Every morning should welcome these fun mini French toast bites! This recipe uses a crusty baguette as the bread, so your French toast is bite-sized and perfect for little appetites. (Kids love to help make these for breakfast!) You need 6 ingredients total, and just 30 minutes from start to finish.
Anytime I’m hosting a brunch, one of my French toast casserole recipes is on the menu. Why? There’s enough to feed a crowd, they’re incredibly easy to prepare, and you can prep them ahead of time. Much to love about this breakfast staple!
But there’s also something special—and a little nostalgic—about making a fresh batch of individual French toast. And I like to prepare them mini style, because anything mini is just a lot of fun to serve and eat. The cinnamon-spiced egg custard paired with slightly-crusty slices of baguette promises big flavor… and the sweet aroma of these mini French toast bites cooking will draw any sleepyheads to the table.
Why Everyone Loves a Stack of Mini French Toast
- Easy to make with only 6 simple ingredients
- Cinnamon-spiced and everything nice!
- Perfectly toasty (and not soggy) thanks to using a crusty baguette
- Minimal baking tools needed
- Enjoyable with your favorite fruits and toppings
- Mini version makes it fun to prepare and eat—one of my favorite kid-friendly recipes!
Quick Overview: How to Make Mini French Toast Bites
If you’ve made French toast before, you’re familiar with the process. It’s rather straightforward, and many might say it’s even easier than a batch of homemade whole wheat pancakes or buttermilk waffles.
Slice your baguette into 1-inch or 1.5-inch slices. Prepare your egg custard by whisking together 3 eggs, 1/2 cup half-and-half, 1/2 cup milk, and a dash of cinnamon. I love using half-and-half as it makes the egg custard extra thick and creamy. (For added flavor, try a bit of orange zest in the egg custard. So tasty!)
Pour the egg custard into a pie dish or any shallow baking pan. Add the baguette slices and let them soak up the egg custard while you prepare your skillet. Heat your skillet to medium-high heat and melt 1 Tablespoon of butter. You can use oil or nonstick spray instead, but butter adds wonderful flavor.
Cook the mini French toast bites—about 3 minutes per side—until browned. If you’re cooking in batches and you find that the bread starts to brown quickly, turn down the heat a bit.
Best Bread to Use
Grab a loaf of your favorite crusty bread. Store-bought is fine and typically what I use. If you’re feeling extra ambitious and want to make your own, my homemade artisan bread is a great choice. Whichever you decide to use, crusty is key—you want a nice, crisp bread to help soak up the egg custard.
If you’re planning ahead, let the loaf go stale for a day or two before making the mini French toast. Again, stale bread will help absorb more of the egg mixture, just like it does in breakfast strata and blueberry French toast casserole. If you wake up one morning and decide it’s a good day for mini French toast bites, that’s fine too! Just slice and use as-is, or you can toast the sliced bread in a 300°F (149°C) oven for 10–15 minutes. (A trick I use for my sausage and herb stuffing, too!)
You can use this same egg custard to make regular-sized French toast. Same guidelines apply for using crusty, stale bread. And if you’re looking for homemade options, many readers have loved using my croissant bread and cinnamon swirl bread recipes for French toast. Y-U-M.
What to Serve With Mini French Toast Bites
Fill your plate with as many mini French toast bites as your heart desires (always great advice) and top them with maple syrup, a dusting of confectioners’ sugar, and/or fresh fruit. Or finish your stack off with fresh whipped cream and blueberry sauce topping or strawberry sauce topping for an extra-special treat!
If you’re looking for a savory accompaniment, a plate of bacon or mini quiche, a big serving of breakfast casserole, or a scoop of ham & potato casserole help round out the meal.
There’s no wrong way to enjoy mini French toast—just be sure to save room for seconds!
More Breakfast Favorites
- Baked Oatmeal
- Whole Wheat Pancakes & Whole Wheat Waffles
- Berries & Cream French Toast Casserole
- Gingerbread Waffles
Mini French Toast Bites
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: serves 4
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
This recipe uses a crusty baguette as the bread, so your French toast is bite-sized and perfect for little appetites. Kids love to help make these for breakfast!
- one 13-ounce baguette (anywhere around that size)
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup (120ml) half-and-half*
- 1/2 cup (120ml) milk
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1–2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, for greasing the pan
- Slice baguette into 1- to 1.5-inch-thick slices. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, half-and-half, milk, and cinnamon together until combined. The mixture will be thick and creamy. Pour into a pie dish or shallow baking pan.
- Soak the bread slices in the egg mixture for about 2 minutes on each side.
- Meanwhile, over medium-low heat, melt 1 Tablespoon of butter in a skillet. Place however many slices of bread fit into the pan and cook until golden brown on each side, about 3 minutes on each side. Melt more butter in skillet for the next batch, if needed.
- Serve immediately with your favorite toppings like maple syrup, confectioners’ sugar, berries, whipped cream, blueberry sauce topping, or strawberry sauce topping.
- Make Ahead Instructions: You can slice the baguette and cover lightly for up to 1 day. You can also make the egg custard mixture in step 2, and cover and refrigerate it overnight. Continue with step 3 when you are ready for breakfast.
- Special Tools (affiliate links): Glass Mixing Bowl | Whisk | Pie Dish | Skillet
- Half-and-Half: I do not recommend substituting for the half-and-half. It gives the egg mixture a nice, thick consistency for soaking the bread. If needed, the best substitute would be 1 cup (240ml) of whole milk instead of the 1/2 cup milk + 1/2 cup half-and-half.
- Quantity: The recipe makes enough for 4 people, but that absolutely depends on how hungry you are! If you have leftover egg custard, you can either discard or grab regular bread slices and make regular-size French toast.
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Reader Comments & Reviews
This is such a good recipe I will use often for breakfast thanks for putting it out in the open
A very fun and easy recipe for kids! Anything “just their size” is a winner in this household.
Sally’s Mini French Toast Bites but with normal bread as I didn’t have baguette on hand.. the recipe is perfect!!!
How exactly do you make a baguette stale? Do you just leave it on the counter not wrapped in anything? I have a french bagette at home in an open ended bag from the store, so I just let it set like that longer? Will that make it moldy?
Hi Kira! That’s correct– you can slice the baguette and leave it out on the counter for a day. It won’t turn moldy if it’s only been 1 day.
Staleness of bread depends on the humidity in the air. You can leave it out in areas that have low humidity. Areas (or days) with high humidity, it won’t harden up as quickly.
Let me tell you how desperate I was to try your recipe: I hate egg whites in all forms and when I rarely do make French Toast, I’d beat the eggs up with milk and flour to form almost a paste so there wouldn’t be one speck of fried egg white around the edges of the bread.
I only had 2 eggs and your recipe called for 3, so I wasn’t too concerned on the lack of egginess at this point Ü I didn’t have any milk but I did have half ‘n half. I used equal parts of powdered coffee cream (the horrors!) to equal parts of hot water and got my milk that way! My baguette was just on the verge of being too hard to cut but I managed to survive without severing off any digits. THAT FRENCH TOAST WAS AMAZING! Oh mah goodness….it was so yummy! I splurged and used my new Saigon Cassia ground cinnamon in the liquid batter and on the top and it was pure heaven! Long Life Sally ♥ Thank you so much!
Made these for the boyfriend easter weekend and he was like “omg these are soo good!” We devoured them but they were exactly what i wanted.. something crispier than regular french toast. I love all your recipes! looking for more to try this week.
Whenever I attempt to make French Toast the egg never seems to cook or if it does it turns into half french toast half fried egg! What am I doing wrong? Thank you 🙂
Are you using more eggs than called for? I would check your stove temperature– maybe turn it up a little.
Love French Toast and I will be leaving the other half of the baguette to stale! I also add a dash of vanilla and nutmeg to my FT batter. Had not used half and half, though. Will try that as well. (Just need to walk a bit extra!) Thanks for the new twist!
I made this for brunch this morning and it was delicious! I’m in the UK and half-and-half isn’t something we have over here, so had to go against your advice and substitute it. I went for single cream and it seemed to work just as well. Just a tip for any Brits that are reading! 🙂
Do I have to let the bread go stale? I really want these for today, haha 🙂
Stale bread doesn’t get mushy, so I prefer it. Whatever you like though!
I made these yesterday and they were really good (I think I´ll make another batch today!). I just have a question regarding the consistency because I´ve never made or eaten French Toast before: Is it supposed to be crunchy on the edges and more spongy in the middle, or should it be completely crunchy?