Crunchy French Toast

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Kid-friendly, crunchy French toast, made with sliced bread, eggs, milk, vanilla, and coated with crunchy cornflakes crumbs.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

On a visit with my goddaughter Piper and her sisters Alden and Reilly, the girls surprised me one morning by making me their favorite version of French toast for breakfast – a “crunchy” French toast!

To make this French toast you first toast squares of bread lightly in the oven, then dip them in an egg-milk mixture, dredge them in crushed Corn Flakes, and bake them in the oven. It’s the Corn Flakes that give this French toast its crunchy-ness.

The three sisters, ages 4, 7, and 9, did everything to prepare this meal, while I sat astounded, watching them, lifting not a finger to help.

child putting crunchy french toast in oven

These little French toast squares were actually quite good, especially with butter and real maple syrup!

The recipe comes from a book they received for Christmas – Kitchen for Kids. Thank you girls! (More photos)

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Piper likes her Crunchy French Toast!

Crunchy French Toast Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 2 or 3 servings

Ingredients

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  • 2 or 3 slices of bread, cut into quarters
  • 1 cup cornflake cereal
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 drops of vanilla
  • Butter and pancake syrup

Method

1 Preheat oven, prepare baking sheet: Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

2 Lightly toast bread in oven: Put the bread pieces on a lined baking sheet into the warming oven (it does not need to be at full temperature) to toast lightly for 5 minutes. Cool the bread completely.

3 Crush the Corn Flakes: Seal the Corn Flakes in a heavy plastic bag. Crush them with a rolling pin to the size of rolled oats. Pour into a pie pan or a shallow dish. Set aside.

4 Soak bread slices in egg mixture: In a large bowl, whisk to mix the eggs, milk, flour and vanilla until blended. Be sure there are no lumps of unmixed flour. Pour into a pie pan or shallow dish. In batches, lay the bread pieces in the egg mix. Soak about 1 minute on each side in the egg mixture. Be careful not to rip the bread.

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5 Coat with crushed Cornflake crumbs: Place the bread pieces in the cornflake crumbs. Coat both sides with the crumbs. Place on the lined baking sheet.

6 Bake: Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes on one side. Then flip over with tongs or a spatula and bake another 5 to 10 minutes, until the crumbs begin to turn brown.

Eat warm with butter and pancake syrup.

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Adapted from a recipe in Kitchen for Kids: 100 Amazing Recipes Your Children Can Really Make by Jennifer Low.

Piper, Alden, and Reilly enjoying their crunchy French toast

Piper, Alden, and Reilly enjoying their crunchy French toast

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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11 Comments / Reviews

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  1. Scott

    I just wanna say that I have tried several recipes off this site and ALL of them are outstanding. Great job, Elise, thank you for all the fantastic recipes.

    I first had crunchy French toast at a restaurant in Seattle. Instead of corn flakes, though, they used Panko bread crumbs (you probably know of it, a very thick heavy Japanese bread crumb). I tried that myself and it worked well. I’ll have to try this recipe sometime and see how it works!

  2. Allison

    So, so good. Thank you for this unique and delicious recipe! I plan to make it for overnight guests this weekend.

    I put butter on top of the toasts, and then put back in the oven for a minute to melt. I thought it would be a little hard to spread butter on the crunchy top.

  3. Cupi

    Un bonjour de France à Elise et ses amis!
    Sympa et original la recette.
    Moi, j’utilise de la brioche pour faire le pain de mie
    Bonne continuation…

  4. Rob Thomas

    Half a teaspoon??
    Isn´t that a tad too little flour? Other than that, the recipe sounds and looks wonderful…

  5. Amy

    There is a restaurant near me that does this with Captian Crunch. Very yummy.

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