French Toast Bake

I love French toast, but it's not ideal for serving a crowd. Enter: this French toast bake! Make it for the holidays, Mother's Day, or any weekend brunch.

french toast bake in a baking dish

This French toast bake was my solution to a pressing problem. When I make a big, decadent brunch, I want French toast to be on the menu. I mean, eggy bread that’s soft in the middle, crisp around the edges, and warmly spiced with cinnamon… what’s not to love? But here’s the thing: French toast is a perfect breakfast for two. When I make it, I enjoy flipping slice after slice until I have a stack that’s big enough to serve just me and Jack. When I’m serving a crowd, on the other hand, all that flipping starts to add up.

Enter: this French toast bake recipe. It still satisfies that gooey-in-the-middle, crisp-on-the-edges, cinnamon-y craving, but it cooks in the oven. No flipping required! Make it for the holidays, Mother’s Day, or anytime you need an easy, delicious breakfast for a group.

Sliced challah bread

Baked French Toast Recipe Ingredients

Just like classic French toast, this French toast bake comes together with a few basic ingredients:

  • Good bread – The better your bread, the better your French toast bake will be! I like to use thick slices of challah, but sourdough or brioche would work well too.
  • Eggs – A French toast essential! They add moisture and richness to this recipe.
  • Almond milk – I use almond milk because it’s what I keep on hand. If you prefer a different type of milk, feel free to swap it in. Cow’s milk, soy milk, or my homemade oat milk would all be great choices.
  • Brown sugar – For sweetness. You’ll whisk some into the egg and milk mixture and sprinkle more on top of the French toast bake.
  • Cinnamon – It adds warm, cozy flavor to this recipe. Like the brown sugar, you’ll use it in both the egg mixture and the topping.
  • And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Egg and milk mixture in a bowl with whisk

How to Make This French Toast Bake

This baked French toast recipe is super easy to make! Here’s how it goes:

  • First, make the egg mixture. Combine the eggs, almond milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl, and whisk until smooth.
  • Next, dip in the bread. Make sure the bread slices are well-coated in the egg mixture. As you dip them, place them one-by-one in a greased 9×13 baking dish.
  • Then, add the topping. Generously sprinkle the tops of the slices with more brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • You’re ready to bake! Transfer the baking dish to a 350° oven, and bake until the eggs are set and the top is golden brown and crisp.

Enjoy!

cinnamon french toast bake

Cinnamon French Toast Bake Serving Suggestions

I love to top this baked French toast casserole with pomegranates and toasted almonds, but feel free to get creative here. Enjoy it plain, with a dusting of powdered sugar, or with whatever fruit you like. Blueberries, raspberries, or the stewed apples from this apple crumble recipe would be absolutely delicious! Of course, drizzle on some maple syrup before you eat.

This recipe makes a hearty breakfast on its own. However, if you’re craving a larger brunch, feel free to pair it with something more. It’s excellent with fruit salad, sunny side up eggs, a veggie frittata, or my healthy breakfast casserole. Don’t forget the mimosas to drink!

french toast bake

More Sweet Brunch Recipes

If you love this baked French toast recipe, try one of these brunch treats next:

French Toast Bake

rate this recipe:
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Serves 4 to 6
This cinnamon french toast bake is perfect for a serving a crowd! Make it for the holidays, Mother's Day, or any weekend brunch.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup almond milk, or any milk
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 10 to 12 1-inch slices challah bread, about 1 loaf, cut on a slight diagonal
  • Non-stick spray or olive oil

For the topping:

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ heaping teaspoon cinnamon

For serving:

  • ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • ¼ cup pomegranate arils, or desired fruit
  • Maple syrup, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray or olive oil.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, almond milk, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and sea salt.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon.
  • Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture and overlap them, slightly tilted, in the baking dish. If one side of your loaf is higher than the other, alternate the slices as you place them in the dish so the tops are vertically equal. This will help them bake and brown more evenly. Sprinkle with the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture and bake for 30 minutes or until the eggs are set and the top is golden brown and crisp.
  • Top with the toasted almonds and fruit and serve with maple syrup, if desired.

 

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  1. Sarah | Well and Full
    12.22.2017

    Would you believe it, but I’ve never had French Toast!! I’m definitely more of a savory person, so it kind of just never happened. I love the idea of baking it though, that sounds like it adds a nice texture to the toast. 🙂 Happy Holidays, Jeanine!

  2. Bogdan from freezer-labels.com
    12.22.2017

    My wife and I do a lot of freezing around this time of year, and I’ve never had much luck with favor when it comes to thawed stevia extracts, whcih I have used mostly in desserts. Can anyone report on how well Truvia freezes? I’ve used it before, but only in my tea!

      • Bogdan from freezer-labels.com
        12.22.2017

        Wow, these sound great — nice update on traditional oatmeal. So glad the Truvia works, or desserts would be my downfall! Thanks for letting me know!

  3. Natalie
    12.22.2017

    YUM! Looks delicious and perfect for Christmas morning!

  4. Village Bakery
    12.23.2017

    5 stars
    Hi Jeanine, I’m so glad I stumbled across this recipe. Definitely going to have to make it for the kids on Christmas morning!

  5. Olga from olis-myme.blogspot.gr
    12.23.2017

    I love french toast and have been trying to find a way to make it healthier but for some reason baking it never occured to me! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    Love,
    Olga from Myme

  6. Wilkins
    12.23.2017

    Just made this on the recommendation of a friend who saw the recipe on your site. It was absolutely delicious, definitely my kids favorite.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.28.2017

      I’m so glad everyone loved it!!

  7. Gaby Dalkin
    12.24.2017

    YUM!!! Need this in my stomach pronto!

  8. Kim
    12.25.2017

    5 stars
    We just made this for Christmas breakfast! Beautiful and delicious!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.28.2017

      Hi Kim, I’m so happy that it was a hit!

  9. probake
    12.27.2017

    5 stars
    This was delicious! Also added fruit as you suggested and a delicious local maple syrup!

  10. Crystal
    12.27.2017

    Is it possible to make this vegan? I use chia seeds for eggs but im just not sure how well that would work in this instance. Store bought egg substitutes have so many chemicals.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.28.2017

      Hi Crystal, I haven’t tried to make this vegan so I’m not sure – but it is in my list to try soon so I’ll let you know!

  11. Christina
    12.28.2017

    This does look so delicious! And I would love to make it for brunch with friends next week. Some of them are vegan…would it work to use flax eggs in this recipe? Maybe I’ll try it out and see:).

  12. Julie from realhealthstore.co.uk
    12.28.2017

    I have always loved French toast but this is a great twist on it and I am certainly going to try your recipe! Thanks for a great article.

  13. Kathryn
    12.29.2017

    5 stars
    Delicious! We all loved it! Thanks, Jeanine!

  14. Olivia
    04.18.2019

    For French toast bake, including the one in your new cookbook, can you make it ahead of time? Looks delicious!

  15. Kristen
    12.18.2019

    I can’t wait to try this! Do you think it could be assembled the night before? I’d love to be able to throw this in the oven on Christmas morning.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.18.2019

      Hi Kristen, I think that’ll be great – I’d make sure you have day-old bread so that it doesn’t get too soggy.

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