This is beyond good. I am not even such a big French toast or sweet breakfast lover but this … this is some seriously addicting stuff. Cinnamon-sugar, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside bread, dipped in a berry compote. Just saying, if you are not trying this, you are missing out!!
When it comes to breakfast I pretty much ALWAYS go for savoury. The only times I do not choose a savoury one is when we do not have bread, avocado or eggs at home or when I come up with a new recipe. Even when I am out for brunch, I never order something sweet. BUT this recipe made me reconsider my decision and this French toast is about to compete with avocado toast. And that means a whole lot.
What is special about this dish?
Think of it as French toast meets cinnamon roll – what do you want more? You have all the classics you love so much about French toast – the soaked bread, the sweet marinade, the maple syrup – and then you also have what you love most about cinnamon rolls – the cinnamon sugar!
PLUS this recipe is super simple, easy to make, requires very, very few ingredients and is healthier than your normal French toast. It is perfect for those cozy Sundays in bed or for Christmas morning or brunch. Ideal for those mornings where you just want good food but do not want to go to the grocery store.
Is this dish healthy?
Healthy-ish. It still does contain sugar, otherwise it would barely be a French toast, but instead of white, refined sugar we are using coconut sugar, which also comes along other nutrients such as fibre and vitamins. Instead of white toast we are using sourdough bread, which not only tastes great in French toast but also is partially whole wheat (in most cases).
And instead of only serving it with maple syrup, which also would be too sweet in my eyes, we are serving it with some greek yoghurt and stewed, frozen berries, that balance out the sweetness perfectly.
How to make this dish?
This probably is the best part about this. Anyone can make this. This is so incredibly easy because lets be honest who wants to spend hours in the kitchen when their tummy is empty and already growling?
We start by slicing the bread into sticks that are about 1- 1,5cm thick and 3 cm wide. Now we need to mix the ingredients for the „marinade“, so eggs (could be subbed for chia egg), milk (you could sub for plant based milk) , honey and cinnamon. Now we let the bread take a little bath in the mixture, for about 5 minutes. That way they soak up a lot of flavour and become juicy when frying, which is our next step.
We heat up some oil/ butter and fry the sticks for about 2-3 minutes on each side. In the meantime we are preparing a cinnamon sugar cover by simply mixing cinnamon and coconut sugar. Once the bread is done in the pan, they get a good shake in the cinnamon sugar and they are ready to be eaten!! Delicious!
When and how to best have them?
Anytime, anyway with anything. Not kidding, you’ll want them all the time. I love them as a brunch, a breakfast, a breakfast for dinner kind of thing or even a lunch. Yes, they would also work great as a snack or dessert.
It is great to make this when you have some (stale) bread from the day before and do not know how to make use of it otherwise or when you just want an easy but fancy breakfast!
I hope that you will enjoy this recipe and make it over and over!
Have fun cooking & enjoy!
Katie // Une Petite Cuisinière
Cinnamon Roll French Toast Sticks that Anyone Can Make
Delicious. Easy. Healthyish. Like a crossover of french toast and cinnamon roll. Perfect brunch in bed!
What you will need
- 3-4 slices sourdough bread (about 1.5 cm thick)
- 1 egg
- 100 ml milk or plant based milk
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp oil or magarine/ butter
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 300 g frozen berries
- 3-4 tbsp coconut sugar
- 3-4 tsp cinnamon
- some greek yoghurt to serve with
Cut the slices of bread into about 2,5-3cm wide sticks. In a large bowl combine the egg, milk, honey and 2 tsp of cinnamon. Add the bread slices into the mixture and let them soak it up for about 5 minutes.
Heat up the oil in a pan and fry the sticks for about 2-3 minutes on each side until golden and crispy. In the meantime heat up the frozen berries with the lemon juice on medium high heat.
To a bowl add the coconut sugar and remaining cinnamon and mix through. Once the bread is done frying, toss it in this mixture and add to a plate. Serve with greek yoghurt and the berries! Enjoy!