Baked French Toast Recipe

This baked French toast recipe is a classic breakfast dish made by soaking slices of bread in an egg and milk mixture, and then baking them until golden and crispy.

The result is a warm, comforting meal that’s perfect for feeding a crowd or enjoying with your family on a lazy weekend morning.

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Ingredients for Baked French Toast

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this French toast oven recipe:

Bread slices: Opt for thick-sliced bread for a heartier texture. Brioche or whole wheat bread can be used for variety.

Eggs: Ensure eggs are at room temperature for even mixing.

Milk: Whole milk provides richness, but you can adjust based on preference. Almond, soy, or oat milk for a dairy-free alternative.

Sugar: Adjust sugar quantity based on sweetness preference. Brown sugar or maple syrup for a different flavor profile.

Vanilla extract: Pure vanilla extract yields the best flavor. Vanilla bean paste or almond extract for a unique twist.

Cinnamon: Ground cinnamon adds warmth; adjust to taste. Nutmeg or pumpkin spice for a different spice profile.

Butter: Unsalted butter is preferred for control over salt content. Coconut oil or vegan butter for a dairy-free version.

Optional topping ideas: Maple syrup, honey, agave syrup, fresh berries, sliced bananas, peaches, whipped cream, or powdered sugar.

Blueberry Baked French Toast


How to make Baked French Toast: Step by step

French toast prep is so quick and easy, with a result that’s almost foolproof. Here’s how to make it:

Step 1: Preheat Oven and Prepare Bread

Preheat your oven 350°F (175°C).
Cut bread into cubes and arrange them in a greased baking dish.

Step 2: Mix Wet Ingredients

In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg (if using), and a pinch of salt.

Step 3: Soak Bread

Pour the egg mixture over the bread, ensuring each piece is well-coated.
Gently press down on the bread to help absorption.

Step 4: Drizzle with Butter

Drizzle melted butter over the soaked bread for added richness.

Step 5: Preheat and Bake

Cover the dish with foil and bake for 25 minutes, then uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

Step 6: Cool and Serve

Allow the French toast to cool slightly.
Dust with powdered sugar and serve with your favorite topping.

Overnight Baked French Toast


Recipe Tips and Tricks

Use stale bread: Day-old or slightly stale bread works best as it absorbs the egg mixture without becoming too soggy.

Cut uniform slices: For even soaking and baking, ensure that the bread slices are cut to a consistent thickness.

Let it soak: Allow the bread to soak in the egg mixture adequately. This ensures a creamy texture inside the French toast.

Check for doneness: The French toast is done when it’s golden brown on top and has a slight crispiness. Check the center with a knife; it should come out clean.

Serve fresh toppings: Fresh berries, sliced fruit, or a dollop of freshly whipped cream add vibrant colors and flavors.

Monitor oven temperature: Ensure your oven is properly preheated, and keep an eye on the French toast during baking to prevent burning.

Allow time to cool: Let the French toast cool for a few minutes before serving to allow the flavors to settle.

Simple Baked French Toast with fruit


What to add to Baked French Toast to make it better

Baked French toast is a delicious breakfast dish on its own, but there are a few things you can add to make it even better. Here are some ideas:

Cream cheese filling: Spread a layer of sweetened cream cheese between the slices of bread before soaking them in the egg mixture. This will add a creamy and tangy flavor to the dish.

Fruit compote: Top the baked French toast with a homemade fruit compote made with fresh or frozen berries, sugar, and a splash of lemon juice. The compote will add a burst of fruity flavor and a touch of tartness to the dish.

Pecan streusel topping: Mix together chopped pecans, brown sugar, and melted butter to make a crunchy streusel topping. Sprinkle the mixture over the bread before baking to add some texture and nutty flavor to the dish.

Caramel sauce: Drizzle warm caramel sauce over the baked French toast for a decadent and indulgent treat. The caramel will add a rich sweetness and a buttery flavor to the dish.

Nutella or peanut butter: Spread a layer of Nutella or peanut butter on top of the baked French toast for a delicious twist. The chocolate hazelnut or peanut butter flavor will complement the sweet and eggy flavor of the French toast.

Crispy Baked French Toast


Storage

If you have any leftover baked French toast you want to store for later, here’s how:

To store baked French toast, allow it to cool completely, then cover tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

Refrigerate for up to 3-4 days or freeze for longer storage, ensuring it’s well-wrapped to prevent freezer burn.

When reheating, use the oven for optimal texture, or microwave for a quicker option.

Strawberry Baked French Toast


Baked French Toast FAQs

Can I Use A Different Type Of Milk For Baked French Toast?

Yes, you can use any type of milk you prefer, such as skim milk, almond milk, or soy milk. However, using whole milk will result in a richer and creamier French toast.

How Do I Know When The Baked French Toast Is Done?

The French toast should be golden brown and crispy on top when done. You can also insert a knife or toothpick into the center of the dish to check if it comes out clean. If it does, the French toast is done.

Baked French Toast Casserole

Baked French Toast Recipe

This baked French toast recipe is a classic breakfast dish of bread soaked in an egg and milk mixture, and baked until golden and crispy.

Ingredients

  • 8 slices of thick bread preferably day-old
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp of unsalted butter melted
  • Powdered sugar and maple syrup for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray or butter.
  • Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes and arrange them in the prepared baking dish.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until well combined.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes, making sure each piece is coated well. Gently press down on the bread cubes to help them soak up the mixture.
  • Drizzle the melted butter over the top of the bread cubes.
  • Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the French toast is golden brown and crispy on top.
  • Let the French toast cool for a few minutes, then dust with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup.

Whether you serve it with fresh fruit, whipped cream, or maple syrup, baked French toast is a winner every time. Give this recipe a try and indulge in the sweet and comforting flavors of baked French toast. Let me know how it turns out!



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