French Toast Stick Bread Pudding

 You know one of my favorite all-time movies?
Please don’t judge me, mmmkay?
Maybe one day I will share with a you a list of all my other favorite movies, but I can only stand so much humiliation right now.
So, today we will focus on Can’t Buy me Love.
I was *lucky* enough to come across this gem of a movie not too long ago on some random syndicated channel.  You know, the channels where they come up with super funny alternates for curse words. (Monkeyfighter, anyone?)
Anyway,  channel surfing ceased and I, once again, got sucked into an 80’s haze of cropped shirts and crimped hair.
How BAD did I want to be Cindy Mancini?
Her car…I wanted her car ~ that white  convertible VW Rabbit…sigh.
The obsession continued with her hair, which I tried to duplicate with a bottle of Sun-In and a crimp iron.  (Disaster).
AND I maybe memorized the steps to the African Anteater Ritual…maybe.
So, yes, I love that movie and all it’s 80’s glory.
But here’s the thing…the end of Can’t Buy Me Love…I kinda hate it (gasp!).
  Not when Cindy and Ronald go riding into the sunset on his lawnmower…THAT I love.
The part that I cringe at and regularly fast forward through is where Ronald’s friend Kenneth gives the speech about how nerds and jocks should all be friends and how they all used to get along..blah blah…THEN…wait for it… the whole cool California outdoor cafeteria starts clapping…cringe!
It drives me crazy in movies where someone gives a speech and then there’s the one guy or girl who starts slow clapping.
Then, of course, everyone else in the gym or cafeteria or wherever joins in and then they’re all shouting and giving high fives.
Just stop it..STOP the slow clapping!
In real life no one will join in.  I mean, have you ever been somewhere and started clapping when no one else does?  It’s not fun. People look at you.
Or like when you’re at the movies and the credits roll and someone starts clapping.
I don’t know why, but when people do this, no matter how good the movie was, I feel awkward.
Like, sink down in my chair awkward.  It makes no difference whether I know the clapping culprit.  I get straight up embarrassed.
Maybe it’s me and I just have an aversion to clapping, but I don’t think so…because I like to clap when it’s appropriate.
And appropriate clapping just doesn’t happen to occur in school cafeterias after someone stands up to a bully OR movie theaters.
The end.
So now onto inappropriate desserts.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
French Toast Bread Pudding with Vanilla Custard Sauce:
32 French Toast Sticks (this is the equivalent to 8 slices of bread)
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup light cream (you can use milk if you prefer)
1 cup milk
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp melted butter
Preheat to 350°
Thaw the French Toast sticks (they come in the freezer section at your supermarket)
 Cut each stick into 4 equal pieces.
Put all your French Toast pieces into a 9″ baking pan.
Pour melted butter over the pieces.
 In a medium sized bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, vanilla and cinnamon.
Pour the mixture over the French Toast pieces.
 Press all the pieces down so they are covered and soaking up the milk mixture.
Bake for 45 minutes until the center is set.
If the top starts to brown too much cover the baking dish with aluminum foil.
For vanilla custard sauce:
adapted from Southern Living
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 large egg
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/4 cups light cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Whisk first 6 ingredients in a heavy saucepan; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
When ready to serve drizzle sauce over each serving of bread pudding.
Bread pudding is such a versatile dessert, here’s a fun recipe using banana bread… an all-time favorite of mine!
Have a great week 🙂

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?
41 Responses
  1. cookies and cups

    Fairly odd mother…good catch! I changed the wording of that…there wasn't anything missing, I just must have trouble counting 😉

  2. Sue

    This bread pudding looks so good, and that custard sauce is the clincher!
    Your posts (and commentary) always brighten my day:)

  3. Fairly Odd Mother

    Can't wait to try this! Thanks!
    One question: the custard says "first 7 ingredients" then add vanilla but there are only 7 ingredients listed including the vanilla. Is this a typo or is another ingredient missing? Thanks again!

  4. Kate

    Not only did I want to be Cindy Mancini, I really really wanted her white leather skirt, jacket, and leather bandeau bra/top (whatever that was). I thought that was the coolest outfit ever! Next to Sixteen Candles one of my favorite all-time movies! Love this French toast adaptation. I have to try this!!


    i can't even remember the 80s . . . oy . . . and this? this i'm backing away from . . . nice and easy . . . so no one gets hurt . . .

  6. naomi

    Love that movie. I'm embarrassed to say, I only got around to seeing it as an adult-dang my parents for being overly strict.

    But hey, now as an adult I can watch the movie and eat a pan of this bread pudding meets cinnamon toast sticks all in one sitting! YUMMO!

  7. Aimee

    That too is my favorite movie. I mean, c'mon on, McDreamy (how do you spell that???). Loving the recipe too, thanks for sharing.

  8. Anonymous

    I have to make this! looks so good.

    I also love that movie! I wanted that suede outfit so much.

    …how about when people clap on a plane after landing? I guess they weren't positive the pilot was going to make it?

  9. The Vanilla Bean Baker

    I haven't seen the movie and this is the first time I've seen this recipe. What a delicious looking breakfast idea.

  10. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Love, love bread pudding! I've never seen those French toast sticks before, they really make this so easy to put together!

  11. Food Glorious Food!

    Bread pudding my favorite too! I have been saving up some leftover breads in the freezer and will make them soon I have collected enough 🙂

  12. mybeautifuldisasters

    It's almost one oclock in the morning here. I have finals at 7.15 AM tomorrow (today?). And i want to make this RIGHT NOW. lol looks so yummy!

  13. Joanne

    First of all, this dessert seems super appropriate to me.

    And yeah, the clapping thing is weird. Just so fake. Although I kind of wish it could happen in real life. Maybe I should try it next time I'm on the subway.

  14. Julie

    Can't wait to try this it looks good! I'm assuming making french toast in place of the french toast sticks would work?

    I haven't seen the movie but I did crimp my hair back in the day….and my bangs were as high as can be…. My favorite 80's movie was Desperately Seeking Susan with Madonna, Rosanna Arquette and Aidan Quinn.

  15. Trish - Sweetology101

    Why is french toast so darn good??!! I love it and this looks even better than my "secret recipe" where I basically fool my family and add nutmeg and vanilla to the egg batter stuff and they think I am like a friggin hero. Wait till I make this! Oh and my comment about 80's movies…my FAV is Breakfast Club. Imagine that!

  16. Kristan

    My personal favorite 80's movie is St. Elmo's Fire. Judd Nelson on the roof of his girlfriend's house, angrily smoking cigarettes? Demi Moore's psychotic freak out whilst locked in her apartment? Doesn't get much better, mmmkay?

    I have never ever ever made bread pudding. I'm scared that the bread would be soggy. But this sounds PERFECT!! I will be trying it fo sheez.

  17. Sandy

    This looks delicious! And I love that movie too – Patrick Dempsey from Geek to Chic! I'm not ashamed of my love for 80's cheesy movies – on vaca my husband and I watched Some Kind of Wonderful!

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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