Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Sticks with Blueberry Maple Sauce
You have to add these cinnamon sugar French toast sticks with blueberry maple sauce to your next brunch menu. Dusted with cinnamon sugar and topped with the most delicious blueberry maple sauce, your entire family will love this recipe. It’s easy to make and absolutely delicious. The only problem is that you’ll have a hard time not finishing off the entire pan.
Important Tips for the French Toast Sticks
For this recipe, I used stale Texas toast. The Texas toast bread works best because it is thick and firm. Let the bread sit out overnight on a baking tray so it can get as firm as possible. Once it fully dries out, it holds onto the egg mixture perfectly. In my opinion, there is nothing worse that soggy French toast. So, you will want to use a sturdy bread like Texas toast for this recipe.
One slice of Texas toast yields four French toast sticks. For this recipe, I used 7 slices of Texas toast, which made 28 French toast sticks. Feel free to modify the recipe to fit your family’s needs. Another important tip is to dip the stale bread sticks in the egg mixture right before you put them in the pan. Otherwise, if you let them soak in the mixture, they will absorb too much liquid and get soggy. So, dip them and add them to the pan once they are coated.
You will want to make sure all four sides get nice and toasty. Turn the sticks frequently until each side is golden brown. It is also important to cook these in a pan with some butter. The butter adds flavor and creates a beautiful golden-brown crisp on the outside.
Finally, you will want to dust the golden-brown French toast sticks with the cinnamon sugar mixture. A light dusting on one side is plenty. You do not want to add too much cinnamon sugar, or the sticks will be too sweet.
Blueberry Maple Sauce
The blueberry maple sauce is very easy to make. Toss the three, simple ingredients into a pan and simmer everything over medium-low heat. You do not want the heat to be too high or it will caramelize the maple syrup. Once the blueberries blister and the sauce begins to thicken, remove it from the heat. Serve this on the side for dipping or on the top of your cinnamon sugar French toast sticks. Like the picture above.
Cinnamon French Toast Sticks with Blueberry Maple Sauce
- 7 slices Texas toast , let it sit out overnight to harden
- 3 large eggs
- ½ cup 2% milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla flavor
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 1.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Cinnamon Sugar Mixture
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup cane sugar
Blueberry Maple Sauce
- 2.5 cups fresh blueberries
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- large mixing bowl
- 11-inch non-stick skillet
- small mixing bowl
Prepare the blueberry maple sauce:
- In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine blueberries, lemon juice and maple syrup.
- Simmer on low until the berries begin to bust and the sauce begin to thicken about 20-25 minutes. Stir frequently. You do not want the heat too high because the syrup could caramelize, or it could even burn. Low heat is best.
- Once the sauce begins to thicken to your liking, remove the pan from the heat and set it aside.
Prepare the cinnamon sugar mixture:
- Mix the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl until well combined.
Prepare the French toast sticks:
- Cut the Texas toast down the center lengthwise, then cut the two pieces down the center again. You will get four sticks per slice of toast.
- Repeat until all of the bread is cut into sticks.
Prepare the egg mixture:
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Whisk until well combined.
Assemble the dish:
- Heat an 11-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of butter.
- Once the butter has melted, dredge 4-5 sticks through the egg mixture making sure each side is coated in the egg mixture. Shake off any excess liquid and add the sticks to the pan with the butter.
- You will want to cook each side until all sides are golden-brown.
- Remove the golden-brown sticks from the pan and place them on a plate.
- Lightly dust the hot sticks with the cinnamon sugar mixture. You will only dust one side so the sticks do not get too sweet.
- Repeat for all sticks.
- Plate the stick on a platter and top with your beautiful blueberry maple sauce.
- Serve hot.