Cinnamon French Toast is a delicious breakfast recipe for French toast made with Texas toast that is sprinkled with cinnamon sugar for a slightly crunchy and sweet treat! This easy French toast recipe is made in 25 minutes and is perfect for a fun weekend breakfast!
One of my favorite "fancy-but-easy" weekday morning breakfasts for the kids is French toast. I know most people might not think of French toast as a weekday breakfast, but it's really just whisking together some milk and eggs, dipping bread in it, and frying it in butter! More work than cereal, but I consider it pretty simple. I wanted to make French toast a little bit more special on a weekend recently, so I jazzed things up and made Cinnamon French Toast.
Cinnamon French Toast is basically my go-to French toast recipe (which I eyeball most days!), coated in cinnamon sugar. Yum-O!
While I typically use whole wheat bread when I make French toast during the week, I really went all out this time with Texas toast bread. Texas toast French toast is fluffy, soft, and completely delicious. You can really use any bread you like, but I think thick cut white bread is super delicious in this recipe! Other ideas are brioche, sourdough, French bread, or challah. Day-old bread is particularly good for cinnamon French toast, as it will soak up the egg and milk mixture best.
To start, whisk together the milk/egg mixture. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the milk/cream, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate shallow bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar.
Heat half of the butter in a large skillet or griddle over medium/medium-high heat. Dip the Texas toast bread into the milk/egg mixture and then cook the French toast in the skillet or griddle for 3-4 minutes on each side. Immediately after the French toast is done cooking, dip it in the cinnamon sugar mixture and shake any excess off. Serve with maple syrup and berries, and enjoy!
If you are making a double batch of this Cinnamon French toast, or need to keep it warm because you are making it in two batches, you can keep it warm in the oven. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees F. Place a wire rack on top of a baking sheet and place the cooked French toast onto the wire rack and place in the warm oven.
What is the trick to making good cinnamon French toast? Using good bread is key to making good French toast! I like using thick Texas toast or brioche bread for this recipe, which makes for fluffy delicious French Toast. I also recommend using real maple syrup and cooking the French toast with real butter.
How should I store leftover Cinnamon French Toast? Leftover French toast can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. To reheat, bake at 400 degrees for 5-7 minutes. You could also microwave on 50% power for 1 minute, and an additional 30-45 seconds if necessary. The cinnamon sugar coating may not be quite as prominent as leftovers.
Can I freeze Cinnamon French Toast? Yes. Let the French toast cool completely and then place in a plastic Ziplock or an airtight Tupperware. If you have a lot to freeze, place parchment paper between the slices so they don't stick to each other.
What should I top French toast with? I love going basic with some maple syrup with this cinnamon French toast recipe. Other ideas include fresh berries, jam, powdered sugar, whipped cream, Nutella, chocolate syrup, chopped nuts, nut butter, fresh peaches, and bananas.