Baked Stuffed French Toast

I love stuffed French toast.  It’s super easy: Spread a filling—often fruit—between two layers of bread, dip it in an egg wash, and put it on the griddle.

As an example, see this Pecan Crusted Cherry Stuffed French Toast recipe.  

Today’s post is about baked stuffed French toast.  We started with Melissa Tracy’s favorite recipe.  (Melissa used to work in our test kitchen and alas, we miss her.)

It’s a soft French toast made by layering the bread and egg mixture in a baking pan the night before and baking it in the morning. It’s almost a bread pudding layered with caramel syrup.

This is “bed and breakfast good”—and so handy.

Melissa Tracy’s Overnight Baked French Toast

This is made in a 10 1/2 x 13-inch pan. In the morning, you just pop it in the oven. Let it bake while you are getting ready for the day and you’ll have a wonderful breakfast for your family.

You Will Need:

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
12 slices soft bread
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Melt the butter in a 10 1/2 x 13-inch baking pan. Stir in the brown sugar and one teaspoon cinnamon. Layer the bread two slices deep in the pan.
  2. Whisk the eggs and milk together. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread. Sprinkle the 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon over the bread. Place the pan in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the bread is browned. Serve hot with maple syrup, peach syrup, or cinnamon apple syrup. Top with butter or honey butter.

The New Improved Stuffed Baked French Toast

This is kind of like trying to improve the perfect but we had to try putting a filling between two slices.  We tried blueberry cream cheese and then we tried apple.  They were both good.

To make your own, all you have to do is add a cup or a little more of pastry filling or your favorite filling to Melissa’s recipe and spread the filling between slices, sandwich style.

It’s easier if you use our premade fillings and you can just squeeze out what you want, where you want.  Don’t overlook combinations, like raspberry and Bavarian cream or apple and cream cheese.

Stuffed Baked French Toast with More Gooey Sauce

If a little bit of goo is good, then a lot of goo should be a lot better, so we replaced the caramelly goo portion of the recipe—the butter and brown sugar—with goo from our sticky bun goo mix package.  That made it even better and even gooier. (Is that a word?)

You Will Need:

Sticky Bun Goo (from our mix or from a recipe)
12 slices soft bread
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup apple filling

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Make the Sticky Bun Goo as directed on the package. Pour the goo into a greased 10 1/2 x 13-inch baking pan. Lay 6 slices of bread flat in the pan in the goo. Put some apple filling on each slice. Lay the remaining 6 slices of bread on top.
  2. Whisk the eggs and milk together and pour evenly over the bread.  Sprinkle 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon over the bread. Place the pan in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the bread is browned. Treat it like a custard – insert a knife to see if it comes out clean. Serve hot with maple syrup, peach syrup or cinnamon apple syrup. Top with butter or honey butter.