Our baked French toast recipe is an irresistible combination of soft bread and warm spices that's easy to prepare and perfect for any occasion.
Prep Time20 minutesmins
Cook Time40 minutesmins
Total Time1 hourhr
Keyword: Baked French Toast Recipe
2tablespoonssalted butter,softened (For buttering the baking dish)
14ouncesFrench baguette,397 grams (I used Walmart bakery brand)
1½cupshalf and half
⅓cuplight brown sugar,packed
2teaspoonspure vanilla extract
½teaspoonpure almond extract
3tablespoonspowdered sugar,for dusting after the French toast is baked
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Use a pastry brush to butter a 9x13 (or 13x9) baking dish.
Slice the ends of the baguette off, then slice the rest of the baguette into ¾-inch thick slices. (You can either use the ends of bread in the recipe or not)
Add the eggs, half and half, heavy cream, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, almond extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a large mixing bowl (3-4 quarts)
Use either a whisk or a handheld mixer on low speed to mix the egg mixture until completely combined.
Submerge a slice of the baguette into the egg mixture. Keep the slice submerged for 5 seconds per side. Layer and overlap each dipped slice of bread. Repeat for the remaining slices. (I used the end pieces as well) Pour any remaining egg mixture over the dipped slices. Bake, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes. (The French toast will be puffed when finished baking) Dust the top of the baked French toast with the powdered sugar. Serve while warm.
You can let the casserole chill in the refrigerator overnight, covered in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, before topping and baking the next morning.
Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your casserole at the lower end of the recommended baking time.