Cinnamon French Toast Bagels

Breakfast  |  Published Jan 25, 2022  |  Updated Jan 24, 2022  |  By Tawnie

I’ve made French Toast Roll Ups, French Toast Breakfast Boards and French Toast Muffins but never have I made French toast bagels before and I’m so happy I finally did.

Sometimes we don’t eat all of the bagels that come in the package so this is a great way to utilize them in a fun and delicious way. 

You can top with whipped cream, fresh fruit, and a generous pour of maple syrup for an ultra decadent but satisfying breakfast.

I hope you love this French toast as much as we do!

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bagels in a white dish with fresh berries, syrup and powdered sugar on top

Ingredient Notes:

I found all my ingredients for this recipe at my local Sprouts. It’s a one-stop shop for all of my weekly groceries and I always appreciate their variety of products. 

  • Bagels: In this post I am using Carbonaut Plain Bagels from Sprouts! They are gluten free, light, fluffy and have great texture. Use any bagel you prefer.
  • Eggs: The eggs bind everything together and adds fat for richness. 
  • Milk and Heavy Cream: I love using the combination of milk and heavy cream for the liquid part of the custard to create a luscious French toast. 
  • Cinnamon: Lots of cinnamon for flavor!
  • Sugar: I love adding sugar to the custard for a pop of sweetness and to help caramelize the French toast slices. 
  • Vanilla: The vanilla extract compliments the cinnamon flavors perfectly.
  • Butter: You’ll need a little butter for cooking the French toast in the pan.
ingredients to make french toast in small glass dishes

Step by Step Directions:

  1. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl until no streaks remain.
  2. Add in the milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract, sugar, and cinnamon. Whisk until combined. 
  3. Drop a bagel halve into the custard and let it sit for 20-30 seconds on each side. Repeat with remaining bagels.
  4. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add soaked pieces of bread to the pan and cook 3-5 min. Each side. 
  5. Serve with your favorite toppings. 

Tips and Variations

  • For more cozy flavors add in a pinch of nutmeg, cloves, or allspice. 
  • Use brown sugar instead of white sugar in the custard for a caramel, molasses flavor.
  • Leave the bagels out on the counter the night before to help prevent soggy bread.
  • Whisk the eggs well before adding in the remaining ingredients. Un-whisked eggs can show on the outside of the French toast after cooking since it won’t get absorbed into the bread very well.
  • Keep French toast warm by placing in oven on a baking sheet lined with a wire rack on top at 250°F. I find this helpful when making a large batch for brunch to keep it warm prior to serving. 
  • Use half and half or evaporated milk for a rich flavor and texture. I love using whole milk & heavy cream (like the recipe is written)
  • If using stale bread, you can soak the bread overnight and cook in the morning. (I recommend using stale bread over fresh bread when making French toast anyways!)
  • Add a tablespoon of brandy to the custard.
powdered sugar being sprinkled on bagels

French toast Troubleshooting:

  • If you want a crispier crust on the outside, add more sugar to the custard, use less liquid and make sure the pan is nice and hot when cooking slices.
  • If you are looking for a softer texture/soggier, add more liquid or allow bread to soak for a longer period of time. 
  • If you want a firmer texture, add more eggs to the custard, use less liquid and soak for a shorter amount of time. 

FAQ

How do you make your french toast not soggy?

To prevent your French toast from being soggy try to use day old bread. Stale bread helps to soak up the egg custard mixture

Why do you need milk in French toast?

Eggs and Milk are essential components to the custard base of French toast. It helps to add moisture to the overall dish.

Can I freeze french toast bagels?

Yes! After cooking, let the French toast cool on a wire cooling rack.  Stack the French toast bagels with a piece of wax paper between each bagel and place inside a heavy-duty freezer bag and freeze.  Use the Cinnamon French Toast Bagels within 1 to 2 months.

Can I make this dairy free?

Yes, there are several substitutions you can use to make the Cinnamon  French Toast Bagels dairy free.  My top favorites are to use either a non-dairy substitute like Almond milk or coconut milk. You can use a vegan butter or Ghee to cook the bread slices in.  

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Cinnamon French Toast Bagels

These Cinnamon French Toast Bagels (yes, bagels!) are made with just a few ingredients, are light and airy and a quick breakfast or brunch option. 
5 from 1 review
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5 bagels
Calories: 385kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 bagels
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar (white or brown)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (or more, as desired)
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 4 Tbsp. butter

Instructions

  • Whisk the eggs in a large bowl until no streaks remain.
  • Add in the milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Whisk until combined. 
  • Slice the bagels in half
  • Place a non-stick frying pan on the stove and move the custard next to the stove.
  • Soak bagel halves in custard for 20-30 seconds on each side. (I soak 3-4 at a time).
  • Add 2 Tbsp. of butter to the skillet and melt over medium heat. Tilt the pan to allow butter to coat the bottom.
  • Lift a bagel slice up from the custard and allow excess to drip off. Gently lay in frying pan and repeat with soaked slices.
  • Cook for 3-5 minutes on one side or until golden brown. Flip and continue cooking on the second side. Carefully watch to prevent burning.
  • Soak remaining slices and repeat cooking with remaining bagels. (Wipe pan clean and apply more butter to pan as needed between batches).
  • Serve with your favorite toppings. (whipped cream, fresh berries, peanut butter, banana slices, pure maple syrup, jam, powdered sugar, etc.

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Notes

  • Leave the bagels out on the counter the night before to help prevent soggy bread.
  • Whisk the eggs well before adding in the remaining ingredients. Un-whisked eggs can show on the outside of the French toast after cooking since it won’t get absorbed into the bread very well.
  • Keep French toast warm by placing in oven on a baking sheet lined with a wire rack on top at 250°F. I find this helpful when making a large batch for brunch to keep it warm prior to serving. 
  • Use half and half or evaporated milk for a rich flavor and texture. I love using whole milk & heavy cream (like the recipe is written)
  • If using stale bread, you can soak the bread overnight and cook in the morning. (I recommend using stale bread over fresh bread when making French toast anyways!)
  • *Nutrition will vary based on bagels used.  
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Nutrition

Serving: 1bagel | Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 617mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 342IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2mg

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2 months ago

Made these for my boyfriend on valentine’s, turned out to be amazingly delicious. Thanks to you Tawnie!

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