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Cinnamon Vanilla Baked French Toast

This overnight Baked French Toast is flavored with cinnamon and vanilla and topped with a brown sugar crumb topping. Prep it the night before and pop it in the oven in the morning! 
Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Refrigerate 8 hours
Total Time 9 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 - 8
Calories 362kcal


French Toast:

  • One 15 oz loaf French bread cut into cubes (preferably a day or two old)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup half and half
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


  • cup brown sugar
  • cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • Maple syrup for serving


Preparation (allow time to soak overnight):

  • Place the bread cubes in a greased casserole dish (an 8x11 will make a thicker casserole, a 9x13 will be a bit thinner).
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, half and half, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Pour evenly over the bread cubes. Lightly press down on the top of the bread to allow the top layer of bread to absorb some of the custard mixture, or gently stir it to distribute the custard throughout the bread. Cover, and refrigerate overnight (if you want to bake the same day, allow it to soak for at least 3 hours).


  • Combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Add butter, and using your fingers or a fork, work the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter is evenly distributed and the mixture resembles wet, clumpy sand. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to bake the French toast.


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove the French toast from the refrigerator (the bread will have absorbed most of the custard). Crumble the topping over the top of the French toast. Bake uncovered for 40-55 minutes, until puffed, golden brown, and set (check that the center is not too wet).
  • Note: Baking time will depend on how deep your casserole dish is and whether you prefer your french toast more well done. Serve immediately with maple syrup. Leftovers can be refrigerated.



Serving: This French toast is best served right after baking. Allow to cool down just a bit, then serve it warm with maple syrup.
Storage: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat individual portions in the microwave.


Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 200mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 656IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 2mg