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French Toast Muffins Recipe

Looking for the ultimate breakfast treat? This French toast muffins recipe with streusel topping is a decadent and delicious option. These muffins are sure to impress, ideal for a special occasion or as a sweet indulgence. Plus, they’re easy to make and perfect for sharing.

Can you imagine waking up to the smell of homemade muffins loaded with warm cinnamon and brown sugar baking? They’re guaranteed to get lazy bones out of bed and running for the kitchen. And, just like our Basic Muffin recipe, they make a delicious grab-and-go breakfast.

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French Toast Muffins Recipe

In this article, we will explore the ingredients, directions, tips, and variations, as well as serving suggestions for this delectable breakfast or brunch dish. Get ready to elevate your breakfast game with this mouthwatering recipe.

Why You’ll Love Our French Toast Muffins Recipe

  • Family-friendly meal. Everyone can eat simultaneously, which is more difficult if you make French toast.
  • Versatility. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or snack. Add fruit, nuts, or make a different topping for variety.
  • Cost-effective. Head to the day-old bread section and buy what’s on clearance. Stale bread made our delicious Bread Pudding and it makes amazing French Toast Muffins. And, everyone gets their own!
  • Make-and-take – Take a pan of these muffins anytime you’re invited to breakfast or brunch and I’ll guarantee you’ll be on the A-list for future invites.

Equipment Needed

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  • Muffin Pan – I love these 12-cup muffin pans. I believe you need at least two because most recipes make more than 12.
  • Mixing Bowls – I use this set of bowls for mixing, serving, storing, and transporting food. The pretty lids guarantee no spilling too!
  • Ice Cream Scoop – This is a 4-tablespoon scoop which is the perfect size for scooping ice cream and muffins!

Ingredients

For the exact recipe ingredients and French Toast Muffin instructions, please see the recipe card.

Top down view of the ingredients used to make French Toast Muffins including bread, vanilla, cinnamon, butter, brown sugar, eggs, flour, milk, and flour.
French Toast Muffin Ingredients
  • Sourdough Bread. About one pound of day-old bread.
  • Milk. I use whole milk but any variety including nut varieties will work.
  • Eggs. Grade A Large is what I use in all my baking for consistency.
  • Granulated Sugar. White sugar.
  • Ground Cinnamon. We love cinnamon and will usually even bump up the amount called for.
  • Salt. Any salt will do. Kosher or table salt included.
  • Vanilla Extract. Pure vanilla is what I use. It’s fine if you use imitation.

Streusel Topping Ingredients

  • Flour. All-purpose flour, bleached or unbleached.
  • Brown Sugar. I always use dark because I like the extra flavor of molasses. Use what you prefer.
  • Cinnamon. Adding cinnamon to the base recipe and the topping makes a cohesive dish.
  • Butter. Use the real stuff. I love a good quality butter for it’s flavor and the richness it adds.

How To Make French Toast Muffins

Step One. Prepare to make the French Toast Muffins Recipe

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Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Grease a muffin pan with cooking spray. Set aside. Pull out your ingredients to make sure you have everything you need. Slice sourdough bread into ½ inch cubes.

Step Two. Mix the simple ingredients for French Toast Muffins.

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In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add milk, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla.

Step Three. Soak the mixture.

Pour egg mixture over the bread. Carefully mix to coat all the bread cubes evenly. Let sit for ten minutes to soak in.

Step Four. Make the Streusel.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon for the topping. Cut in the butter.

Step Five. Bake your French Toast Muffins.

Scoop bread into the muffin tin, then sprinkle topping on each one. Place it in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

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How to Serve French Toast Muffins

When it comes to serving your French Toast Muffins with Streusel Topping, there are various ways to change the recipe. For a classic breakfast, serve them warm with a pat of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup.

If you want to make a feast, serve them with Sausage and Potatoes, or how about a Green Chile Quiche? These recipes will balance out the sweetness.

For a more formal presentation, try serving your French Toast Muffins with fresh fruit and a dusting of powdered sugar.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you prevent muffin cups from being soggy?

Use the right amount of bread-to-egg mixture combination. Too little, and you’ll have less bread to soak up the egg mixture. Too much, and they will be dry.

What kind of bread is best for French toast?

I’ve found using heavier bread, such as sourdough, works well. Soft sandwich bread is more apt to become soggy. Let the bread dry out a little. If you’re making French Toast Muffin cups for breakfast, slice up your bread and let it sit out overnight. This is the perfect recipe for stale or day-old bread.

Can these be made ahead of time?

Yes, you can. They’re best eaten the day you make them but can be made the day before and stored.

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How To Reheat & Store French Toast Muffins

Best way to store French Toast Muffins

Keep your leftover breakfast muffins in the refrigerator loosely covered. You don’t want them to dry out but you don’t want them to become soggy because of condensation either.

Can I freeze French Toast Muffins Cups?

Yes. Keep them in an airtight container in the freezer. I believe that they freeze better without the topping.

How to reheat French Toast Muffins

Ten to twenty seconds in the microwave is perfect. If frozen, start with thirty seconds and then add ten seconds at a time as needed. Once muffins are thawed, serve with a dusting of powdered sugar or berries.

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Tips for the Perfect French Toast Muffin

  • Skip the topping for a less sugary breakfast; they taste just as good.
  • Serve with warm maple syrup, powdered sugar, or berries.
  • You can freeze without the topping for up to three months.
  • Try different types of bread for variation: Challah, brioche, and even flavored bread such as Cinnamon Raisin or Cranberry Walnut bread will all work.
  • Play with toppings. Chopped nuts like pecans, walnuts, or almonds add a satisfying crunch, while fresh berries like raspberries or strawberries can add a pop of color and freshness. You can even drizzle some maple syrup or honey for a touch of sweetness.
  • This is the perfect recipe to use for old French bread when you purchase it for a different meal and forget to use it! It works great with stale bread and keeps you from having to toss it out.

I hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe as much as we do. Drop me a comment below, and don’t forget to give it a star rating. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Your comments and ratings help others decide if this recipe is for them too.

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French Toast Muffins Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
Bakery-style French Toast Muffins recipe is a delightful breakfast treat that combines the flavors of sweet cinnamon and brown sugar.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword: French Toast, Muffin Recipe
Servings: 18

Ingredients
 
 

Topping

  • cup flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup butter cold

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Grease a muffin pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Slice sourdough bread into ½ inch cubes. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat eggs well. Add milk, sugar, cinnamon, salt and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Pour egg mixture over bread. Carefully mix to evenly coat all the bread cubes. Let sit for ten minutes to soak in.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon for the topping. Cut in butter until you have small crumbles.
  • Scoop bread into muffin tin, then sprinkle topping on each one.
  • Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and serve warm.

Notes

● Skip the topping for a less sugary breakfast , they still taste just as good.
● Serve with warm maple syrup, powdered sugar or berries.
● You can freeze without the topping for up to three months.

Nutrition

Calories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 268mgPotassium: 99mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 202IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Recipe Rating




Rebecca

Wednesday 21st of June 2023

Such a fun and easy recipe. My boys loved them and came back for more. I love that they are hand held, easy to make and enjoy on the go.

Julie Menghini

Thursday 22nd of June 2023

That's what I call a win! Thanks, Rebecca!

MD

Wednesday 21st of June 2023

These were fabulous and SUCH a treat! I made it for breakfast this past weekend and they were gone within minutes lol. Definitely have to make it again soon.

Julie Menghini

Thursday 22nd of June 2023

I'm glad that you enjoyed them!

Lynn

Wednesday 21st of June 2023

This was such a fun way to change up our weekend "fun" breakfast! Thanks for the recipe :)

Julie Menghini

Thursday 22nd of June 2023

Thanks, Lynn!

Kathi

Monday 19th of June 2023

These turned out so perfectly, made them for a church brunch yesterday and everyone loved them!

Carrie Robinson

Thursday 15th of June 2023

What a great idea for a weekend breakfast! :) Can't wait to bake up a batch of these soon.

Julie Menghini

Thursday 15th of June 2023

Thank you, Carrie!

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