Monday, June 11, 2012

crispy cinnamon toast crunch french toast {sunday brunch}

What's better than cinnamon swirl toast? cinnamon swirl french toast. This recipe was inspired by one of the many wonderful people I have met through this blog, Chloe from Every Craving. She is another teenage food blogger, and she takes beautiful photographs and has tons of unique, fun and delicious recipes on her blog such as Honey Nut Cheerio French Toast -- which gave me the crazy idea to coat my french toast in Cinnamon Toast Crunch! 

I used the leftover half of my (already decadent) cinnamon swirl brioche, followed (my idol) Alton Brown's world famous french toast recipe, and coated each of these thick buttery slices of brioche in crunched up cinnamon toast crunch cereal. 

The result was something out of this world. The toast had a crunchy, sweet, caramelized cinnamon crust, and a custard-y, eggy, soft interior. Cinnamon Toast Crunch Perfection in every bite. Nonetheless, this will definitely be one of my new go-to brunch recipes.
What's your favorite breakfast cereal? (who knows, maybe it would make some killer french toast.)
With love,
Erica

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup, warmed in microwave for 20 seconds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • cereal (such as cinnamon toast crunch or cinnamon chex)
  • 8 (1/2-inch) slices day-old or stale country loaf, brioche or challah bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter

Directions

In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the milk , eggs, honey, and salt. You may do this the night before. When ready to cook, pour custard mixture into a pie pan and set aside.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Dip bread into mixture, allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side, and then remove to a cooling rack that is sitting in a sheet pan, and allow to sit for 1 to 2 minutes.
Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a 10-inch nonstick saute pan. Place 2 slices of bread at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on rack in oven for 5 minutes. Repeat with all 8 slices. Serve immediately with maple syrup, whipped cream or fruit.

Adapted from Alton Brown's French Toast

8 comments:

  1. Wow, this looks so delicious! Loved how you used cinnamon sugar brioche with cinnamon toast crunch cereal. Sounds like a perfect combo!

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    1. Thanks so much! I wouldn't have thought of it unless I had seen your honey nut cheerio recipe!

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  2. It looks beautiful on the photo! Recipe is explained well also :)

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  3. I was looking for the perfect French toast recipe to make for my boyfriend's birthday and I think I just found it! I also looked at your brioche recipe and it looks unbelievably easy (I always thought brioche would be a nightmare to make!) So excited to make this :))

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    1. Yay! Please send me some pictures telling me how it comes out :) I would love to hear!

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  4. This came up in the "related posts" in one of your other posts and I just had to click over. I'm obsessed with cinnamon toast crunch so, obviously, I just have to make this!

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    1. Thank you! Cinnamon Toast Crunch has always been my all time favorite kids cereal... but who said it just needs to be for kids? ;)

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