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

Yield: 2 servings (can be doubled - see notes)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

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

  1. 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.
  2. Whisk the egg, buttermilk, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg together in a shallow dish.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat in a nonstick pan.
  4. 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.
  5. Place the sticks in the pan and fry, using tongs to turn frequently, until lightly crisped and golden brown on all sides.
  6. Drain on paper towels and set aside. Add the remaining tablespoon of butter to the pan and repeat the process with the second batch.
  7. Just before serving, dust lightly with powdered sugar. Serve with warm maple syrup for dipping.

Notes

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.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 423Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 159mgSodium: 253mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 2gSugar: 25gProtein: 11g

Note: Nutrition information is estimated and may vary from your actual results.