French Toast Bake

It feels good to be savvy. And by “savvy” I mean, “Roll out of bed 6 minutes before guests arrive, throw on a cute apron, then lead them to believe French Toast Bake demanded 8 hours to prepare—instead of 8 minutes.”

French Toast Bake

Terrifically thick, cinnamon-infused, and almost custard-like, French Toast Bake flirts shamelessly with the line between classic French toast and decadent bread pudding. French Toast Bake is not sorry for this, and after one bite, you won’t mind its beguiling one bit.

Forget standing at the stove flipping individual French toast slices. Forget every other French toast bake you’ve ever tried. A French-toast fanatic, I have made and consumed dozens of recipes (including this Applesauce French Toast Bake), and while each has its merits, today’s recipe is stuff of which breakfast dreams are made: Ultimate breakfast luxury, for lazy oaf effort. Prepare to trick wow your guests.

Let’s talk about your and French Toast Bake’s time together. The night before you plan to inhale it (that’s where this relationship is headed), blend the custard, a quick mix of sneaky evaporated milk (no need for heavy cream), eggs, cinnamon,  and pure maple syrup. Pour your brew over stacked slices of cinnamon bread, then pop it into the refrigerator to do its French-toast thang. Go out dancing ‘til dawn. Or call your grandma. Or iron your socks. The evening is yours. French Toast Bake will be far too preoccupied transforming itself into a 5-star breakfast dish to care how you spend your evening.

French Toast Bake

The next morning, roll out of bed, blindly throw the French Toast Bake—which will have completed its metamorphosis from bread-and-eggs to cinnamon custard of the gods—then return immediately to bed for some additional beauty sleep (not that you need it.) Wake up only to brew a pot of coffee and slap on some mascara 30 seconds before your friends ring the bell. They will enter just as you pull the French Toast Bake from the oven and, hello gorgeous Hostess with the Mostess! 

How ever did you find time to do all this? You really are something else.

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French Toast Bake
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French Toast Bake

Yield: 6 - 8 servings
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 40 mins
The most decadent, crowd-pleasing, and overnight French toast bake you will find. Evaporated milk keeps the recipe healthy, but all you will taste is luxury.

Ingredients

  • 1 full recipe Cinnamon Bread — (2 loaves) sliced 1-inch thick (16 slices total. Challah, Brioche, or purchased cinnamon-swirl bread can be substituted as well)
  • 7 large eggs 
  • 1 3/4 cups non-fat milk
  • 1 3/4 cups non-fat evaporated milk 
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • Maple syrup — for serving

Instructions

  1. The Day Before Serving: Arrange the bread slices in two layers in a 9 x13 inch baking dish, cutting the bread as needed to fit the dish. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, non-fat milk, evaporated milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Pour the mixture over the bread and press the bread down lightly. Cover and refrigerate overnight. 
  3. The Next Day: Remove pan from oven. Place rack in center of oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Uncover pan and gently lift flip over each “double stack” of bread, keeping each stack together. This will ensure the batter is evenly distributed as the French toast bakes. 
  4. Place the baking dish inside a larger roasting pan. Being careful not to burn yourself, pull the oven shelf part way forward, set the pans on the extended oven shelf, then pour very hot tap water into the larger roasting pan until it comes about 1 inch up the side of the smaller baking dish. Cover the entire bake (both pans together) with aluminum foil, tenting it so the foil doesn't touch the bread. Cut two slashes in the foil to allow steam to escape. Slowly slide the rack back into the oven and close the oven door. Bake for 45 minutes, remove the aluminum foil, then bake for another 40 to 45 minutes, until the French toast puffs up and the custard is set. Remove pan from the oven and cool slightly.
  5. Slice into squares, and serve warm with maple syrup.

Recipe Notes

French Toast Bake is best prepped one night in advance, so that the bread has time to absorb the custard overnight. If you need to bake the same day, pour the custard over the bread slices as directed, let rest for 15 minutes, then proceed with the recipe as directed. Refrigerate leftover French Toast Bake slices wrapped in foil for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Breakfast Recipe, French Toast Bake

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

39 comments

  1. I want this right now!!! And every day, especially preggers.

  2. Maegan @ The BakerMama Reply

    Looks delish! So much easier that making individual french toasts when everyone is starving and waiting for breakfast!

    • Totally agree Maegan! I love that everyone can sit down together, vs. waiting around for single slices that get cold. (Plus, then the cook gets to eat right away too :) )

  3. Oh this would totally make my morning!! Looks incredible!

  4. i need more recipes like these Erin thank you thank you thank you I was looking for easy french toast recipe :)

  5. So stinkin good looking. I want this right now!

  6. This sounds like my kind of breakfast! Wishing I had a giant plate in front of me right now!

  7. Baked French Toast = yumalicious!
    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

  8. Healthy, but with the taste of luxury? Oh, and I get to sleep in? I LOVE.

  9. Totally doing this the next time friends stay over, for breakfast! Easier than pan frying each one…

    • Forget about the individual pan frying. Who wants to wait around for that biz when we can all have our French toast right outta the oven? This bake feeds a crowd, and I’m sure your pals would love it. Thanks Ashley!!

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  11. I would love to wake up to this one morning!

  12. definitely trying this! i love french toast but haaaate making it :)

    • There’s nothing worse that slaving over the stove in the morning when your starving Sarah! That’s why I love this giant baked version of French toast. Everyone eats together…including the cook!

  13. I’m all for savvy breakfast options!! This looks scrumptious!

  14. cinnamon infused and custard-like?? Oh MY!! I’d simply call it brilliant!!

  15. Oh yum, lady! What time’s breakfast, again!?

  16. Aw YUM! Erin, this is exactly the kind of breakfast that I’ve been craving over here in Aussieland. Cold, dark mornings with freezing fingers… mmm, I think French Toast Bake is just the warm and welcoming pick me up that I need (says me after eating a bowl of raisin bran. So boring!). Thanks for the gorgeous recipe. Hugs to you sweetness! xx

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  25. Your style of cooking is right up my alley and speaks to my heart! Thank you

    for all the lovely recipes !!

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