Saturday morning is dedicated to making my kids and I a delicious breakfast, preferably something sweet as a way to treat ourselves to an end to a busy week. This morning I had a day old loaf of handmade bread I bought at a local Romanian market. Naturally I thought about making French toast for breakfast. I thought it would be fun to make something I used to enjoy eating as a kid- French toast sticks.
Then things got changed around a bit while I began making it and voila- the churriko toastie was born! A churriko toastie is a mashup of French toast sticks and churros. Before frying they're dusted with Mochiko flour and then generously coated in cinnamon sugar.
They are fried until the outside is crispy golden and the inside remains delightfully custardy. The sandy coating of cinnamon sugar is a nice textural contrast to the soft center. You're gonna love these.
- 4 thick slices of good white loaf bread, sliced into 1 in. x 1 in. rectangular bars (shokupan or a fairly dense white loaf bread is good)
- 1 cup whole milk
- 4 medium eggs
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pinch of fine sea salt
- fresh zested cinnamon (if already ground use 1/2 teaspoon
- 1/2 cup Mochiko flour
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons butter (preferably ghee)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Combine milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt and cinnamon and whisk until well blended. Place bread sticks into batter and completely cover them in batter. Set aside for 15 minutes or until bread has soaked up most of the batter.
Meanwhile heat up oil in a cast iron skillet (a thick-bottomed frying pan is okay too) over medium heat. Add in butter right before frying your toasties. Make sure oil is not too hot or smoking. Prepare cinnamon sugar in a separate bowl as well.
Put Mochiko flour in a separate bowl. Gently pull each bread stick from batter (they are super soft and may break) at a time and dredge in flour. Place in heated oil and begin frying. Do not overcrowd pan with too many toasties, they should have some room in between them. This prevents sticking and even heat distribution.
Fry toasties in oil for about 6 minutes or until golden. Turn often to cook each side evenly and to prevent burning.
Let churriko toasties cool on a wire rack for a few minutes before tossing in cinnamon sugar. Serve!