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French toast recipe: Easy baked French toast is made the night before

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Smooth creamy inside, crunchy sweet outside, this baked French toast recipe is delicious, simply delicious. It’s an easy way to make French toast for more than one person -– and it tastes so amazing!

French toast has that wonderful appeal of sweet, semi-crunchiness that is best topped with butter and syrup. This baked French toast doesn’t need the butter, but is even more wonderful with a drizzle of your favorite syrup. It delivers everything you would want and more.

For a world that loves bread, there are so many wonderful ways to use up bread that has gone stale. And, although French toast is best made with stale bread, this baked French toast is just as wonderful made with fresh bread. Cut the crusts off or don’t, it doesn’t matter – it’s delicious either way.

For those who don’t want to use whole milk or heavy cream, it’s possible to make this recipe using only skim milk. The cream and higher-fat milk would add a richness to the recipe, but it’s not a deal-breaker if you only have skim milk.

Baked French Toast Recipe

Ingredients for Baked French Toast:

  • 1 loaf bread (Challah, Sour Dough, French, Brioche are all great breads for this)
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla


  • ½ cup butter, cut into pieces
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. salt

Directions for making Baked French Toast:

Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish. Cut the bead into cubes and evenly distribute it in the prepared dish.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla. Pour the milk mixture evenly over the bread. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight (no less than 2 – 3 hours).

Topping: In a small bowl, using a fork or pastry cutter, mix together the butter, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt for the topping. This mixture should look like fine pebbles. Store it in a plastic bag or airtight container in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake the French toast.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the plastic wrap from the French toast; evenly sprinkle it with the topping mixture. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until puffed and set.

Scoop out portions and drizzle with maple syrup.

Other delicious recipes that are made the night before:

Cinnamon rolls – this is one amazing recipe

Egg and cheese strata recipe – delicious

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