Can I Make a mini-"Glazed French Toast Cinnamon Swirl"?
This Twisted recipe looked decadent and tasty and it was made from cheap simple white bread of all things, so I wanted to see if it was as good as it looked. It also looked fun to make -- you roll the pieces of white bread into a little wheel, so I thought I'd give it a try and make a mini-version.
I have previously tried Twisted recipes that use white bread (see link), which I noted seemed like a cop out if you are cooking, but the recipes were really good and it seemed to transform the simple white bread. I thought this one might too. :)
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Attempt #1:
They use 16 pieces of bread and probably use a 9" springboard pan. I used my little 4" springboard pan and made a mini-version.
In their version, they used heavy cream; I cut that out to decrease calories/fat and added a little more milk than what would have been calculated. They used vanilla; I didn't have any around. I should probably get some. A lot of recipes I try have vanilla and it's cheap. :)
They also used sugar in the egg/milk mixture they pour over the bread. I didn't use sugar to cut down on calories.
What I used:
- 4 pieces of white bread
For the cinnamon brown sugar mixture -
but probably only used 1/2 of it:
- 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup of milk
- Melted Pillsbury Frosting (instead of making the glaze)
I took the pieces of white bread and cut them in half. Then, I connected them by pressing the edges together like in the video. I made the cinnamon/brown sugar/melted butter mixture and placed it on the bread.
Now, the fun part! Putting it together. You roll all the pieces of bread into one big roll. You don't have to worry about it falling apart because you are putting it in the baking pan anyway.
Here it is in the pan. So you can see it doesn't matter if you
mess up when you are rolling it because you are going to stuff
it in the pan anyways.
I made the milk and egg mixture and poured it over the bread. I didn't use sugar in the milk/egg mixture (to cut down on calories); they did.
Oops, I spilled some. Haha. :) It didn't matter. I had made a workspace by putting parchment paper over a baking pan (over my silicone baking mat and cardboard box on my stove, haha. :) )
I put some of the extra cinnamon-sugar mixture on top
before I put it in the oven.
They bake their big cinnamon swirl at 360 degrees for 40 min.
I baked for 20 min. at 360 degrees. Then, I increased it to 400 degrees and baked it for another 10 min.
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! How good does that look?
The simple cheap white bread has been transformed into this beautiful cinnamon roll. It tasted good too and it was fun & easy to make. It only takes about 5 or 10 min. and then you put it in the oven.
This whole thing only has about 440 calories w/o frosting, which only adds 70 calories or so. I only ate about 1/4 of it.
I even made a pouring video like the ones on these sped-up cooking videos on YouTube. Haha. :) Check it out after the next row of photos.
Give it a try! We are good at this!