Frozen French toast sticks aren't just some novelty frozen food, but rather a legitimately warm and filling breakfast perfect for little eaters even on the most harried school mornings. French toast sticks are exactly as they sound — sticks of soft, pillowy bread soaked in sweet, custardy goodness and then baked to golden perfection. You can eat them straight out of the oven or stash them in the freezer for your future self.
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Unlike traditional French toast that can be made from nearly any kind of bread slice, thick or thin, French toast sticks are made from thick batons of bread. This shape makes them better for oven baking and more substantial for freezing and reheating. Plus, this shape is fun and easy for kids and grown-ups alike. This recipe also makes a large batch, enough to eat the day you make them and still have tons to freeze for another morning in the future.
For Your Information
- You'll need a loaf of unsliced white bread for these sticks. You'll have the best luck asking for this from the bakery department of your grocery store.
- Make sure you have eggs and sugar on hand and grab a pint of heavy cream too.
Making French Toast Custard for Freezing
Because these French toast sticks are destined for the freezer and we need to bake, freeze, and then reheat without drying them out, heavy cream is a must for making this French toast custard. This added fat bolsters the batons in few ways: it serves as another source of fat (there's butter too!) during baking and also keeps them moist.
Freezing French Toast Sticks
More often than not, when we recommend freezing food for long-term storage we freeze it in a single layer on a baking sheet before moving it to a zip-top bag, but these French toast sticks are an exception. Just make sure the baked French toast sticks are completely cool before moving them to a gallon-sized zip-top bag for freezing. The sticks will keep well frozen for up to two months. Pull out as many sticks as you want to reheat at a time.
Reheating and Serving French Toast Sticks
There are two tasty ways to reheat the frozen french toast sticks: in the oven or a toaster oven. Both these methods will give you sticks with that thin, crisp exterior and custard-like interior. In a pinch, you can throw them in the microwave for a few minutes too. They won't be nearly as crisp, but for some mornings, food that's just warm and dipped in syrup is enough.
You can serve these sticks with syrup or yogurt for dipping. Bonus points if you've got this three-ingredient peanut butter fruit dip for dipping too.
How To Make Frozen French Toast Sticks
What You Need
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups heavy cream
2 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
Measuring cups and spoons
8x8-inch baking dish
Serrated bread knife
2 rimmed baking sheets
Gallon freezer storage bag
- Slice the bread. Use a serrated knife to cut the loaf of bread into 1 1/4-inch-thick slices. Cut each slice into 3/4-inch wide sticks.
- Heat the oven and coat 2 baking sheets with butter. Arrange 2 racks to divide the oven into thirds and heat to 375°F. Generously coat 2 rimmed baking sheets with 2 tablespoons of butter each.
- Make the French toast custard. Place the cream, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in an 8x8-inch baking dish and whisk until completely and thoroughly combined.
- Coat the bread sticks in the custard. Working with 1 bread stick at a time, dip and roll it in the custard, swipe off the excess custard back into the baking dish with two fingers, then place the coated stick on a prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining bread sticks, leaving about 1/2 inch between each stick.
- Bake the French toast sticks. Bake the French toast sticks until golden-brown, using tongs to flip them halfway through, about 10 minutes total.
- Cool the French toast sticks. Immediately transfer them to a cooling rack so they remain crisp. Cool completely before freezing.
- Freeze the French toast sticks. Transfer the completely cooled French toast sticks to a gallon-sized zip-top bag, seal, and place in the freezer. It isn't important to individually freeze the sticks first, but they must be completely cool before going into the freezer.
- Reheat the French toast sticks from frozen. Once frozen, the French toast sticks can be reheated directly from the freezer. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake in a 350°F oven or toaster oven for 5 minutes, flipping once about halfway through baking. Alternatively, you can microwave the French toast sticks for 2 minutes on high, but they will not be as crisp coming out of the microwave as they would from the oven.
Storage: French toast sticks can be frozen for up to 2 months.