Get ready for the ultimate crossover recipe with our Cinnamon Roll French Toast Roll-Ups—it’s the stuff dreams are made of! Let’s face it, classic French toast for Sunday brunch is pretty unbeatable. But when you combine that incredible crispy exterior with the creamy, custardy inside, this French toast roll-up takes it to a whole new level of delicious decadence!

Trust us, you’re in for a treat with these air fryer French toast roll-ups. It’s the perfect fusion of French toast and cinnamon rolls, and it’s nothing short of delightful!

plate of cinnamon roll french toast with strawberries

History of French toast

An origin story for French toast is that it was created during a war in France when soldiers took stale bread and dipped it in eggs to soften it up, then fried it. However, not all food historians agree with that. Some believe that it was created in the 1700s by Joseph French, hence the name. But that’s not a story supported by the majority, either.

The truth of the history of French toast is still murky, and it stretches back as far as the fifth century AD in the Roman Empire. The first sight of French toast came about when Romans created “Pan Dulcis” by soaking bread in egg or milk and frying it.

There is also a theory that this breakfast staple recipe was developed in medieval Europe. In sum, the history of French toast is obscure and littered with fascinating tales and origin stories. Who really knows when it was invented, or by whom — ultimately, it’s a delicious treat that we’re happy to have around today!

What equipment do I need for French toast roll ups?

You’ll need a handful of regular kitchen utensils — including a rolling pin, whisk, bowls, and plates — for this recipe, but the big thing is the air fryer

Air fryers are modified convection ovens that can sit on a countertop and use circulated hot air to cook food using less oil (and less time) than either frying or conventional ovens do! We are obsessed with the texture and crispiness the air fryer gives to these French toast roll-ups, they’re absolutely heavenly and have such a satisfying bite to them.

air fryer with cinnamon roll french toast roll ups

How to top your French toast roll ups

French toast can absolutely be enjoyed without the addition of any toppings — especially this recipe. But we have quite the sweet tooth, so you know we are going to top this brunch up!

The beauty of French toast is that you don’t have to go overboard on toppings. A simple dusting of powdered sugar, some berries, and maple syrup for dipping and you are golden.

We’re of the mind that French toast is simply better with powdered sugar than without it. It is subtle, but powdered sugar enhances the flavors of the French toast, giving a burst of brightness and lightness on the palate. 

How to make French toast roll-ups

  1. Flatten the bread with a rolling pin. Cut off the crust.
  2. Mix together butter, sugar, and a pinch of salt. 
  3. Spread a thin layer of the butter mixture on the bread. 
  4. Sprinkle it with cinnamon and roll it up. 
  5. In a shallow plate whisk together eggs, half and half, and vanilla extract. Dip the roll up in the egg mixture.
  6. Air fry at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes or until golden. 
  7. Garnish with powdered sugar, and serve with a side of maple syrup.
plate of cinnamon roll french toast roll ups
a plate of cinnamon roll french toast roll ups

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Roll-Ups (Air Fryer Recipe)

5 from 5 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
These French toast roll ups are filled with butter, sugar, and cinnamon. It’s rolled up, dipped in an egg mixture and air fried until golden brown! Taste’s just like a cinnamon roll!

Ingredients  

  • 6 slices brioche sandwich bread
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 2 Tablespoons half and half
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • powdered sugar for garnish

Instructions 

  • Flatten bread with a rolling pin. Cut off the crust.
    6 slices brioche sandwich bread
  • Mix together butter, sugar and pinch of salt. 
    4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Spread a thin layer of the butter mixture on the bread. 
    1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Sprinkle it with cinnamon and roll it up. 
  • In a shallow plate whisk together eggs, half and half, vanilla extract, and salt. Dip roll up in egg mixture.
    2 eggs, 2 Tablespoons half and half, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, pinch of salt
  • Air fry at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes or until golden. 
  • Garnish with powdered sugar, and serve with a side of maple syrup.
    powdered sugar for garnish

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 282mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 634IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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