Gluten Free

Cinnamon French Toast Bake

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 -10
5 — Votes 3 votes

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This cinnamon french toast bake is equal parts decadent and simple! It is perfect for brunch gatherings and special occasions like Christmas morning or Mother’s Day, because you can prepare it the night before, refrigerate it overnight, then bake it in the morning.

Cinnamon French Toast Bake

Baked French Toast

French toast is hands down, my favorite decadent breakfast, with an especially delicious blueberry pancake running a close second. As much as I love a perfect piece of french toast that is crisp on the outside with a rich, creamy texture on the inside, I tend to avoid making it in favor of easier breakfasts. Unless you have a large griddle, you’ll find yourself stuck standing at the stove for at least 30 minutes cooking one slice at a time. While that might be fine for a leisurely Sunday morning, I wanted to create something that was just as tasty but cut out the work.

I love casseroles for all meals of the day, so I thought – why not make a french toast casserole? That’s exactly what baked french toast is. It’s a little like french toast, bread pudding, and cinnamon rolls had a baby and it has rocked my whole world. Best of ALL, it’s an absolute breeze to make. You can whip it up quickly for an easy breakfast, or you can prep it the night before for a no-fuss brunch.

Overnight French Toast Bake Ingredients

Like I said, this recipe is SIMPLE! You’ll only need a few ingredients for this delicious breakfast treat, and you probably already have them on hand! You’ll need bread, eggs, heavy cream, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, and then powdered sugar for the luscious cinnamon roll glaze. While you’ll find that many recipes use whole milk, we found that heavy cream led to a deliciously rich texture that wasn’t overly soggy. We also opted for pure maple as our main sweetener because it complements the flavors of the dish so well!

two slices of cinnamon french toast bake on a grey plate

What is the Best Bread for French Toast Bake?

This recipe will be successful with whatever bread you have on hand! Since I’m gluten-free, I opted for Canyon Bakehouse Honey White bread, and it worked like a dream! If you don’t need to worry about gluten-free, brioche, challah, french bread or any crusty loaf of white bread would all make fantastic options.

Can I make this dairy-free?

You betcha! While the recipe calls for heavy cream, you can substitute it 1-for-1 with full-fat coconut milk. If you aren’t a fan of coconut, other non-dairy milks will also work, but they won’t bring the same richness that makes this recipe so good.

cinnamon french toast casserole next to two slices on a grey plate on a marble surface

How to Make Baked French Toast

Here’s how to make this simple french toast bake:

Bread standing up in a casserole dish.
Bowl of eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla with a whisk.
Egg mixture being poured over the top of the bread in a casserole dish.
Bread in casserole dish baking in the oven.
Glaze being drizzled over top of the French toast bake.
Cinnamon French toast bake drizzled with white glaze in a casserole dish sprinkled with cinnamon.
  1. Lay your bread slices in a 9×13 baking dish. If you’re looking for a more bread pudding-style consistency, lay your slices of bread flat in a 9×13 pan, making sure they overlap. If a crispy top with a bread pudding consistency underneath is more your style, simply lay your loaf of bread in the pan at a diagonal angle.
  2. Whisk the wet ingredients together. Whisk together the eggs, cream, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a bowl until fully combined.
  3. Pour the egg mixture over the bread. Once your wet ingredients are whisked, simply pour them over the bread into your pan.
  4. Bake! Next, you’ll bake the casserole at 350 F for about 30 minutes, until the top of the bread is toasted and the liquid has been absorbed.
  5. Make the cinnamon roll icing. Once the french toast has finished baking, it’s time to make the icing. Simply whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and cream.
  6. Pour the icing over top. Finally, the best part – pour the icing over the french toast bake and sprinkle cinnamon over top. Serve immediately and enjoy!

For Overnight French Toast Bake

My preferred way to make this is the overnight method! It allows the bread to really soak up the liquid and leads to a great texture, plus it makes the next morning even easier! To make it overnight, simply assemble the casserole, cover it, then place it in the oven the next morning when you’re ready to eat.

How to Prevent Soggy Cinnamon French Toast

While it may feel a little bit risky to let your toast sit in liquid overnight, it actually won’t make for a soggy french toast. The use of heavy cream (vs. regular whole milk) also really helps to avoid a soggy texture here.

Serve this Cinnamon French Toast Recipe With:

I love to serve this alongside some sort of breakfast protein (crispy oven bacon is my go-to) and eggs. The two of these really round out the meal!

Baked French Toast FAQ

Is french toast supposed to be a little soggy?

Because you’re soaking bread in liquid, it’s certainly going to have a different texture than just regular ole bread. I definitely wouldn’t call *good* french toast soggy, though!

Why is my baked french toast soggy?

Good question! While any milk can be used here, I recommend sticking with heavy cream to keep any soggy texture to a minimum.

What is Texas-style french toast?

Texas-style french toast calls for Texas Toast (a thick-cut bread) and makes for a super fluffy, thick finished product. Whether you choose to use Texas Toast for this recipe or not is totally up to you — any crusty bread will work great here.

cinnamon french toast bake in a white ceramic dish on a marble surface

How to Store, Freeze, and Reheat This French Toast Bake Recipe

Can I freeze this?

Yes! This french toast bake freezes and reheats great. I’d recommend freezing a few slices at a time in an airtight container, or by wrapping the slices in wax paper then sealing in a Ziplock bag. You can quickly reheat them by microwaving for about 1 minute, or placing in a 350 F oven for 5-7 minutes. One thing to keep in mind here is that the icing will melt once reheated, but it will still taste great!

It’s so good, I want to go make another batch of it right now.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and that it offers up a fun, decadent breakfast treat while you relax and enjoy your morning with family!  If you’re looking for more breakfast recipes that are worthy of a special occasion, you might love our Gluten Free Overnight Waffles and our Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake as well.

Cinnamon Overnight French Toast Bake

By: Amber Goulden
5 — Votes 3 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Servings: 8 -10
This cinnamon french toast bake is equal parts decadent and simple! It is perfect for brunch gatherings and special occasions like Christmas morning or Mother's Day, because you can prepare it the night before, refrigerate it overnight, then bake it in the morning.

Ingredients  

For the French Toast Bake:

  • 1 loaf of crusty white bread - brioche french bread, and challah will all work (we used Canyon Heritage for gluten-free!)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream may substitute full-fat coconut milk for gluten-free
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream may substitute full-fat coconut milk
  • Cinnamon for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Place the bread in a 9x13 inch baking dish, separating slightly so it leans diagonally*. Then, in a large bowl whisk together the eggs, cream, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla, and pour it over the bread.
  • Note: you can prepare the french toast bake the night before! Assemble per step #2 and then bake as directed below.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  • While the french toast is baking, make the icing in a medium-sized bowl by whisking together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and cream.
  • Remove the french toast from the oven, then pour over the glaze. Garnish with additional cinnamon and serve!

Recipe Notes

For a more bread pudding-style texture, simply lay the slices flat in a 9x13 inch baking dish, letting them overlap.
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  1. Tracy W says

    Tracy W —  01/06/2018 At 09:34

    This breakfast was AMAZING! My 16 year old daughter doesn’t often get excited about my Paleo breakfasts. I decided to switch things up a bit on a school morning and chose to make this French toast recipe. Oh. My. Goodness! You put a huge smile on my daughter’s face! She, along with the rest of my family, LOVED this breakfast! She was still talking about it later that night, telling my husband, “and it even had frosting!” Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Your blog is my first stop when I’m doing my weekly meal planning. I’ve loved all of your recipe. You are incredibly talented.

    • Cassy says

      Cassy —  01/17/2018 At 12:47

      Aw thank you so much!!

  2. Hopeful baker says

    Hopeful baker —  11/27/2019 At 16:59

    sooooo in my frenzy of preparation for Thanksgiving I made this (just through step 2) full day and a half before I wan to cook it. Will it still be good when I was planning on eating it?

  3. Jennifer Womack says

    Jennifer Womack —  12/14/2019 At 10:50

    Yes! I want to try this on Christmas morning – What is your favorite bread??

    • Jennifer Womack says

      Jennifer Womack —  12/14/2019 At 10:51

      So sorry – just found it!! Excited to try it!!

  4. Robert says

    Robert —  12/25/2019 At 11:36

    5 stars
    Made this for Christmas brunch and it was a huge hit from the young kids (7 and up) to the adults. I used gluten free challah bread the I cut into big pieces. Spread some brown sugar and cinnamon on bottom of pan first. Also only suggestion would be to make about 1.5x the frosting. I made according to recipe but thought it was a little sparse so next time will increase the amount of frosting. I also added diced pecans with about ten minutes left in the cooking process.

  5. Monica says

    Monica —  01/03/2020 At 17:11

    5 stars
    Hi
    I was wondering if I can use oats milk instead coconut cream, or normall milk
    Thank you

  6. Luke says

    Luke —  12/18/2020 At 08:50

    have you tried this with any egg substitutes?? (I.e. flax egg, etc.)

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  12/21/2020 At 09:29

      We haven’t! Please let us know if you do, Luke!

  7. Kelsey says

    Kelsey —  12/19/2020 At 08:41

    My glaze is super thick! Am I doing something wrong?? Also with the gluten free bread it doesn’t fit nice and snug like the picture. Would it ruin it if I used a smaller pan?

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  12/21/2020 At 09:18

      A smaller pan would work fine, Kelsey!

  8. Bonnie says

    Bonnie —  12/24/2020 At 18:44

    5 stars
    Made this for Christmas Eve breakfast and it was a hit. Even with my hubby who doesn’t typically like sweet breakfast casseroles.

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  01/04/2021 At 12:10

      Awesome!! Thank you for sharing this with us!!

  9. Nathalie Rondou says

    Nathalie Rondou —  04/15/2022 At 15:26

    I made this for Easter 2021 and the whole family is requesting that I make this again for Easter 2022! Safe to say it was a hit! This Easter there will be 20 of us (double the people from last year). Do you think I can double the recipe and still make it in a large baking dish (9×13) and stagger the bread slices or do you suggest making it in two separate dishes? Great recipe! 10/10 recommend!

    • Melissa Guevara says

      Melissa Guevara —  04/16/2022 At 01:09

      How wonderful! I think you could definitely double the recipe and stagger the bread slices. I hope everyone enjoys and you have a blessed Easter celebration! -Melissa

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