Simple French Toast Bake

This Simple French Toast Bake is filled with loads of flavor and is also super customizable. Perfect for a weekend breakfast or brunch!

I’m going to help you step up your breakfast/brunch game with this Simple French Toast Bake!

This Simple French Toast Bake is filled with loads of flavor and is also super customizable. Perfect for a weekend breakfast or brunch!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and what better way to show mom how much you care than with a super delicious breakfast!?

This french toast bake is filled with maple syrup, cinnamon and brown sugar. The egg mixture that makes the french toast is lightly sweetened and baked to perfection to give it a silky custard texture on the bottom, while the top is buttery and slightly crisp. When served with berries and whipped cream, it’s the perfect breakfast!

How to make a French Toast Bake/Casserole!

The ingredients are super simple. Bread, eggs, milk, butter, brown sugar and a little vanilla.

To boost the flavor profile a little more, I used a little cinnamon and maple syrups in the egg mixture. Nutmeg and cloves would also be great additions for a little extra flavor.

This Simple French Toast Bake is filled with loads of flavor and is also super customizable. Perfect for a weekend breakfast or brunch!

To start your french toast bake you’ll want to use some french bread. I had some of the Pillsbury French Bread in my fridge and baked it until golden brown, then sliced into discs.

You could also use day old french bread that’s cubed. I like the way this turned out with the discs, but it’s up to you how you want the finished breakfast bake to look!

Underneath my bread is a mixture of melted butter and brown sugar. This give the base a nice caramel crust. It’s what I imagine heaven to taste like.

This Simple French Toast Bake is filled with loads of flavor and is also super customizable. Perfect for a weekend breakfast or brunch!

When it comes to the egg mixture, the ratio of eggs to milk is critical. Too much milk and it’s just soggy. Too much eggs and it’s too eggy.

The perfect combo will result in a smooth custard that is beyond delicious. I’ve found that 6 eggs to 1 1/2 cups milk (and I use 2% milk), it just perfect.

This Simple French Toast Bake is filled with loads of flavor and is also super customizable. Perfect for a weekend breakfast or brunch!

Once you have soaked the bread, sprinkle it with a little more brown sugar and cinnamon… because, why not!?

Then drizzle the top with some melted butter, which helps to make the top a nice golden brown.

This Simple French Toast Bake is filled with loads of flavor and is also super customizable. Perfect for a weekend breakfast or brunch!

Here’s the hard part…

Cover it with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight. The bread will soak up all the custard mixture overnight while you get your beauty rest.

This Simple French Toast Bake is filled with loads of flavor and is also super customizable. Perfect for a weekend breakfast or brunch!

In the morning just take it out of the fridge while the oven is preheating and sprinkle it with just a little cinnamon and sugar before baking.

The results are magnificent!

I dusted the top with powdered sugar to make for a beautiful presentation. How perfect would this be for Mother’s Day?! Or any day, really…

This Simple French Toast Bake is filled with loads of flavor and is also super customizable. Perfect for a weekend breakfast or brunch!

Serve with berries, fresh whipped cream and a drizzle of maple syrup. It truly is divine and so so simple!

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Simple French Toast Bake

This Super Simple French Toast Bake is a great way to serve french toast to a crowd. Perfect for a weekend breakfast or brunch!

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 4 hr. 20 min.
  • Cook Time: 45 min.
  • Total Time: 5 hr. 5 min.
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of Pillsbury French Bread, baked according to package instructions
  • 1 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp melted butter, divided
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (2%) milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon, divided

Instructions

PREPARE THE NIGHT BEFORE SERVING

  1. Combine 1/4 cup melted butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir just until combined. Spread mixture in the bottom of an 8″ x 8″ baking pan, into an even layer.
  2. Top the brown sugar mixture with evenly sliced french bread, stacking them slightly on top of each other and in three rows. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine the eggs, milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon. Whisk until smooth and combined. Ladle the egg mixture over the top of the bread, making sure to cover any dry bread.
  4. In another small dish combine 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the top of the french toast casserole, then drizzle with the remaining 2 tbsp melted butter. Cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight, or for at least 4 hours.

How to Bake:

  1. Before serving, remove french toast bake from the fridge and set on counter while oven preheats to 350 degrees F. Remove plastic wrap. Combine 2 tbsp sugar and remaining 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon in a small dish and sprinkle over the top. Bake for 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the custard has set.
  2. Let cool slightly before slicing and serving with fresh whipped cream, berries and maple syrup. Enjoy!

Notes

*You can use store bought french bread, homemade french bread, or even leftover sour dough rolls in place of the Pillsbury French Bread.

Keywords: french toast, baked, brown sugar, maple syrup, milk

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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
10 Responses
  1. Michael

    The flavor was good. If you make this in a dish bigger than 8×8, make sure you increase the egg mixture to allow for sufficient overnight bread soaking. My first try was more toast than French.

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