Friday, September 20, 2013

Bacon Wrapped French Toast

Sweet french toast sticks wrapped in crunchy, salty bacon.  A great hand held breakfast.



Another delicious gameday breakfast or snack.  If you haven't noticed I kind of have a bacon theme when it comes to football snacks, and breakfast.  What can I say... I love bacon.  These delicious breakfast bites were actually my husband's idea; I just executed them.  Prepared the night before, these were baked in the morning and ready for 6am kickoff with very little work.  I know I have no interest in preparing an extravagant breakfast that early, and I want to watch  the game.


Ingredients:

3 thick slices of bread
3 eggs
2-3 tsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp milk
dash vanilla extract
12 half strips of bacon, raw


First cook the bacon.  You want to slightly under-cook the bacon so it is pliable and squiggly (my husband's word but I think it describes it well). Let bacon cool on paper towels while preparing the french toast.


Whisk together the eggs, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla until well beaten.  One at a time dunk a slice of bread in egg mixture and place in a buttered frying pan at medium heat.  Fry on both sides until browned.  Repeat with all the bread.


Let the french toast cool until easy to handle.  Then cut each slice into 4 strips for a total of 12 french toast strips.


Wrap one piece of bacon around each french toast strip.  Place seam side down on a baking sheet.  You can use tooth picks to secure the bacon if you prefer, but as long as the ends are tucked under the toast, it will shrink during baking and cling to the french toast strip.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.


On gameday morning, preheat the oven to 350F with the rack in the center.  Remove the bacon wrapped french toast from the refrigerator and bake for 15 minutes until the bacon crisps.


Allow to cool slightly (that's when I take pictures).  Serve with maple syrup for dipping.


Watch the game, eat and enjoy (great with a spicy bloody mary and a beer back).

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