Monday, March 17, 2014

French Toast Sticks

French Toast Sticks! They are not just for kids. They make an excellent addition to a special weekend brunch. Or add a side of ham or bacon along with some sliced fruit and you have a meal that everyone will enjoy. 

I have always loved french toast sticks! There is something about a food that is meant to be dipped that makes it fun! Plus, when making french toast sticks you can bake enough for the whole family at one time, as opposed to regular french toast, you can only make a few at a time.

The recipe that I like to make is based on this recipe from Taste of Home. While french toast sticks are easy to make, they are a little time consuming. However when you are making them, you can easily double or triple the amount you are making and freeze the rest for an easy week night dinner or a special weekend breakfast.

I prefer to make these out of "cheap" store bought white bread. But you could definitely make them out of any kind of bread. You could try using the homemade bread from my Basic Bread recipe. Or if you want to make them a little healthier and heartier you could use a whole wheat or whole grain bread. The original recipe recommends using Texas Toast. However, like I said my preference is the store bought white bread!

Start by cutting the bread slices into 4 strips. I like to stack up the bread and cut it using an electric knife. Next make your egg mixture in a shallow dish (cake pan, pie plate, Pyrex dish). Mix 4 eggs, 1 1/3 cup of milk, 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Next place your strips of bread into the egg mixture. (I like to do about 5 or 6 at a time.) Let them sit in the mixture for about 30 seconds and them flip them over using a fork. Let them sit for about 30 seconds on the other side, then pull them out and let the excess egg mixture drip back into the dish.

Place the french toast sticks on a pan covered by freezer paper. Put in the freezer and allow them to freeze until the are firm to the touch (about 30 minutes). If you don't plan on using them right away, put them into freezer bags and store in the freezer.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Bake the french toast sticks on a greased pan for 12 minutes. Flip the french toast sticks and continue baking until the they are golden brown (about 10 more minutes).

Serve them hot with a side of pure maple syrup to dip them in!

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