Cinnamon Baked French Toast

Total Time:
13 hr
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
12 hr
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
12 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • French Toast:
  • Butter, for greasing
  • 1 loaf crusty sourdough or French bread
  • 8 whole eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup whipping (heavy) cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 stick cold butter, cut into pieces, plus more for serving
  • Warm pancake syrup, for serving
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, for serving
  • Special equipment: 9-by-13-inch baking pan
Directions

For the French toast: Grease the baking pan with butter. Tear the bread into chunks, or cut into cubes, and evenly distribute in the pan. Crack the eggs in a big bowl. Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Pour evenly over the bread. Cover the pan tightly and store in the fridge until needed (overnight preferably).

For the topping: Mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and some nutmeg in a separate bowl. Stir together using a fork. Add the butter and with a pastry cutter, and mix it all together until the mixture resembles fine pebbles. Store in a re-sealable plastic bag in the fridge.

When you're ready to bake the casserole, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the casserole from the fridge and sprinkle the topping over the top. Bake for 45 minutes for a softer, more bread pudding texture or for 1 hour or more for a firmer, crisper texture.

Scoop out individual portions. Top with butter and drizzle with warm pancake syrup and sprinkle with blueberries.


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Delicious! I used Challah bread. I used the egg mixture recipe, but I did not make the topping. However I did put the cinnamon and 1/2 tea nutmeg in the egg mixture before pouring over the bread, and dotted the casserole with pats of butter, so same topping ingredients minus the flour and extra brown sugar. I let it set for 2 hours before baking rather than overnight. My dish was perfect at 40 minutes baking time. Not soggy or too dry. Leftovers heated perfectly the next day in the microwave, which I was a bit skeptical about, but it was fine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum made this for Father's Day morning.  I've tried a number of other French Toast Casseroles and by far this has been the best.  So good...  My daughter ate her's with bananas and the rest of us ate it as is.  I think it would taste good with the addition of blueberries or any other seasonal fruit on the side.  However, it really did not need any syrup or anything else.  It ws perfectly sweet just the way it was. This is going to be my  new go to French Toast Casserole. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my new favorite breakfast item that I'll use to bring my family and friends together with.  I'm Italian and I don't think I've ever made a dish the same and this was no exception.  I took this awesome recipe and added my own Italian spin. Instead of using french bread I used my leftover Banana Cream Cheese Bread and since I didn't have heavy cream I used Hazelnut creamer and to add a little more damage to this dish I also added cream cheese sparingly.  The result was a dream come true and everyone inhaled it. Thank you for the perfect foundational recipe that I could build upon. <div>CIAO! </div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome!  I fixed this for my wife this Mother's Day morning and she and I both give it 5 stars.  I could have baked it a little longer; as it is, I fixed an awesome 'french toast' bread pudding. I added about a quarter to one half teaspoon of nutmeg which made it even better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is AMAZING!  It is a family favorite.  I have made this a few times over the past year.  My family has a sweet tooth and is perfect as written.  It is great without syrup.  But, with syrup - It will make you do a happy dance!!<div>So far our favorite version has been with a mixture of fresh strawberries and blueberries added.  If you like sweet this is a recipe for you!</div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe. I think it could also be halved for a smaller gathering. The topping was a bit much for me so next time I would just do a sprinkle of it. I thought it was like a crumb cake on top of french toast. I used a loaf of challah bread.  I put it together the previous night. I cooked for an hour and then left it in the turned off, cracked open oven while we went to church. We came home to a ready brunch.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this today for Easter and it was easy and OH SO YUMMY! Used Challah bread and it was the perfect consistency. Not soggy at all. took out of the oven at 50min. Highly recommend! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family size is three so I cut all the ingredients in half. It was delicious everyone loved it. I think next time I will use three eggs instead of four. Will definitely make again item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was good but way to sweet for breakfast. The syrup sent it over the edge and is definitely not needed. Next time I make this I will cut the sugar by half and no syrup. I should've read the other reviews before making. This was definitely more like a dessert for me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for Christmas morning. Loved it. New tradition. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Have made this several times and each time do something a little different. I keep reducing the sugar in the egg mixture because it is very sweet. I also add chopped walnuts to the topping and recently added a couple of chopped apples to the pan in the morning just before baking. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this one twice but both times it was too soggy. The first time I used the eggs recommended and the 2nd time I reduced it but, the kids didn't like how soggy it still was. Maybe I need to use more bread. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delish! Used a loaf of regular, boring italian bread (about 3/4 of the loaf) torn into bite size pieces. Put it in a 9x13 glass baking dish. Reduced the brown sugar to 1/4 C in the egg mixture and added some cinn. Cooked for 1 hr. Perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Decadent and rich. I felt like we were eating dessert for breakfast! Not for every day but a great dish to make my family feel very special every now and then. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum yum yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was THE hit of my brunch! So easy and great that it can be prepared the night before and baked in the morning. Perfect with or without syrup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So delicious! The cinnamon crunch topping makes superior! Would be perfect for dessert. But as is very sweet, I fee syrup would make it unbearable. Next time I will cut the sugar in egg mixture by 1/3-1/2. Also, too much butter for the crumb topping--I kept having to add more dry ingredients to get it to crumble. Next time I will use about 1/3 of the butter, with the same dry ingredients. I added oat to the crumb topping which added nice texture &amp; slight crunch. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a Mother's Day brunch and everyone loved it. It was delicious. I used lower fat ( 1%) milk to lighten it up some and it didn't compromise flavor. Worth the splurge!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is THE BEST RECIPE EVER!! I made this for Christmas morning and it was amazing! No syrup needed! It seems to make its own syrup...DELISH!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We made this for Christmas morning. It was the best breakfast casserole I've ever had! The family LOVED it item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this on Christmas morning and my teenage boys were in heaven. I have another one in the oven as we speak for my 19 year old...he'll eat half of it today and the rest tomorrow just by his skinny self! LOL It's definitely worth the little effort but time in the oven. You won't be disappointed! item not reviewed by moderator and published
HEAVEN! Made this exactly as the recipe states for a family holiday brunch and it was the hit of the meal. It's even delicious reheated in the microwave. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for Christmas brunch for the family, I wasn't going to put the topping on because I thought it would be too sweet, but I was convinced by my daughter to put it on. Glad I did, it was a very big hit with everyone and it went well with the rest of the brunch which included, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and fresh fruit salad. Thanks for sharing the recipe it's a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very good! I made this for our Christmas Morning Breakfast. I wouldn't change anything! My family loved it! I baked it for 50 minutes. It was perfect, thank you Ree! A new family tradition created! From Beth, in Yorktown, Indiana item not reviewed by moderator and published
AMAZING. made this today, for Christmas "dinner", and it's officially now a favorite dish. Holy. Heck. Changes: I used challah instead of French bread, and reduced the brown sugar in the egg mix to 1/4 cup (watch the video, I'm pretty sure Ree says she's only putting in 1/4c). When I pulled it out of the fridge (only had it in for an hour) before topping it I ran a spoon through it to flip the bottom bits to the top, and the drier top pieces to the bottom to help the moisture content be a bit more consistent. It worked. I baked it in a stoneware baking dish for 50 min, and it was perfect and fluffy soft and AMAZING, with the topping coming out crunchy and almost like candy. Next time I'll leave it in for the full hour and see what I get, texture-wise. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ree I always appreciate your quick &amp; easy delicious recipes for a big family. love your authenticity item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not my favorite but hubby LOVED it. I don't like bread puddings, But I didn't make this for myself, I made it for him because he likes them and he raved about this one. He said it had great flavor and a good texture. He had three helpings of it and went back later for more. I did take a bite of it and he was right, flavoring was good. (I personally can't get past the texture). Oh well. Why 5 stars? Hubby, loved it and he's a picky eater! This was a quick recipe to put together! No fuss, no muss. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome. My whole family loves this and there are six of us. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is amazing! My daughter said this is the best breakfast ever and I love the fact that you can make it ahead and pop it in the oven next day so the kids have a nice warm breakfast before they go to school. We make this at least once a month. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am getting my weekend menu together for thanksgiving weekend, this just made my breakfast list! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The boys would not eat it. I was shocked with all the sugar in this recipe that our boys, 8 and 10 would not eat it. The top part with the crumble was good but the center was very eggy. I may have had it too thick in the pan but I would not make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can always count on you Ree for another GREAT recipe : Thanks!! It was so decadent!! Purely delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was excited to try this after reading all the nice comments. I followed the directions to the letter and it came out gummy. My oven temp is right on, I used the right size pan, again followed the recipe to the letter. Humm? Not my favorite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this numerous times for many different occasions and it is always a hit! After the first time making it and following the directions as they were my 13 year old daughter suggested using challah the next time. I now make it with challah and reduce the vanilla from 2 TBLS to 1TBLS, delicious!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for breakfast this weekend, we had leftover crusty bread from dinner. I have been wanting to try this recipe for a while but I always forget to throw it in the refrigerator the night before. Modifications; I used 1 cup of egg substitute and 4 whole eggs. Plus I Don't carry whole milk in the refrigerator so I used what I have on hand and that's skim milk. Everyone really liked it even without maple syrup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is now a house favorite on the weekend. My husband brings me a loaf of French bread every Friday after work now. Very good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My kids love the Cinnamon Baked Toast. Ever since the the recipe appeared on the show, I have been making it every other Sunday. It is easy to make and it is just delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This baked french toast was so easy to make and i even forgot to prepare the night before and ended up doing it all the morning of and it still turned out wonderful! Perfect for a lazy Sunday morning or a holiday breakfast! Thanks Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was really easy to make, and you can't go wrong with a make ahead breakfast casserole. I used the French bread, cutting it into 1 to 1-1/2 inch cubes. I might cut them even smaller next time. Otherwise I followed the recipe to the letter, and it was incredible -- with or without the syrup. A really nice change from the breakfast dishes that are meat-based. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one awesome breakfast! Great for a crowd! Thanks Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I recently made this casserole for a brunch. I guess it was fantastic. It was gone before I had a chance to try it but everyone raved about it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Soooo Good!! I watched Ree make this on her show and made it that very morning. I had house guests staying with me and they had talked about going out for Sunday brunch. We stayed in and made this instead. This cinnamon baked French toast is better than anything at a brunch buffet! It is so easy and decadent. A great way to use up old bread. The only thing I changed is I add chia seeds to up the nutrition. I make this recipe regularly now. And leftovers are good, too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this multiple times. Never any leftovers. I wouldn't change a thing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made for Easter brunch --everyone loved it! Will make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We made this for Easter and it was a huge hit! This is the easiest recipe ever and it tastes fantastic. I used a crusty day old loaf of French bread and it turned out perfectly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Family favorite. Like all of Ree's recipes that my girls and I love to make and try new ones. The girls like to watch her show then we make what Ree makes item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful!!! I No need to tween the French toast part...it works so no need to mess w/success.The topping is perfect too.But to that I add 3 to 4 T of chopped walnuts( or so and a few T of oats. It adds a bit more crunch and both are very heart healthy,while still tasting like dessert. This recipe is a keeper. Just be sure to use rustic BAKERY type bread...NOT PRESLICED type. .SOUR dough really is the BEST CHOICE....But rustic Artisan unsliced whole wheat is every bit as good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is wonderful!! I did put a bit of cinnamon in the milk mixture. Can never have too much cinnamon! Thanks Ree, for a great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy to prepare and tasted scrumptious. Just the right amount of sweet. We have 5 kids and they all loved it and can't wait to eat it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My kids loved this. So easy to prepare and have ready for Sunday morning. Used Almond Milk and creamer and kids couldn't notice any difference. Great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My whole family loved this recipe. It was moist, delicious, custardy, and brunch fare. I ended up not having cream, so I used 1/2 cup of pumpkin spice creamer. This will be made again and again in our family. It is so wonderful to watch a "pioneer" chef who understands the availability of ingredients in rural areas but still makes great food. Thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
GREAT recipe! I made this for breakfast for 6 hungry teenage girls and it as a HUGE hit! I was good and custardy inside and crunchy and just the right sweet and texture. Thank you Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was incredibly delicious and easy! So convenient to put it together the night before and just pop it in the oven in the morning. That's my kind of easy morning entertaining! I used some Italian bread I had that was really on its way out, but this totally transformed it. Thanks, Ree! This is an excellent recipe! I will make it often! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so decadent and delicious! My husband who is not a big fan of sweets, loved it so much he requested it the next day. I used regular white bread because it was the only bread in my pantry; and I served it with homemade fresh whip cream. The results, YUM YUM YUM! So good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
5 stars! this is so much easier and less of a mess than original french toast. My husband even loved it, and he never likes anything different. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had some bread that had become really hard and was going to get rid of it. Instead I wrapped it in wet paper towels, then tin foil and warmed it in the oven until soft again. Had to work fast so the bread didn't harden again. So glad I was able use something instead of wasting it! Great dish! Even my 18 month old daughter liked it! Thanks Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious!!! Ree you never disappoint. I didn't have any french bread so I used some hot dog buns that were getting a little hard and it was still amazing. My daughter in law thinks it's the best french toast that she's ever had. Thanks for sharing item not reviewed by moderator and published
Seems like this particular recipie should have more then 5 stars. Made this for Christmas breakfast. Super fast super easy. Super big hit. Made it this morning again with a left over loaf of French bread. This re pie is off the charts. Recommend it for company. On Christmas did not have room to put it in the fridge and since it is freezing here left it on the counter added the topping in the morning and put it in the oven and opened presents. Will try it with fruit one tmw but other then that atop 10 recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG! This was delicious. I made it for a brunch party, and everyone raved about it. I don't normally like bread puddings, but this was fabulous tasting, and so easy to make. I will definitely be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this last night and baked it this morning. Used a loaf of cheap french bread and it was delicious. Only had 7 eggs so that's what I used but it tuned out great. Also substituted skim milk and light cream. My husband gave it a 10 and kept going back for more. Would be a delicious dessert and I can't wait until peaches are in season to try it with those baked inside. Will make this again for sure. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made two other baked French Toast casseroles, but this one wins (made it for Christmas morning for it's broad appeal. It is not too rich, but the texture after 70 minutes in the oven (toasty on the top with a custard-y texture on the bottom was well-received. I used a dozen eggs and half and half instead of cream, and fed a crowd with a little bit left over (perfect to reheat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was excellent and could not have been easier! I ran out of brown sugar, so had to use 1/4cup brown and 1/4cup white in the topping. I was going to try and skip the topping altogether, but about 30 minutes into the cook time it looked like it was really dry, so I threw the topping together and added it. I also used challah bread and cooked for about 1 hour 25 minutes. It was cooked through, but still quite moist. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was absolutely awesome!! Everyone raved about it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for good friends for Christmas Eve brunch. I didn't have french or sour dough bread so I used some of my home made whole wheat bread. It turned out fabulous! Everyone loved it and commented on the rich tasted and flavor the whole wheat bread gave. I highly recommend it. This recipe will be our new christmas tradition. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best casserole!! Ree is amazing. I just love her cooking. My husband can't get enough of this. I have made it many times for him sometimes baking it before I go to work for him. I am not a big fan of bread pudding but this is simply amazing. I usually make a half a recipe since it's just the 2 of us but I always end up making another one just a couple days later. Thanks Ree!! I would love to come cook with you in your kitchen. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous and easy recipe! Heavenly as is but made a wonderful holiday version by changing the heavy cream for eggnog and added a dash of nutmeg. Very popular! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous! I had been looking for a make ahead breakfast caserole for Christmas morning and tried this one. I didn't have any heavy cream so I substituted fat free half and half. I also used 1% milk since that's what my family uses. My family loves it! It was so yummy and easy! I will definitely make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a quilt retreat recently with an apple filling at the bottom and it was sensational and a hit. Very sweet so it almost doesn't need syrup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My whole family loves this! The yummy sweet crunchy top is a favorite amoung all of us but my 2nd child...she loves the yummy soft deliciousness of french toast. It has been made numerous times in our home &amp; we nearly fight for the last of the leftovers! YUM! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was absolutely delicious! I'm sharing this recipe and making it when we have company! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Terrible. Horrible. So bad my son got sick from the richness. Just bad and needed much more time to cook.................. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for Sunday brunch, everyone loved it . SO YUMMY!!! Great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for the family last weekend and I have to say it was delicious and simple. I worried when I completed the recipe (followed it exactly before I refrigerated it overnight. It just seemed "dry" to me. I worried because the loaf of french bread I used was pretty large. But I fought the urge to mix up and add more milk/egg mixture. I'm glad I did, because it turned out beautfully and really good. Baked it for 1 hour and it had a great crust on the outside and fluffy in the middle. I made an apple cider glaze with powder sugar, cinnamon and butter. YUM! I love u Ree, you make real food for real people! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been looking for a make ahead breakfast dish to feed all the family at holidays. I made this for a crowd on Labor Day weekend. EVERYONE loved it!! I served it with a side of crispy bacon for the meat eaters. The sweet and salty combo was really a winner! I will make this again next time the crowd comes home to visit. Tip: Let it come to room temp before baking. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you enjoy bread puddings then this recipe is for you. It is very rich and filling plus easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made it for breakfast, it was excellent!!! very easy, makes a big size pan, plenty to share, i didn't use the nutmeg and still excellent. Go Ree! you are my family favorite cook. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for breakfast and it was a HUGE hit!! Super easy and delish...love that you make it the night before. Perfect for a Sunday Brunch. I cannot have sugar so I made it with Splenda granular and Splenda brown sugar blend and served with sugar free syrup...noone knew the difference... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have followed Ree's blog for many years now and every recipe I have tried of hers are AMAZING! I made these and they were fabulous! I am sooooo glad she is on the Food Network, I was waiting for the day! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Like most all of Ree's recipes, this was wonderful. I am old enough to be her mom, and am still learning... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I may never eat traditional french toast again. This was AMAZING! The only thing I did differently was to add a 1/2 tsp. cinnamon to the liquid ingredients that you pour over the bread 'cause that's how I make my french toast. I also topped with some chopped up fresh white peaches rather than berries. This would be even more amazing topped with some baked apples (think apple crisp!. SOOOO good! And a HUGE hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very very good. I made it tonight. I cut the recipe in 1/2 and used an 8" cast iron skillet-- cooked for 1 hour-- perfect. I think to mix it up- it would be great to add some mashed banana to the mix for a little extra flavor underneath that amazing crumble! I'll def treat this as a base recipe for many more to come! : item not reviewed by moderator and published
I took this to church yesterday morning and it was a hit!! I let it sit overnight and then added fresh raspberries before I baked it. I've recently discovered Ree's recipes and I'm a huge fan! Can't wait to try more of her delicious recipes :- item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this yesterday and my family is in LOVE....Absolutely Delish! All the flavors blend and the sour dough bread is da bomb in this recipe. I will make this several times throughout the year, comfort food all the way! Love Ree's show, keep the great recipes coming... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing as usual from Ree, I made this and brought it to work!! Everyone absolutly loved it. I really like Ree's recipes as I usually have all the stuff already home to make it. This one is a keeper for me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This thing rocks!!!!! I only let the bread soak for about 20 minutes, (too many hungry teens staring at me for breakfast and that was fine. Make this, you'll love it item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is delicious. It is my bread pudding recipe! : item not reviewed by moderator and published
This great but my puffed up and cut recipe in half with extara egg. Taking a piece to my Boss..Really don't need syrup. Probale some whip cream for a change. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Cook it a little longer if you don't like it as soggy.  Easy fix. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Indeed!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this again. It is fool proof. This time I added 3/4 t. Cinnamon to the milk and eggs. Stii love the nuts and oats in the topping. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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