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Strawberry Rhubarb Baked French Toast

Our four rhubarb plants are ripe and ready. I can’t keep up. I have this problem every year. I’ve already made Apple Rhubarb Bread and Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler, two of my favorite rhubarb recipes. I also made Strawberry Rhubarb Baked French Toast for breakfast and it was magically delicious.

I love making baked French toast because you can prepare it the night before and just pop it in the oven in the morning. It also makes the house smell amazing! It is perfect for serving a crowd too. The strawberries and rhubarb make this baked French toast extra special. I love the sweet and tart combo. The cinnamon streusel topping makes the French toast more of a dessert, but I’m ok with eating dessert for breakfast every once in awhile:)

Splurge this weekend and make this Strawberry Rhubarb Baked French Toast. Mother’s Day is on Sunday and this would be a great addition to your Mother’s Day brunch menu.

And some exciting news-Cookie Cravings is now available on Amazon! We just launched a version for the Kindle! And from now until May 25th it is only 99 cents! Yahoo! You can’t beat that price-so get your copy today! And make sure you order a copy for your mom! Cookie Cravings makes a great gift for Mother’s Day!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Baked French Toast

Yield: Serves 8-10

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45-55 minutes

Easy baked French toast with fresh strawberries and rhubarb. Make it the night before serving and pop it in the oven for a decadent breakfast treat.


1 loaf French Bread
6 large eggs
2 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup sliced rhubarb

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

Maple syrup-for serving


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 and milk. In a small bowl, combine sugar and orange zest. Rub together with your fingers until fragrant. Add sugar mixture to the eggs and milk. Add in vanilla extract and cinnamon. Stir until combined. Pour evenly over bread. Combine strawberries and rhubarb together in a medium bowl. Pour evenly over French toast. Take a spoon and poke the strawberries and rhubarb down into the bread. Cover the 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, 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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80 Responses to “Strawberry Rhubarb Baked French Toast”

  1. Heather @ Heater's Dish — May 11, 2012 @ 6:14 am

    This looks amazing! So fresh and yummy :)

  2. Kevin (Closet Cooking) — May 11, 2012 @ 6:38 am

    This is such an amazing spring french toast!

  3. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 11, 2012 @ 6:54 am

    Oh my, this might need to get added onto my menu for Sunday! Congrats on getting on Amazon!!

  4. I want breakfast to look like this in my house!!

  5. Tanya Schroeder — May 11, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    I like this recipe! I bet it’s kept just sweet enough with the citrus, the strawberry’s to balance the rhubarb. Brilliant. I just wish someone would make it for me!

  6. I’ve actually never tried anything with rhubarb before, but this looks great! 😀

  7. I have never had baked french toast but it sounds amazing!

  8. Julia — May 11, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    Looks wonderful, I love the use of fresh seasonal rhubarb!

  9. Rachel Cooks — May 11, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    This looks great! My husband isn’t a rhubarb fan, but I LOVE it. Congrats on your Kindle addition!

  10. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — May 11, 2012 @ 7:46 am

    What a wonderful treat to wake up to!! Looks fabulous. :)

  11. Gracious, we’re on the same wave length with our french toast today. Isn’t it the best? I love the addition of rhubarb to this. YUM!

    Happy first Mother’s Day to you, Maria. I know it will be extra sweet!

  12. Yaaaaay! So excited about your book. I have a copy already so I don’t need another one, but hopefully everyone gets out there and gets a copy! Also, LOVE this french toast. It’s so unique!

  13. Blog is the New Black — May 11, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    Love new ways to enjoy french toast!

  14. I’ve been anxiously awaiting rhubarb season and thank goodness it’s here! This french toast recipe looks absolutely scrumptious!

  15. Your French Toast looks absolutely amazingly delicious! Happy Friday…and Happy 1st Mother’s Day, too!!

  16. Oh yummy! It looks amazing!! I love french toast!!!

  17. Elizabeth — May 11, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    Yum!!! My family aren’t huge strawberry fans (gasp! I know…) but I can’t wait to try it with some other seasonal fruits!

  18. Yum!!! My family aren’t huge strawberry fans (gasp! I know…) but I can’t wait to try it with some other seasonal fruits!

  19. I honestly have never tried rhubarb before, but this looks fantastic! What a delicious was to start your day!

  20. Strawberry and Rhubarb are so good together – what a great breakfast!

  21. Erica — May 11, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    What a gorgeous breakfast! This screams Mama’s day. I need to grow rhubarb

  22. Lauren — May 11, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    Bet your house smelled wonderful after this was done baking!

  23. Rosa — May 11, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    What a lovely treat! So comforting and wonderfull seasonal.



  24. Jill — May 11, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    This sounds like the perfect Mother’s Day breakfast/lunch/dinner to me!

  25. I didn’t know French toast was bakable until recently and this discovery excited me to pieces. My motto is everything is better baked (well….unless it can be grilled…let me know if you ever grill french toast 😉 Your recipe looks so tasty and I know my mom would love it! Thanks for the excellent idea!

  26. Margarita — May 11, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    a very special treat for amazing mothers! how exciting is that to have a copy of this in Kindle! for 99 cents, can’t beat that indeed!

  27. This looks delicious – perfect use for my rhubarb patch!

  28. Ann P. — May 11, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    this is exactly what i want for breakfast this morning! thank you for the perfect answer to my food cravings 😀

  29. Stephanie — May 11, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  30. Erin — May 11, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    I love this. Totally want to throw a brunch dinner party just to make it since cooking it for one might be a little extreme

  31. Jaime — May 11, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Just purchased your book on my kindle, it looks beautiful! Congratulations on an amazing job, I can’t wait to get baking.

  32. What a lovely French toast bake for Mother’s Day! Great recipe, Maria. Wishing you a very happy first Mother’s Day!

  33. Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 11, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    Happy Mother’s Day, Maria! I hope someone make this for you, or something else that your little heart desires on your special day!

  34. Carolyn — May 11, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    If I had only waited, I could have saved myself a bunch of money on your cookbook by getting the Kindle version, which is how my iPad version is displayed anyways. Seems unfair….

  35. HeatherChristo — May 11, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    Would love this for mothers day, and I always appreciate a make ahead breakfast!

  36. Maria, my mom would LOVE this for Mother’s Day brunch. She eats strawberries everyday- even when they are expensive in the winter! Thank you for the great recipe! If I don’t make it myself, I’ll be sure to send it to her. :)

    Happy early Mother’s Day to you! :)

  37. This would be so perfect for Mother’s Day! I love baked french toast. Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  38. Marla Meridith — May 11, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    Maria, this French Toast looks like the ultimate Mother’s Day treat!!

  39. aida mollenkamp — May 11, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    Baked French Toast is definitely the way to go for Mom’s breakfast. And I love your addition of strawberries and rhubarb!

  40. Kristina Vanni — May 11, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    Yum! Who wouldn’t want Strawberry Rhubarb for breakfast! Sounds delicious!

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