Loving this for a weekend breakfast …
I really don’t like wasting food. I cringe when I have to throw food away that was perfectly good two days ago and then literally overnight becomes a science experiment. I try to keep on top of it by sharing with friends and family or freezing. Bread seems to be the one thing that I forget about. Sigh. BUT, never fear, I have a plan. I make French Toast.
I enjoy making French Toast, and I really love taking leftover Bagels or Cinnamon Rolls and turning them into some fabulous French Toast!
My absolute favorite leftover breads to use are the Cinnamon Crunch Bagels from Panera.They are so yummy when freshly baked, but make them into French Toast and they become INSANELY tasty! The crispy outside with the chewy warm inside and that subtle dusting of powdered sugar makes my heart happy!
I never thought I would want to let my cinnamon crunch bagels get stale, but now I have motive that makes it all worth while! 🙂
- 4 (Day Old) Bagels, Cinnamon Rolls, Biscuits or bread of choice
- 1 cup Half-and-Half
- 3 large Eggs
- Pinch of Salt
- Unsalted Butter
- In medium size mixing bowl, add in the half-and-half, eggs and salt. Pour into a shallow dish, such as a pie pan and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add in 1 Tablespoon of Butter and allow to melt.
- Cut thick Breads in half and dip slices of Bread into mixture, leave to soak for about 30 seconds on each side.
- Add pieces of Bread to hot skillet and cook for about 2 - 3 minutes each side until golden brown.
- Transferred golden brown French Toast to lined baking sheet, repeat until all bread is cooked.
- Place baking sheet in preheated oven for 5 - 8 minutes until French Toast is hot and "firmed up" with a slight crunch on the outside.
- Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes.
- Serve dusted with powdered sugar, drizzled with Maple Syrup, Honey, Berries and Cream or whatever your favorite French Toast toppings might be.
- Makes 8 Slices
If using a bread that is not sweet, you can add in 2 Tablespoons of Honey to your Cream batter before dipping in the breads.
Stacey is a Southern girl with a taste for travel, thriving on the discovery of the world through food. After spending many years traveling and living overseas, she’s now back home in her beloved deep south enjoying life with her three little ones and loving the adventure. She’s a food stylist and food photographer, as well as, the creative behind Little Figgy Food, where she loves to inspire others to try new flavors and foodie techniques.