One of my biggest cereal weaknesses is Cap'n Crunch. Next to Froot Loops, it is one of those cereal boxes I just can't keep my hands out of.
Because I love me some Cap'n Crunch cereal, I decided to find a creative way to incorporate it into another favorite breakfast dish of mine, French toast. After watching a chef make it on "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives" on Food Network and seeing different recipes after a simple Google search for Cap'n Crunch French Toast, I knew I had to make this recipe.
This combination of cinnamon and vanilla French toast with sugary Cap'n Crunch cereal will seriously rock your world. Here's how to make it.
First, you need to pulverize about 4 ½ cups of Cap'n Crunch cereal in a large plastic bag. Use the original flavor, not the berries one or the one with peanut butter, although I believe that would be delicious, too. If you have kids, this is a fun way to get them involved in the kitchen. But, because the cereal has sharp edges, place the plastic bag into another plastic bag in case one rips.
Set the pulverized cereal aside and prepare the egg-milk mixture. Combine three large eggs with ¾ cup of milk, a tablespoon of granulated sugar, ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and one teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Pour the crushed cereal into a square dish, then heat a skillet to medium-low heat. The sugary cereal will make the French toast brown faster, so don't cook at a heat higher than medium-low.
Melt a tablespoon of butter on the skillet while you dip the bread slices into the egg-milk mixture, then into the crushed Cap'n Crunch cereal. Make sure both sides of each slice are thoroughly coated in the Cap'n Crunch cereal.
Once the butter has melted, stick two slices onto the skillet to cook on each side for about four minutes.
Don't adjust the temperature on the skillet. It may seem like it is too low, but trust me, you will burn the French toast; it needs to be golden like the cereal, not brown and burned.
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Either top the French toast with butter and syrup, or if you're like me and enjoy a light dusting of sugar on top, sprinkle powdered sugar all over each slice.
This may seem like a simple twist on French toast, and it is, but it makes it so incredibly good. While the French toast was cooking on the stove I kept thinking about the French Toast Sticks at Burger King. For some reason, the Cap'n Crunch cereal gives off the same taste and smell as BK's French Toast Sticks. Maybe their secret is using Cap'n Crunch cereal...
Either way, if you're looking for a sweeter twist on French toast, just coat the bread slices in Cap'n Crunch cereal. It's awesome.
Next time, I'm going to try it with the peanut butter flavor of Cap'n Crunch cereal; stuffed Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch French toast with jelly and cream cheese sounds sinful and over-the-top, but I don't see a problem.