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Baked french toast breakfast casserole is the best way to start your Sunday morning! Sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, so puffy and golden brown, this french toast bake tastes amazing!
Imagine the smell of the cinnamon baked puffy goodness! Your whole house will smell amazing, making you so hungry! When you take this baked french toast casserole out of the oven, it will be devoured so quickly, you’ll barely have enough time to sprinkle it with powdered sugar!
Making baked french toast is so much easier than frying it! Just pour milk and egg mixture over slices of bread and bake. No need to stand over the stove, deal with the splattering oil and flip over the slices of bread! The oven does all the work for you, while you are lazily enjoying your morning newspaper (or a morning dose of social media)!
You can make your morning even lazier by assembling the french toast bake the night before and keeping it in the refrigerator. Baked french toast is a perfect make-ahead breakfast recipe. Then just pop it in the oven in the morning, and it will be ready by the time you shower and get dressed! Or take the “make ahead” even further and fully bake it the night before as well. In the morning, you can just take out a slice, put on a plate and microwave it – it will taste as good as freshly baked!
Baked french toast is also much healthier than fried as it has less fat and calories! You can control the amount of butter that goes into this french taost casserole – I use 4 tablespoons of butter per 9×12 baking dish, but you can cut it in half or use no butter if you’d like – it’s totally up to you!
How To Make Baked French Toast
Step 1: Layer the bread
Brush the bottom and sides of the baking dish with melted butter, then arrange thick bread slices in a single layer.
Step 2: Pour eggs and milk over the bread
Whisk the eggs and milk (and optional vanilla extract), then pour the mixture over the bread slices.
Step 3: Sprinkle with cinnamon
Step 4: Bake, then sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Bake the french toast at 375F until golden-brown and puffy on the outside and fully cooked on the inside (about 40 minutes), then remove from the oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
- 4 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 lb bread, sliced into thick slices
- 1½ cup milk
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Pour melted butter on the bottom of the baking dish, and spread evenly so the bottom and the sides of the dish are buttered.
- Arrange the bread slices in a single layer in the baking dish.
- In a bowl, whisk the eggs, then add milk and vanilla and mix.
- Pour the eggs mixture over the bread slices.
- Sprinkle the bread slices with cinnamon.
- Put the baking dish in the oven and bake for 40 minutes.
- Take the french toast casserole out of the oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar.