This Baked French Toast is the ultimate, crowd-pleasing breakfast. Loaded with French bread, cream, eggs, and warming spices all topped with a brown sugar streusel that I bet will get you out of bed at the crack of dawn for your next weekend breakfast.
Something about a baked casserole gets everyone excited about their morning meal. This is the best indulgent baked French toast casserole as it is loaded with cream, and eggs and topped with brown sugar and cinnamon streusel which will make those sleepy heads stir with the sweet smell of cinnamon and vanilla as it bakes.
This easy French toast makes the perfect Christmas morning breakfast, is ideal for a weekend brunch, a family get-together, and definitely, something mom would love on Mother’s Day.
Serve with some fresh berries or seasonal fruit on the side with honey or maple syrup and you’ll have everyone asking for seconds.
Ingredients Needed To Make Baked French Toast
For the French Toast:
French bread- I used one loaf, cut into 2-inch chunks but you can also use a baguette or brioche bread to make this recipe for French toast bake.
Heavy cream- Heavy cream gives this baked French toast recipe a rich flavor but you can also use half and half.
Whole milk- Whole milk also adds richness but low fat or skim will also work. Plant-based milk like almond milk or soy milk can also be used.
Eggs- The traditional French toast ingredient! Any kind of eggs will work.
Vanilla extract- I prefer to use real vanilla extract.
Spices- I used a combination of cinnamon and nutmeg.
For the topping:
Brown sugar- Brown sugar is better than white sugar for the topping so make sure not to substitute.
Butter- Salted or unsalted both work, bring cold butter to room temperature.
Spices- I used a combination of cinnamon and nutmeg in this crumb topping.
How to make this French toast casserole
First: Spray a large baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and add the bread cubes.
Second: In a large bowl, combine the eggs, whole milk, heavy cream, sugars, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk until fully combined.
Third: Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes and cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Allow the oven French Toast Bake to stand in the casserole dish for at least two hours.
To make the topping:
First: Add all the ingredients to a bowl and use your fingers or a pastry cutter to combine them until coarse crumbs form. You can also use a food processor to make the topping.
Second: Sprinkle the topping on top of the casserole of bread cubes.
Third: Bake at 350 degrees F until the topping turns golden brown, about 50 minutes.
Serve the French toast casserole warm with extra honey or pure maple syrup.
Leftovers, if you have any, will keep for up to 4 days in the fridge and 3 months in the freezer in an airtight container.
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- How do you make French toast so it’s not soggy? To help reduce the chances your French toast will end up soggy try not to use fresh bread that’s too thinly sliced. Thick, crusty day-old bread is less likely to get soggy.
- How do you keep French toast crisp? To keep French toast crisp, don’t let the bread soak up too much of the egg and milk mixture, and evenly space the bread out in the casserole dish. For traditional French toast, you can toast the bread before dipping, and don’t let the bread sit too long in the custard mixture.
- Do you use butter or oil for French toast? Butter will definitely give French toast a richer flavor but you could use a combination of butter and oil.
- How do you make French toast not soggy after baking? If you want to reduce your chances of ending up with soggy French toast you can toast the bread beforehand. Once the French toast is baked let it sit without covering it as the moisture from the heat can make it soggy if it is covered.
- Why is my French toast casserole soggy? If your casserole is soggy it could be because your bread is too soft and you added too much milk and egg mixture.
Change the bread and try whole wheat, egg bread, sourdough bread, brioche bread, or your favorite bread in this French Toast Breakfast Bake recipe.
For a more indulgent French toast bake use croissants instead of bread.
Instead of heavy cream, you can use half and half.
Modify the spices and use all cinnamon or all nutmeg instead of both, or add a touch of clove to add even more warming spices.
Tips & Tricks For This French toast bake recipe
Cut the bread into the same size chunks.
Store leftovers for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze for up to 3 months. You can also freeze individual portions so you can easily grab them one at a time.
This easy French toast casserole recipe is the perfect way to use up stale bread so don’t throw it away.
If you find your bread is too soft, cut it into cubes and place it in a single layer on a baking pan to dry out for a few hours.
Top the casserole with fresh whipped cream.
Layer in some fresh fruit. Berries would work really well.
Brunch Recipes to Love
Love brunch? Us, too! It’s a great way to gather people for a meal together, and many recipes are easily made ahead. Plus — typically there are mimosas involved. *wink*
Here are some more great brunch recipe ideas:
- Brunch Enchiladas with Ham
- Banana Bread Pancakes
- Sour Cream Coffee Cake
- Baked Banana Fritters
- Bacon & Swiss Quiche
- Blueberry Toaster Strudel
- Tomato Pie
- Pączki (Polish Donuts)
If you’re looking for a baked French toast casserole for your next weekend morning meal this is your recipe. This brunch recipe made with simple ingredients will definitely be a big hit.
- For the French Toast:
- 1 loaf of French bread cut into cubes
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 8 eggs
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- For the topping:
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- Prepare the Casserole: Spray a large baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and add the bread cubes to the dish.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs, whole milk, heavy cream, sugars, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk until fully combined.
- Pour the mixture over the bread cubes and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to stand for at least two hours.
- Prepare the Streusel Topping: Add all the ingredients to a bowl and use your fingers or a pastry cutter to combine all the ingredients until coarse crumbs form.
- Sprinkle the topping over the bread cubes and bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes.
- Serve warm with extra honey or warm maple syrup,
Leftovers will keep for up to 4 days in the fridge and 3 months in the freezer in an airtight container.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 422Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 170mgSodium: 367mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 11g
Please note that nutrition is not guaranteed accurate.