Crunchy French Toast Sticks

Such a great breakfast or dinner!


Credit: foodnetwork.com

Total: 40 min
Bake: 20 min
Servings: 36 sticks


Ingredients:

6 large eggs
1/2 cup half-and-half
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
1 1/2 cups sweetened corn and oat cereal, such as Cap’n Crunch, crushed to fine crumbs
2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
12 slices Texas toast, each cut into 3 strips
Powdered sugar, for serving
Warm pancake syrup, for serving
Raspberries and blueberries, for serving


Directions:

Crack the eggs into a pie plate. Add the half-and-half, vanilla, 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon. Whisk lightly until combined; set aside.

In a separate pie plate, stir together the panko breadcrumbs, crushed cereal and remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Use a fork to stir in the melted butter so that the crumbs are slightly moist. Crack up at the madness that is in this dish, then set it aside.

One by one, quickly dunk the bread strips in the egg mixture, turning to coat. Then lay them in the dish with the crumb mixture, turning them over, sprinkling and pressing so the crumbs totally cover the surface. Place the sticks on a rack set in a baking sheet.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Bake until golden brown around the edges, 15 to 18 minutes flipping them half way through. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with warm pancake syrup for dipping and fruit to make you feel good about life!


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