With their dunkable finger-food status, French toast sticks might just be the ultimate kid-friendly breakfast. Thick bread is cut into strips, dipped in sweet cinnamon custard, and then cooked up until golden and buttery. This French toast sticks recipe might be perfect for little ones, but the fact is, grown-ups love them too!
Not only is this recipe a great way to serve up French toast for kids, these French toast sticks are so easy to make. Basically, it’s just like you’re making regular French toast–but mini! Plus, you can get the first round served up in less than 20 minutes. No hangry kids here!
We like to arrange them on a big platter, family style, and maybe even dust them with powdered sugar for a special touch. A ramekin of pure maple syrup in the middle makes dipping easy. Best of all, this serving scenario uses zero utensils–and no individual plates, either! Washing the breakfast dishes will be a breeze.
Homemade French toast sticks are also an excellent kids’ camping breakfast because they’re portable! Sure, your family can enjoy them while gathered around the table, but the antsy ones can also grab a stick and go. Because sometimes there’s just too much exploring to do!
Texas toast: Texas toast bread comes sliced double-thick for French toast sticks that hold up to cooking and dunking. If you can’t find Texas toast bread, look for a whole unsliced loaf, then slice it thick yourself. Slightly stale bread is best if you can swing it–it holds up better after being dipped in the batter.
Eggs: Along with milk, eggs create the classic custard-based French toast batter. Plus, a bit of added breakfast protein is always welcome!
Milk: Your favorite milk is fine–dairy, oat, almond, or soy all work. Just make sure it’s unsweetened, otherwise, you may want to reduce the amount of sugar you add to the French toast batter.
Sugar: A bit of sugar gives French toast that signature touch of sweetness.
Cinnamon: Adds warmth and welcome flavor, elevating the standard French toast batter.
Salt: Just a pinch to balance and highlight the flavors of the bread and batter.
Butter: Added to your pan for cooking, butter keeps your French toast sticks from sticking to the pan and helps them cook up nice and golden brown.
Berries & maple syrup: Berries are a great addition alongside these French toast sticks! And maple syrup is a must for dunking.
How to Make French Toast Sticks–Step-by-Step
First, cut the bread into thick 1-½ inch sticks.
Next, make the batter. Beat the eggs until they’re thoroughly combined. You’ll want to make sure you’ve mixed them well–the yolks and whites should be completely blended before you add the milk for a smooth and consistent batter. Then add the milk, sugar, cinnamon, and salt and whisk well to combine.
Your batter’s done–now it’s time to dunk and cook your sticks!
Heat a skillet over your stove and melt a little butter to coat the bottom. One by one, dip your bread in the batter, then place them on the skillet. Once the first side starts to brown, flip onto the next side, repeating until all sides are golden brown and your French toast sticks are cooked through.
Make the batter ahead of time for even easier breakfast prep! Just mix the eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and salt together and transfer the batter to a sealed container. Store in your refrigerator or cooler for up to two days so your batter is all ready for dunking when it’s time to make breakfast. This is such a great shortcut for when you anticipate a busy morning in your future or for making breakfast at the campsite a cinch.
Serve It With…
Make it a full-on breakfast feast by adding a vegetable campfire frittata or protein-rich tofu scramble. For sipping, homemade apple cider or cozy Nutella hot chocolate will help chase away the morning chill.
French Toast Sticks
- 4 slices Texas toast, or other, thick-cut bread
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Berries & maple syrup for serving
- Cut the bread into 1 ½ inch sticks.
- In a shallow bowl or container, beat 2 eggs until thoroughly combined. Add the milk, sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Mix to combine.
- In a nonstick pan over medium heat, warm a tablespoon of butter.
- Dip the toast into the egg/milk mixture, letting the toast absorb the liquid for a few seconds, then flipping and soaking the other side for a few seconds. Lift out of the mixture and let the excess drip off. Place in the pan. Repeat with the other toast sticks. You should be able to fit about half of the sticks in a 10 or 12 inch pan.
- Once the toast is golden on one side (about 3 minutes), flip and cook the other side for an additional 2 minutes or so. Remove and set aside.
- Heat the second tablespoon of butter and repeat the process until all the toast sticks are cooked.
- Serve with maple syrup for dipping and fresh berries on the side. Enjoy!