- 4 thick slices of slightly stale white bread (1″/2.5cm thick) (Note 1)
- 2 large eggs (or 3 small eggs)
- ¼ cup milk
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- 3 tbsp butter, separated
- Maple syrup to serve (not optional!)
- Cut the crust off the bread, then cut each piece into 9 equal cubes.
- Whisk the eggs, milk and salt in a medium bowl.
- Combine sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl.
- Melt 1½ tbsp of butter in a fry pan over medium high heat. Don’t let the butter brown.
- Quickly toss half the bread cubes in the egg mixture and use your hands to shake off excess egg mixture. Place the bread cubes in the fry pan and use a wooden spoon to “sauté” them until browned on all sides – about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Remove the bread cubes from the fry pan straight into the sugar mixture. Toss to coat, then remove onto a plate.
- Repeat with remaining bread cubes.
- Serve immediately, with maple syrup for dipping.
But if you don’t mind what shape they come out as, you can use any bread you want for this (though personally breads with grains in it isn’t to my taste for this dish). I’ve made this with sourdough, leftover baguettes and even mixing up scraps of different types of leftover bread.
2. The thickness of each slice of bread is about the equivalent of 2 slices of sandwich bread. But you cut the crusts off so you lose a bit of bread. So this recipe serves around 3 people, or 4 people watching their calorie intake, or 2 extremely hungry people / people who lack self control around doughnuts.