Glazed French Toast Brunch Bake

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Make your morning extra special with this easy, all-in-one Glazed French Toast Brunch Bake. It’s quick and very simple to throw together for family or serve at a brunch party. Slices of cinnamon raisin bread, cut into bite sized pieces and layered over a sweet & buttery maple glazed. Pour a simple egg custard on top and dot with butter before baking.

No need to serve with extra syrup or butter. It’s all baked into one dish! Just add some scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, & fresh bacon. Serve hot out of the oven and I guarantee someone will ask for seconds. Just when you thought French toast couldn’t get any better or easier… along came the bake.

What You’ll Need:

Cinnamon Raisin Bread- You will need a pound of cinnamon raisin bread, cubed into bite sized pieces. Usually an “off the shelf” loaf is 16 ounces, the perfect amount. I used a homemade version using my Bread Machine Master Butter Dough, check out the recipe here.

Maple Syrup- The real stuff is the only way to go. No substitutes here. Using maple syrup in the glaze is what makes this special.

Butter- I use unsalted, but you can use salted for a little bit of a salty & sweet flavor. Adding butter in the sweet glaze and topping it off before baking eliminates the need for serving with extra syrup & butter. It is truly an all-in-one, self-serve dish.

Brown Sugar- You will use this in the glaze and the optional topping if you want to make it extra special.

Orange Zest- (optional) Adding orange zest adds to the warmth of the maple & cinnamon. I always keep some zest in my freezer, but if you want to skip this you can. It will still be fantastic.

Vanilla Extract

Milk- Whole milk is best. I have not tested this recipe with any alternatives. Making the custard requires whole milk to make sure it sets. Non-dairy milks have too high of a water content and may result in longer cooking times.

Large Eggs- I only use 5 large eggs in my recipe, just enough to set well but it not too “eggy”. Also, make sure you whisk them well so everything soaks in nicely.

Ground Cinnamon

Ground Cardamom- (optional)

Powdered Sugar- (optional) Sprinkle all over the bake after it’s done cooking. Powdered sugar gives this “casserole” the classic French Toast look.

Casserole Dish- I use a 3-quart casserole dish. The one I have was a gift many years ago, but a 9 x 9″ will also work perfectly. Anything that is a 2.5 – 3 quart volume. I do prefer ceramic bakeware vs. a metal pan for this, but use what you have.

NOTE: If you are using a darker non-stick pan, adjust the baking time as needed to prevent burning. You may also need to reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

Another tip is adding a baking sheet underneath to catch any drips in my oven just incase.


Looking for some more breakfast ideas?

Try my other recipes…

Buttermilk Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Bakery Style Vanilla Bean Scones

Simple Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Overnight Breakfast Strata

Blueberry Oatmeal Bake

Orange Maple Brioche Sticky Buns

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Glazed French Toast Brunch Bake

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Make your morning extra special with this easy, all-in-one Glazed French Toast Brunch Bake. It's quick and very simple to throw together for family or serve at a brunch party.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 403 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 3-quart casserole bakeware, 9 x 9 or any 2.5 – 3 quart baking pan (see notes below)
  • 1 Large Baking Sheet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound cinnamon raisin bread, cubed into bite sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup butter, small cubes for topping just before baking

Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter, see notes below
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest, optional
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Custard:

  • 1 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom, optional

Optional Brown Sugar Topping:

  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom, optional

Instructions
 

  • Grease your 3 quart dish with butter, shortening, or non-stick spray and set aside.
  • Cut the bread into bite sized pieces and set aside while you make the glaze.
  • To make the glaze, add the butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and orange zest to a small sauce pan. Turn the heat to medium-low and carefully melt together. Be sure to stir it often and watch so it doesn't burn.
    When it begins to bubble, turn off the heat and keep stirring until the bubbling stops. This is how you know the sugar is melted. Pour the glaze into your prepared dish.
  • Next, prepare the custard. Whisk the eggs together and add the milk, vanilla, cinnamon, & cardamom. Whisk again until well incorporated.
  • Place the bread on top of the glaze in the dish. Slowly pour the custard over the bread. Set aside to rest so the custard can soak into the bread.
  • Pre-heat the oven and prepare the brown sugar topping if you would like to add it.
    When the oven is heated, add the optional topping and dot with the cubed butter.
  • Place the casserole dish on top of a large baking sheet to prevent drips or spills. Bake on the middle rack for 35-45 minutes.* Use foil if needed to prevent burning. You will know when it is done when it is browned and there is no jiggle. Also the custard will not look wet.
  • Let rest for 10 minutes before cutting. Serve hot.

Notes

Nutritional Values and Servings are estimates only. 
*I use unsalted, but you can use salted for a little bit of a salty & sweet flavor. 
*NOTE: if you are using a darker non-stick pan, adjust the baking time as needed to prevent burning. 

Nutrition

Calories: 403kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 10gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 351mgPotassium: 280mgFiber: 3gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 588IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 132mgIron: 2mg
Keyword brunch bake, easy breakfast bake, easy french toast, french toast bake, french toast casserole, glazed french toast
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6 responses to “Glazed French Toast Brunch Bake”

  1. This looks yummy! Do you think I could use almond milk instead of whole milk?

    1. Hi Sue, I have not tried it with any alternative milks. Because it is a custard I used a full fat whole milk. You could try almond milk, but because it has a higher water, content, I would make sure it is whisked in very well, and it may need additional cooking time. One tip, if you cook it longer, cover it with foil during the last half to prevent it from browning too much. Good luck! I hope you try it. Let me know how it goes ☺️

    2. One more idea, you could also try to reduce the milk to one cup and add an extra egg.

  2. Thanks for the tips:) I kind of thought it would be best to stick with whole milk.

    1. It might be, this is definitely a special breakfast ☺️

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