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What Type of Bread to Use for Cinnamon French Toast Sticks

When it comes to making French toast, brioche is always my go-to! Not only is it buttery and delicious, but it has a nice, dense, but yet fluffy texture to it. Which, makes it perfect for French toast dunking!

Here are my top bread picks for French toast:

  • Brioche
  • Challah
  • Country white

Trader Joe’s sells the perfect-sized brioche bread loaf!

How to Make the French Toast Custard

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You’ll need eggs, heavy cream, vanilla extract and cinnamon to whip together this sweet dunking liquid. Since brioche bread is fairly soft, leaving the bread soaking in the custard long-term is not recommended. It only takes a few seconds on each side for the French toast sticks to be ready for the griddle. 

Different Cooking Methods

My preference for cooking French toast is the classic way: on the stove top or griddle! It’s just hard to beat those perfect, golden brown sides. Another option, though, is baking them! Let’s dive into it:

  • Stovetop/Griddle: this is my preferred cooking method. A little butter sizzling across the pan goes a long ways. Let them get golden brown before flipping the French Toast Sticks over to the other side. 
  • Oven: heat your oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking oil. After coating the French toast sticks with the custard, place them evenly on the baking sheet and straight into the oven. Allow them to bake for about 5-6 minutes on each side, flipping them so both sides get cooked. After the oven, they will need a brush of melted butter to help the cinnamon sugar coating to stick to them. 

I have a round griddle pan similar to this one and love it!

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

After the French toast sticks come off of the griddle, toss them directly into a cinnamon sugar coating. Since they are still warm and cooked in a bit of butter, the cinnamon-sugar coating clings straight to the French toast sticks,

The result: a Cinnamon French Toast Stick so good that you won’t be able to resist them! 

Waking up to these Cinnamon French Toast Sticks is a perfect morning, if you ask me. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or “brinner” (breakfast for dinner!). 

Looking for other breakfast recipes? Look here!

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Cinnamon French Toast Sticks


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 30 French toast sticks 1x

Description

Cinnamon French Toast Sticks are a fun, dunk-able spin on a breakfast favorite! Buttery brioche bread is sliced into sticks, coated in a cinnamon-infused custard and cooked to golden brown perfection. Then, rolled into a cinnamon-sugar coating for a sweet, crunchy exterior. How can you not dunk these Cinnamon French Toast Sticks straight into some maple syrup?!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 brioche bread loaf, about 10 slices
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter

For the cinnamon-sugar coating:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Slice the brioche bread slices into about 2-inch wide sticks, about 3 sticks per slice of bread depending on size. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, vanilla and cinnamon for the custard.
  2. Heat a skillet or stovetop griddle over medium heat and spread the butter across the surface of the pan to melt. Dip the French toast sticks into the custard, making sure to get all sides coated and allowing the excess to drain off. Place immediately on the griddle.
  3. Allow the French toast sticks to cook for several minutes on all sides until completely golden brown all around.

For the cinnamon sugar coating:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Once the French toast sticks come off the griddle, place them immediately in the cinnamon-sugar coating and coat completely. Shake off the excess and repeat until all the sticks have been cooked and coated.
  3. Serve with maple syrup and dunk away!

Notes

  • Brioche or challah bread can be used.
  • If using the oven, preheat your oven to 400 degrees, dunk the sticks as directed and place on a greased baking sheet. Allow to bake for 5 or so minutes and then flip to continue baking on the other side until both sides are golden brown. Lightly brush with melted butter before coating in cinnamon sugar once out of the oven.

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Thanks for following and cooking along with me!

 

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