Baked French Toast
Did your Christmas morning breakfast look like something pictured above? If not, you were missing out BIG TIME. This baked French toast recipe is, simply put, amazing. The crunchy outside with that brown sugar crumb topping, complete with melted butter and syrup on top, and the melt-in-your-mouth middle–it’s the complete package of a delicious breakfast.
It all starts with Golden Barrel dark brown sugar. Sure, you can use light brown, but I really wanted the flavor of dark brown to shine through. More bang for your buck, in my opinion.
This is such a simple recipe–just cut day-old crusty bread into cubes (or even simpler–tear it into bite-sized pieces), mix together the egg mixture, pouring over the bread chunks, and refrigerate overnight. When you wake up the next morning, sprinkle that amazing crumb topping on top and bake. That’s it!
Here’s that inside I was telling you about. It resembles bread pudding to me, although I did bake mine a bit longer to make sure it wasn’t too “custard-like.”
This, my friends, was the best baked French toast I’ve ever had. And I’m not just saying that. It was like a cinnamon bun and French toast had a baby. Yes, that’s it exactly. It’s that good. You will love it. Plus with some more butter and some Golden Barrel Pancake and Waffle Syrup poured on top…I mean…how can you say no to that? (This picture is not even staged. Finn couldn’t wait another second to dig in!)
So even if you missed out on this Christmas morning, wait no longer. Seriously. Make this baked French toast soon!
- 1 loaf of French bread, cut into large cubes (use day-old bread for best results)
- 8 large eggs
- 1 cup milk (I used whole milk)
- 1 cup half and half
- 1/2 cup Golden Barrel Dark Brown Sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup Golden Barrel Dark Brown Sugar
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons butter
- Golden Barrel Pancake & Waffle Syrup for serving
- Place the bread cubes in a buttered casserole dish.
- In large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, half and half, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract until combined. Pour evenly over bread cubes. Cover and refrigerate over night.
- For the topping: With a fork or pastry blender, combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter until it resembles coarse sand. Cover and refrigerate until ready for use.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove French toast from refrigerator and sprinkle crumb topping evenly on top. Bake uncovered for 45-60 minutes until puffed, golden brown, and set in the middle. Baking time will vary depending on size of dish and how well done you prefer the middle. I baked mine closer to an hour. Serve with Golden Barrel Pancake and Waffle Syrup. Refrigerate leftovers.
I love your food. Its very good.
Thank you, Mary!