Bread Crusts and French Toast Bites


I’ll make my kids a sandwich and more often than not the crust goes un-eaten. I thought maybe they would be have a different opinion with homemade bread which I make at least once a week with the help a bread machine.

Unfortunately, my kids don’t like the crusts on homemade bread either. So, I usually end up cutting it off.

I prefer not to waste these pieces of crust. Tamar Adler talks often in her book, An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace, about not throwing away your scraps of food but instead finding a different purpose for it. Sometimes you need to be creative. One example she mentions is turning stale bread into croutons. This seems obvious and is what I would normally do with bread crusts.


One Saturday morning I was making French Toast and had extra batter. That morning I also had a bag full of bread crusts. I then had a light-bulb moment. I dumped the crusts into the batter. Stirred to make sure all bread pieces were covered and soaked for about 15 seconds.


I then cooked them in my pan. And that’s how I came up with French Toast Bites.

No wasted bread crusts. No wasted extra French Toast batter.

The best part – The kids love them even though it’s the bread crusts they wouldn’t eat when it’s on a sandwich.

Also, there’s no need to cut the French Toast into pieces. Just put on a plate and pour syrup. Yum!

If you’re wondering what recipe I use for my French Toast batter, it’s the same one used in our Waffled French Toast. The batter recipe I use for the Waffled French Toast is also what I make for regular French Toast.


French Toast batter recipe


  • 9 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 TB vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

NOTE: I am able to make 12-16 slices of French Toast with this recipe. Last time, I had extra batter and used it to make these  French Toast Bites.


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  1. What a clever idea! A great way to keep from wasting those crusts.

  2. Hi,
    I followed you over from Chic and Crafty Link Party and this is a brilliant idea, totally delicious looking too.

    I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at (Link up until Monday 4-23-12)

    Have a great day,

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