Cinnamon French Toast Bake

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Waking up in the morning just got sweeter with this easy and delicious Cinnamon French Toast Bake baking in your oven! All of your favorite flavors combine to create the perfect breakfast or brunch treat. Cinnamon, vanilla, pecans and a touch of nutmeg flavor the egg custard that surrounds French bread cubes that are baked to perfection and topped off with maple syrup…..

Waking up in the morning just got sweeter with this easy Cinnamon French Toast Bake baking in the oven! © COOKING WITH CURLS

Oh, did I forget to mention the crunch and delicious cinnamon sugar topping? Just when you think it couldn’t get any better…I went ahead and added chopped pecans for a fun surprise…..

Cinnamon French Toast Bake combines all of your favorite flavors in an easy to prepare breakfast treat! © COOKING WITH CURLS

How to make Cinnamon French Toast Bake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush baking dish with softened butter, set aside.

Cut French bread into large cubes and place them in a buttered 9 x 13 baking dish. Set aside…..

French bread cut into large chunks © COOKING WITH CURLS

Whisk the eggs together in a large bowl, preferably one with a pouring spout…..

Eight large eggs in a white mixing bowl © COOKING WITH CURLS

Add the milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and whisk to thoroughly combine…..

Whisk the liquid ingredients together in a large mixing bowl © COOKING WITH CURLS

Pour evenly over the bread cubes. Gently toss the bread cubes with the egg mixture to coat…..

Toss the bread cubes with the custard mixture together in a greased baking dish © COOKING WITH CURLS

Option 1:

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Option 2:

Sprinkle with the cinnamon topping and bake now…because we are impatient!

How to make the Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

Mix the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt together in a medium sized bowl. Blend in the softened butter with a fork or your finger until the butter is evenly distributed and resembles wet, clumpy sand. Stir in the chopped pecan if using…..

Mix the topping ingredients together in a medium bowl © COOKING WITH CURLS

Sprinkle the topping over the egg coated bread cubes and bake uncovered for 45 to 55 minutes, until puffed, golden brown, and cooked in the center…..

The flavors of your favorite breakfast treat are layered into this easy and delicious Cinnamon French Toast Bake! © COOKING WITH CURLS

Remove from oven and serve immediately with pure maple syrup, and maybe even a sprinkling of powdered sugar. 😉

No one can resist digging into this delicious Cinnamon French Toast Bake as it comes out of the oven! © COOKING WITH CURLS

Now that is a breakfast to get out of bed for!!

Notes:

  • If you do not like nutmeg, go ahead and leave it out.
  • I love pecans, but walnuts or even almonds would be delicious as well.
  • I used unsweetened CashewMilk because I have to. Feel free to substitute whole milk, or a combination of milk and heavy cream.
  • For a dairy-free meal {my version is lactose-free} substitute coconut oil for the butter.
  • This Cinnamon French Toast Bake is the perfect way to use up French bread that is a day or two old.
  • The dryness of your brown sugar will affect your topping. Start with 6 Tablespoons of butter if your brown sugar is brand new and still moist. Add more if needed. If your brown sugar is already open and on the dry side, use 8 Tablespoons of butter.

More delicious cinnamon recipes:

I love breakfast! I love it for breakfast, lunch or even dinner, don’t you?

Enjoy!!

Waking up in the morning just got sweeter with this easy Cinnamon French Toast Bake baking in the oven! © COOKING WITH CURLS

Cinnamon French Toast Bake

Waking up in the morning just got sweeter with this easy and delicious Cinnamon French Toast Bake baking in your oven!  All of your favorite flavors combine to create the perfect breakfast or brunch treat.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 493kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

French Toast

  • 15 ounce loaf of French bread
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups unsweetened CashewMilk (or whole milk - see Notes)
  • ½ cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)
  • ½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • maple syrup (for serving)

Instructions

French Toast

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush baking dish with softened butter, set aside.
  • Cut French bread into large cubes and place them in a buttered 9 x 13 baking dish. Set aside
  • Whisk the eggs together in a large bowl, preferably one with a pouring spout.
  • Add the milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and whisk to thoroughly combine.
  • Pour evenly over the bread cubes. Gently toss the bread cubes with the egg mixture to coat.
  • Option 1: Cover and refrigerate overnight.
    Option 2: Sprinkle with the cinnamon topping and bake.

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • Mix the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt together in a medium sized bowl. Blend in the softened butter with a fork or your finger until the butter is evenly distributed and resembles wet, clumpy sand. Stir in the chopped pecan if using.
  • Sprinkle the topping over the egg coated bread cubes and bake uncovered for 45 to 55 minutes, until puffed, golden brown, and cooked in the center.
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately with pure maple syrup, and maybe even a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

Notes

  • If you do not like nutmeg, go ahead and leave it out.
  • I love pecans, but walnuts or even almonds would be delicious as well.
  • I used unsweetened CashewMilk because I have to. Feel free to substitute whole milk, or a combination of milk and heavy cream.
  • For a dairy-free meal {my version is lactose-free} substitute coconut oil for the butter.
  • This Cinnamon French Toast Bake is the perfect way to use up French bread that is a day or two old.
  • The dryness of your brown sugar will affect your topping. Start with 6 Tablespoons of butter if your brown sugar is brand new and still moist. Add more if needed. If your brown sugar is already open and on the dry side, use 8 Tablespoons of butter.

Nutrition

Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 208mg | Sodium: 465mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 3.6mg

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