Baked French Toast Recipe

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This no-fuss baked french toast is made on a sheet pan and baked for the perfect breakfast. Pour the custard in the pan and let the bread soak it up before baking.

When the weather cools outside and lazy weekends come, I crave homemade breakfasts and brunches. Pancakes and cinnamon roll casseroles are two favorites, but French toast is always an option on the table as well.

This French toast recipe is unique because you bake it in the oven. Busy morning? No problem! You don’t have to cook this on a hot skillet. Just take a few minutes to prep it and let the oven do the work.

plate of french toast with berries

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • traditional French toast flavor
  • only 5 minutes prep
  • ready in under 30 minutes
  • unlimited toppings!

Why would I bake the french toast instead of just cooking it on the stove?

Baking the French toast in the oven saves you the hassle of cooking each piece, as well as having them all ready at the same time. While your French toast is baking, you have time to get the table ready and have a few quiet moments drinking your morning coffee. Sounds perfect, right?

ingredients for oven baked french toast

Ingredients Needed:

  • Eggs – Whole large eggs are best for this, but you can use egg whites instead.
  • Milk – We generally use 2%, but whole milk also works well. A non-dairy milk such as almond milk would work as well.
  • Heavy whipping cream – This helps the french toast have a nicer custard. If you don’t have this, you can use half and half or whole milk.
  • Butter – Use salted butter. In this recipe, you can use margarine if you prefer. If all you have is unsalted butter, add a dash of salt.
  • Brown sugar – I prefer to use brown versus white sugar, but white sugar will work just as well. You could even use dark brown sugar. Yum!
  • Cinnamon – Feel free to use apple pie spice or any other spice you would like. Nutmeg is great for Christmas morning.
  • Vanilla – A great flavor enhancer!
  • White bread – You can use whole wheat bread if you’d rather, it will work just fine. A nice thick white Texas toast, challah or even French bread loaf works great.
  • Sheet pan13 inch by 18 inch pan works best.

What bread is ideal for French toast?

Although any bread will work for French toast, a thicker, heartier bread will be best since it will soak up all of the custard. Try to choose a bread that is 3/4″-1″ thick. Sourdough, brioche or Texas toast works great. You can also buy day old bakery bread.

How to Make Baked French Toast

  • Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit and spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, add the eggs, milk, cream, cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla and butter. Whisk to make a custard mixture.
egg mixture in a bowl and slices of bread
  • Pour mixture in cookie sheet. Place bread slices in a single layer in the pan, immediately go back and flip them over using a fork or tongs. Allow them to sit for a minute and soak up all the egg mixture.
  • Place in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. Check to see if the bottom side is baked. Flip them over and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
french toast on a baking sheet

Why is my baked french toast soggy?

If you don’t use a nice hearty slice of bread, you may find the french toast soggy. If all you have is thin sliced sandwich bread, use slightly less milk.

plain french toast on a plate

Can these be made in advance?

Yes, just place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Warm before serving. They also freeze well.

overhead view of plates of french toast

French Toast Toppings:

We love 100% maple syrup on our french toast, but here are a few other options if you’re looking for something different:

You may also love our baked French toast casserole.

stack of french toast with fresh berries
stack of french toast with fresh berries

Baked French Toast Recipe

4.75 from 35 votes
This no-fuss french toast is made on a sheet pan and baked for the perfect breakfast. Pour the custard in the pan and let the bread soak it up before baking.
Servings 8
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 3 large beaten eggs
  • ½ cup 2% milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 8 slices white sandwich bread (thick sliced)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit and spray a cookie sheet or large baking pan with non-stick spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the eggs, milk, cream, cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla and butter.
  • Pour mixture in cookie sheet. Place bread slices in a layer in the pan, immediately go back and flip them over. Allow them to sit for a minute and soak up all the egg mixture.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Check to see if the bottom side is baked and golden brown. Flip them over and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and serve immediately with fresh strawberries, blueberries, bananas, peanut butter, syrup or honey. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  • Serve any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container. You can toast any leftovers in the toaster or warm them in the air fryer.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe making 8 slices, with 1 serving being 1 slice. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**i

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 466IU | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 197
Keyword brunch recipe, comfort food

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I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Trish P
1 year ago

5 stars
Delicious and feeds 4 grown ups nicely! Thanks for your recipes and keep ‘em coming!! Eaters from Indiana ❤️

Kimm Brown
11 months ago

5 stars
Made this for dinner last night. I doubled the recipe and used a whole loaf of Texas toast. It was so easy and delicious. I loved how it caramelized in the oven and wasn’t soggy.

Holly
5 months ago

5 stars
So good! You have created a monster?! 😄❤️