When I asked you all over on Instagram what you wanted help with in this back to school season, SO many of you (like, 100+!) responded with EASY BREAKFASTS! These french toast sticks are a favorite in our house, and they’re easy to throw together for a quick breakfast and just as delicious for a make-ahead lunch.
The key with any french toast is to use a thick, crusty bread (we’re not using Wonder Bread for this recipe!!) OR to use slightly-stale, day-old bread (what?!) I know it seems counterintuitive, but the slightly stale bread holds up much better in the egg mixture and creates the perfect texture!
- For best flavor, use ghee (butter works, as well, but you risk burning- ghee, or clarified butter, has a higher smoke point) or coconut oil for cooking.
The Best French Toast Sticks:
Makes about 4-6 sticks per slice
2 slices of day-old crusty thick-cut bread (we like sourdough), crust trimmed slightly, cut into thick ‘sticks’ (for better dipping!)
1/4 cup heavy cream (preferred), half and half or milk
1/2-1 tbsp maple syrup or cane sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Ghee or coconut oil for searing
Maple Syrup, Honey or Whipped Cream for serving
- Slice bread and set aside.
- In a low bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon.
- One at a time, soak toast in egg mixture, being sure to fully saturate. Repeat for all slices.
- Heat a drizzle of ghee or coconut oil to medium-high in a sautee pan. Add sticks in one layer, working in batches if needed. Sear for 1-2 minutes per side, until golden. You’ll know they’re done if there is no more egg mixture released when lightly pressed (a little moisture is ok- you don’t want them too dry!)
- Serve with maple syrup, honey or whipped cream to dip!
Make them into skewers:
- Once toast has been cooked, let cool slightly before slicing into cubes and alternating with your favorite berry. These are the inexpensive skewers we use!