Edible Jenga – Baked French Toast!

by Barry Lewis


8 slices bread, thickly sliced (use jenga blocks if going for edible jenga!)

3 eggs

300ml milk

1tsp cinnamon

1tbsp sugar

1tsp vanilla extract

extra 300g Caster sugar if caramelising the outer layers

Maple syrup to serve

cooking spray

The result of what happens when playing jenga with a few friends turns to a topic on edible jenga! Many of you reached out with suggestions for this, including fish fingers (that would be too floppy with too much friction), or ready made cake (but that’s cheating!)…. but today I give you the quest to make French Toast jenga, but did it actually work?! If you like this concept let me know & we’ll do some more edible games!

But anyhow to make the baked french toast you’ll need to do the following:

Line a large baking tray big enough to take all of the slices of bread and give it a light spray of oil or just lightly brush some standard oil down with a pastry brush onto the parchment.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together all of the ingredients (apart from the caster sugar for caramelising & maple syrup) until well blended and combined. Dunk the pieces of bread into the mix and let any excess drip off for a moment before placing on a baking tray. Repeat with all the pieces of bread and ensure that they are not touching. Bake for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned at 350f/180c/160fan/gas 4 then remove from the oven turn them all over carefully brush/spray with a little extra oil and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Serve with maple syrup!

If you want to take it up a notch, add some sugar to a frying pan over a medium heat, once it starts to melt and caramelise lower the heat and do not stir it. In small batches add in the french toast sticks and carefully rotate them. Place to one side to cool, this is very dangerous so be careful and keep an eye on the sugar making sure it does not burn. A low steady heat will do it. Enjoy – edible jenga optional!