Baked Babka French Toast Sticks with Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Although delicious, making a loaf of chocolaty Eastern European babka is quite an undertaking. For those of us who are time-challenged, here's a quick and easy substitute that will have everybody asking for more. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar if desired.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


French Toast Sticks:

  • cooking spray

  • 6 slices stale cinnamon bread (such as Thomas®)

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Dipping Sauce:

  • ¼ cup chocolate-hazelnut spread (such as Nutella®)

  • ¼ cup fat free half-and-half

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup

  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray it with cooking spray.

  2. Cut each slice of bread into three sticks. Whisk together milk, egg, vanilla extract, and cinnamon in a large shallow dish. Dip each bread stick in the egg mixture quickly to avoid soaking the bread, yet coating it on all sides; shake off excess. Arrange bread sticks on the prepared baking sheet without them touching.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 minutes, flip them, spray lightly with cooking spray, and return to the oven until cooked through and golden brown, about 8 more minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, whisk together hazelnut spread, half-and-half, cocoa powder, corn syrup, and salt in a small saucepan on medium-low heat. Bring to a boil and immediately remove pan from the heat, whisking until smooth.

  5. Remove French toast sticks from the oven and serve warm with the chocolate dipping sauce.

Cook's Notes:

These french toast sticks freeze well in a resealable plastic bag. To reheat, microwave at medium temperature for about 30-60 seconds or until warmed through. The chocolate dipping sauce also may be reheated in the microwave or on the stovetop.

If you want the chocolate sauce thinner, just stir in a bit more half-and-half.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

282 Calories
10g Fat
41g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 282
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 281mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 210mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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