I actually made these French toast sticks back on Father’s Day, but just didn’t get round to writing it up.
I didn’t even get to eat it 😞 Made it all up before I went to work, put it in the oven and set the timer to come on so it would be all done and ready when by the time my dad came down to breakfast (admittedly I gave my mum a heads up just in case something should go awry)
I was making this for my parents and sister so did two per person. So to start you need to cut the crusts off of six piece of bread and roll them out nice and thin, so that they are denser and more pliable.
Next spread each piece of bread with a thick layer of cream cheese, sprinkle with chopped pecans and roollll up!
Then in a large shallow dish mix together:
1 tbsp melted butter,
1 tsp vanilla,
The zest of an orange and 50ml of the juice.
Pop the bread rolls in the egg mix and roll them round til all coated and set aside to soak up as much as possible. Now combine cinnamon and sugar on a plate and shake to spread out evenly.
Roll the bread in the cinnamon sugar so it’s all coated and place on a baking tray.
If you’ve got any sugar left on the plate sprinkle this over, then bake for 25-30 minutes checking halfway as you may need to turn them over.
You’re looking for a golden crisp outside, but want it to still be soft in the middle.
I served mine (and when I say served I mean prelaid the table) with fresh fruit, maple syrup and pancetta. Luckily the pancetta took the same amount of time in the oven as the French toast!
To make sure it went nice and crisp and not soggy, I placed a small cooling rack inside a lipped baking tray.
And even though it had the potential to go terribly wrong without actually being there (did I mention I’d not actually trialled this recipe) turned out to be my Dad’s favourite breakfast that I’ve made him 🙌🏼
So it turned out to be the perfect make ahead breakfast. You could even do everything the night before and stick it in the fridge overnight. You could try different fillings too, like: chocolate and strawberries? Banana and peanut butter? Apples? Whatever you fancy!?!