As it gets colder and many of us are staying home more than normal, maybe even canceling holiday plans with family, parents will be looking for things they can do with their children. Cooking and baking together is a great family activity. Learning to cook is an essential skill for a healthy lifestyle that many children today are not learning in school or at home.
While this recipe isn’t exactly health food, French Toast is a good beginner’s recipe that isn’t too simple and isn’t too complex. And this recipe has an extra autumn spice kick. Your total time is only about 30 minutes and the prep time is only about 10 of those minutes. So, if the kids start to loose interest, you can send them off to play while the recipe finishes in the oven.
Apple Butter French Toast Sticks
Makes 24 sticks.
8 slices thick cut Texas toast sliced into 1-inch strips (any thick bread will do)
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tbs vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbs apple butter * pumpkin butter would be great too!
4 tbs butter melted or cut into cubes
2-4 tbs cinnamon sugar*
maple syrup, served with sticks after baking
fresh apples or berries for serving
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut each piece of thick bread into 3 sticks. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. After that whisk in apple butter.
Bathe each bread stick in the egg mixture for a moment; toss to coat. Remove, allow excess to drip off. Place on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining bread. Brush all sticks with a bit of butter. Sprinkle with a touch of cinnamon sugar. Bake for 15-10 minutes. They should be slightly golden when done. Flip halfway through.
Serve warm with maple syrup and fresh apples.