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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.

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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. 


Baked French Toast
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
Maple-Cinnamon Baked French Toast
  • 1 package (8 ounces) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup pancake/maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 loaf of stale bread , sliced (about 8 slices)
  • powdered sugar
  • maple syrup for serving (optional)
  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!


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76 Responses
  1. Cristina Campagna Heuser

    Hi Kate,

    Can I prepare this recipe the night before and just bake them in the morning? If I left them soaking in the fridge the whole night, do I put them in a closed container or just lying on a baking sheet?
    Looking forward to make these on Christmas morning!

    1. Hi! I would just put the bread slices in a baking dish, pour the liquid over them, cover, and refrigerate overnight. Next morning, you can pop them in the oven (covered) as is at 350 Fahrenheit for about 30 to 35 minutes. You can also take the bread slices out of the egg mixture, transfer to a baking sheet and bake at 425F, though I think the bread will be a bit too soft to handle after sitting in the liquid for that long. 😀

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  3. Beti

    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!!

  4. 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. 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. 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. 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. 🙂


  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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!

  11. 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 😉

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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!!!

  15. 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!

  16. I know where are you coming 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!!!

  17. 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. 🙂

  18. 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 ;).

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