Derived from the well-known French toast recipe, cinnamon roll French toast is one of the most indulgent dishes for a Sunday brunch. It’s super easy to make and the ingredients are easy to find, resulting in a sweet recipe that you can adapt to your personal liking.
But where does French toast come from, is cinnamon good for you, and can you replace the eggs inside if you’re allergic? All the answers are right below!
Origin of French Toast
The Apicius, a compendium of Latin recipes dating back to the first century CE, contains the earliest known mention of French toast, which is simply referred to as aliter dulcia (translated to “another sweet dish”).
One recipe from the 14th century in Germany refers to the dish as Arme Ritter (“poor knight”), which is also found in English and the Nordic languages. The recipe for “tostées dorées” was first presented by Taillevent in the 14th century as well. Martino da Como, a 15th-century Italian culinary genius, shared a recipe with us.
“Pain perdu” is the most commonly used term to describe this dish. French toast originated in the collective imagination as a result of a desire to reduce food waste, not only for economic reasons, but also because throwing away bread, which had religious undertones, was considered socially undesirable.
Calling the dish “French” made the dish appear nicer and allowed cooks to charge an additional one or two dollars on top of the regular price. The French food, which we believe to be elaborate and culinary, has long been admired in the United States. The name has a pleasant ring to it, and the French word lends it a connotation of excellent quality.
Health Benefits of Cinnamon
Adding flavour to many desserts, cinnamon is actually one of the ingredients know to have medical benefits for people who consume it in moderate amounts. Some of the health benefits of cinnamon include:
It can reduce blood pressure
The use of cinnamon has been linked to a short-term drop in blood pressure, according to some data. It would be premature to prescribe cinnamon for blood pressure control until a complete randomised controlled study (RCT) including a larger number of patients has been carried out, despite the encouraging preliminary evidence. Recent research has yielded less encouraging results, at least for the time being.
It’s rich in antioxidants
The antioxidant polyphenols found in cinnamon are present in high concentration in this spice. Antioxidants, which can be found in vegetables, fruits, spices, and herbs, can assist to protect the body against disease by reducing inflammation. Cinnamon has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of antioxidants.
It can lower blood sugar
A moderate effect on glycemic control and helping in the management of type 2 diabetes has been suggested for cinnamon, according to certain research. However, the findings are conflicting, and bigger randomised controlled trials in well-defined demographic groups utilizing standardised interventions are required in order to definitively assess the efficacy of cinnamon in people with diabetes. The consumption of a small amount of this product at breakfast or in baking will not cause any harm and can be included in a healthy diet as part of a balanced diet.
Topping Ideas for Cinnamon Roll French Toast
You can add a lot of different toppings on your cinnamon roll French toast, from different types of icings to syrups (such as caramel or maple syrup) and even fruit (like blueberry, strawberry, or sliced bananas).
How to Make Cinnamon Roll French Toast
To make a delicious cinnamon roll French toast recipe, you’re going to need the following equipment and ingredients.
- Griddle or pan that can be placed on a stove top
- Medium-sized bowl
- ½ a cup of sugar plus 2 tbsp. of cinnamon (mixed together)
- 1 tbsp. of soft butter
- 6 to 8 bread slices
- 1 pack of sausage of choice
For the Batter
- 3 regular eggs
- ¼ a cup of milk
- 1 tsp. of vanilla
- 2 tsp. of cinnamon
- 1 tsp. of nutmeg
- 1 tsp. of allspice
How to make the Cinnamon Roll French Toast
Step 1: Prepping the ingredients
In the first part of this recipe, you want to have all the ingredients prepared for assembly and cooking. Prepare the batter by whisking everything together in the medium-sized bowl. When you have a homogenous composition, set it aside.
Step 2: Flatten bread slices
Grab your bread slices, place them one by one on a cutting board and cut the crusts all around. Grab a rolling pin and flatten the bread as much as you can, but be careful with tearing it
Step 3: Assembling the ingredients
With a butter knife, gently spread the butter on your bread slices. The butter should be at room temperature to make this step easier for you. When you’re done, take your cinnamon and sugar mixture and sprinkle it on top of the butter bread slices.
Step 4: Add the sausage
Place one sausage on the edge of each bread slice and gently roll it. Pinch the ends together to make sure the sausage doesn’t slip out when you’re cooking it.
Dip each of the rolls in the batter you’ve previously set aside and place them on a clean place. Do this with all your rolls before moving onto the next step.
Step 5: Cooking the rolls
Put your skillet or pan on the griddle and melt some butter inside it. Once the butter is melted, place the cinnamon rolls inside the pan. Make sure you don’t put all of them at once, because you’re going to have to cook each of them on all sides and having a crowded pan makes is complicated. With a pair of cooking tongs, turn the roll on each side to cook it. A roll has to be brown on all sides to be properly cooked.
Additionally, you can choose to sprinkle toppings on the rolls. It can be anything from fresh fruit to all kinds of toppings and syrups. Some people like their cinnamon rolls with a little extra cinnamon and sugar mixture on top.
Serve and enjoy!
Can I make cinnamon roll French toast with gluten free dough?
Yes, you can. There are plenty of gluten-free breads that you can use to make cinnamon roll French toast, such as Kinnikinnick gluten-free white bread.
What are egg substitutes for egg allergies?
Do not assume egg substitutes are safe unless you have thoroughly examined the label. Egg substitutes may contain eggs, whereas egg replacer products may be egg-free, depending on the manufacturer. In the event that you are allergic to eggs, you will need to exercise caution and look for egg substitutes that are labeled as egg-free or vegan to verify that they do not contain eggs.
There are, however, unique egg substitute products available that do not include eggs. They are frequently promoted as vegan egg alternatives, and are typically sold in powdered form to make it easier to include into recipes. It is possible to use them in baking, but they cannot be used to replace eggs in dishes such as quiche or omelets.
If you need to use eggs as a binder in recipes, you can try to substitute them with applesauce, mashed bananas, or a gelatine blend.