Cinnamon French Toast Bake on plate with berries

Cinnamon French Toast Bake

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At $2.00 a serving, make-ahead Cinnamon French Toast Bake topped with fresh Strawberries is a wonderful way to start the day. This recipe is perfect because you can make the casserole ahead of time. Transfer the french toast to a serving plate and top with berries and a dash of powdered sugar. A delicious, hot breakfast is ready in minutes. Read on for step by step instructions and make ahead tips!

Make Ahead Tips

  1. Two Days Prior: I start the preparations two days prior to serving with assembling the casserole and placing in the refrigerator.
  2. One Day Prior: On the day before we add the Crumble Mixture and bake the casserole. Let it cool and store in the refrigerator.
  3. Serving Breakfast: When ready to enjoy, just reheat in the microwave. Then top this delicious Cinnamon French Toast Bake with powdered sugar and a few strawberries!
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Cinnamon French Toast Bake

Assembling the Casserole

  1. Select Your Bread: We start with two loaves of Cinnamon Bread. Do not be concern if you cannot locate Cinnamon Bread. Substitute a thick bread and add more cinnamon to the egg and milk mixture.
  2. Prepare Pan: Spray a 9×11 inch glass pan sprayed with non-stick spray,
  3. Remove Crust: Using a knife, remove the crust from the bread slices.
  4. Separate Bread: Keep the two loaves of bread separate because half of the slices is used for the cream cheese.
  5. Add Cream Cheese: Take one loaf of bread slices and spread softened cream cheese on them.
  6. Top: Next top with a slice of bread without cream cheese.
  7. Cut into Four: Cut each cream cheese bread sandwiches into four cubes. 
  8. Make Egg Mixture: Now it is time to make the egg and milk mixture. Whisk together eggs, milk, half and half, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  9. Dip Each Bread Cube: Dip the cream cheese bread sandwiches cubes into the egg and milk mixture until moist.
  10. Layer in Pan: Place each bread cube into the glass pan making two layers. Pour any remaining liquid over bread.
  11. Refrigerate: Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least for a couple of hours.

Finishing and Baking the Casserole

  1. Preheat Oven: When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees and remove casserole from the refrigerator.
  2. Prepare Crumble Mixture: At this time prepare your crumble mixture. In a small pan, melt the butter adding brown sugar, Maple Syrup and chopped pecans.
  3. Add Mixture to Casserole: Place the Crumble Mixture evenly over the French Toast.
  4. Bake Casserole: Bake about 40-minutes or until a knife comes out relatively clean. 
  5. Add Toppings and Serve: Add any additional toppings such as strawberries when you plate it for breakfast!
  6. Leftovers: Refrigerate or freeze any leftovers. 

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Cinnamon French Toast Bake on plate with berries

Cinnamon French Toast Bake

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Make-ahead Cinnamon French Toast Bake topped with fresh Strawberries is a wonderful way to start the day. You can bake the casserole the prior night and reheat individual portions in the microwave. Transfer the french toast to a serving plate and top with berries and a dash of powdered sugar. A delicious, hot breakfast is ready in minutes.
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Course: Breakfast, Casserole, Make Ahead Meals
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cinnamon French Toast Bake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Refrigerate Overnight, optional: 12 hours
Servings: 10 servings
servings
Calories: 380kcal
Author: Bernice
Cost: $2.00 a serving

Equipment

  • Cutting board and knife
  • 9 x 13 inch glass pan
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small saucepan

Ingredients

French Toast Ingredients

  • 2 Loaves Cinnamon Bread
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese room temperature
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 Β½ cup Half and Half
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

Crumble Mixture Ingredients

  • ΒΎ cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Pecans chopped
  • 6 tbsp Butter melted
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup

Toppings Ingredients

  • Fresh strawberries or other fruit
  • Powdered sugar
  • Maple sugar

Instructions

Casserole Preparation

  • Spray a 9 x 13 inch glass pan.
  • Using a knife, remove the crust from the bread slices.
  • Spread softened cream cheese on one slice of bread then top with a second slice of bread.
  • Cut each sandwich into four cubes.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together eggs, milk, half and half, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well blended.
  • Dip bread cubes into milk mixture until moist. Place in the prepared pan making two layers. Pour any remaining liquid over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Final Preparation

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and remove glass pan from the refrigerator.
  • At this time prepare your crumble mixture.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  • Stir in the brown sugar until melted.
  • Add the Maple Syrup and then chopped pecans.
  • Place the crumble mixture evenly over the french toast.
  • Bake uncovered about 40-minutes or until a knife comes out relatively clean.
  • Add any additional toppings when you plate it for breakfast!
  • Refrigerate or freeze any leftovers.

Recipe Notes

Calories are approximate depending upon serving size and toppings. Cost per serving can vary based upon the price of ingredients. A 16-ounce container of strawberries is included in the average cost per serving.Β 
Tips
  • The casserole can be assembled the night before and stored in the refrigerator.
  • The next day take it out of the refrigerator while the oven is preheating make the crumble topping.Β 
Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon French Toast Bake
Amount Per Serving (10 servings)
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 157mg52%
Sodium 203mg9%
Potassium 219mg6%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 818IU16%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 133mg13%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

34 comments

    1. I love this recipe. I bake it the prior night to save time in the morning. It is great with or without fruit. My preference is with strawberries and blueberries. I hope you enjoy it! 🍽🍽🍽🍽

  1. Yummy! I am nervous about making this recipe because it will be so good I will eat a lot of it all at once. However, I am so going to do this – perhaps for a Christmas morning breakfast! I have pinned this for future!

  2. Yummmmmmy!!!! Bernice! You just gave me a happy craving! My oh my! β€οΈπŸ’•β€οΈπŸ’•β€οΈπŸ’•β€οΈπŸ’• Have a happy LOVE-filled day!!!!! πŸ’›β˜€οΈπŸŒΌπŸ˜€πŸ’›β˜€οΈπŸŒΌπŸ˜€

  3. Looks yummy! I made baked french toast for the first time (oh wait, only time) last Christmas for our Christmas Brunch. It was divine! What am I waiting for? I must make it again! You’ve reminded me of a very special dish!

    1. Thank you! I make it every Christmas eve to enjoy Christmas morning and the rest of the week. Bed and Breakfast inspired and quick and easy to make.

      1. Me… as a T2D must avoid the cards… yes, that’s not easy… but hey, it’s officially purge time in our house as of today!🀣🀣🀣

      2. That would be hard. With the new years I am exploring new recipes that are low carbs that people could also modify. We try to keep our carbs in check. But that is harder around the holidays.

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