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:)
Baked Eggnog French Toast
For the French Toast:
- 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
- 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 optional
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, if desired.