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Dedos gitanos
Makes 6

6 slices white bread
Cajeta, La Lechera dulce de leche, nutella or any preserves
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Trim the crust from the bread. Flatten the slices slightly with a rolling pin. In the center of each bread slice, add about 1 teaspoon of the filling of your choice.

Roll the bread and the mixture like a cigar or a rolled taco; set aside until you finish all of the slices.

In a bowl mix the egg and the cup of milk, whisk until well combined. In another extended bowl, mix the sugar with the cinnamon.

Set a skillet over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of butter.

Soak the bread rolls in the milk mixture until fully coated. Add them to the hot pan, which should have the butter already melted, cook the rolls until they’re golden brown and look fully cooked. Roll the fingers in the sugar and cinnamon mixture; they are ready to eat!


Mexican French Toast Roles

I just made some cream cheese and jelly sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, and they were excellent, what an easy food idea thanks.

Hmm…sounds sooo good! Thank you for trying this recipe!!

I watch this episode last weekend on Create TV and wanted to give them a try. I made these for breakfast this morning with Nutella and strawberry jam for my two little boys and they loved them! I’m going to be looking for cajeta and dulce de leche so we can try them with those as well. Thank you for the recipe!

Sarah, The French toast rolls are such a treat for breakfast. I’m glad your boys enjoyed them so much. Thank you for watching me on Create!

I made your Mexican French toast rolls,they were Von appetite!!!!!!!

Thank you, Michelle! I’m so happy to hear you tried making them.

I made them for my children this morning before school. We filled them with sauteed apples. Oh my goodness! They were amazing! they have already asked me to make them again. I packed extras in the bag for snack.

Sarai, Oh my gosh! Sauteed apples in the middle sounds delicious!! No wonder your kids loved them.

saw this show and loved it. made french toast rolls for breakfast for 4 of our grandchildren, they loved them. couldn’t remember whole recipe and computer was down, so didn’t do everything right, but the were still good. Thank you. I love your show and this is my very first comment ever…….

Margo, I’m glad you took a few minutes to write me! I love how you dove in and made the French Toast Rolls for your grandchildren…even without the whole recipe. I bet they were delicious! Thank you so much for watching the show!!

Saw this repeat episode a few days ago and couldn’t get it out of my mind. I have no little ones to make this for as my daughter is now in college but decided to make this for dessert tonight instead. The filling I used was chocolate chips and fresh banana slices. Delicious! Can’t wait to make it again. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us!

Hmm, Erika. The banana slices and chocolate chips sound so good!!

I was looking for something to watch on TV and just happened to see your show. I had never heart of it, but boy, was I glad to come across your show. I want to share this wonderful TV program to everyone I know. I have a young mexican family in my life and would love to make something special for them.

I want to try everything you have shown, but I think I will try the French Toast first. Is “dulce de leche” close to the same thing as Eagle Brand Sweetened Milk? What is “cajeta”?

I really loved your show. It was wonderful. Have a great Holiday.

I left a message earlier asking what CAJETA and ducle de leche was: I ordered the Cajeta from A great website, by the way. I bought the dulce de leche at my local Walmart.

Cajeta [KAH-HEH-TAH]is a thick, dark syrup or paste made from caramelized sugar and milk — traditionally goat’s milk, although cow’s milk is often used, and then it’s called DULCE DE LECHE. Cajeta can be found in several flavors (primarily caramel or quemada (plain), vanilla and wine flavor). It’s used in Mexico and in some South American countries primarily as a dessert by itself or as a topping for ice cream or fruit. In Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Peru to prepare Alfajores (Caramel Sandwich Cookies). Mexican Desert. Thanks for such a wealth of information on YOUR website. I added your website to “My Favorites”. Don’t want to ever lose it. ;O)

Hola Rita, You are so sweet! I am so happy you found my show and website!! I love the information you provided on cajeta and dulce de leche…and am glad you found the answer to your question. I hope you find try many of the recipes and share with the Mexican family you are friends with. Thank you for writing to me!!

I love love LOVE watching Pati’s Mexican Table on Create. Even my 18 month old daughter loves the show. I have made the rolls and my family loves them. I’m making them for breakfast tomorrow!
Thank you so much for sharing your ideas Pati!!!
Forever a fan! Hope a cookbook is in your future!!!!!

Thank you Pati for sharing your love of food with us! I have to admit that mexican food is my favorite…even though I am not from Mexico. It has the best flavors, spices, and textures of anything I make in my kitchen.
I like this recipe because it was easy to adapt to a savory breakfast. My kids like sweet in the morning, but I prefer savory. So, I added some ham and cheese inside of my rolls and I really enjoyed that, a lot! My kids have loved every variation I have made with these rolls. The only downside is that I have to buy loaf of bread. I make my own homemade bread, but homemade bread doesn’t flatten and spread out like store bought bread. But it is worth it for the extra convenience and versatility.
I saw your recipes for Mexican casseroles and I am so excited to give them a try when I have the extra time after the holidays.
I hope you have a blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year! Thank you for your show and your smile! God bless!

Thank you so much for writing me, Nicole! Your homemade bread sounds delicious. It’s a shame it won’t flatten correctly for this recipe. I am so glad to hear your family is enjoying it, anyway. Your savory variations sound fabulous!!

I made these this morning for my in-laws. We tried peanut butter, Nutella, and cream cheese. Everyone loved them! Thanks for sharing this recipe Pati!

Hi Rachel, Thank you for trying them!

Hi Pati, Thank you for this recipe. My two daughters and I have incorporated this recipe as part of our little family’s tradition. My daughters loved it and it was an instant hit! My daughters think its funny that I watch your show, teasing me because I love your Mexican accent…

Patti, i have to tell you i Love this show and the recipes!!!! I am married to a mexicano and I dont have any mexican recipes that he likes but when I found this show on t.v. oh my goodness! He wants to taste so many of your recipes. The ones I have made scored!!! Thank you for sharing your talent with others.

Hi Astrid! Thank you for telling me about cooking my recipes for your husband. I’m so happy to hear that he likes them!! Let me know if he has any requests. Gook luck with your new adventures in Mexican cooking!!

My seven year old daughter and I look forward to your show. You have gotten her interested in cooking, thank you!

I love hearing that Amie!

hi Pati – I just tried Dedos Gitanos and loved it! I added a tiny bit of vanilla to the milk mix and used a light wheat bread. Super fantastic – love you, love your show. Keep up the good, informative and so entertaining work! Happy new year y Dios te bendiga (I think that’s God bless you).

Elaine, I’m glad you liked the Dedos Gitanos! Thank you so much for watching the show!! Happy new year to you too…

I tried your french toast rolls with peanut butter and bananas, they were out of this world.
Thank You

I am so excited….I saw this on Create TV tonight and I am anxious to make this for my husband and daughter. I am thinking nutella, and possibly a cream cheese with fresh strawberries (sliced or diced). Also, my husband is from Puerto Rico and so I was thinking guava and possibly guava and cheese. Thanks you so much for this wonderful recipe!

Michelle, All of your and your husband’s ideas sound delicious!! I hope you enjoy them.

Wow it was the first time I can say I know what I have been eating and loving the pastries I have looked forward to eating in Mexico
but could never get a recipe.
Create has a winner for all who love your cooking and the simplicity.

Ralph, I’m so glad you have found the show! Thank you so, so much!!

It is my pleasure to know how to make the food I have enjoyed in Mexico
Create you have down us a great favor.

Am a first time viewer of your show on Create. The Mexican French Toast Rolls recipe had me jumping on the computer to get your recipe. It looks terrific and like all the variations. Am forward to making this recipe and being a longtime viewer of your show. Thank you.

Hi Nancy, Thank you so much for writing to me!! I’m so happy you have found the show. Let me know how the French Toast Rolls come out.

Pati-made these today and they are DELICIOUS! I can also see them as a quick dessert. EVERY recipe of yours that I have tried has been wonderful. I am going to buy your cookbook. Thanks for such a great show on PBS and Create TV.

WOW! These have quickly become a morning favorite for my wife and me.The only down side is if I keep this up I will need the “FAT BOY DIET” soon :) Roy & Monica ; Palmer, Alaska

I need to try these. Simple ingredient, looks easy and fast. (Especially for those mornings on the go.)

Yes!! Please try it! Thank you so much.

I made these for my family and they loved them. I enjoy your show. Thank you!

Pati,I made these for dessert but used white whole wheat bread, sugar free preserves and eggbeaters. Ofcourse I did fry them in butter (couldn’t help myself)! They were wonderful even tho they were the light version. I will definitly make them again.

Great to hear Maryann!

Pati, i saw that episode & they looked delicious! we’re mexican too but we’ve never had french toast like this. Im 17 & im going to make it for my mom for mothers day which is her birthday as well for breakfast! (: thanks so much for the idea. your an amazing cook!

Hola Kristal, I’m so happy you are making these for your mother!! I hope she enjoys them!

Pati, I watch you on create and saw these! My granddaughter loves fingerfood, and these work for both kids and adults! Thinking this would be great with my strawberry Rhubarb jam! Yum Yum!!!

Thank you, Shari! Strawberry-rhubarb jam would be so nice and Spring-y.

so yummy!! my kids love them!! you and your sister are so cute! can’t wait to try more recipes from you

Thank you so much, Shari! I hope you will try many of my recipes. Please let me know if you ever have a question!!

Hello Pati, We made your French Toast Rollups and loved them. They are so easy and fast, faster than flat French toast. Please thank you and your sister, Alisa, for the great breakfast. My husband likes you both! Your enthusiasm is infectious. We enjoy your show on Create TV.

Hola Vicki, I’m so happy you tried them!! :) Thank you very much for watching.

Hi Pati. I found this recipe on Pinterest with credit back to you. I’ve been making them as a weekend breakfast for my two boys. My 2yr old gets excited when I get out the big bread knife and rolling pin! We like them filled with Nutella but I’m thinking of trying them with some of the suggestions already posted. I didn’t know you had a show on Create– so I will start watching for you. Thanks!

Hola Allison, Thank you for taking time to write to me! I love hearing about your boys having the french toast rolls for weekend breakfast – your 2 year old sounds adorable. Is he helping you make them yet? :)

I saw this recipe adapated at two other sites ( and but I wanted to thank the original creator. Thank you! Looks so yummy, I can’t wait to try them.

Thanks Alli!

I can hardly wait to try the French Toast sandwiches.Have 4 great-grandchildren and know it will be a hit. Thanks so much for the wonderful ideas you bring to us each Saturday. Look forward to each episode. Susan PS Your sister’s pound cake will be on my to make list for this week also. She is a cutie!

I wonder if these would be good with beans used as the filling??? What would be the best beans to try??? I think my family would be impressed if they turned out delicious.

I’m thinking refried pinto beans… You made me remember, that when I was a little girl, I used to eat Conchas (Mexican sweet rolls) stuffed with refried beans and queso fresco. I love combining savory and sweet.

Sounds good. I miss you not being on PBS unless missed new time and day somewhere. Hope all is well with you and yours. Have a GREAT THAANNKSGIVING! Susan

patis mexican table IS now back on pbs (higher numbers) as well as create .. was i ever so happy to discover that today .. like reuniting with an old friend!

So happy to hear!! Season 3 will be launching in January 2014: stay tuned!

i’ve probably seen all past episodes but i’m enjoying viewing them again .. looking forward to the new ones!

I tried this things when I saw your show a few months ago. Easy, wonderful, delicious.
I did it with Nutella, Strawberry Jam, Ham and cheese Bur reading all this comments, I’ll try with Cajeta and also Guava and cream cheese.

Hola Roger, Thank you trying them! Happy to hear you are getting adventurous!!

I made this fro my mom for breakfast and we both loved them cant wait to try the next recipe!!!

Yey! Saludos to you and your mom!


Can these be served cold or at room temperature?

I wanted to make some for a charity fund raising sale, but I won’t be able to make them at the event or reheat them.

Thanks for sharing this great recipe! And I hope you can give me advice if they will still taste good at room temperature.

Hola Sammy, The French toast rolls are best when they are hot, but you can serve them at room temperature. I would cook them as close to the event as possible and try to keep them warm by transporting them in a covered container. Thank you for thinking of my recipe for your event!!

We tried two new fillings…almond paste pie filling and lemon curd. Both were wonderful! Next will be poppy seed preserves.
Ive shared this recipe with a few friends just today.
It’s true what they say: A great recipe is timeless!!
Thanks so much!
Pam :)

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