French toast is a great breakfast but sometimes I just don't want to take the time to soak all the bread and wait around for it to cook on each side. Especially if I'm cooking it for a group. That's why I love making Baked French Toast.
This Baked French Toast is like French toast and bread pudding had a baby. You can get a creamy sweet spoonful, that's reminiscent of bread pudding, from the bottom of the pan. It's almost like a custard and it's sooo good. Then the top half takes after classic French toast with a more bread like texture and a little crunch if you want (HELLO, the crunchy top paired with the custard-like bottom are amazing together!).
It's best to use day old bread that's a little on the dry side to encourage it to soak up that yummy creamy flavor.
Breakfast has never been so easy...
Speaking of Flavor. Seeing as tomorrow is Christmas the recipe below is for an EggNog flavored Baked French Toast. If EggNog isn't your thing it's so so easy to change out (or omit) the spices and do your own thang...
But if you are like me and you do like EggNog give this recipe a try as is. It's awesome. I'm actually making it for the family tomorrow morning. I'm prepping everything tonight so in the AM I can just pop it in the oven, open presents with everyone, and then serve up breakfast just like that.
I used my favorite gluten free bread from a local bakery (New Cascadia Traditional). If you live near Portland Oregon I highly recommend their baked goods. But if you live elsewhere no worries, you can use your favorite loaf of gluten free bread. This recipe is based off of the standard size of gluten free bread so you should be good regardless of what bread you use.Print
Baked French Toast
Custard like bottom, toast like top, and beautiful french toast inbetween. Baked French Toast is super easy to make and perfect for brunch
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: American
- 4 Large slices Gluten free bread - cut in half ( Or 8 from a normal loaf of GF bread)
- 2 Eggs
- 4 Egg Yolks
- 1 cup Milk
- ½ cup Half n' Half
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- 4 TBS Butter (Melted)
- 3 TBS Bread Crumbs (You can use the crumbs from cutting the bread slices or dry bread crumbs)
The EggNog spices
- ½ tsp Ceylon Cinnamon
- ¼ tsp Ground Clove
- ⅛ tsp Nutmeg
- Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 5"x 9" bread pan.
- In a large bowl mix together all the eggs, milk, half n' half, sugar, and spices.
- Arrange the bread peices in the pan (staggered if possible) and pour the liquids you just mixed over the top off all the bread. Next sprinkle the bread crumbs and drizzle the melted butter over everything.
- Bake in the over for 30 minutes, until the top is turning golden brown and the liquid has become like a custard.
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Keywords: Baked, Breakfast, Brunch, French Toast