Copycat Kneaders French Toast

What’s better than going to Kneaders on a Saturday morning and getting french toast? Nothing. Unfortunately we don’t live near a Kneaders anymore, so we decided to try a copycat recipe to satisfy our cravings and celebrate General Conference today. I know it doesn’t look as pretty as Kneaders does, but man does it taste just as good. I about died. Sugary, cinnamony goodness. I will definitely be making this again, but only on special occasions because that’s when the calories don’t count, right? RIGHT?

Copycat Kneaders French Toast

  • 1 loaf Kneaders Chunky Cinnamon Bread cut in 8 slices (Since I don’t live near a Kneaders I splurged and got Cinnabon cinnamon swirl bread. It wasn’t as thick as Kneaders cinnamon bread, but still turned out great. Just make sure there are no raisins in the bread of your choice – unless you like that sort of thing).
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 3/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 Tbs. vanilla
  • 2 Tbs. butter

Generously butter a 9 x 13 glass baking dish. Mix all ingredients, reserving the bread and butter. Thoroughly dip each piece of bread in the egg mixture and lay flat in the buttered baking dish. Pour the egg mixture on top. Cut butter into pieces and dot over the top. Refrigerate over night or at least one hour – overnight really is best. Since I don’t like baking in the morning it was refrigerated overnight. Although I would think that how long you are going to keep it in the fridge will determine how much of the egg mixture you are going to pour over top. Bake 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve warm with syrup, whipped cream, and strawberries.

We had ours with the best caramel syrup recipe I’ve ever had. This syrup definitely pushed this recipe on the scale of deliciousness from good to amazing. We also made homemade cinnamon whipped cream and cut up some fresh strawberries to go with it. Here is the syrup recipe:

Caramel Syrup

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 Tbs vanilla

Combine all ingredients, except vanilla, in a saucepan. Bring to boil and maintain for 1 minute stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Enjoy!

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