag. They will be kept in the fridge for three days and in the freezer for a month. Reheat them with the oven or the pan until hot enough to enjoy (being careful not to burn the outside).
- You can replace cinnamon to apple pie recipe or any spice you prefer.
- If you fancy French toast with powdered sugar, sprinkle some.
You can also serve with:
- whipped cream
- fresh strawberries, blueberries or raspberries
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French Toast Sticks Recipe
- 4 bread slices (I use raisin bread)
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup whole milk (or I used almond milk)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- sea salt (pinch)
- 2 teaspoons white sugar (cane sugar or beet sugar will be good)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 teaspoon butter
- maple syrup (for dipping)
- Cut the bread slices into three strips (about one and a half inches wide).
- Place eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla into a bowl. Thoroughly mix them with a whisk. This avoids making spots of egg whites on the surface.
- Keep the skillet pan on medium heat.
- Soak the bread sticks in the egg and milk mixture.
- Place in the skillet and fry as soon as the sticks are coated with the mixture. Cook each side until they’re golden brown, turning them over when each side is done.
- Transfer the sticks onto a plate and glaze with the leftover butter.That's it! Serve immediately, and enjoy with maple syrup!