Cinnamon Baked French Toast

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Baked French Toast is sweet, sinful, and worth every calorie. This Cinnamon Baked French toast can be made ahead of time, making it a special treat for a family breakfast or special occasion!

Baked French toast drizzled with syrup on plate

Have Company? Make Baked French Toast

When we invite friends over for breakfast, we like to go all out. We recently made The Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Baked French Toast for company and now we are addicted. We want to invite guests over every morning so we have a reason to bake this extra special breakfast treat.

When I saw Ree’s French toast bake included a cinnamon topping, I knew it would be a hit at our house. We adore cinnamon streusel (if you haven’t tried our cinnamon streusel pancakes, you must. They are life-changing.) This recipe does not scrimp on the cinnamon topping, it is loaded with cinnamon and sugar goodness.

Slice of French toast bake on plate served with syrup and butter

Prepare Baked French Toast Ahead of Time

I love baked French toast because it can be made in advance. You don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to prepare breakfast, you can do all of the work the night before.

We made the French toast the night before and kept the casserole and topping in the refrigerator. In the morning, I sprinkled the topping over the casserole and popped it in the oven to bake. Our house smelled amazing! Our guests probably thought we woke up with the rooster to make such a fantastic breakfast, but we actually slept in. The oven did all of the work.

Overnight French toast bake ready to eat

This French toast bake is sweet, sinful, and worth every calorie. Serve with extra butter and maple syrup-why hold back now? Indulge and enjoy! If anyone wants to come over for breakfast, just let us know. We need an excuse to make this decadent baked French toast breakfast again.

Cinnamon Baked French Toast

5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

For the French Toast:

  • 1 loaf French Bread
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk we used skim, but Ree uses whole
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Streusel Topping:

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter cut into pieces
  • Maple syrup-for serving

Instructions

  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, milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. 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, 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. Remove casserole 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 you like this Cinnamon Baked French Toast, you might also like:

Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes from Two Peas and Their Pod
Baked Blueberry French Toast from Barbara Bakes
Baked French Toast with Maple and Praline from Recipe Girl
Cranberry Apple French Toast from Andrea’s Recipes

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I love baked french toast for the same exact reasons! i love that it can be made in advance and its versatility. This baked french toast looks amazing! I want some now haha.

  2. Thanks for having me over. I for sure will invite myself over again when I come in town 😉 Just so you know this is the best breakfast recipe!! I loved it so much that I am going to make it for dinner this week!!

  3. What a wonderful idea!! My mom is coming to visit this weekend and I think I am going to have to wow her with this breakfast creation. I love it when you get up and have a leisurely coffee with family & friends and still have an amazing breakfast!

    1. Brioche would work, it will make it even more decadent. The French toast soaks up the juices over night and is already somewhat “soggy” but it sets after cooking and is similar to bread pudding in texture. Enjoy!

  4. I have always, always been a huge fan of French toast…ever since I was a little girl. Which is why I will now be requesting this for breakfast this weekend on my birthday! It looks wonderful and your photos are beautiful! I love the little syrup bottle! 🙂

  5. I love baked french toast. I make a darn good egg nog french toast…maybe I’ll post it on my blog next holiday! Thinking about this one for Easter brunch though! YUM!

  6. Today I made this recipe. It, of course, was a big hit! I used a little less butter on the topping and it was oh, so delcicious! I didn’t have maple syrup. I’m sure that is an added bonus. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have already added it to my collection of “keepers”. I can’t wait to try some more of your recipes! Just came across your blog a few weeks ago. Love it!

  7. Question: In the pictures, it say pour in the milk and half and half. But in the recipe it says heavy whipping cream. Which one is it? or can we use either?

  8. I recently stumbled upon your blog. I have this in the fridge to bake tomorrow morning. I am looking forward to trying the buttermilk banana bread and of course, the cinnamon streusel pancakes. Thank you for sharing all these recipes.

  9. I love this stuff! I started making it probably about a year ago when PW first put it out. Isn’t it lovely? I can’t wait to try some of your other “streusel” posts! Thanks

    1. We are streusel obsessed:) You have to try the cinnamon streusel pancakes-they are to die for!

  10. I’ve been thinking about making this for a while, but a 9×13 is just too much for us. Do you think it would half well and bake in a 9″ or 8″ square pan?

  11. I have a small bottle identical to the one you have used in this photo for the syrup. Just curious, do you know anything about where it came from?

  12. I made this a few weeks ago when we had family staying at my parents’ house after a party. I was too tired to make it the night before but I got up super early that morning to make and then let it sit in the refrigerator for a while until brunch. EVERYONE loved it! Even my brother who is a total foodie and makes a lot of his own things loved it. I’ll definitely be making this in the future. Thanks!

  13. this looks devine!! I have been craving French Toast and this may be the topper – can I use Italian bread instead of French Bread? will that be too soggy in the morning? thank you so much for posting!

  14. Maria, I know you posted this a while ago, but I’d like to make it this weekend. What I was thinking though is making a pumpkin version. Do you think I could just decrease the liquid (milk/cream)? Any help or guidance would be great!

  15. Maria, I know thus recipe is from a while ago, but as we’re entering the perfect weather for it, I thought I’d make it this weekend. Amy chance I could make it pumpkin? Do you think I could sub pumpkin for some of the liquid (milk/cream)? I’d appreciate any guidance you can give.

    1. Hi Melissa-I would whisk in the pumpkin with the milk/cream. I wouldn’t reduce the liquid though. I’ve been wanting to try a pumpkin version too:) Enjoy!

  16. I made the cinnamon streusel pancakes this morning. My husband & I loved them! They are amazing! Can’t wait to try the French toast! 🙂

  17. We made this for brunch this morning, and it was a real treat! I halved the streusel topping and found it to be plenty. I think next time I’ll add a little cinnamon and bourbon to the custard. It was really nice to have brunch ready to pop in the oven this morning after just a little prep last night. Thanks for the recipe! I really enjoy your blog!

  18. I love this recipe! Since I was making it just for my husband and myself I cut the recipe in half and baked it in a 9×9 pan instead. It was plenty for the two of us plus some left over. It was deliciously sweet and satisfying and we will definitely be adding this one to our repertoire of breakfast dishes. Thanks for sharing!

  19. I am so excited to try this! I usually make french toast with powdered eggs because I’m not a huge fan of the sliminess when you dip the bread in. I will have to give this a try. Yum! You guys are fantastic! Gotta love that Pioneer Woman.

  20. would 1/2 n 1/2 work instead of the heavy whipping cream? I bought the wrong one and don’t wanna go back the store..

  21. Looks wonderful! I’m wondering why you left the nutmeg out of this recipe, but it’s included in the baked eggnog french toast version. I’m thinking of adding it here. Thanks!

  22. I switched the sugar and brown sugar with Splenda, and the Splenda brown sugar! No salt, and only two yolks in the egg count…reduced the calories and sugar significantly and tasted great! This is a wonderful recipe for an early morning holiday breakfast…filling, serves many and can be prepped the night before. We love it!

  23. I just prepared this for breakfast tomorrow. I mixed the topping with my hand and it got all mushy. Is it still going to work? Any suggestions?

  24. I constantly look for reasons to make this for breakfast! It started as a Christmas morning “let’s try it” experiment and it’s grown to be a favorite in my family. Thank you!!

  25. I just made this recipe for my daughter’s second birthday party! We did a brunch party and this was a huge hit – thanks for the recipe!

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