French Toast Sticks

posted by Andrea | 02/24/2015
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french toast sticks

As I’ve mentioned many times before, our family LOVES breakfast for almost any meal of the day, especially for dinner. And it just so happens that breakfast is an extremely simple, frugal meal that usually doesn’t require a ton of prep-work or a ton of time — so yes, we eat it a lot!

French toast is one of our favorite breakfast meals (served with eggs, sausage or bacon, and fruit). I’ll also use our breakfast-for-dinner nights as another “excuse” to make our favorite smoothies.

Side Note: I’ve been sneaking carrots, spinach, flax seed, and squash into our smoothies without Nora noticing a thing!

Anyway, I shared a picture of these French Toast Sticks on Facebook a couple weeks ago and immediately started getting questions about what they were, how I made them, if there was a recipe, etc. etc.

I honestly didn’t think French Toast Sticks would have been such a conversation topic, but since they are SO quick, simple, and easy, I figured it would be a good recipe to share here on the blog!

Recipe for French Toast Sticks

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Serves 3-4 (but is easily doubled or tripled)

INGREDIENTS:

Please note that these ingredients are NOT exact in any way — I just sprinkle a little of this, add a little of that. You truly can NOT mess up this meal unless you burn the french toast completely black.

Also, if you have bread that is slightly stale, it works REALLY well for French toast sticks!

  • butter — I used 2 T. of butter to grease my pan, but you could also use cooking spray, oil, or bacon grease 🙂
  • bread — I used 6 slices of Texas toast because I like how thick it is
  • eggs — I used 3 eggs
  • milk — I used about 1/2 c.
  • sour cream — this is totally optional and I used about 1/4 cup
  • cinnamon — again, this is optional. I just sprinkle it on one side of the toast while the first side is frying
  • brown sugar — I don’t use this all the time, but sometimes I’ll sprinkle a little on at the end to give it a nice crunch
  • powdered sugar — I LOVE French toast with a light dusting of powdered sugar. It makes me feel like I’m at a fancy restaurant!

Of course, you’ll probably also want some syrup for dipping — maybe some butter too if you’re like Dave.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium heat
  • Cut slices of bread into 3 or 4 sticks depending on how big your want your French toast sticks to be.
  • Mix eggs, milk, and optional sour cream in a medium size bowl until combined.
  • Quickly dip bread pieces into egg mixture ( you don’t want them to be fully saturated, just lightly coated)
  • Place bread pieces into heated frying pan and sprinkle tops of bread with cinnamon
  • Flip bread and continue frying until all sides are brown and crispy
  • You may sprinkle a little brown sugar on at the end (I know people who will put it in the oven to caramelize at this point but I don’t think it’s worth the extra step)
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with syrup in a little bowl to dip

We LOVE these French toast sticks for any meal of the day — served with sausage, maybe a fried egg, and fresh fruit.

Apparently they were so easy to make that my helper fell asleep on the job 🙂

I’m certain this recipe could be made with gluten-free bread, non-dairy milk, and even with egg substitute… so there’s almost no excuse not to give it a try. I guarantee your kids will gobble it up!

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16 comments

  1. Cecile R.

    03/10/2015

    Sometimes people find my little blog ‘My Yellow Farmhouse’ by using the search words ‘Farmhouse Love’ – so I entered those search words and came across your lovely blog about your old farmhouse. I was disappointed to see you no longer post there BUT I’m very pleased to have found this ‘incarnation’ !! What a wonderful blog – I don’t know how you do all that you do!! And it was great fun to see you now have two little ones – it’s a good thing you’re so organized !!

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  2. Kathryn

    02/27/2015

    These french toast sticks are on my menu for Sunday morning. Do you have a place on-line where you store all of your recipes like you do for your photos? I want a virtual recipe box and not sure which direction to go. I would be so unhappy if I went to the trouble of loading all our recipes and then have the website go away.

    Thank you for any in-sight or personal experience you might share!

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    Andrea Reply:

    I basically use my blog recipe box as MY virtual recipe box as those are all the recipes I like to make — but obviously that won’t work for you 🙂

    I do know people who use Plan To Eat to store online recipes — but there is a fee involved with that. I don’t know of anything that’s free. Sorry 🙁

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    Kathryn Reply:

    Plan to Eat sounds amazing. I am going to look into it further. I also just heard about Food.com, I’m going to check that out as well. Thank you and I so enjoy your blog….you and Dave are so wise and such great parents.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Kathryn! Hope you find something that works really well for you. I haven’t heard of Food.com but I’m off to check it out now 🙂

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  3. Lauren

    02/26/2015

    Made these for breakfast this morning. It was my first time ever making French toast, and my hubby was so excited. :). They turned out great!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay — thanks for sharing! Glad you enjoyed them — and welcome to the delicious world of French Toast! It’s such an easy meal to make 🙂

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  4. Barrie

    02/25/2015

    These would be a great make-ahead breakfast- do you have any experience in freezing them- how they turn out?

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    Andrea Reply:

    I have made them, and stored the leftovers in the refrigerator for the following morning, but I’ve never frozen them before. I did think about that before writing the post — as I’ve seen frozen french toast sticks at the store, however I didn’t personally try it myself.

    I know the french toast sticks from the store are usually deep fried before they are frozen, so that might make a difference — but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to try a small batch and see how they turn out!

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    Barrie Reply:

    So- I tried it, and I posted a recipe inspired by you on my blog! Thanks for the good idea! I love making things that my kids love, that are store-bought, a little healthier by making it homemade- but only if it’s easy! And it was! Great idea~

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Barrie! Glad they turned out and that your kids liked them too (win win)!! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Jill

    02/24/2015

    These look delicious and the ingredients are something I usually have on hand! Thanks for sharing!!

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  6. lydia @ frugaldebtfreelife

    02/24/2015

    LOL Nora sleeping. That is just too cute.

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    Andrea Reply:

    I know, it was so crazy (especially for HER) to just fall asleep. She must have been REALLY tired!

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  7. Janice

    02/24/2015

    Well, read your post at 9:00 a.m. and decided I would just make it right then and there cause I had half a loaf of your beer bread recipe left over. Going to snack on this all day. Haven’t made French toast in ages. This is a very good recipe. Thanks for the post.

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — well glad I gave you inspiration for your breakfast AND your snack. Hope you liked them!!

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