French Toast Sticks

This simple french toast recipe is an ingenious riff on the breakfast classic, using hot dog buns in place of regular bread. The recipe isn’t just great because it makes use of leftover buns from barbecues or camping, but it actually plays off the original pain perdu better than a white loaf or baguette would. This is because an old-school French toast is made with old brioche, which is an egg-enriched dough, just like hot dog buns. The buns work best when they’re at least a day old, as the tender crumb can sag under the weight of the custard. For an adult twist on this recipe, add some amaretto to the batter.

French Toast Sticks Recipe
Photo: Alison Miksch
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
4 serves


  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 ½ cups whole milk

  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil

  • 6 hot dog buns, split lengthwise

  • Pure maple syrup, for serving


  1. Whisk together eggs, milk, powdered sugar, and cinnamon in a wide, shallow dish.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Place 4 bun halves in egg mixture; soak 30 seconds. Add soaked buns to skillet; cook until lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer buns to a plate. Repeat process twice with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and 8 bun halves. Serve with maple syrup.

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