Baked Cinnamon French Toast – French bread soaked in an egg/milk mixture overnight, then topped with cinnamon sugar make this the perfect start to your day. It’s a treat everyone will enjoy waking up to!
And I don’t just mean he LOVES it, HE LOVES, LOVES, LOVES it!!!
If this kid were only to be given a choice of 3 foods for the rest of his life they would be French Toast, Chicken Piccata, and pasta.
And probably in that order, too.
Whenever we go out for breakfast, he only orders French Toast and more often than not wants a double order.
So, seeing Cinnamon Baked French Toast on The Pioneer Woman, I KNEW that I had to make it.
And because it’s BAKED, it can be featured here on 365!
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I have to admit that I was a little hesitant making this for the boy because he is such a stickler when it comes to his favs.
After all, the Baked Chicken Piccata didn’t go over very well, so I’ll be making that dish on top of the stove as I usually do.
AND, when I told him how I was preparing this French Toast, he kind of turned his nose up at me and gave me a funny look.
I have to say that I was pretty excited about the preparation of this dish.
You prepare the casserole the day before to refrigerate it overnight. The topping can either be done the day you’ll be putting it into the oven or night before.
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Baked Cinnamon French Toast
- 9 X 13-inch casserole dish
- 1 loaf day old French bread
- 8 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons vanilla
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ cup flour
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup butter chilled
- The night before you want to bake and serve this French toast, prepare a 9 X 13-inch baking dish by generously greasing it with butter.
- Cut the loaf of French bread into 1-inch cubes and place into baking dish, spreading evenly.
- Into a medium bowl, break open the eggs.
- Add the milk, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix well to combine.
- Pour the mixture evenly over the bread.
- Cover the baking dish tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.
- The topping can be prepared either the night before and placed in the refrigerator in a plastic bag or made the morning of baking which is what I did.
- In a small bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
- Cut butter into pieces and add to bowl.
- With a pastry cutter, cut butter into dry ingredients until mixture resembles course meal.
- Place in bag to store in refrigerator overnight or place on French Toast the morning you bake it.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Remove baking dish from refrigerator and uncover.
- Distribute cinnamon topping evenly over french toast.
- Bake for 45-60 minutes depending on how well you want it cooked. 45 minutes and you will have a softer, bread pudding-like texture or 60 minutes for a drier and firmer dish.
If you like this Baked Cinnamon French Toast then you’ll love…
I rate everything I bake on a scale of 1-4 with 4 being the best and this Cinnamon French Toast Casserole earned…4 rolling pins! And that was from the BOY himself!! I was pleasantly surprised that he had given it such a high mark!
Then I tasted it. It truly was delicious, soft, crunchy, sweet and cinnamony. Oh YUM!
I’m going to agree with the boy on this one. It does deserve a 4. I added the 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon to the liquid mixture before pouring it over the bread, and I think it was a really good addition, adding that extra flavor to the bread. This is a great new way for our family to enjoy our French Toast!
I think this will be a great dish for Christmas morning because I’ll put it together Christmas eve after everything’s settled down so that we can (ok, or rather I) can enjoy Christmas morning without having to spend a lot of it in the kitchen.
This would also be great to prepare tonight if you’re going to be spending time in the kitchen making things for the BIG game tomorrow. Breakfast in the morning would be an easy prep!
…Or rather it would have been had I posted this sometime earlier this afternoon as I had originally planned. Sorry. Well, Valentine’s Day is coming up and what better thing to serve to your sweetheart in bed! Right?