Help me find a great, easy baked French toast recipe!
December 19, 2013 10:18 AM   Subscribe

I foolishly committed to having my parents over for Christmas breakfast, the day after we are hosting 10 people in our tiny apartment for Christmas Eve. I'd like to make a baked French toast where I can whip it up the night before, leave it in the fridge overnight, and just pop it in the oven in the morning. I figure that plus bacon plus fruit and we're done. But I've never made baked French toast! Please point me toward your favorite recipes and share any tips you might have. Thanks!
posted by skycrashesdown to Food & Drink (16 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
Baked French Toast Casserole with Praline Syrup.

Oh God, this is decadent. And easy. And everyone will love it.
posted by whenbynowandtreebyleaf at 10:21 AM on December 19, 2013

Smitten Kitchen's boozy baked French toast. Fabulously easy and fabulously delicious. I think that I added walnuts and citrus zest to the mix, which was a nice touch.
posted by marshmallow peep at 10:21 AM on December 19, 2013 [2 favorites]

I have made this recipe, with the addition of orange zest to the egg mixture, and an increase of the butter quantity from 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup. It's pretty phenomenal.
posted by yellowcandy at 10:30 AM on December 19, 2013 [1 favorite]

If you think of it as bread pudding, then that's half the battle.

Get some day-old bread, you can tear it up like you would for bread pudding, or just leave it in slices. I like to add raisins or currents to mine. So throw those in there.

Make the custard, Eggs, Milk, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, vanilla, and bourbon if you like.

Or, for extra Christmas yum, get a quart of Egg Nog and just add a couple of beaten eggs into it.

I'd just throw it together, but here's a recipe. Substitute cinnamon raisin bread or challah for a sweeter, more decadent cassarole.

posted by Ruthless Bunny at 10:38 AM on December 19, 2013

I've also done overnight eggnog French toast like this one a few times. It goes over well. If you're going to go directly from the fridge to the oven the baking time might be longer than what they say. Just watch the bottom so it doesn't get too brown.
posted by sevenless at 10:54 AM on December 19, 2013

This Crème Brûlée French Toast is a holiday staple for my family. It's excellent as written, but also delicious with chopped apples, cranberries (fresh are more tart, but dried are good), or any dried fruit (raisins, cherries, chopped apricot bits, etc.) sprinkled in.
posted by rebekah at 10:59 AM on December 19, 2013

Tartine Baked French Toast. Lemon zest makes it delicious and the pre-frying technique makes it beautiful and tasty.
posted by ssg at 11:15 AM on December 19, 2013

I've had some excellent success with this create your own bread pudding recipe generator. It's great if you already have a few things on hand to use up, like extra from the previous night's party, or if you're just looking for a way to combine 1-2 specific flavors into a tasty, tasty baked breakfast dish.
posted by PearlRose at 11:44 AM on December 19, 2013 [1 favorite]

I'm not familiar with baked french toast, but this is my seasonal recipe:

1 bottle of egg nog
1 loaf of french bread, dried out a bit

Slice loaf, slather each slice with egg nog, and fry them up in a non-stick or oiled plan. Flip over after a few minutes, when the bottom is golden-brown. In about 20 minutes, you'll have a stack of tasty french toast, easy peasy.

When egg nog is not in stores, I go with not that girl's recipe from Cook's Illustrated: one egg, a cup of milk, a tablespoon of flour, plus vanilla and a little sugar. It takes a moment to mix this up, and a couple more minutes to cover each slice of bread in batter. Fry it up, and you're done in 20-30 minutes.

I don't leave the bread in the batter for too long, and because I generally use french bread, the bread itself is pretty porous, so letting it sit in batter overnight could make it go all mushy. Just make sure you get enough batter on each slice to saturate it, because if you don't have enough batter, you just have flavored toast.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:35 PM on December 19, 2013 [1 favorite]

I love this recipe.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:40 PM on December 19, 2013

It's not "baked", but if you have a crock pot, these Crock Pot French Toast Bites are AMAZING. I made them for an office potluck this week and seven people asked me for the recipe. It took less than 15 minutes to prepare and just had to sit in the crock pot for 2 or 2 1/2 hours in the morning. Plus, my apartment smelled delicious all day.
posted by JannaK at 5:24 PM on December 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


It is so easy and good and lighter than some others I have had.
posted by elisebeth at 5:32 PM on December 19, 2013

For what it's worth I've made smittenkitchen's boozy baked french toast before and it was a disaster, soft in the middle and burned in other places. We had to chuck it, I couldn't serve it. Anyway good luck!
posted by onlyconnect at 5:53 PM on December 19, 2013

I'm going to give yellowcandy's recipe a shot. Thanks, everyone!
posted by skycrashesdown at 9:22 AM on December 24, 2013

How did it go? Please report back! :)
posted by onlyconnect at 12:17 PM on December 29, 2013

The recipe yellowcandy linked to above was amazing! I overlapped the slices of bread so the parts that stuck up got nice and chewy and the parts that were flat in the egg mixture overnight were nice and custardy. Highly recommended, and super easy to prepare.
posted by skycrashesdown at 9:53 PM on December 29, 2013 [2 favorites]

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