Baked French Toast

Perfect for Christmas morning and summer family gatherings.

French Toast Ingredients

  • 1 loaf french bread
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • OR replace the milk and heavy cream with 2 1/2 cups of 1/2 and 1/2
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla (real vanilla is best)

Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick ( 1/2 cup) cold butter


  1. Spray or grease a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Tear bread into bit-size pieces and spread in bottom of pan.
  3. Whisk eggs, milk, cream, sugar and vanilla and pour over bread. Pat bread down with spoon making sure all the bread is covered.
  4. Cover bread and egg mixture with saran wrap or foil and place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours. It works well to soak over night and bake in the morning.
  5. For topping: cut the cold butter into slices, add flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Mix together with a pastry blender or gently with your hands until small pebbles form.
  6. Put topping ingredients in an air tight baggie and place in refrigerator.
  7. When ready to bake, sprinkle topping over the bread and egg mixture.
  8. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Bake for 45 – 60 minutes. The french toast will pull away from the edges when done. Insert a knife or toothpick to check in the middle for doneness.
  10. Serve with Butter Cream Syrup. The syrup truly makes a difference and it is super easy to make. In a time crunch – maple syrup will do.

Family Matters

Our family enjoys this dish every Christmas morning. I love that I can make it ahead of time and bake it first thing in the morning without any fuss. This recipe was given to me by a church member when I offered to help fix breakfast for an activity. I’ve made a few adaptations over the years and it truly is a family favorite. Left-overs keep well, making it a bonus to double the recipe and bake in a deep dish. Hope your family enjoys it as much as mine.

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