Baked French Toast

maple cinnamon french toast

Do you know how long it took me to like French Toast? A loooong time. I was used to eating my eggy, fried slice of bread, the Macedonian way – savory, with lots of crumbled white cheese on top. That is how my Mom served it, and that is how I preferred it.

And then I was given a recipe to try this breakfast favorite baked instead of fried, sweet instead of savory. A little apprehensive because I still couldn’t wrap my head around having it sweet and without cheese, but I am willing to try anything once, and once was not enough.

french toast

Now, whenever I have stale bread (and I do make sure to have stale bread for the weekend because if it’s not this, it’s the Macedonian version of this) I soak it in a delicious maple-y, cinnamon-y (not real words?) egg mixture, I then bake it, and serve it with some fresh fruit.

This really is a special treat for a Sunday morning when everyone is at home. For tastier results, you can even allow the bread to soak in the mixture over night. 

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Baked French Toast
 
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Maple-Cinnamon Baked French Toast
Serves: Serves 4 to 6
Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 ounces) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup pancake/maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 loaf of stale bread, sliced (about 8 slices)
  • powdered sugar
  • maple syrup for serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cream the cream cheese in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer; about 8 minutes.
  2. Add in the eggs, milk, syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon ; mix well for another 10 minutes.
  3. Dip the bread slices in the egg mixture and place them in a large baking dish; pour the remaining egg mixture on top of the bread and refrigerate for at least 1 hour; the longer they sit, the better.
  4. Heat oven at 425.
  5. Place the bread slices on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown, turning once half way through.
  7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  8. Top with maple syrup (optional).
  9. *If you have vanilla sugar, add it to your powdered sugar and then sprinkle on top of the toast…it’s that much better!

 

egg mixture for toast

maple cinnamon french toast

baked french toast

Comments

  1. Beti says

    Kate, I never thought to bake French Toast….. I am going to have to try this! I like you had a hard time converting to “syrup” because my mom used to give us Ajvar and Feta Cheese as toppings! BTW nice job on the Blog!!

  2. says

    Mmm I love french toast but I’ve never thought to bake it! I’m definitely trying this recipe this weekend, thanks so much for sharing! :)

  3. says

    This recipe looks AMAZING. We often eat the sweet version of french toast, but it is often fried and (if my partner’s Mum makes it … quiet oily). I think this ‘baked’ recipe looks wonderful and something which will definitely appear on my weekend breakfast rotation!

    Shari from http://www.goodfoodweek.blogspot.com

  4. says

    KATE!!!! First of all, congrats on the top 9! You are a rock star and deserve it! Secondly, HOLY CRAP YUM! This look fabulous. I love baked French toast and was avoiding it because of the wedding. Well now, I can eat it all I want!

  5. says

    I know what you mean about French toast… there’s something cloying about the texture that gets me. I love your baked solution!
    Great recipe and a beautiful presentation. Thanks!

  6. says

    French Toast is one of my favorite breakfasts, and it’s funny, because I’ve never tried it baked before! Definitely need to try this recipe out this weekend! =)

  7. says

    hi Kate

    that sounds like a much healthier way to enjoy french toast! thanks for sharing it with us.
    Congrats on your top 9 today, your images are gorgeous!
    Dennis

  8. says

    I love french toast and this looks ABSOLUTELY delicious! I have never tried baking it, but I assure you…I will now! :) Congrats on Top 9! This looks like a real winner for sure. :)

    -Gillian
    “GillyCakes”

  9. says

    Yummy it looks really good! I love both sweet and savory French toast :) Hubby on the other hand loves only sweet!
    BTW congrats on the top 9 😀

  10. says

    Have never had French Toast prepared this way, but I love that it is baked and the addition of cream cheese :) But, being more of a savory lover, I’m intrigued by the Macedonian version with cheese you mentioned.

  11. says

    I really love your new look. I also love your recipe for French toast. I’ve not had good luck making it before and I’m looking for another recipe. Yours arrived just in time. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  12. says

    Wow, Kate. Sorry haven’t dropped by for a few days. Bit swamped just now! I LOVE your new look. Very stylish, congrats for all your work on it. Brilliant.
    And as for your baked French toast – lovely touch with cheese. Isn’t it funny how you get used to things?! Gorgeous pics, as ever. J xxoo

  13. says

    What an clever recipe! A great advantage to it would be that you could serve several people at once, instead of making each person wait for their french toast to cook in a skillet. It looks delicious, too.

  14. says

    This looks great! I hate soggy, super eggy French toast, which is why I almost never order it in a restaurant. I love your version and the idea of incorporating the cream cheese!

  15. says

    Oh my, Kate! This looks so good! I’ve never been a fan of french toast… I’m not sure why. Actually, I’d probably prefer it the way your mom makes it just because I think I’m more partial to savory things for breakfast. But, you did a great job with this and your family’s so lucky that you’re such an awesome cook/baker 😉

  16. says

    Kate, if you like sweet French toast you’ll have to try creme brûlée French toast. I’m actually posting the recipe tomorrow ( if the scheduled post feature works on my blog). I made it this weekend for for brunch for my grandsons birthday.

  17. says

    Kate: I luv French toast. I like everything about breakfast food and treats that use syrup. This looks like a great recipe and luv that it gets baked in the oven.

  18. says

    Holy cow… How have I never seen a recipe for this before?!? I mean I’ve made french toast of course, but never baked, and never dipped in cream cheese!!!! Girl… I so have to try this asap!!!

  19. says

    Sounds great! I make an awesome Creme Brulee French Toast with Drunken Strawberries that is BAKED too! LOVE IT. Recent post on my blog. :)

  20. says

    i love french toast but i always deep fried those .. and these days i am avoiding deep fried .. i LOVE your version .. will it this way next time :)

  21. says

    This sounds amazing! I love that you have included cream cheese in the egg mixture for extra richness! It is nice that this is baked so you don’t have to stand at the stove :)! Yummy!

  22. says

    I haven’t met a piece of French toast I didn’t love and these baked ones look fantastic. I’m curious now about the Macedonian version!

  23. says

    MMM! Kate! My kids would love this one… we are on Spring Break and have extra time in the mornings this week, I just might have to whip some of this up for them. Nicely done!

  24. says

    I know where are you coming from..it was for me the same I just had it mostly with sour cream and that is how my kids preferred it now too..but once I tried sweet version I fell in love right away…you did incredible job because you bake them..much heather version and I will try it soon!
    Thanks for sharing..fantastic photos!!!

  25. says

    Beautiful photo and recipe for baked French toast! I’d love to see you post the recipe for the savory Macedonian version sometime too! Pretty please?!?

  26. says

    Oh WOW.. This sounds absolutely incredible (of course everything you make does 😉 ) My kiddos LOVE french toast. We will have to give this a try next weekend….oh what the heck tomorrow. :)

  27. says

    This sounds soooo good! I have to try :). Cream cheese in french toast batter must be delicious!
    I’ve always loved french toast; I’m a sweet breakfast person. And maple syrup is included in all my favorite options ;).

  28. says

    I tried twice to comment it kept saying my time rquest was too long? Anyway my son makes this every weekend add raisins, cinnamon and apples its yummy! Your came out perffect!

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