Sweet Hawaiian rolls dipped in a mixture of buttermilk, egg, sugar, and spice make a deliciously tangy version of classic French toast.

Single serving of Hawaiian French toast sticks with maple syrup.

These little French toast sticks are a delightful variation on the classic breakfast treat. Made with sweet Hawaiian rolls, buttermilk, and cinnamon, they are light, tangy, and easy to make.

Serve them with a little warm maple syrup for dipping, fresh fruit, and coffee for a cozy Sunday breakfast at home.

How to freeze and reheat

To make these French toast sticks in advance and freeze them, follow the recipe, cool the sticks completely on a wire rack, then arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze until solid before packaging them in a freezer container or zip-top freezer bag.

To reheat, preheat the oven to 350°F, place them on a baking sheet, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, turning once about halfway through. We don’t recommend reheating in the microwave.

A plate of powdered sugar sprinkled Hawaiian french toast sticks with a small bowl of maple syrup for dipping.

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Hawaiian French Toast Sticks

Hawaiian French Toast Sticks

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Sweet Hawaiian rolls dipped in a mixture of buttermilk, egg, sugar and spice make a deliciously tangy version of classic French toast.

Ingredients

  • 4 Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Powdered sugar
  • Maple syrup

Instructions

  • Slice each roll in half horizontally (like a sandwich roll), then slice each half lengthwise to yield 4 pieces total. Trim any ragged edges to prevent burning.
  • Whisk the egg, buttermilk, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg together in a shallow dish.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat in a nonstick pan.
  • Working in 2 batches, coat the half the sticks in the egg mixture. Because the texture of these rolls is quite soft, work quickly to coat all sides without soaking.
  • Place the sticks in the pan and fry, using tongs to turn frequently, until lightly crisped and golden brown on all sides.
  • Drain on paper towels and set aside. Add the remaining tablespoon of butter to the pan and repeat the process with the second batch.
  • Just before serving, dust lightly with powdered sugar. Serve with warm maple syrup for dipping.

Tips for Making This Recipe

You may want to put finished French toast sticks in a warm oven (about 200°F) while you finish cooking subsequent batches, particularly if you are doubling the recipe.

To freeze and reheat:

Prepare the recipe as directed and allow the French toast sticks to cool completely on a wire rack. Arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze. Once they’re completely frozen, you can package them in a tightly sealed container or freezer bag.
To reheat, preheat the oven to 350°F, place them on a baking sheet, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, turning at least once to crisp all sides.
Note: We don’t recommend reheating in the microwave.
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 423kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 159mg, Sodium: 253mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 25g
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