Breakfast & Brunch

Mom's Baked French Toast

Posted: May 6

Time: 9 hours

Yield: 8 servings

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French toast just like mom used to make! Mom's Baked French Toast is the ultimate homemade breakfast food: just imagine the aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar wafting through your home and waking you up on a Sunday morning. Now imagine that amazingness on your table in all its delicious reality. Mom's Baked French Toast is crispy on the outside and fluffy and moist on the inside, infused with creamy spiced flavors. Top it with your favorite fruits and sugar for an indulgent brunch that will get your day started on a sweet note.


For the french toast:
8 ounces french bread, day-old, unsliced
4 large eggs
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon maple extract or 1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
For the topping:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
freshly grated nutmeg, optional, to taste
fresh blueberries or raspberries, optional, to taste
confectioners' sugar, optional, to taste


Step 1

Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

Step 2

Cut the bread into 1-inch thick slices.

Step 3

Arrange the bread slices in a single layer in the prepared baking dish.

Step 4

Lightly beat the eggs, sugar, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, vanilla extract, maple extract, and kosher salt.

Step 5

Stir in the milk and cream.

Step 6

Pour the egg mixture over the bread, turning the slices once to coat.

Step 7

Refrigerate, covered, for at least 8 hours and up to overnight.

Step 8

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 9

Turn the bread again to coat the slices in the sauce.

Step 10

Combine the flour, remaining brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Step 11

Sprinkle the topping mixture over the bread.

Step 12

Bake, uncovered, until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean and the topping is golden brown, about 40-45 minutes.

Step 13

Let the french toast stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

Step 14

Top the french toast with the blueberries or raspberries and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

Step 15


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