French Toast Breakfast Bake: Make Mom Breakfast in Bed!

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This French Toast Breakfast Bake is perfect to make with the kids for Mom for the upcoming Mother’s Day.  Or any day of the week really.  No special occasion needed.  It can be tossed together the night before, lickety split, and then baked in the morning.  It promises to warm up your kitchen and fill up your home with delightful aromas of brown sugar and cinnamon -Mmmmm.  And here’s a tip…if you’re like me and you’re the one doing the baking or the cooking in the house usually, print out this recipe and lay it on the kitchen counter.  It’ll work as a slick, subtle hint for your loved ones ;)

With this recipe, to really make it special, the kids can help with almost all the steps.  Slicing up the bread, pouring the milk, whisking the eggs, and finally putting all the ingredients together in the baking pan are all things they can do or at least assist with.  And the entire process is so simple from start to finish you’ll be pleased with the short preparation time.  Let’s get started!

French Toast Breakfast Bake

Delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner! So simple, anyone can make it!


1 Loaf Day Old Italian Bread (or other hard white bread)
¼ Cup Chopped Pecans (optional)
½ Cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon (heaping)
1/8 tsp. Ground Nutmeg (freshly grated is best)
5 Eggs
1 ¼ Cups Milk
1 ½ tsp. Pure Vanilla


1. Grease an 8×8” baking pan with cooking spray.

2. Slice the bread into 8 to 10, 1″ wide slices.  Then cut each slice into approximately one inch cubes.  Note:  Using day old, drier bread is key here.  It soaks up the wet ingredients more thoroughly than fresh bread does.

3. In a small bowl, combine nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Mix well.

4. Place half of the bread cubes in a single layer in the baking pan.  Sprinkle half the sugar mixture on top of bread.  Place remaining bread cubes on first layer and sprinkle remaining sugar mixture on top.

5. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla.  Mix well.

6. Pour egg mixture evenly over the bread mixture in baking pan.  With a spatula, lightly press down on the bread to evenly coat it with the egg combination.

7. Cover pan with foil and refrigerate overnight or for at least 5 hours. (That way the bread has time to suck up all of that goodness).

8. Preheat oven to 350° F.  Bake pan for 20 minutes, covered.  Remove foil and continue baking uncovered for 30-40 minutes longer or until top looks browned and Breakfast Bake looks slightly puffed.

9.  Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes in pan.  Serve warm with maple syrup.

Makes: 6-8 servings

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  1. This looks so delicious! Trying it for sure!

    • Oh, Janet, it is! My girls had double helpings and so did I! Please try it and let us know how you like it. Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Yum!! Sharing this on my Facebook page right now!

    • Thanks, Jennifer! It’s so YUM I promise :) A definite keeper to make on more often.

  3. Great share, can’t wait to make this soon! I just pinned it! I saw your French Toast Breakfast Bake at The Frugal girls Chic & Crafty Party! Have a great weekend, Cheers!

    • WE love Frugarl Girls, thanks for stopping by! And the french toast bake is super yummy!

  4. That looks so good! I’m forwarding this to my hubby right now, so maybe they will make it this Sunday morning! Thanks!

  5. This is terrific for making french toast for a crowd. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.

  6. looks so good! pinned this one! :)

    • It’s deliicous, Kayla! Thanks for pinning and for stopping by :)

  7. Yumm, Thanks for coming and sharing this with us at The Sunday Round Up.

  8. My family did make this for Mother’s Day breakfast. It was delicious! I’ve pinned it now so I can find it again. I think it will be our Christmas morning breakfast. I’m always looking for something like this for Christmas morning. This will be perfect. Thanks so much!

    • We’re so glad you whipped this up and enjoyed it! Thanks for letting us know :)

  9. This looks delicious! & what a great idea to give mom breakfast in bed if your able to. Thank you for sharing at Sunday Round Up! Have a great week!
    -Kayla :)

  10. Looks so yummy. I need to make this for dinner ;)

  11. Mmmm! French toast! Thank you for sharing this. It looks wonderful.

    • Thanks! It really is delicious! It’s so simple to make too…especially since you can throw it together the night before and bake it in the morning. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. That looks really good.

  13. This looks so delicious! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Thank you! And thanks for checking out our blog :)

  14. Oh my, that looks so delicious! Thank you for linking up with Creative Me today!

    • Thank you for stopping by and for hosting :)

  15. MMmmm . Wickedly good!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  16. oh so yummy a bit like my recipe of monkey bread with a grown up flair

    • Yes! And so nice that you can put it together the night before and bake in the morning. I love stress-free, yummy breakfasts with my family :) Thanks for stopping by!

  17. I made a take on french toast for brunch for my mom as well this Mother’s Day! It went over well! bet yours did too!!

  18. Featuring Thursday at Bacon Time!

    • That’s great! Thanks so much, Mindie! We love linking up with you. Thanks for hosting :)

  19. Oh my goodness, yummmmy! I’ve gotta give this a try.

    Warmly, Michelle

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