Maple Bacon French Toast Bake has all the sweet and savory flavors of breakfast. With crispy bacon, maple syrup, and cinnamon all in a soft bread bake.
This wonderful breakfast bake is surprisingly easy to make and perfect for a holiday breakfast. For more sweet Breakfast Recipes to serve a crowd try our Chocolate Chip Croissant Casserole and Sheet Pan Pancakes.
MAPLE BACON FRENCH TOAST BAKE
If there are two flavors known to make perfect breakfasts it’s sweet maple and salty bacon. This breakfast bake combines the two, and cooks them into soft and crisp French bread. It’s truly the perfect recipe! Make it for a holiday morning, brunch with friends, or even serve it for dinner (we won’t judge).
If you’re serving this Maple Bacon Bake for a special occasion, like Christmas morning, be sure to make some equally scrumptious side dishes to go with it. Serve up some fresh fruit, Chocolate Chip Muffins, and eggs. Don’t forget the drinks! Be sure to put out some orange juice, fresh brewed, coffee, and Hot Chocolate to complete your holiday spread.
Though it’s delicious enough for a holiday, this recipe is so easy it might become a go-to recipe in your house. It’s a simple matter of whisking together a flavorful custard, letting the French bread soak that up, and baking it all together. The end result is an irresistible French Toast Bake that smells as amazing as it tastes.
The maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg pair wonderfully with the crisp, salty bacon. Serve it topped with some extra maple syrup, and enjoy this family-friendly breakfast.
OVERNIGHT MAPLE BACON FRENCH TOAST BAKE
Although this recipe is fairly quick and easy, waking up to put it together might not sound that fun. We don’t blame you, and there’s an easy solution. Just prep the French Toast Bake the night before. Then all you’ll have to do in the morning is pop it in the oven.
- Prep the baking dish with cooking spray.
- Make the custard by whisking together the eggs, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and bacon. Make sure you mix it thoroughly, so there won’t be egg whites in your bake.
- Add the bread cubes to the custard. Slowly mix the breading together until it absorbs the custard.
- Pour the mixture into the prepped baking dish.
- Instead of baking, cover the dish and put it in the fridge overnight.
- Preheat the oven in the morning, and bake as usual.
PREPPING YOUR BREAD TO GO IN A FRENCH TOAST BAKE
Ideally for a recipe like this, you’ll use slightly old bread. If your French bread is slightly stale and dried out, it will do a better job absorbing all the custard.
When you’re using fresh bread, leave it out overnight so it will dry out a little. You can also toast your bread slices for 15 minutes in a 250 degree oven to get the right crisp consistency you’ll need. The custard will bring the stale bread back to life, so it has a crisp crust and soft middle.
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VARIATIONS ON MAPLE BACON FRENCH TOAST BAKE
- Meat: Try putting some other meat options to your French Toast bake. You can add some ham, or sausage. You could also replace the bacon with turkey bacon.
- Bread: If you don’t have French bread or just want to change things up, you can try different kinds of bread in this recipe. Some good options to give a try are brioche, sourdough, challah, or Texas toast. Whichever bread you use, a slightly old loaf will be best.
- Add-ins: For some more texture top your bake with crunchy pecans, walnuts, or almonds. You could also add some melty cheese to the bread mixture. Some good cheese options are cheddar, Swiss cheese, mozzarella, or jack cheese.
- Cinnamon Streusel Topping: To play up the sweet, cinnamon taste of the recipe try adding a streusel topping before baking it. Mix together 2 tablespoons butter, ¼ cup flour, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon.
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HOW TO STORE MAPLE BACON FRENCH TOAST BAKE
- Store: Don’t leave your French Toast Bake at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
- Store: Once the bake has cooled to room temperature you can cover it in tin foil or transfer it to an airtight container. It will keep well in the fridge for a week.
- Freeze: To make-ahead or keep leftovers longer, store your French Toast Bake in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- 8 large eggs
- 2 cups whole milk , (or evaporated milk)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup bacon , cooked and crumbled
- 16 ounces French bread , cubed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 8x10 baking dish with vegetable oil spray.
- In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and bacon.
- Add in the bread and gently stir until custard is soaked in.
- Pour mixture into baking dish.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown.