Ree Drummond’s Crispy French Toast Sticks Recipe is a Fun Breakfast Idea

Ree Drummond has an easy family favorite breakfast idea that can be made ahead and stored in the freezer. The pioneer woman Star’s Crispy French Toast Sticks are made ahead and frozen. Then she bakes them in the oven as needed.

Ree Drummond, star of ‘The Pioneer Woman’ | Tyler Essary/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

On an episode of The pioneer womanDrummond stocked her freezer with options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts, including what she called “outrageously delicious crispy French toast sticks, a Drummond kids’ favorite.”

She explained, “There’s nothing that brings me more joy in life than having a freezer full of food, all ready to go.” Drummond worked on recipes to keep in the freezer, saying, “I’m going to fill the freezer with all three meals of the day and then some.

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How to make Ree Drummond’s Crispy French Toast Sticks

Drummond started with his recipe for Crispy French Toast Sticks, which couldn’t be easier. “It’s technically breakfast, but honestly, it’s so delicious it would totally pass for dessert,” she explained.

The pioneer woman star cut the Texas toast into strips and set them aside. Then Drummond whisked together the eggs, half and half, cinnamon, vanilla and sugar in a shallow dish. “It’s definitely a sweet treat,” she explained.

“I know it looks like I’m making a ton of crispy French toast sticks, and that’s because I’m making a ton of them,” Drummond said. “But if I have to go to the trouble of making things for the freezer, I really want to have a lot to show for it.”

After Drummond combined the egg mixture, she set it aside and made the crunchy mixture. According to Drummond, this is the part that “makes this French toast so incredibly special.”

Drummond added crushed sugar cereal to another shallow pan and added “a fun kind of French toast ingredient,” she said, “totally works” — panko breadcrumbs. She added sugar and cinnamon to the mixture and mixed everything together. The Food Network host added melted butter and stirred it with a fork. “It kind of helps the crumbs stick together,” she explained. “And of course butter never hurts – it will add even more amazing flavor.”

The pioneer woman star set up an assembly line, first dipping a slice of bread in the egg mixture, then coating it in the crispy mixture. “I like using Texas toast because it’s nice and thick and doesn’t get soggy as easily,” she said.

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Drummond’s French Toast Breakfast Recipe Can Go From Freezer To Oven

Drummond flash freezes French toast sticks by placing them on a rack set over a baking sheet and freezing them for 30 minutes. “It firms up the surface, and then they’re ready to go into pre-labeled bags,” she explained.

When she needs to bake the French toast sticks, Drummond bakes them straight from the freezer in a 425 degree Fahrenheit oven for 15 minutes. She serves them on a plate with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, berries and hot pancake syrup in a dipping container.

“French toast really is a fantastic frozen breakfast,” she said.

The full recipe is available on the Food Network website.

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