I am a huge fan of French toast, it is one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast. It is fun to mix it up a bit and make these French Toast bites instead. This recipe reminds me of bread pudding. So if you love French toast and you love bread pudding, you will love these French Toast bites!
Another thing I love about these, is that they are the perfect portion size. Although, I still wind up eating a bunch of them, they are that good. Top them with maple syrup, cinnamon and sugar, powdered sugar, fresh fruit, etc. and dive in.
French toast bites are so incredibly easy to make and come together in minutes. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get baking!
Step 1: Gather the ingredients
In order to make French toast bites you need just a handful of easy to find ingredients:
- Milk – I normally use whole milk, but 2%, Skim, and even almond milk will work.
- Vanilla extract
- Bread – I generally use thick slices of bread, like the Texas Toast brand.
- Toppings – Cinnamon and sugar, fruit, maple syrup, powdered sugar, etc.
- Muffin pan
- Cooking spray or shortening
Step 2: How to make French toast bites
Begin by preheating the oven to 350 F/176 C. Take a muffin pan and spray it generously with cooking spray or grease it with shortening.
In a large bowl add the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, sugar, and cinnamon and whisk together. Or you can use a hand or stand mixer too if you want, or even a blender.
Just like that the batter is ready to go. Super easy right?
Cut up the bread into small squares, I usually make them around an inch cubed or so. Place the bread squares in the large bowl of French toast batter and mix until well combined and evenly coated.
Don’t stir it, use a spatula or spoon and scoop and fold, so the bread doesn’t get damaged. Add more bread as needed if the there is still lots of runny batter left on the bottom of the bowl. There shouldn’t be any puddles of egg batter on the bottom.
Step 3: Bake the French toast bites
Scoop the batter-covered bread squares into the muffin pan, fill them completely full and mound them on top, this gives them a cool look when baked. Make sure to use shortening or cooking spray! They love to stick to the sides of the pan, even with nonstick pans, haha.
In a small bowl mix together some cinnamon and sugar, and sprinkle it on the tops of the French toast bites. Then bake them in the oven, middle rack position, for 25 to 30 minutes, until they get nice and golden brown on top.
When they come out of the oven, allow them to cool for just a few minutes, then run a butter knife around the edges to help loosen them up.
Set them on a plate and serve them warm. Top them with more cinnamon and sugar, maple syrup, powdered sugar, whipped cream, fresh fruit, etc.
They will be firm and crisp on the outside/top and soft and bread pudding-like on the inside. I am telling you if you like French toast and you like bread pudding, you will love these French toast bites. Enjoy!
How long do French toast bites last?
While they definitely taste best fresh, if stored in an airtight container in the fridge they will last 3 to 4 days. Then warm them up in the microwave or in the oven. You can even freeze these. Place them separated flat on a pan and freeze for a few hours, then they can be placed in a freezer bag. They will last up to 2 months in the freezer.
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French Toast Bites
- Muffin pan
- Cooking spray or shortening
- 6 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups of milk 375 mL
- 1 1/2 Tbsp of vanilla extract 22 mL
- 2 Tbsp of white granulated sugar 30 g
- 2 tsp. of cinnamon 10 g
- 8 to 10 slices of thick bread I use Texas Toast
- Cinnamon and sugar mixture for topping
- First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. (176 C) And spray the muffin pan with cooking spray or grease it with shortening.
- In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. You can use a mixer or blender too if you like.
- Cut 8 to 10 slices of bread into roughly one-inch cubes. Start with 8, you can always cut up more if needed.
- Add the cubes of bread to the bowl of batter. Fold with a spatula or spoon, don't stir, so the bread gets coated evenly. If there are still puddles of batter on the bottom of the bowl, cut up another slice or two of bread and add those cubes.
- Scoop the battered bread cubes into the muffin pan, I like to mound them high, but you can get a few extra in another pan if you don't mound them. Mix together a half teaspoon of cinnamon with 1/4 cup of sugar and then sprinkle it on the top of each one.Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown and a little crispy on top.
- Once baked, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes. Then use a butter knife to go around the edges to loosen them up. Remove them from the pan and serve warm on a plate. Top with more cinnamon and sugar, whipped cream, maple syrup, fresh fruit, powdered sugar, etc. Enjoy!
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