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When I was a kid, my mother kept a bowl of cinnamon sugar in her cupboard. She made it herself mixing a tablespoon or two of cinnamon into a cup of granulated sugar. As kids, we would take big slabs of her homemade bread, toast it, butter it, and sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the top. It was one of our favorite treats. We would also sprinkle it over our oatmeal in the morning.
Now my granddaughter Lily is doing the same thing but her mother, my daughter Debbie, keeps cinnamon vanilla sugar in the cupboard.
We’ve fallen in love with cinnamon vanilla sugar-we like the addition of vanilla to the cinnamon sugar. We’ve learned to use it in our recipes. We use a 50/50 mixture of granulated sugar with cinnamon vanilla sugar and just substitute the mixture for the sugar in the recipe. We also top cookies and muffins with cinnamon vanilla sugar before popping them in the oven.
Today, we would like to share recipes for baked French toast, skillet French toast, plus syrup and whipped cream all using cinnamon vanilla sugar. Of course, if you don’t have cinnamon vanilla sugar and don’t want to buy some, you can use a cinnamon and sugar mixture instead.
Baked French Toast
Baked French toast is a soft French toast made by layering the bread and egg mixture in a baking pan the night before and then baking it in the morning. It’s quite like a bread pudding.
This version is made with Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar. Cinnamon vanilla sugar is made with a mixture of cinnamon, granulated sugar, and dry vanilla. In the oven, the sugar melts creating a thick syrup with cinnamon and vanilla.
This baked French toast is made up the night before in an 8 1/2 x 13-inch pan. In the morning, you just pop it in the oven. Let it bake while you are getting ready for the day and you’ll have a wonderful breakfast for your family.
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar
12 slices soft bread (such as Summerhill Irish Potato White Bread)
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Melt the butter in an 8 1/2 x 13-inch baking pan. Stir in granulated sugar and the cinnamon vanilla sugar. Layer the bread two slices deep in the pan.
- Whisk the eggs and milk together. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread. Sprinkle the 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon over the bread. Place the pan in the refrigerator overnight.
- Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until the bread is browned. Serve hot.
Top your French toast with these:
Cinnamon Vanilla Cream Syrup
This is a multi-purpose syrup. It works on your pancakes and it works very well on desserts and ice cream as well.
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup cinnamon vanilla sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup cream
1 tablespoon corn syrup
4 tablespoons butter
Mix the cornstarch with the two sugars in a saucepan with a whisk until the cornstarch is well dispersed. Add the cream and corn syrup and heat until bubbly and thick, stirring often. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter.
Cinnamon Vanilla Whipped Cream
This is a luscious whipped cream to use on any dessert or in a cup of hot cocoa. It is perfect on apple or pumpkin pies. The cinnamon in this recipe turns the whipped cream a soft, light cinnamon color.
This cinnamon whipped cream takes no longer to make than regular whipped cream-it’s just a lot better.
2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup cinnamon vanilla sugar
Whip the cream to soft peaks. Add the cinnamon vanilla sugar and continue whipping. If you would like it sweeter, add granulated sugar.
Dennis Weaver is the founder of The Prepared Pantry. He is the author of How to Be a Better Baker, a 250 page book about the art and science of baking and has written many articles. He has worked as a professional baker. He is married and has five grown children. You can download a free copy of How to Be a Better Baker here.