Baked French Toast

Easy, make-ahead Baked French Toast soaked in a fragrant maple syrup and cream cheese mixture creates the most delicious breakfast bake! Enjoy this decadent French Toast with a finish of more maple syrup, a pile of fresh strawberries, and nuts of your choice.

French Toast


A really easy-to-make French Toast Breakfast for company. Just throw it together the night before, put it in the fridge, place it in the oven the following morning and you’re good to go! 

Assembling the ingredients the night before in a casserole dish turns this breakfast into a major timesaver, especially when expecting Holiday guests. I’m thinking MOTHER’S DAY! EASTER! CHRISTMAS!  🙌

Awaiting a full breakfast, specifically for overnight guests, preparing ANY dish in advance is a lifesaver. And, this Baked French Toast is ALL of that, plus a bag of amazing deliciousness! Having nearly everything prepared beforehand makes all the difference. You’ll be stress-free and enjoying your first round of mimosas in no time. 

Baked French Toast with Maple Syrup

However, if you need to make it the morning OF, you can just prepare it all and let it sit about 20 minutes before baking. Baked French Toast is perfect for an effortless holiday breakfast, but also great for a weekend breakfast with the family. 

Custard for French Toast


This French Toast recipe makes an easy breakfast or brunch, and it’s prepared with simple pantry ingredients.

  • First, you will need to cream 8-ounces of cream cheese using an electric mixer. 
  • Then, you’ll want to add in your eggs and mix until combined.
  • Add whole milk, maple syrup, vanilla, orange zest, and cinnamon; continue to mix until everything is well incorporated.
  • Grease your baking dish and layer the bread slices.
  • Pour the prepared cream cheese mixture over the bread slices.
  • Cover and set in the fridge over night.
  • Pull it out of the fridge and let stand 15 minutes on the counter.
  • Bake uncovered in a preheated oven for about 40 minutes, or until set and golden brown.
  • Remove from oven, garnish with powdered sugar, nuts, and berries; serve. 

This casserole is filled with everything you love about the classic, custard-soaked French toast, but it’s baked instead of fried. 

It’s so flavorful, and it takes all of 10 minutes to prepare the night before. Baked French Toast makes the perfect breakfast for Christmas morning, or other special Holidays and get-togethers.

Make Ahead French Toast Casserole




5 from 3 votes
French Toast
Baked French Toast
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Refrigeration Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 50 mins
Easy, make-ahead Baked French Toast soaked in a fragrant maple syrup and cream cheese mixture creates the most delicious breakfast bake!
Course: Breakfast, Breakfast/Brunch, Breakfast/Dessert
Cuisine: American/Southern, French
Servings: 8 Serves
Calories: 279 kcal
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 loaf stale bread, like a large French baguette , sliced (about 14 slices)
  • powdered sugar
  • sliced strawberries, for garnish (optional)
  • chopped nuts, for garnish (optional)
  • maple syrup for serving, (optional)
  1. Butter or lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish.

  2. Arrange bread slices in prepared baking dish; set aside.

  3. Cream the cream cheese in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer.

  4. Add in the eggs and continue to mix until combined.

  5. Add milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and orange zest; continue to mix until thoroughly incorporated.

  6. Pour prepared cream cheese mixture evenly over bread.

  7. Cover the baking dish and refrigerate overnight. If making the same day, let it stand 20 minutes before baking. 

  8. Preheat oven to 350F.

  9. Remove baking dish from refrigerator; let stand on kitchen counter for 15 minutes.

  10. Bake, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes, or until set and top is golden brown. 

  11. Remove from oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

  12. You can also garnish with strawberries, nuts, and serve with a side of maple syrup.

Nutrition Facts
Baked French Toast
Amount Per Serving (2 slices)
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 141mg47%
Sodium 343mg14%
Potassium 195mg6%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 610IU12%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 131mg13%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This recipe post was first published on April 3, 2011. Updated content and photos on May 1, 2019.

73 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. 😀

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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! =)

  6. 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. 🙂


  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. 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 😉

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!!!

  14. 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!

  15. 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!!!

  16. 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. 🙂

  17. 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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