Feeding Large Families - French Toast Sticks

French toast sticks -- One of my favorite make-ahead recipes. Very tasty. Freezes beautifully and heats up in a snap in the oven or microwave for snacks, meals or up-at-dawn-pre-tournament food. 

Two Loaves of Texas Toast 

Plus a Dozen Eggs... and this and that (recipe below)

Equals LOTS of french toast

An hour later... *sigh*

This recipe used to go a whole lot farther. I found it on a once-a-month cooking website several years ago. I would pack it up in freezer bags and take out portions as needed. As you can see, I'm going to have to increase my recipe quantities.

Highly recommended. So yummy that my littlest one doesn't even use maple syrup. (The secret is the 3 cups of sugar and maple syrup IN the batter... but eggs are nutritious... just think about all the eggs and you won't feel guilty.)

French Toast Sticks

12  Eggs
3   cups Confectioner's Sugar
1.5  cups Milk
2/3  cup Maple Syrup
1.5  tsp Ground Cinnamon
38 pieces or 2 loaves of Texas Toast  (or 48 pieces of regular white bread if you prefer but I think it comes out too floppy) cut into 3 or 4 strips (I do 3)

In a bowl or large dish, beat together the eggs, sugar, milk, maple syrup and cinnamon with a fork or wire whisk until well blended. Dip each bread strip into the egg mixture, coating completely. In a large skillet or griddle, melt 1 Tbs of butter over medium heat. Cook the bread strips a few at a time for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until golden, adding more butter as needed. 

The batter needs to be whisked each time you fill the griddle since the cinnamon and maple syrup tend to sink.

(Cooking goes MUCH faster if you have a large griddle. Mine sits over two burners and I'm done in a fraction of the time it used to take me.)

Serve immediately or allow to cool, then cover and chill until ready to serve. Freeze. When ready to serve, reheat in the oven or toaster oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until heated through. If you are short on time, the microwave works. I prefer them toasted but kids seem to be far less particular. Some even like them cold and snitch pieces from the fridge.

*note* This recipe is not easily done with baby in arms. Resist the urge. Plan well. 

Posted on February 8, 2011 and filed under "feeding large families", "recipes".