Fried Cinnamon Sugar Toast is made with pan-fried slices of brioche bread, then topped with cinnamon sugar butter and broiled to caramelization! Take a bite of your new favorite toast in just 15 minutes!
This Fried Cinnamon Sugar Toast is the elevated version of your childhood favorite! Each bite still has that delicious cozy, sweet cinnamon flavor, except the bread is fried first, topped with homemade cinnamon butter, and then broiled!
When I saw this idea from Jessie Sheehan Bakes on Instagram, I knew I had to try it!
To make this the best fried cinnamon sugar toast, we took things to the next level and used brioche bread! The thick, soft, lightly sweet, rich slices of brioche bread make the perfect base for this fried toast!
Challah Bread is another great option!
Each bite is sweet and crisp, yet slightly tender inside! Make this for breakfast, brunch, a snack, or even as a quick dessert!
Fried Cinnamon Sugar Toast Ingredients
- Salted Butter
- Light Brown Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Ground Cinnamon
- Ground Nutmeg
- Canola Oil
- Brioche Bread
Combined with pantry staple ingredients are salted butter and brioche bread. I’d recommend using a high-quality butter such as Finlandia or Kerrygold for the best taste.
If you’ve never used brioche bread, then you’re in for a real treat! Since brioche bread has a high butter and egg content, it has a rich taste with a deliciously tender texture.
You can find brioche bread in the bakery section or bread aisle of your grocery store. And if you’re looking to spend a little extra time in the kitchen, you can make homemade brioche bread to make this fried bread recipe!
Substitutions and Variations
- Unsalted Butter – This recipe can be made with unsalted butter if that’s what you have on hand. To do so, just add 1/8 teaspoon of salt to the buttered mixture. You could also just sprinkle the fried toast with a pinch of salt!
- Bread – Instead of brioche bread, try making this cinnamon toast with challah, Hawaiian sweet bread, or Pullman loaf- really, any thicker sliced bread will work!
- Toast Sticks – Use a serrated knife to carefully saw slices of brioche bread into strips without deflating them. Then make a batch of Fried Cinnamon Sugar Toast Sticks for an instant hit with the kids!
How To Make Fried Cinnamon Sugar Toast
Step 1: Mix the salted butter, light brown sugar, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg together until combined.
Step 2: In a small skillet, heat the canola oil. Then fry the slices of brioche bread on both sides, cooking one slice at a time.
Step 3: After frying, transfer the fried slices of bread to a wire rack with a paper towel underneath.
Step 4: Spread the cinnamon butter mixture over the top of each slice and then place them on the prepared baking sheet.
Step 5: Broil the Cinnamon Sugar Toast on low heat until the butter caramelizes and turns slightly crunchy around the edges. Remove and enjoy warm!
Other Cooking Methods For Making Fried Cinnamon Sugar Toast
- No Frying – Skip frying the bread in the pan and instead spread the butter over the uncooked bread. Then broil it in the oven until the butter is melted, caramelized, and the bread has toasted.
- Air Fryer – For Air Fryer Cinnamon Toast, spread the buttered cinnamon sugar mixture over uncooked bread and place it in the fryer basket. Air fry until the toast is golden and the butter has caramelized.
- Toaster – Toast the bread in the toaster first and then spread the cinnamon sugar butter onto the toast. Transfer it to the oven to broil on low until crisp and caramelized.
- Toaster Oven – Spread the butter mixture onto the tops of uncooked bread. Then place them on the tray of your toaster oven and cook until the butter has caramelized on top and the edges of the bread are crisp.
Fried Cinnamon Sugar Toast FAQs
I find that this toast is best enjoyed on the same day! However, if you’d like, you can save leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two.
To reheat leftovers, transfer them to the oven to broil or slide them into your toaster oven.
If you’ll be enjoying this toast for breakfast, I’d suggest pairing it with a bowl of fresh fruit and some orange juice or milk!
Yes, vegetable oil can be used in place of canola oil.
Not to worry, any shallow frying pan will work just fine!
The toast will take on a deeper color while the butter becomes caramelized. Once the butter is bubbly in the center, with the edges becoming crisp with crusts, the toast is finished broiling.
If you take it out and decide that it needs more time broiling, just pop it back in the oven for a bit longer. Just keep a close eye so that it doesn’t burn!
Fried Cinnamon Sugar Toast
- ¼ cup salted butter softened
- ¼ cup light brown sugar packed
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 4 ounces canola oil or vegetable oil
- 4 slices brioche bread
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together ¼ cup salted butter, ¼ cup light brown sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg until fully combined and smooth. Set aside.
- Heat 4 ounces canola oil in a small skillet until it reaches about 350°F.
- Fry the 4 slices brioche bread one at a time, leaving each side in the oil to fry for about 20 to 30 seconds before flipping. Use tongs to transfer to a wire rack with a paper towel underneath.
- Divide and spread the cinnamon butter mixture over the top of one side of the fried bread and place it face up on the prepared baking sheet.
- Broil under low heat for 2 to 3 minutes until the butter caramelizes and turns a bit crunchy around the edges.
- Remove and enjoy warm.
- You can skip the frying part and spread the butter over bread then broil until the butter is melted and caramelized and the bread is toasted.