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November 30, 2023

Baked French Toast

What if you could make your French toast (or at least most of it) the night before? This cinnamon baked French toast recipe is our favorite way to relish slow weekend mornings.

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homemade baked french toast made with challah bread in a baking dish topped with dollops of whipped cream and blackberries
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The words sweet breakfast casserole are music to our ears. Plus, our simple overnight French toast can be made the night before, and baked in the A.M. making your morning both totally indulgent and stress-free. This baked french toast recipe with challah bread is pretty awesome, but we’ll just throw it out there that leftover Banana Bread makes excellent French toast too. If you’d like to first try making regular French toast, check out our How to Make French Toast for great results. Get the full breakfast club together with oven-baked bacon, soft scrambled eggs, and a fruit salad.

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Ingredients For Homemade Baked French Toast

  • Challah bread

  • Butter

  • Eggs

  • Heavy cream

  • Whole milk

  • Vanilla extract

  • Cinnamon

eggs, milk, cream, vanilla and cinnamon being added to a glass bowl
challah bread torn into 1 inch pieces in a buttered casserole dish
egg and cream mixture being poured over torn challah bread in a baking dish
torn challah bread covered in a cream and egg mixture in a baking dish

How to Make The Best Baked French Toast Casserole

  1. Use your hands to tear up a loaf of challah bread into even pieces.

  2. Scatter the bread in a greased baking dish.

  3. Whisk the milky cream-and-egg mixture.

  4. Pour the custard over the bread.

  5. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour.

homemade baked french toast made with challah bread in a baking dish
homemade baked french toast made with challah bread in a baking dish topped with dollops of whipped cream and blackberries

How to Store + Tips

  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup and plenty of softened butter.

  • This recipe is great for a crowd–there’s not a ton of dirty dishes to clean up, and breakfast is hot from the oven in one serving.

  • If you can’t find challah, brioche or other sweet milk bread will work.

  • Leftovers should be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days. This french toast bread pudding can be made in advance and frozen, either before or after it’s baked.

homemade baked french toast made with challah bread in a baking dish topped with dollops of whipped cream and blackberries
baked french toast topped with maple syrup, powdered sugar, whipped cream and berries on a plate with a fork

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Baked French Toast

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  10 min
  • Cook Time:  45 min
  • Calories: 319

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 (16 ounce) loaf challah bread, torn into 1-inch pieces (about 8 cups)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1¾ cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, for serving (optional)
  • ¾ cup maple syrup, warmed, for serving (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F with a rack in the center position. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with the butter.

  2. Add the challah to the prepared dish in an even layer.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon until fully combined. Pour the egg mixture over the bread. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and challah is browned.

  4. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if using. Serve alongside the maple syrup, if using.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories319
  • Protein14 g
  • Carbohydrates20 g
  • Total Fat15 g
  • Dietary Fiber2 g
  • Cholesterol235 mg
  • sodium306 mg
  • Total Sugars5 g

Baked French Toast

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  • lamckinney

    Any thoughts on subbing in coconut cream and coconut milk to make this dairy free?

    Would probably work fine! Hope you enjoy!

  • Lenita Firth

    if it's an overnight French toast recipe, why would the first instruction be to turn on the oven?

    You don't have to make it the night before but you can. Just turn the oven on when you're ready to bake. Hope you enjoy Lenita.

  • Dana

    Please add amount of vanilla extract to recipe above

    added! Thanks for catching!

  • Jodi Steinbauer

    Can you use Half and half instead of heavy cream and whole milk. If so, How much half and half should you use. Thank you.

    You sure can! It should be the same amount as the heavy cream.

  • Kaitlin

    @themodernproper, if you’re making the night before, do you pour the wet ingredients on prior to refrigerating or wait until the morning to pour over before popping in the oven?

    I would either bake it ahead and then reheat it, or just prep the bread and batter separately. Then put it together the morning of and bake it. Hope that helps!

  • Evelyn Sosa

    Delicious! I used regular sandwich bread and it’s truly amazing. I’m sure with the other type of bread is excellent :D

    Thanks Evelyn, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Carol

    This is mind-blowingly good.

    Thanks Carol, glad you love it!

  • Tresa Jones

    Best French toast ever! It’s a Christmas morning tradition now!

    What! So happy about this!