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Baked Cinnamon French Toast

"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."
  • 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


  • Line the bottom of a greased 13x9-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 in the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Top with preserves and whipped cream if desired.

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  • cindysunflower
    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
    Dec 3, 2011

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

  • geejudy
    Jul 23, 2010

     Sounds great!

  • DrJewls
    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
    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
    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)