Baked French Toast - VeryVera

Baked French Toast

As a child, French toast was my favorite weekend breakfast, taking the top spot over pancakes. Then, when my sons were growing up, it continued to be the house favorite, but the extensive prep relegated it to weekends or holidays only. We created this version at VeryVera to give everyone his or her favorite breakfast treat any time. 

  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Cook Time: 25m


  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 2/3 c whole milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 8 slices French bread, sliced 3/4 inch thick
  • 1 c dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 c granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c maple syrup, plus additional for topping
  • 3/4 c pecans, chopped
  • Confectioners’ sugar for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 325F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the heavy cream, milk, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and salt.
  3. Grease a 9 x 13-inch pan with cooking spray.
  4. Pour 1/2 cup of the egg mixture in the bottom of the pan.
  5. Soak the bread in egg mixture for 2 minutes, pressing down on the bread to absorb the liquid.
  6. While the bread is soaking, mix the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and flour in a separate bowl.
  7. Transfer the soaked bread to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  8. Sprinkle the soaked bread slices generously with the sugar mixture, flip over, and repeat.
  9. Stack the slices at a slant across the 9 x 13-inch pan and push them together so they all fit in the pan.
  10. Pour the remaining egg mixture over the bread slices.
  11. Drizzle the bread slices with the maple syrup and sprinkle with the pecans.
  12. Bake for 25 minutes, uncovered.
  13. Serve warm and garnish with confectioners’ sugar and additional maple syrup, if you like.