Oven French Toast

Sweet & filling oven French toast is perfectly spiced and can feed a crowd! This “eggy bread” is a family favorite.

Make the perfect breakfast by pairing this oven French toast with some Breakfast Potatoes, Breakfast Sausage, or a tasty Asparagus Quiche. Top it all of with a cold glass of Orange Juice Smoothie!

oven french toast baked in a white dish

Serve up a big breakfast!!

Oven baked French toast is a perfectly tasty way to use up day old bread and serve up a platter of French toast to feed the masses!

We love French toast at our house and love that we found a version that can be made in the oven. We love to whip up some buttermilk syrup and top with fresh berriesto take this dish to a whole new level.

I especially love when I can serve up breakfast easily in one big dish with only 15 minutes of prep time. Yes it takes some chill time, but that can be done overnight or with just a bit of planning.

If you love breakfast as much as I do, you are sure to love this sweet and flavorful French toast bake. 

sliced bread prepped for oven french toast

how to make french toast in the oven

PREP. Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish with butter and set aside. Slice the bread into 1 inch thick slices (1/2-inch to 1-inch thick) and then cut in half.

DIPPING MIXTURE. Mix together eggs, milk, cream, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl.

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DIP, DON’T POUR: Don’t pour the custard over the slices. Instead be sure to dip each slice so that you can ensure that it is completely covered and you don’t have any dry spots.

BAKE. Preheat oven to 350°F when ready to bake. Keep French toast covered and bake for 30 minutes.

TOPPING. Prepare cinnamon sugar topping by mixing together 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Take off foil and pour melted butter over the top and then sprinkle on cinnamon/ sugar mixture.

BAKE. Bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve warm.

sliced french bread lining a white baking dish

Tips + Topping Suggestions

Dried Bread is Key: Dried bread absorbs the liquid and flavors much better than fresh moist bread. If you don’t have stale bread or forgot to set the bread out to dry overnight, then you can dry it out in the oven before assembling the French toast bake. 

Don’t pour the custard over the slices. Instead be sure to dip each slice so that you can ensure that it is completely covered and you don’t have any dry spots. 

Chill time: This is super important so that the toast can fully absorb the custard. I like to make it the night before and it’ll be ready to put in the oven for breakfast. If you didn’t make it ahead of time you can chill it for at least an hour before baking.

French Toast Toppings

Aside from classic butter and maple syrup there are many other delicious toppings you can use for this dish: 

a white baking  dish filled with sugar coated sliced french bread

Storing Tips

STORE leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

You can also wrap each piece in a sandwich baggie and FREEZE them together in a Ziploc for up to 2 months.

To REHEAT: If you’re just heating a couple of slices, use the microwave or toaster. For several at a time heat in an oven set to 375°F for about 5-8 minutes or until hot.

Oven french toast in a white baking dish topped with fresh berries

For more French Toast, try:

Oven French Toast Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Sweet & filling oven French toast is perfectly spiced and can feed a crowd! This "eggy bread" is a family favorite.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
chill 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 12
Calories 201 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 large loaf day old bread brioche, challah, crusty sourdough or French bread
  • 6 whole eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp butter plus more for greasing the pan

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish with butter and set aside.
  • Slice the bread into 1 inch thick slices (1/2-inch to 1-inch thick) and then cut in half.
  • Mix together eggs, milk, cream, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  • Dip each piece of bread into the milk mixture and then place in a baking dish, overlapping as you go.
  • Pour remaining milk mixture over the bread and cover with foil for at least 1 hour (or overnight).
  • Preheat oven to 350°F when ready to bake. Keep French toast covered and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Prepare cinnamon sugar topping by mixing together 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Take off foil and pour melted butter over the top and then sprinkle on cinnamon/ sugar mixture.
  • Bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve warm.

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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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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    I really love this recipe. It’s easy like a casserole, but still gives more individual slices. The tip on drying out the bread was helpful and I think really helped get the best result.

  2. 5 stars
    So good!!! Need to make this again Christmas morning! Serve it up with some lingonberry jam… Perfect Christmas breakfast!

  3. 5 stars
    Yum – my family loved your recipe. I’m making it again on Thanksgiving morning. Thanks for a delicious recipe.