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:
- 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.
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!
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!
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