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Served with maple syrup, Crunchy French Toast is stuffed with a pocket of cheddar cheese and coated with a mixture of crushed corn flakes and pecans.

A plate of Crunchy French Toast on a table

Turn a simple breakfast favorite into something extra special for the holidays with this easy recipe that I first shared over at The Weary ChefCrunchy French Toast (a breakfast item once on the menu at the Von Bryan Inn in the Smoky Mountains) has a nutty crust and is stuffed with cheddar cheese giving this French Toast a nice crunch on the outside and a delicious “gooey-ness” on the inside.

During the holidays, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to get everything done before the festivities begin – planning menus, shopping for gifts, wrapping gifts, decorating – whew! This breakfast recipe can take a lot of pressure off and will still impress your family or guests. It doesn’t require any special ingredients – other than a loaf of French bread and a few pecans. And best of all, it doesn’t require any advanced cooking skills! Just follow this easy step-by-step recipe and let the holiday feasting begin!


First, start with a loaf of French bread and cut the loaf into one-inch slices, thick enough so that you can use the tip of a sharp knife to cut a slit to make a pocket in each slice. Stuff the pocket with one-quarter cup of shredded cheddar cheese and press gently to close it up a little.

A bowl of cornflakes on a plate, with Crunchy French Toast

Next, carefully dredge the soaked bread into a mixture of crushed corn flakes and chopped pecans and press the mixture gently into the bread to get a good coating.

A tray of Crunchy French Toast on a table ready for the oven

Place the bread pieces on a baking sheet that has been lightly coated with cooking spray. Then bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes – or until a light golden brown – turning once.

A plate of food with a slice of Crunchy French Toast and bacon

Serve the French toast immediately with maple syrup and a side of fresh fruit or bacon for a delicious holiday breakfast or brunch.

A plate of Crunchy French Toast on a table

cornflake crusted French toast sticks stacked on a plate with a fork.

Crunchy French Toast Sticks

Served with maple syrup, Crunchy French Toast is stuffed with a pocket of cheddar cheese and coated with a mixture of crushed corn flakes and pecans.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 384 kcal


  • 4 slices French Bread one-inch slices
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups corn flakes crushed
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a shallow dish, whip together eggs, milk, and vanilla. In another shallow dish, combine the crushed cornflakes and chopped pecans.
  • Dip bread slices into egg mixture and then dredge in cornflake mixture. Place on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until toasted to a light golden brown. Serve immediately with maple syrup.


Serving: 1gCalories: 384kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 15gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 552mgPotassium: 248mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 509IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 101mgIron: 8mg

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Keyword cheddar cheese, corn flakes, french toast, pecans
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A plate of Crunchy French Toast on a table


    1. Michelle, Although you can prep some French toast recipes the night before, I would not recommend doing so with this one.

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