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If you've ever been lucky enough to visit the Crystal Palace at Walt Disney World, this recipe is inspired by its famous puffed French toast. It is a specialty at the brunch buffet: toast dipped in dough, fried and toasted with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled with sugar.
Instead of cutting the bread diagonally, I make it fun and easy to grasp by the little hands cutting the bread into sticks. More servings per serving and more crisp dough per square inch.
Think of the best cinnamon donut ever, but no hole and dippable. Dip them in syrup, jelly or butter, then close your eyes and take a bite out of it. To me, it's like I'm back in the Magic Kingdom.
How do you make French toast sticks?
This is how I do it: in a small and shallow dish I mix cinnamon and sugar. I have a cinnamon and sugar shaker on hand at all times for last minute cinnamon toast, so if you have one, that works well for this recipe, too.
In another bowl, I make the dough. The dough for French toast sticks has more body than the dough for traditional French toast, as it contains flour and baking powder. Basically it's a pancake batter that is fried around the toast when it's cooked.
Beat milk, sugar, eggs, salt, and vanilla until smooth. Then I add the flour and baking powder and beat until all the lumps have dissolved. After that, I am ready to dive.
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I dip the sticks into the batter in batches, about four at a time, then gently place them in the hot oil.
After the sticks are crisp and golden brown, remove them from the oil and drain them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
How do I know if my cooking oil is hot enough?
When you don't have an accurate thermometer to measure cooking oil temperature, it can be tricky knowing how hot it is and what it is for cooking oil. For this recipe, we aim for a cooking temperature of 350 degrees.
If you add food to the oil before the oil is completely heated, the food can absorb too much oil and soak up. But if the oil is too hot, your food can burn without cooking completely. It can be a delicate balance.
Here's how to look at it: I use the handle of a wooden spoon or a bamboo stick. Once the oil has preheated, dip the handle of a wooden spoon (or toothpick) into the oil. If the oil starts to bubble constantly, then the oil is hot enough to fry. If the oil bubbles very, very vigorously, then the oil is too hot and needs to cool down a bit. You can also do this with a drop of dough.
Can French toast sticks be frozen?
In case you are wondering, I have prepared large quantities of these little life jackets, cooked them and frozen them in bags for easy reheating in the oven. Freeze them on a tray until frozen, then slide them into a freezer bag to store.
When you're in the mood for the most delicious breakfast of all, it warms up in 7-10 minutes in a 400-degree oven, or one minute (per bar) in the microwave.
Can you make gluten-free French toast sticks?
Yes! If you're avoiding gluten, you can still make French toast sticks with a couple of substitutions. Use your favorite gluten-free bread and flour, and voila!
How do you make crispy French toast sticks?
While other French toast stick recipes struggle with buckling, you don't have to worry about that with my recipe. All French toast is best with day bread, but you can go either way, fresh or stale, with this recipe. The dough ensures that you get the crispy outer shell without any limp. Promise.
I also like to use thick Texas toast for French Toast Sticks. It holds the dough well and cuts like a dream.
Can you say that I've been doing this for a while?
I know you are going to want this recipe for French toast sticks; they are submersible, wettable and absolutely irresistible at any age. Trust me; I've been making them for breakfast almost every weekend since eighth grade. Cuisine: American Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time 25 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Servings: 8 servings Calories: 182kcal
For the sugar coating with cinnamon:
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
For the French toast sticks:
- 2 cups milk
- ¼ cup) sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 8 slices of Texas toast each cut into 4 strips
- 2 quarts of vegetable oil or any other neutral oil
To make the cinnamon sugar coating:
- In a shallow dish, mix together the cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.
To make French toast sticks:
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleaning.
- In a large bowl, mix together milk, sugar, eggs, salt, and vanilla until smooth. Add flour and baking powder, stirring to combine until smooth.
- In a large deep skillet, Dutch oven or deep fryer, heat oil to 350 degrees. Working in batches (I make 4 loaves at a time), dip the loaves of bread into the dough, allowing the excess to drip back into the bowl.
- Fry until golden brown on one side, about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn each bar over and continue cooking until golden brown on the sides of the second side. Drain on paper towels and immediately roll with cinnamon sugar.
- Remove to a prepared baking sheet and keep warm in the oven until serving time. Repeat with the remaining sticks.
To freeze French toast sticks:
- Cool down to room temperature.
- Transfer to a small baking sheet or plate and freeze individually until solid, 20 to 30 minutes.
- Transfer to a freezer-safe plastic bag.
To reheat frozen French toast sticks:
- Bake directly from the freezer in a 400 degree oven for 7 to 10 minutes.
- Microwave directly from the freezer for 1 minute per French toast stick.
Inspired by puffed French toast in Cooking with Mickey, Volume II.
Calories :: 182kcal
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