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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.


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10 mins
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4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
French Toast Sticks:
Dipping Sauce:


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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

282 calories; protein 10g; carbohydrates 40.6g; fat 9.8g; cholesterol 52.1mg; sodium 280.6mg. Full Nutrition