Baked French Toast

Baked French Toast is a breakfast casserole to get your hands on! Buttery brioche bread is dunked into a cinnamon-speckled custard, sprinkled with sugar and baked until perfectly golden brown and caramelized. An easy way to get French toast served for breakfast!

What Bread to Use

First things first, a good French toast needs a good bread! For this recipe, I love to use brioche. It is wonderfully buttery, soft and slightly sweet. It’s the perfect French toast bread in my opinion! Typically, I grab a pre-sliced loaf from Trader Joe’s and it works beautifully. Here are some other options:

  • Brioche
  • Challah
  • White bread – try to find a thicker-cut option if using this.

My top two choices: brioche and challah 100%! They are just perfect for French toast. 

Custard Mix

Next up is the custard to dunk the bread slices into. A combination of eggs, heavy cream, sugars, cinnamon and vanilla extract bring out the classic French toast flavors. 

Whisk it all together and dunk both sides of each slice of bread in the mixture. Arrange the slices in a 9×13 (or slightly smaller) baking dish and pour the remaining custard over the top. I know it sounds odd, but trust me, it all bakes together! 

Refrigeration time is required for this recipe as the bread and the custard need to really soak together. At least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours in advance. Makes it the perfect breakfast to prepare the night before and bake the day of!

Sugar Topping

Finally, before the French toast goes into the oven, sprinkle the top with a bit of raw sugar. It has larger crystals than regular sugar, which results in the perfect caramelization and slight crunch that this French Toast needs. I wouldn’t skip it! If you don’t have raw sugar, regular sugar can be used instead. But, I highly recommend grabbing some raw sugar for topping – it’s so good!

How to Serve

When the Baked French Toast comes out of the oven, I like to let it cool slightly and then pour over some pure maple syrup, a few dollops of fresh whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It really takes the French toast to the next level! Plus, how can you not have French toast with a healthy serving of maple syrup? Fresh fruit or chocolate chips would also be great companions. 

Just cut straight in to dish this recipe up! The tops and edges get wonderfully caramelized and have a slight crunch as they would coming straight from the skillet. Underneath is fluffy and loaded full of sweet custard flavor. A big breakfast or brunch hit!

Looking for other Breakfast Recipes? Check these out!

 

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Baked French Toast


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

Baked French Toast is a breakfast casserole to get your hands on! Buttery brioche bread is dunked into a cinnamon-speckled custard, sprinkled with sugar and baked until perfectly golden brown and caramelized. An easy way to get French toast served for breakfast!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 loaf Brioche bread (roughly 1 pound)
  • 7 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons course/raw sugar

Topping ideas:

  • Pure maple syrup
  • Whipped cream
  • Fresh fruit
  • Chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and salt until combined.
  2. Working with one slice of bread at a time, dunk the bread into the prepared custard, covering all sides. Arrange in a greased 9×13 (or slightly smaller) baking dish in a cascading, fanning motion. Repeat until all the bread slices have been dunked.
  3. Pour the remaining custard over the top of the bread slices, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours in advance.
  4. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Evenly sprinkle the top of the prepared French toast with the course/raw sugar and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and the French toast is cooked through.
  5. Garnish with pure maple syrup while still warm and serve with a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Brioche or challah bread are my first options for this recipe. White bread can also be used.
  • Prep time for this recipe includes 1 hour of refrigeration.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 392
  • Sugar: 22.8g
  • Sodium: 281mg
  • Fat: 22.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 37.3g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Protein: 9.4g
  • Cholesterol: 232mg

Keywords: Baked French Toast

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