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Swirled with cinnamon and packed with flavor, Cinnamon Bread French Toast is a family favorite that will have you coming back for thirds!

Using Cinnamon Bread to make this french toast recipe really elevates it. Of course, we love our classic French Toast, but using something besides regular bread is fun to try! Take our Pound Cake French Toast as another (delicious) example.

Two slices of cinnamon bread french toast served on a plate with fresh strawberries.


take it up a notch!

We love breakfast at our house. We even have breakfast for dinner at least once a week! One of my favorites is French Toast. I especially love kicking it up a notch by using fancy or flavored bread.

Cinnamon swirl bread french toast definitely takes it up a notch! Using the cinnamon-flavored bread adds so much flavor.

We love to serve this french toast recipe with a side of Bacon and Scrambled Eggs, but it’s really delicious with anything!

You don’t even need to add syrup, but our favorite Buttermilk Syrup or Cinnamon Buttermilk Syrup is always a nice addition.

Slicing the bread for making cinnamon bread french toast.

Making Cinnamon Swirl French Toast

EGG MIXTURE. In a medium bowl or cake pan, whisk milk, eggs, and egg yolks together. Add sugar, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth.

BREAD. Soak cinnamon bread slices in mixture until saturated, 10–15 seconds per side.

COOK + ENJOY! Heat butter on a griddle or in a frying pan over medium heat. Add bread slices and cook until golden brown, 2–3 minutes per side.

Serve hot with your favorite toppings.

Topping Ideas

One of the best aspects of cinnamon french toast is that it is delicious without any added toppings. However, who doesn’t like to make a great dish even better?

Some favorite topping ideas to try:

  • Top it with classic butter and maple syrup or try Buttermilk Syrup or Cinnamon Buttermilk Syrup.
  • Add fresh berries or toss them in sugar and let them become soft and juicy. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries are all delicious choices. Or use other fruits like sliced bananas or peaches. 
  • Add a dollop of Whipped Cream, a sprinkling of powdered sugar, or make a powdered sugar glaze to drizzle on for extra sweetness.
Dipping sliced bread in egg mixture for making cinnamon bread french toast.

Recipe Tips

Flavor variation. Easily adjust the flavor by adjusting the spices used in the egg custard such as adding nutmeg, a bit of ginger, or even a pumpkin spice blend. 

Temperature. At the ideal griddle temperature, it should only take 3-4 minutes per side to produce a nicely caramelized crust with a soft and warm center.

If the temperature is too high the outside will burn before the custard in the center can cook. Aim for medium-low heat which is about 350°F. 

Serve cinnamon bread french toast with cinnamon buttermilk syrup.

Ingredient Tips

Bread. There are many different types of cinnamon bread that will work great for this cinnamon bread french toast recipe – different brands of cinnamon white bread, challah, or brioche bread. Or make your own loaf of Cinnamon Swirl Bread.

Another delicious idea is to use cinnamon raisin bread. No matter what bread you choose it needs to be sturdy enough to support soaking up the custard. Slightly stale bread works great. 

  • Bread that is too thinly sliced can cause a limp and soggy french toast. Try to stick between ¾ inch and 1-inch thick pieces. 
  • Soak the slices long enough for the custard to saturate, but not so long that it falls apart. 

Separate eggs. There are many methods out there, but I like to use one of the following ways:

  • Hold one hand (a fork or slotted spoon work as well) above a bowl and crack the egg open above it. The whites drip through the fingers leaving the yolk behind. 
  • Open the egg up over a bowl. Keep the yolk in one half of the shell and allow the whites to drip out. Transfer the yolk to the other shell allowing the white to drip out. Continue transferring the yolk from one shell to the other until all the whites have dripped out.
  • Pro Tip: Don’t toss the whites. Instead, make Scrambled Eggs and serve them with french toast.
  • Whisk the egg custard well to avoid patches of baked egg whites.
Cooked cinnamon bread french toast slices sprinkled with powder sugar.

Storing Info

Keep warm. Keep the french toast warm in the oven for about 20 minutes before serving.

  • Place a baking tray or two in the oven, heat it to about 200°F, and turn the oven off.
  • As you finish cooking the french toast, place them onto the baking trays to keep warm.
  • Keep them in a single layer to avoid the pieces on the bottom becoming soggy. 

STORE. Whether making it ahead of time or storing leftovers:

  • Refrigerator: Store the cooled french toast in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. To store longer, freeze them.
  • Freezer: Allow the french toast slices to cool. I like to place each slice in a fold-top sandwich bag and then store them together in a Freezer Ziploc bag. For best quality, eat within 1–2 months, but they can last a couple of months longer. 

To reheat. To reheat a couple of slices, melt a bit of butter in a hot skillet and reheat each side of the French Toast with Cinnamon Bread. Or use a toaster or a microwave. 

To heat up a large amount, use the oven. Place the french toast on a foil-lined baking sheet in a single layer. Preheat the oven to 375°F and bake for 5-6 minutes, or 8–10 minutes if frozen. Flip halfway.

Two slices of cinnamon bread french toast served with a bottle of syrup.

Recipe FAQ

What cinnamon bread is best for this recipe?

There are so many brands and varieties out there so just make it’s sturdy enough to support soaking up the custard. Slightly stale bread works great. I love to make easy homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread to take this french toast to the next level!

How do I keep cinnamon bread french toast warm without getting soggy?

Heat your oven to about 200°F and then turn it off. Place the finished toast in a single layer on a baking sheet and keep in the oven for up to 20 minutes before serving.

For more french toast recipes, try:

5 from 14 votes

Cinnamon Bread French Toast Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Swirled with cinnamon and packed with flavor, Cinnamon Bread French Toast is a family favorite that will have you coming back for thirds!
Servings: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 slices cinnamon bread toasted or slightly stale
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Toppings

  • fruit, powdered sugar, whipped cream, buttermilk syrup

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl or cake pan, whisk milk, eggs, and egg yolks together. Add sugar, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth.
  • Soak cinnamon bread slices in mixture until saturated, 10–15 seconds per side.
  • Heat butter on a griddle or in a frying pan over medium heat. Add bread slices and cook until golden brown, 2–3 minutes per side.
  • Serve hot with your favorite toppings.

Video

Notes

Make Ahead: Wrap a few slices individually in plastic wrap and freeze them in a resealable plastic freezer bag. Eat within 1–2 months for the best quality. 
To reheat: Place frozen toast on a foil-lined baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at 375°F for 8–10 minutes or use a toaster.
Kick it up a notch: Try using thick slices of French bread, sourdough, or cinnamon bread.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 367kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 216mg, Sodium: 335mg, Potassium: 218mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 700IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 177mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Breakfast for dinner is the best! I hadn’t thought to use cinnamon bread before for French toast – it made it so much better!

  2. 5 stars
    this loaf was everything that I could dream of and more! thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Oh how we love breakfast foods! We like having breakfast for dinner at least once a month. The cinnamon bread really makes the French toast over the top good!

  4. 5 stars
    I make your cinnamon bread quite often. One loaf was a few days old so it was growing stale and made perfect French toast.