Baked French Toast is a great recipe for a weekend breakfast.
Weekends are for waffles, pancakes and French toast! Of all the special breakfasts my Mom used to make me when I was little, French toast was always my favorite. She made classic French toast often, and she always made French toast casserole for holidays. I don’t think she ever knew how to make baked French toast, but that’s what I’m sharing here today.
- whole milk, half & half or whipping cream
- vanilla extract
- ground cinnamon
- stale French bread
- salted butter
- additional butter and warm maple syrup, for serving
Why do you use stale bread for making French toast?
Stale bread is better able to soak up and withstand the egg custard. Soft, fresh bread will turn out a mushier French toast.
How do you make Baked French Toast?
The complete printable recipe is at the end of this post.
Make ahead tip:
In another large baking pan, melt the butter in a 400 degree oven. Transfer the soaked bread into the hot, heated, buttered pan in a single layer. Drizzle a little bit of the leftover egg juices on top of the bread slices
Bake for 10 minutes. Turn the bread slices over and bake for 10 more minutes, or until the bread is golden brown.
It turns out perfectly baked in egg custard. There are crispy edges. It’s ready to serve!
A good pat of butter and some warm maple syrup are all you need to finish off this baked French toast. Be sure to make this one for your next weekend breakfast indulgence. Enjoy!
The Best Weekend Breakfast Recipes
- Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
- Make Ahead Cinnamon Rolls
- Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread
- Norwegian Pancakes
- Creme Brulee French Toast
Baked French Toast
- 3 large eggs
- ⅔ cup whole milk or whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 6 to 8 slices stale French bread, thickly sliced
- ¼ cup (½ stick) salted butter
- In a large, shallow pan, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon. Place the bread slices in a single layer in the pan and allow them to soak up the liquid for 10 minutes, then flip and soak for another 10 minutes. (The entire pan can be covered and refrigerated overnight at this point, if desired).
- In another large baking pan, melt the butter in a 400 degree oven. Transfer the soaked bread into the hot, heated, buttered pan in a single layer. Drizzle a little bit of the leftover egg juices on top of the bread slices, and bake for 10 minutes. Turn bread slices over and bake for 10 more minutes, or until bread is golden.
- Serve with warm syrup.
- Syrup is not included in the nutritional information.