Maple French toast bites
Brunch means different things to different people. Some people insist on the basic “salty” breakfast staples of bacon and eggs while others are drawn to sweeter items such as French toast. I think the key to a good brunch is to serve a little of everything. By preparing French toast in bite-sized pieces, you can cook it ahead of time and keep it warm in the oven until your guests have arrived. Then all you need to do is toss it in maple sugar (my favourite) before setting it out on the table. The maple sugar melts onto the warm French toast bites, coating them in maple sweetness.
- Trim the crust from the bread. Cut the bread into 1” cubes.
- In a shallow, large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, nutmeg and vanilla extract.
- Turn the oven on to warm around 400°F (200°C).
- Preheat a large non-stick frying pan on medium-low. When the pan is hot, add a pat of butter and melt it, swirling the pan to coat the surface evenly.
- Meanwhile, working with 8 cubes of bread at a time, quickly toss the bread cubes in the egg mixture to coat them on all sides. Immediately transfer the bread to the hot frying pan, squeezing/scraping off any excess egg as best as you can. Fry the cubes on all sides, flipping when they turn golden brown.
- Transfer the cubes to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while you fry the rest of the bread.
- When you are ready to serve brunch, toss the warm bread cubes in the maple sugar.