Baked Brown Sugar French Toast

This Baked Brown Sugar French Toast is a delicious, rich and flavorful breakfast (or should I say Bressert) fit for any occasion! 

You guys, you guys, you guys!  Christmas is like in 3 days… okay so 4 if you count today, which I don’t because 3 days til Christmas sounds way better. I’m like an excited 6 year old when it comes to Christmas. For. Realz.

This year on Christmas Eve morning I plan to make French toast for breakfast. This French toast to be exact.

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Why this ^ French toast? Because it’s fan-freaking-tastic.

It’s why I won’t ever diet.

And why I love brown butter.

And it’s why breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Word.

It’s easy-peasy just grab some brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, challah! (because who doesn’t have that just lying around?), half & half, eggs and butter. Now before we move on I want to tell you that you’ll need not one but two challah loafs and two sticks of buttah. In my head I knew I was making a half batch for the blog and the rest later {for dinner!}, so I didn’t put those in the picture, uh-duh. So please don’t be confused… because surely I am.

This baked French toast is crazy easy and it feeds an army. Okay, a small army.

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Heat a 10 inch skillet over medium heat and gradually brown two sticks of butter. Click here to see more details on how to brown butter with out drama.

spread out in 11x15 pan
Dived the brown sugar in half and scatter it in the bottom of two {un-greased} 11×15 baking dishes.

brown sugar meets brown butter
Pour the browned butter over top and mix until the brown sugar has successfully absorbed all the glorious brown butter.

In a large bowl crack 5 to 6 eggs. I use farm eggs and I never really can tell what size the yolks are going to be.

half and half
Add in two cups of the half & half.

2 tablespoons of vanilla
Add in two tablespoons real vanilla extract.

Whisk to submission.

Challah! This egg-y loaf is perfect for French toast. It’s pretty dense so it soaks up the liquids nicely! Slice two loafs into 1 inch thick pieces.


Dunk the entire thing in the egg mixture…

And place them into two 11×15 baking dishes.

a little extra
Any extra egg mixture can be carefully drizzled over each slice.

I could literally take a bite of one of these right now. Deeeeelicious!

nutmeg and cinnamon
Lastly just sprinkle with some cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg. No precise measurements are needed.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. The edges should be golden and crispy and your place should be smellin’ AHHH-mazing!

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Serve with the brown sugary-ness face-up. Maybe not the prettiest view… but it smells great at this altitude.

I like mine with a little sprinkle of powdered sugar. Okay-okay A LOT of powdered sugar… as if there’s not enough already? Lay it on me. Who needs maple syrup? Not these bad-boys.

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Really this shouldn’t dare be called breakfast. Maybe Bressert? Breakfast + Dessert… get it?

Ahhhh… Christmas. I’ll be enjoying the holidays with my families. Eating good food, lots of coffee and lotsa’ presents! I’ll be taking a few days off, so until then…

Merry Christmas friends!



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Baked Brown Sugar French Toast

Brown sugar... check! Browned butter... check, check! A delicious, rich and flavorful breakfast {or should I say Bressert?} CHECKITY-CHECK!

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


3 cups light or dark Brown Sugar

2 stick Unsalted Butter

5-6 eggs

2 cups Half & Half

2 tablespoons Real Vanilla Extract

2 Challah Loaves, cut into 1 inch slices


Fresh Nutmeg

Powdered sugar {optional}


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

In a 10 inch skillet over medium heat, slowly cook the butter until the milk solids turn a deep amber, about 15 minutes.

Divide brown sugar into two 11x15 baking dishes. Divide and pour in the browned butter, stir together until the brown sugar absorbs the butter and spread it back out evenly.

In a large bowl; whisk together the eggs, half & half and vanilla.

Dunk both sides of the sliced challah and arrange in baking dishes.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Bake for 25 minutes, rotating pans if necessary.

Let cool for 5 minutes before serving, brown sugar-side up. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

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25 Responses to “Baked Brown Sugar French Toast”

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    Coleens Recipes — December 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

    WOW-oh-WOW, does that look delicious and SO festive, perfect for Christmas!!! Beautiful photos too!! Merry Christmas!!!!!

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    Anna — December 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

    It looks delicious.
    I hade breakfast a couple of hours ago so I can easily say that it’s time for second breakfast!
    Guess what I’m going to have?

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    allison — December 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Oh heck yes! You had me at brown butter! Merry Christmas Laurie!

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    Blog is the New Black — December 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I love baked french toast, esp when I can make it ahead. This looks gorgeous. Have a great holiday, Laurie!

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    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — December 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. This looks utterly divine! I need this in my life like yesterday. So amazing.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Please don’t remind me… I still have ALL of my wrapping to do. Maybe I’ll skip wrapping, put everything under the tree and have a free for all? lol And then we can skip to breakfast?!

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — December 21, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Ohhhh dang girl! Your French toast surpasses all french toasts I have ever made! By golly, I need to make this! I’m spending a few days with my family over the holidays (ahem…fellow french toast lovers) and I’ll be sure to suggest we make this first thing in the morning!

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    Abby — December 22, 2012 at 3:16 am

    All the things! French toast just makes me smile. Breakfast food = joy food.

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    Rachel {studio cuisine} — December 22, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Laurie, this looks heavenly! Makes me want to run out to the store at almost 11 PM to buy all the necessary ingredients!

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    Elisa {fancyfreeme} — December 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I love french toast!! I always fry mine…needless to say I’m quite excited to give yours a try! Merry Christmas!!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — December 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Yeah, might need to change our breakfast plans – this looks insanely good!

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    Brenda — December 22, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    it looks incredible!

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    Donna — December 23, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    JUST MADE THIS AWESOMENESS….Total “hit” with our reunited tribe for a pre-Christmas brunch this morning!!!…It is SO easy to prepare…looks/smells like dynamite coming out of the oven….(I didn’t even have to call everyone down for breakfast…as the amazing aromas did the job for me)…

    The brown sugar carmelized to perfection …creating a mixture of gooey delicious caramel AND precious toffee “bits” that were fought over with much ferocity. I added a tad bit of almond extract to the affair…and would consider adding a bit of amaretto or amber rum next time…The cinnamon and nutmeg are simply delicious.

    Warning!…This makes a TON of French Toast…and could easily serve 10-12 hungry people…but I don’t mind a wit…because tomorrow morning I plan on simply re-heating the amazing leftovers…350°F for a few minutes?….

    I want to sincerely thank you for such an incredible recipe….It will be the new STANDARD French Toast recipe for us…by popular, unanimous request.

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    Jenny — December 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Made this this morning! and wow…soooo yummy. Will be keeping this recipe.
    Merry Christmas!

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    Ally — December 23, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Oh my! Looks like I know what I’ll be cooking for Xmas morning!

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    Katie | The Hill Country Cook — December 24, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Oh my goodness, what have you done? French toast is my favorite breakfast food. My dad’s too…. I think I’ll have to make this for our Christmas breakfast! Maybe I’ll make them your chicken pot pie too!

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    It looks great! But mine turned out a little soggy. Did I use too much butter perhaps ? I know I over browned the butter. Otherwise it was great

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    Lindsey — December 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I made this yesterday for Christmas breakfast and when I say it was amazing that is an understatement! Everyone was in love with the dish! Thank you so much for sharing. You made my family smile from ear to ear yesterday 🙂

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 28, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Oh my goodness – those thick slices of challah have me drooling here!

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    Al — December 29, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Nice that u make thicker slices.. Yummy.

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    Kimberly A — January 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! I made this for an overnight family holiday gathering and everyone loved it! The browned-butter sugar crust?! Heaven!
    I made a half batch, and the one-pound loaf of Challah gave us eight thick slices, which was plenty for four of us. I split the slices and sugar mixture between two 13″x9″ pans as I didn’t have anything larger. Worked just fine, except the exposed sugar around the slices got darker than probably would have been tasty–but it was easy to avoid when serving up the slices of French toast, so it was just fine. Thanks again! 🙂

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    Amber K — January 10, 2013 at 3:20 am

    =( I’m so allergic to cinnamon and nutmeg (recent development) but I’m craving some french toast. This looks amazing!! Waaaaaaaa!

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    Steph C. — March 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    This “Bressert” would be great for Brunch! 😉 I love the add flavor nutmeg adds to the taste. Thanks!

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    Simone — November 6, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I made this for brunch with my in-laws on Saturday and loved it so much I made another batch last night to have on hand in the mornings before work. I know it is crazy but I never knew the intensely delicious taste on brown sugar and butter. Can I put it on everything?! Great, easy recipe!

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    Kathrin — March 15, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Can you prep this the night before and then just put it in the oven the next morning?

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