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Baked Eggnog French Toast

Cinnamon Baked French Toast is one of our favorite breakfast or brunch items-to serve and eat:) It is easy to make and our guests always rave about it. For the holiday season, I wanted to spice things up a bit so I made Baked Eggnog French Toast. I don’t like to drink eggnog straight up, but I like using it in recipes. I fell in love with it after I made my Mini Eggnog Doughnut Muffins. My dad and brother, on the other hand, drink eggnog by the gallon during the holiday season. They LOVE the stuff. They are coming to visit for Christmas so I think I will have to add this Baked Eggnog French Toast to our Christmas brunch menu. This recipe is right up their alley.

I love that you can make this Baked French Toast in advance. You can assemble everything the night before so don’t have to stress in the morning. I replaced the milk and cream with eggnog and added in nutmeg to bring out the eggnog flavor. Our house smelled like Christmas while it was baking:) The eggnog flavor isn’t overly strong, but nice. The sweet cinnamon and nutmeg streusel topping makes the French toast very decadent. Don’t skip the streusel. It really “puts the icing” on this French toast. You can serve the French toast plain, it is plenty sweet on it’s own, or you can add maple syrup.

Make your life easier this Christmas and make this Baked Eggnog French Toast. Your house will smell amazing, your guests will be impressed, and you won’t have to do any work. You can enjoy your time with family and friends…and figure out how to put together that new toy:)

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Baked Eggnog French Toast

Yield: Serves 16

Cook Time: 45-55 minutes

Baked eggnog French toast with a sweet cinnamon and nutmeg streusel topping. This easy French toast casserole recipe can be made in advance-making it the perfect recipe for Christmas brunch.

Ingredients:

1 loaf French Bread
6 large eggs
2 1/2 cups eggnog
3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Streusel Topping:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

Maple syrup-for serving

Directions:

1. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Tear French bread into chunks, or cut into cubes, and evenly place in the pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, eggnog, sugar, vanilla extract, and nutmeg. Pour evenly over bread. Cover pan with saran wrap and store in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add butter pieces and cut into the dry mixture using a fork or your hands. Combine until the mixture resembles sand with a few pea sized chunks. Cover and store mixture in the refrigerator.

4. When you’re ready to bake the French toast, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove French toast from refrigerator and sprinkle crumb mixture over the top. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the French toast is set and golden brown.

5. Serve warm with maple syrup.

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82 Responses to “Baked Eggnog French Toast”

  1. 1
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 14, 2011 @ 6:54 am

    I love eggnog AND French toast! this is a must try!

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    Erica — December 14, 2011 @ 6:57 am

    I agree! I much prefer eggnog used in recipes vs. on its own. I had TJs eggnog covered almonds the other day- so good (I think I told you that on instagram ;)). This french toast looks amazing. I can almost smell it from here! And the make ahead factor gives it major bonus points

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    Rosa — December 14, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    Mmmhhh, devilishly scrumptious! What a killer combo.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 14, 2011 @ 7:29 am

    what a great combination of flavors! i love french toast — this sounds so good. right now at 730am, I wish I could have a slice..or two! :)

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    Blog is the New Black — December 14, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    YUM!

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    That sounds wonderful, and much better than my french toast ever tasted.

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 14, 2011 @ 7:53 am

    there are not enough words to shout from the rooftop how badly i want this. holy.moly.

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — December 14, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    oh my gosssssh. please appear in my kitchen 5 minutes ago. k thanks.

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    HeatherChristo — December 14, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    What a great option for weekend breakfast over the Holidays- it is so low maintenance and look amazing!

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    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl — December 14, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    Holy cow, this looks amazing. I usually do a baked cinnamon-pecan french toast on Christmas, but this recipe may have just won over!

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    susan — December 14, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    what a great idea!

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    Cookin' Canuck — December 14, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    This would be absolutely perfect for Christmas morning – the flavors and the “make ahead” part!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — December 14, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    oh this looks soooo good! I love bread pudding..basically bread baked with an egg bath and sugar, you cannot go wrong.

    And the syrup action shot…nice. I’m hungry now.

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — December 14, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    Yumm! I totally have an Eggnog French Toast recipe that I’ve been wanting to try. Love everything eggnog!

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    heather — December 14, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    This looks incredible!

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    Melissa // thefauxmartha — December 14, 2011 @ 9:51 am

    Still trying to pick my jaw up off the ground!

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    Corrie Anne — December 14, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    Hmmm… I love egg nog, and my husband loves French toast. I wonder if I could sneak it in there!!! :)

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    Looks amazing. In fact, I wish I was having this for breakfast this morning!

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — December 14, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    This French toast sounds amazing. I am definitely going to try it during the holidays.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 14, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    I’ve never made a baked French toast but this really does sound perfect! Love that you can make it the night before. :)

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    Cookbook Queen — December 14, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    I am loving all the eggnog treats!! This french toast is the perfect Christmas breakfast :)

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — December 14, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    I love eggnog french toast. Totally in love with your streusel topping, genius!!

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    Jessica — December 14, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    What?! Eggnog French Toast? That’s not even fair! Amazing!

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    Teanna — December 14, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    WHAT?! This is my breakfast dream come true!

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    Tickled Red — December 14, 2011 @ 11:44 am

    Sunday Brunch will be a happy affair when I make this…simply lovely!

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    Feast on the Cheap — December 14, 2011 @ 11:54 am

    Holy cow Maria, what a way to wake up!

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    Georgia Pellegrini — December 14, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    This looks just scrumptious. There is a carrot cake French toast at a restaurant near me that I’ve also been eying. I love the eggnog here though!

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    Jessica @ Cajunlicious — December 14, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    Wow these would be perfect Christmas morning, or anytime, delicious!

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    marla {family fresh cooking} — December 14, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    Sinfully fabulous french toast my dear :)

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    Amber, RD — December 14, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    Yum!!! I love french toast and this sounds like a great twist on one of my favorite breakfasts! I bought eggnog to bake goodies with. I am out, but this just might make me buy some more!

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    nicole {sweet peony} — December 14, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

    deliciousness! i love french toast! yummm

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    Heather — December 14, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

    Yum Maria! This sounds amazing! Perfect french toast for Christmas morning too!
    Hope you are doing well. Happy Holidays!

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    Linda — December 14, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

    I have a couple recipes set aside for baked French Toast that I wanted to substitute eggnog in. My plan is for Christmas breakfast and I will use challah bread. This makes it easier-thank you!

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    Lauren — December 14, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

    I just made something similar this morning!! We are on the same track!

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    Laurie — December 14, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

    Yummy that looks so good!! Both my husband and I love egg nog! Maria, question for you, is this soggy any? I’ve tried french toast casseroles in the past and they always seem soggy. It always seem they have too much liquid in them. Thanks!

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    Mari @ Mari's Cakes — December 14, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    Another lovely eggnog recipe! I love the fact that this could be prepare the night before. We are all french toast lovers at home, so this would be a perfect Christmas breakfast. Thanks Maria.

  37. 37

    I have never actually tried egg nog, but this sounds like a wonderful French Toast recipe. I might have to buy some egg not, just to try this!

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    Tracey — December 14, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

    I’m with you Maria – I don’t drink eggnog either, but I really enjoy baking with it! I keep meaning to try your eggnog muffins :)

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    Recipeboy (Brooks) — December 14, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

    Hi Maria! It’s me Recipeboy and I have a trick for you! Put food coloring in the eggnog so then when your dad and brother drink it… Bam!!! It looks funny and it should freak your family out! :)

    • Two Peas replied: — December 15th, 2011 @ 12:15 am

      Love that idea:) Thanks for stopping by!

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    Recipeboy (Brooks) — December 14, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    Also… I think this eggnog french toast would taste even better with cinnamon raisin bread instead of french bread.

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