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This make ahead Overnight Cinnamon Bread French Toast is perfect with berries and maple syrup. Plus it will garner rave reviews from everyone who partakes!

 Overnight Cinnamon Bread French Toast  on a white plate topped with berries

Overnight Cinnamon Bread French Toast

First up, I’m sharing this old brunch favorite, Overnight Cinnamon Bread French Toast. When my youngest, a college junior, was home for spring break, he spent two full days volunteering to fulfill his EMT class requirement. One day was in a hospital ER and the other was to ride along with paramedics (where he had to perform CPR on his first run!). I knew he’d need a hearty breakfast.

If you’re looking for other sweet breakfast casseroles,  my family adores this caramel bottomed Creme Brulee French Toast as well as this berry laden Raspberry Mascarpone French Toast Casserole.

Overnight Cinnamon Bread French Toast  with a drizzle of maple syrup on a white plate

 Make Ahead Casserole

Stratas and French toast casseroles that are assembled the night before and baked right from the fridge are a dream for any hostess. This recipe has the option to bake right away or to park, covered, in the refrigerator and bake off the next morning.  A very rich custard of milk, cream, whole eggs and egg yolks soaks into  layers of cinnamon bread and puffs up as it bakes. If chilled, it will take an extended cooking time to be thoroughly set. Served with berries and maple syrup or  just a dusting of powdered sugar and a few strawberry slices, it will be a brunch dish you’ll want to make again and again.

Overnight Cinnamon Bread French Toast on a white plate with a pate of butter and berries

A Few More Brunch Recipes:

Bloody Margarita from The Suburban Soapbox.

Crab Cake Eggs Benedict from The Redhead Baker.

Savory Pancetta and Cheddar Waffles from The Little Ferraro Kitchen.

Cherry Vanilla Almond Granola from Cupcakes & Kale Chips.

Breakfast Wraps from Big Bear’s Wife.

Lemon Bars from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

Chocolate Walnut Macarons with Salted Caramel from Baking a Moment.



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Overnight Cinnamon Bread French Toast - a scrumptious, make ahead brunch dish!

Overnight Cinnamon Bread French Toast

A terrific make ahead breakfast casserole that’s delicious topped with syrup and berries!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Brunch
  • Method: Mixing, Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Cinnamon Bread French Toast with Berries…adapted from a recipe by Bradley Ogden
  • 12 slices Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon bread (if you have a great bakery cinnamon bread, by all means use that!)
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar, I used Dixie Crystals
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla, I used Nielsen-Massey
  • Powdered sugar
  • Fresh berries
  • Maple syrup (use the real McCoy)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9 x 13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Brush both sides of bread slices with melted butter and place in pan (I made 2 layers of 6 slices).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and egg yolks. Whisk in sugar, milk, cream and vanilla. Strain the mixture over the bread making sure to saturate all the slices.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes or till the top is lightly browned and the custard is set. Allow to cool about 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle each slice with powdered sugar. Serve with maple syrup and berries.


You may cover this dish with plastic wrap after assembling and refrigerate overnight. Let sit out at room temperature for a half hour before baking. Add about 30 minutes to baking time, checking after the hour mark. The top with be browned and puffed and the custard will be set.
Adapted from a recipe by Bradley Ogden.

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49 comments on “Overnight Cinnamon Bread French Toast”

  1. I love cinnamon bread, what a brilliant idea to turn it into French toast!

  2. I love cinnamon bread! I love your idea to turn it into a toast! So fancy!

  3. My favorite brunch item would probably be G-Mom-B’s crumb cake. It’s a nice coffee cake I can add fruit to. And Ma would most likely be joining me:@)
    Your French toast sounds good Liz, I like the idea of assembling it the night before!

  4. Parfait for a weekend brunch ! Love your presentation, with fruits is still more “gourmand” !

  5. It really looks perfect with berries and maple syrup! Yummy!

  6. Brunch to me is all about special pastries I don’t get too often…cinnamon rolls and scones.

  7. My favorite brunch is a hash brown casserole — and I love brunch with my family! This recipe sounds divine. xo

  8. This looks delicious…and I love make-ahead dishes for brunch.

  9. This looks delicious…and I love make-ahead dishes for brunch.

  10. Brunch is one of my favorite things ever. This overnight french toast sounds phenomenal!

  11. What a great French toast, Liz. I’d be thrilled to have it served to me. My son is also an EMT, but he never did much with it, after all that work! At least I know he knows how to save me!

  12. Liz, I love this overnight cinnamon bread french toast!!! you are right. . this is the perfect breakfast or brunch when something delicious, hearty and filling is needed! So happy to be doing Brunch week with you this week! Way to kick it off with something delicious!

  13. I would devour the whole portion! It looks amazing!

  14. my mouth is drooling from just looking at the photos! I can smell the cinnamon and maple syrup…yum !Too bad ,my husband doesn’t cook,because I”d have him in the kitchen making this delicious dish for me on Mother’s Day!!

  15. Oh my heavens! This looks incredible! I love how thick that cinnamon bread is cut… all the better to French-toastify!

  16. I’d love to wake up to this on Mother’s Day.

  17. I love a good croissant eggs benedict with crispy hash browns. and then something sweet! enjoyed with my fiance 🙂

  18. LOVE this french toast, Liz…especially that you can prep it the night before. Boy would I love someone to make this for me on Mother’s Day! And what a GREAT giveaway! I think there’s something for everyone! : )

  19. Yummmm! This cinnamon bread french toast sound perfect for breakfast power idea.

  20. I’ve always been a huge fan of cinnamon swirl bread, it’s perfect for french toast!

  21. This just looks too good! It’s been far too long since I’ve made overnight french toast.

  22. I am all over this French toast, Liz! Cinnamon bread makes the best brunch treat ever!

  23. Sounds like my kind of breakfast! Happy Brunch Week! 😀

  24. This looks SO yummy and something my boys would love, too 🙂

  25. I have a soft spot for cinnamon bread and remember my grandmother toasting up a slice all the time! Such a fabulous sweet treat!

  26. This french toast looks amazing, Liz. As always, you create such beautiful food! Thanks for participating again this year and I can’t wait to see your other dishes!

  27. This overnight cinnamon french toast looks incredible, Liz! I love that you can make it ahead too! It sounds perfect for Mother’s Day!

  28. French Toast is my favorite brunch dish and I love enjoying it with my family.

  29. You’re already winning with cinnamon raisin bread. You also can’t go wrong with french toast. Therefore, this dish is a no brainer! I’ll take half the pan please.

  30. That’s the prettiest french toast! What a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day!

  31. I love cinnamon swirl bread and using it in this overnight french toast is perfection. I’d love to wake up to this!

  32. My favorite brunch item is anything I can make ahead of time that turns out to be Ooey and Gooey. If I can pour warm maple syrup on top, then it is even better. Your Cinnamon Bread French Toast sounds like it would fill my requirements! Eating this with my best friend and hubby would be icing on the cake. Did someone say Cake?!?!?

  33. I love French toast and this is such a great, easy way to prepare it.

  34. Cinnamon French Toast is a favorite special treat, our favorite brunch is crepes.

  35. I love any kind of hash, or baked eggs with loved ones.

  36. I never eat brunch because I am always at work at that time, but if I could I would want donuts or cinnamon roils.

  37. My favorite Brunch Dish is baked French toast and I like to Brunch with my friends.

  38. My favorite brunch item is strawberry crepes and I love sharing them with my mom.

  39. My fave brunch danish is a cheese danish. I love to have brunch with my hubby

  40. I love a hearty croque mademoiselle for brunch with my family.

  41. Love to brunch with my niece and sister with scones and egg and crest sandwiches! (Thanks for the hostess with the mostest tips about stratas and french toast =) )

  42. Love eggs benedict and enjoy brunch with my family.

  43. I used to do something like this many years ago. 🙂

  44. what is the temperature for this?


  45. Sounds wonderful… would it come out ok if I substitute the milk for almond milk?

  46. Pingback: Chimichurri Breakfast Sandwich with Coffee-Glazed Bacon | Healthy. Delicious.

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