Baked French Toast Sticks

Baked french toast sticks recipeI'm not sure what possessed me to try and make the perfect French toast sticks. I guess first I should back up and explain my ideal French toast stick, since we could have different ideas. I'm talking about crispy on the outside, soft on the inside breakfast-buffet-style French toast sticks. Like the rich kid cousin to cinnamon toast.The best french toast sticksMy first two attempts just didn't turn out quite right. The first version was too soft. Baking French toast (as opposed to cooking it in a pan) takes out the crispy edges. Or it can anyway. So that happened. My second version was more like soggy bread with burnt sugar on top. That one was pretty gross. That's what happens when you don't pay attention while using your broiler. Good news though: Attempt #3 was just right.Tips for making french toastFrench Toast Sticks, makes 2-3 servings.

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
a generous sprinkle of cinnamonThe secret to perfect french toast sticksAnd the secret to really good French toast sticks is cinnamon sugar topping. You don't have to use this mix like I did. Just mix together 1/4 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon.How to make french toast sticksMix 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 Silpat mat. 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.

Not like that's ever happened to me. I'm an expert baker and all. Uh....

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.

Got your attention with that one, didn't I?Baked french toast bitesAfter 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. These are totally dippable. Oh yeah. That's a word. :) xo. Emma

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