Use Up Leftover Bread in Air Fryer French Toast Cups
These French Toast Cups are a great way to use up leftover bread to make a special breakfast treat. The French toast cups come out of the air fryer crispy on the tops and soft and moist--but not soggy--inside. To make the breakfast cups, I usually use leftover sourdough bread (such as sourdough banana-walnut bread, the recipe for which you can find on this website), but other breads will work fine. It's best if the bread you use is a bit dry, as the dry bread will soak up the egg/milk mixture nicely. The French toast mixture needs to sit for at least an hour so the bread can soak up the custard. Letting the custard mixture sit in the refrigerator overnight is fine. You also can make the French toast cups ahead and reheat them in the microwave or air fryer for a quick breakfast. We like the French toast cups dusted with powdered sugar, with yogurt and fresh fruit alongside. The French toast cups also are great with maple syrup. Enjoy!
Air Fryer French Toast Cups -- Makes 4
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups of milk
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
3 cups of cubed (1-inch or so) bread (a little dry/stale is good)
Optional but good: a handful of raisins, other dried fruit, and/or nuts)
Powdered sugar, optional
Spritz 4 large (1-cup) ramekins with non-stick cooking spray and set them aside. In a large bowl whisk together well the eggs, milk, cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla. Stir in the cubed bread and, if you like, the raisins/nuts. Let the mixture sit for at least an hour or overnight in the refrigerator. Stir the mixture well, again. Divide the mixture among the ramekins. You may need to mound the mixture a little in the ramekins. Spritz the tops of the French toast cups with non-stick cooking spray. Put 2-4 filled ramekins in your air fryer basket (depending on the size of your basket), put the basket in the air fryer, and air fry the French toast cups at 320 degrees for about 20 minutes. Repeat the cooking process with the remaining cups, if necessary. Let the French toast cups cool a few minutes. Loosen the edges of the French toast cups with a knife and tip them out onto a plate. Dust them with powdered sugar, if you like.