A savory and sweet breakfast treat. French toast roll-ups are about as good as it gets. There are limitless possibilities. It combines the best parts of pancakes, toast, and an omelet all in on easy to make dish. Today we’ll go through our French toast roll-up recipe and offer some really practical tips and tricks on how to make them.
How to Make French Toast Roll-Ups
The best thing about french toast roll-ups is that they are no harder to make than regular French toast. They just require a couple more steps. We first begin by removing the crust. You can leave them on, but they make it harder to get your bread evenly flat, and it’s harder to roll.
Once the crusts have been removed, we flatten our bread. This increases the size slightly (great for more filling) and ensures that the rolls cook quickly.
From there, it is simply a case of adding our chosen filling, rolling up our French toast. Giving it a little dip and frying it.
We like to add a final touch of panache by covering them in cinnamon sugar just before serving, but if you aren’t feeling too sweet or prefer a savory filling, this is entirely optional.
Tips and Tricks
- When you cook your French toast roll-ups, you must place them in the pan seam side down. By doing so, you make a nice tight seal that stops them from bursting open as the contents warm and expand slightly.
- When it comes to French toast roll-ups, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to fillings. Some of our favorites include peanut butter and strawberry jelly. Chopped strawberries and cream cheese. Mashed banana and peanut butter, or for something more savory, we have been known to add rashers of smoky bacon along with a generous helping of cheddar cheese. The fillings that work best are those that are traditionally used in pancakes. Fresh fruit always freshens this already bright dish up further.
- When making French toast roll-ups, you will need to be organized, just as in the same way as you make pancakes. We find that gathering your ingredients and creating a ‘cooking station’ before cooking makes life much easier. Especially if everyone wants slightly different fillings.
- You can serve these roll-ups with extra syrup for dipping. When we are having a luxurious Sunday, this is what we do. But with the sugar, they are sweet enough already, so this is entirely optional.
- If you don’t have white bread, you can make this recipe using wholemeal or brown bread. The steps below are identical.
- Don’t forget the cinnamon as it makes the dish. French toast is traditionally served with cinnamon, and these french toast roll-ups are no exception. Be sure to dust them in the flavored sugar as soon as they come out of the pan. The residue heat will melt the sugar slightly and give them a wonderful caramel crust.
- Even cooking relies on consistency. Make sure that you make your bread as uniformly flat as possible. It makes the whole process of rolling and cooking so much easier.
- Don’t feel that you have to waste the crusts by throwing them away. We like to put them in a freezer bag and save them for those days when we need breadcrumbs. Just tear them into chunks, freeze them and give them a blitz in a blender whenever a recipe calls for a handful of breadcrumbs.
French toast roll-up calories aren’t the best, so we make these as a weekend treat. And we really look forward to them. The best bit is that you can fill them with whatever you like. What is your favorite filling? Why not let me know in the comments below?