Baked Cinnamon French Toast Recipe

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"There's no last-minute preparation and you can serve several people at once with this casserole," reports bed-and-breakfast owner Lo Ann Brennock of Cloverdale, California. "My guests love the smooth custardy bottom layer topped with thick slices of cinnamon bread."
Recommended: Homemade Syrup Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 12 slices cinnamon bread, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 9 eggs
  • 1 quart milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Warmed blackberry preserves, optional
  • Whipped cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 848 calories, 55g fat (30g saturated fat), 470mg cholesterol, 512mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (51g sugars, 4g fiber), 22g protein.


  1. Line the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish with six slices of bread. butter remaining bread; place with butter side up over bread in pan. In a bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, cream, sugar and vanilla; mix well. Pour over bread; let stand for 15 minutes. Place the dish in a larger baking pan. Pour boiling water into large pan to a depth of 1 in. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Top with preserves and whipped cream if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Baked Cinnamon French Toast in Quick Cooking May/June 1998, p17

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cindysunflower User ID: 7921064 240311
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

"I served this along side other items at our Christmas brunch. It is very custardy and more like a bread pudding than a French toast. It was tasty but very rich. I had quite a bit left over and will likely look for a different recipe next year."

curliecue User ID: 6382395 47511
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"Love this recipe. Make every year for Christmas morning. A favorite of both immediate and extended family."

geejudy User ID: 4280589 45704
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

" Sounds great! "

DrJewls User ID: 989497 25353
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

"I made this for the first brunch I ever hosted (along with other recipes from Taste of Home) and it has become a "required" dish whenever family visits or we go to stay with friends. I especially love warming the preserves in the microwave to make a syrup from them to pour over this delightful treat."

kenrandolph User ID: 1552099 44954
Reviewed May. 13, 2010

"My husband made this after the birth of our first child. We fell in love with it then and 11 years later it is still a hit!"

stephincoldspring User ID: 1334939 21364
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2009

"My kids go crazy for this. They like it hot...and also out of the frig the next day! I love it cuz it reminds me of my grandma's custard. I have substituted skim milk and half and half to lower the fat and calorie count....with very ittle change in the end result. (I suppose not all would agree....but to me it is worth it to cut the fat and calories significantly)"

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