A take on the French toast casserole. This breakfast dish takes the best of two of my favorite things, sticky buns and French toast. The gooey sauce will be a welcome surprise for all that eat it.
I honestly love this dish due to how easy it is to make and how utterly tasty it is. It only takes a few minutes to prepare and then the oven the does the rest. I use the same topping for this as I do my sticky buns. If you like pecans this is a great recipe to add them to.
Let's make baked French toast
What you want to make sure is that they bread you use for this casserole is dry. This can be just a day old or you can cut it into pieces and bake at the lowest temperature your oven goes for a couple of hours. The reason for this is the amount of eggs and cream that are in it. If the bread cannot absorb it then you will have runny French toast.
Can I make this overnight?
The answer is yes. You can prepare the casserole the night before and then bake it in the morning. If you are pressed for time you can do everything within an hour. When making it all at once preheat the oven after you have added the bread to the egg and milk mixture. This will give the bread time to absorb the mixture.
For those that want to add nuts to the casserole the best place to add them is in the sticky layer at the bottom. Almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts and macadamia nuts are all great additions to this recipe. Add 1/2 a cup of chopped nuts to the sticky layer, then place a layer of the bread and egg mixture. follow that up with another 1/2 cup of the chopped nuts and then top with the rest of the bread mixture and bake.
When baking this you might need to cover the top of the French toast with foil if you find the tops are getting brown too quickly. Since the bread is considerably more dry than normal any parts that didn’t get a good soaking might darken quickly.
Sticky Baked French Toast Casserole
- Mixing Bowl
- 9 x 13 inch baking dish
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 8 eggs
- 1½ lbs french bread day old, cut into 1 in cubes
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup honey
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs until mixed well. Add the milk, cream, vanilla, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Add the bread, making sure cube is well soaked. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, but can be left overnight.
- In a saucepan melt butter, brown sugar, and honey together and bring to a boil. Pour into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350F or gas mark 4. Pour the bread mixture over the brown sugar sauce. Bake for 45 minutes or until the top of the french toast bake is golden brown. Place a serving platter on top of the baking dish and invert to serve or invert once you have scooped it out of the baking dish if desired.
11 thoughts on “Sticky Baked French Toast”
Making this one for a group coming for the 4th of July. I love the idea of the sticky glaze.
I made this for breakfast this morning and my entire family raved about how delicious it was! Its definitely a keeper and I can’t wait to make it again!
I’ve made baked french toast before, but never with the sticky sauce. This takes it to a whole new level of deliciousness!
This is the last-minute Father’s Day brunch idea I need! My hubby’s jaw will drop when he gets this delivered as breakfast in bed on Sunday. I love that breakfast for a family can be cooked all at once instead of waiting for each serving individually. Thank you!
I hope he enjoys it for Father’s Day! It gives more family time instead of standing at the stove making every individual batch.
I couldn’t believe how good this was! I’m definitely adding it to my rotation for weekends now! Thank you so much!
I am glad you liked it.
I really love this one pan breakfast French toast casserole. Everyone can eat a delicious breakfast and all at the same time. No one has to wait for the next batch of French toast to cook because it comes out of the oven ready to eat!
The honey glaze sounds heavenly! I always make regular french toast but this sounds easier so I’m definitely going to try this recipe next weekend for brunch.
We just made this for a late brunch. It was absolute perfection! Thanks for a great recipe.
What a great recipe for the weekend brunch menu. The perfect way to feed a hungry crowd. Easy to make is always great.