Cinnamon French Toast Bites Recipe

These adorable cinnamon French toast bites may be tiny, but when it comes to taste, there's nothing small about them. There's no doubt about it: This recipe, brought to you by recipe developer Jennine Bryant of The Marshside Pantry, will be your newest breakfast obsession. "The only real difference here [compared to standard French toast] is the shape of the bread," Bryant says. "Instead of a slice of bread to make French toast, you use cubes of bread, which allows for a greater surface area of delicious fried goodness! A quick toss in some cinnamon and sugar, and they're definitely a win in my book."

They're also a great-tasting and great-looking crowd-pleaser that are deceptively easy to make. "These aren't too difficult to make at all," Bryant confirms. Just keep in mind that you really can't make them all that much ahead of time. "It's best to eat the French toast bites fresh. They lose that initial texture when left to go cold, so gobble them all up as soon as they come out of the pan. My personal thoughts are that you need to make more than you think you will eat, because they are super delicious and you'll be left wanting more," Bryant advises, based on her experience making and enjoying these sweet delights.

Gather the ingredients to prepare these easy cinnamon French toast bites

Despite how charmingly delicious and rather fancy-looking these easy cinnamon French toast bites turn out, the ingredients involved are really nothing out of the ordinary. You'll need enough slices of white bread to be chopped into about 4 cups of 1-inch bread squares, full-fat milk, large eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, granulated sugar, and butter for frying.

"When it comes to serving the French toast bites, I recommend keeping it simple," Brryant says. "Some maple syrup or honey for a little more sweetness, and either some chopped banana or some fresh berries to cut through the sweetness." And that's it!

Prepare the bread, the egg mixture, and the cinnamon sugar

Once you get to the active cooking phase with this recipe, it's a pretty hands-on experience, so take the time to prepare yourself properly during this part of the process.

First, cut slices of bread into roughly 1-inch squares, creating about 4 cups of chopped bread, and then put it to the side. Next, mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl, and move that to the side.

Then, in a large bowl, whisk the three eggs together, and then add the milk. Mix these ingredients thoroughly, then add the vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg before mixing again to combine everything well.

Heat your pan, melt the butter, and prep the bread for frying

Put a pan on stove, and set the burner to a medium-high temperature. Then, add half of the butter to the pan, and wait for it to melt. Move the pan about so the butter coats it evenly.

Next, dip half the cubed bread into the eggy spiced mixture. Then, using a slotted spoon (or your fingers if need be, just be ready to wash them), transfer the coated bread from the bowl straight into the hot pan.

Note that Bryant says, "You want to make sure the bread is well coated in the [egg] mixture, but don't leave it in there too long, as it will get soggy and fall apart."

Fry the cinnamon French toast bites, then serve and enjoy

Allow the coated bread to fry for a minute or two without touching it, and then gently turn the pieces in the pan using a spatula or wooden spoon. Keep periodically turning the bread until it's nicely browned on all sides.

Next, transfer the hot French toast bites into the bowl with the delicious sugar and cinnamon mixture, and toss them around to make sure they are nicely coated with the sweet mix before putting them into a serving bowl.

Repeat the whole process with the second batch of bread cubes, then mix the two batches together. Now, serve your breakfast (or brunch) treats with maple syrup and berries.

Cinnamon French Toast Bites Recipe
5 from 37 ratings
These sweet cinnamon French toast bites are so easy to make, and they will be your newest breakfast obsession.
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
10
minutes
Servings
2
servings
French toast bites in bowl
Total time: 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 4 cups soft white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon + ½ teaspoon, for tossing
  • 3 large eggs
  • ⅔ cup full-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¾ ounce butter, for frying
  • maple syrup, for serving
  • berries, for serving
Directions
  1. Cut the bread into roughly 1-inch cubes, then put to the side.
  2. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl, then put to the side.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs together, and then add the full-fat milk. Mix throughly, then add the vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg before mixing again.
  4. Put the pan on the stove at medium-high temperature, then add half of the butter to the pan, and wait for it to melt.
  5. Dip half of the cubed bread into the eggy spiced mixture, then use a slotted spoon to take it out and place it straight into the hot pan. (Make sure the bread is well coated in the mixture, but don't leave it in there too long, as it will get soggy and fall apart.)
  6. Allow the bread to fry for a minute or two, and then gently turn it in the pan, and keep turning it until it's nicely browned on all sides.
  7. Put the hot French toast bites into the bowl with the sugar and cinnamon mixture, and move them around to make sure they are nicely coated before putting them into a serving bowl.
  8. Put the rest of the butter in the pan, and repeat the process with the second batch of bread.
  9. Serve with maple syrup and berries.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 682
Total Fat 21.2 g
Saturated Fat 10.0 g
Trans Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 310.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 102.5 g
Dietary Fiber 4.5 g
Total Sugars 63.1 g
Sodium 554.9 mg
Protein 21.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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