Fried Bread with Cinnamon Sugar

(There’s nothing to see here, healthy people…move along, move along.) Fried bread with a dusting of cinnamon sugar is such a treat ~ one that has been in my family for years. We don’t make it often because it’s not the most nutritious breakfast(!!), but it was requested for Father’s Day and I wanted to share it with you. My mother used to make this for us and I believe her mother used to make it for her. (This is one of those recipes like my Chicken Tropical post that will have them begging for more!)

You mix up the batter, dip the bread in the batter, and fry it on both sides in some oil. As soon as it comes out of the oil, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and en-joy! I like to use white sandwich bread, but not the really soft kind. I prefer to use Pepperidge Farm White Sandwich Bread because it holds up to the wet batter. You can use whatever you like, though I’ve only tried it with white bread. You just don’t want something really soft because it will tear when you dip it in the batter. I also like to cut my bread slices in half.

When you dip the bread slices into the batter, try to let the excess drip back into the batter bowl.

In a deep skillet, fry both sides in hot oil until golden brown. (On my electric stove I use the a number that’s between medium and medium high.)

While your bread is frying, make your cinnamon sugar if you don’t have some on hand.

When the bread is nicely browned on both sides, remove it from the pan onto a plate lined with paper towels. Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar over the nice hot bread. Fry the remaining slices and eat!

Recipe for Fried Bread and Cinnamon Sugar:
(Batter makes about 9-10 full slices or 18-20 halves)
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
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1. Sift the flour with the baking powder and salt in a medium sized bowl.
2. Add the eggs and the milk and whisk to combine.
3. Preheat about 1/2″ to 3/4″ of vegetable or canola oil in a deep skillet over medium-medium high heat. (To tell if the oil is ready, I take a drop of the batter and put it in the oil. If the drop bubbles and floats, I know it’s ready.)
4. Dip the bread halves into the batter, letting the excess drip back into the bowl.
5. Fry the bread in the hot oil on both sides until golden brown in batches.
6. Remove from pan and drain on plate or platter lined with paper towels. Immediately sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. You can add more to your liking, but get some of the sugar on there while you can still see some oil.
7. Fry remaining bread.
8. Go to your happy place while eating this heavenly breakfast treat (or dessert) and thank me when you’re full.

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Cinnamon Sugar: (You won’t need this much but save the rest in a tight container for next time…or you can cut the recipe in half.)
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix these two until well combined and sprinkle on fried bread as soon as it comes out of the oil.

Hope you like it as much as we do!