French Toast Bites

Whenever I have a leftover loaf of hearty French or Italian bread lying around, I always love to cut it up and do something creative with it. Sometimes I’ll make bread crumbs or croutons, or maybe garlic bread or panzanella, but on weekends there’s nothing better than French toast.

Thing is, I tend to think big, bready slices of traditional French toast are just too heavy for breakfast. That’s why I love this idea of cutting up bite-sized cubes of day-old bread, soaking them in egg, milk, cinnamon and vanilla, and bubbling ‘em in a pan with a little butter. The smell is incredible and the taste is light, fluffy, moist and full of all the French toast goodness you know and love.

Whether you top these little bites with fresh fruit, whipped cream or maple syrup, I know you’ll just love them, and kids will too. Plus, they’re just as simple and quick to make as traditional French toast, even if you’re not a morning person!

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French Toast Bites

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

1/2 loaf sturdy, day-old French or Italian bread
3 eggs
1/2 cup low-fat or fat-free milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

Trim crusts off of bread and cut into 1-inch-thick cubes. In a bowl, beat eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Add bread cubes and mix to saturate.
Lightly butter a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan. Place pan over medium-high heat. Lift bread cubes from mixture, shaking off excess liquid. Add cubes to hot pan and cook (adjust heat if necessary), turning as needed, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Keep warm.
Repeat to soak and cook remaining cubes. Discard any remaining egg mixture.
If desired, top with maple syrup, whipped cream, powdered sugar or fruit of your choice.
Enjoy!
Adapted from My Recipes
      

26 Responses to “French Toast Bites”

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    CC Recipe — January 10, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    These little French Toast bites are so cute, the kids would love them for breakfast…great idea, thanks for sharing!

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    Baking Serendipity — January 10, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    I totally agree…there is nothing better to do with leftover french bread than make french toast…especially when it is bite sized!

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    Shirley — January 10, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    I want to try this! I often find French toast heavy also. And these are so cute.

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    RLG049 — January 10, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    Yuuummy. Why didn’t I see this yesterday? I would’ve made these today. Oh well. These look yummy. I want some now.

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    frabala — January 10, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    Perfect idea! I ‘ve been doing that only with eggs, but some milk and cinammon is GREAT!

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    Annie — January 10, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    These look delicious, and I’m normally not a huge fan of French toast. They are perfect because you can decide exactly how much (or how little) you want!

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    Mrsamity — January 10, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    Every now and then, something like this idea suddenly seems like a GREAT idea! Thanks for posting!

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    Srlmcb — January 10, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    oops here’s my link sorry..http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stepping-back-in-time-with-My-Cherished-Cookbooks/136006516417911
    ummy! Always a favorite in our house! Thanks for the new twist version I can pull on my family :)

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    Srlmcb — January 10, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    http://www.facebook.com/Foodista#!/pages/Stepping-back-in-time-with-My-Cherished-Cookbooks/136006516417911?ref=sgm
    Yummy! Always a favorite in our house! Thanks for the new twist version I can pull on my family :)

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    Fridaydelights — January 10, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    A good looking breakfast

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    Grace — January 10, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    I love a good breakfast/lunch/dinner of french toast and this is a cute idea. I can trick myself into thinking that I’m eating less :)

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    Stephanie — January 10, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    These are way cute! They remind me of something you’d get in a restaurant.

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    Jenn's Food Journey — January 10, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    What a great idea for using leftover bread. This looks like a wonderful breakfast!

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    Angie's Recipes — January 10, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    This is a perfect breakfast! The toast in diced shaped is very different and appealing.

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    Cristina — January 10, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    Wow Georgia – luv the idea of making little bite-sized French toasts. Your serving presentation is beautiful with the whipped cream and raspberries!

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    Jessica — January 10, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    These look great! I LOVE French Toast!

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    Robin — January 10, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    That looks yummy!

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    Emily — January 10, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    What a fun idea. I haven’t made French toast in so long. These bites look perfect for a cozy breakfast!

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    Brownieville Girl — January 10, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    Wonderful photo … they look so appetising.

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    Marla {Family Fresh Cooking} — January 10, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    Your french toast bites look so good. Funny how different shapes can make a recipe so unique and different. xo

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    newlywed — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    Wish I was at your house on a Saturday morning! I’m curious about trying these in a savory way…on a salad, instead of regular croutons.

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    Taylor — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    This looks like such a delicious, decadent breakfast! What a perfect way to use up old bread!

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    Betty @ Scrambled hen fruit — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    I may have to go out and buy a loaf of french bread just so I can have leftovers to make these cute little french toast bites! These are lovely, Georgia! (and small enough so the center can’t get soggy!)

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    Monet — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    You are always able to take classic, simple recipes and turn them into something new and different. This is why I return to your blog again and again. You are inspiration, my dear! I love the thought of these crusty, sweet bites, and I’m sure that everyone who shared these with you were thrilled!

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    Pam — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    What a fantastic idea! Great photos as usual.

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    Jennifurla — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    Oh man, my daughter would flip over this…I am wishing I could have some right now I love all of your pics, great eye you have.

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