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french toast sticks with vanilla bean butter

French bread is my preference for this recipe so that it can be easily cut into uniform cubes which make cooking the sticks much easier. This recipe is super easy to increase for entertaining and makes for a really elegant presentation. The skewers can be made ahead of time and placed in the oven on warm until ready to serve. For an alternative serving idea, carefully remove bread cubes from their skewers and add in alternating layers of strawberries and slices of bananas just before serving.

1 skewer, for serving
French bread, cut into 5 1-inch cubes
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch salt

Vanilla Bean Butter
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 vanilla bean

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Maple syrup, for serving

1. Trim skewer if needed to make sure it fits in a medium sauté pan, without hanging over edges.
2. Place french bread cubes on skewer and set aside.
3. In a baking dish, whisk together egg, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Add skewer and let bread soak for 5 minutes (try to make sure each cube lays flat as it soaks). Turn bread over and soak for another 5 minutes. Repeat two more times until all sides are coated.
4. Meanwhile, make vanilla bean butter. Cut vanilla bean lengthwise, exposing seeds. Scrape seeds and add to bowl of softened butter and mix to combine. Set aside.
5. In a medium sauté pan, heat butter over medium heat. Cook skewer on all sides until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side. Serve with vanilla bean butter and maple syrup.

Serves 1.

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