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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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Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

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  • 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.

Tips

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

Nutrition Facts

281.7 calories; 10 g protein; 40.6 g carbohydrates; 52.1 mg cholesterol; 280.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition