First Day of School Breakfast Idea: Upside Down French Toast Bake

Simple Overnight Baked French Toast Recipe

I’m always on the lookout for new, simple recipes. I’ve never tried a baked French Toast Bake recipe before but when I found this one on a Southern Living message board, I knew I had to try it! Of course I was partially motivated by an oversupply of eggs in our fridge and some yummy Italian bread someone brought into work that I didn’t want to go to waste. Wasted bread…that’s just a crime ya’ll.

This would make a great first day of school special breakfast treat (my kids loved it) and would also be great during the holidays. I love that the buttery maple syrup sauce is on the bottom, meaning it bakes right into the bread. It’s amazing.

Note that I only used cinnamon and it was delicious!

Simple Upside Down French Toast



1 cup brown sugar (Dark or light, I used dark)
1/2 cup butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Combine above ingredients in a medium saucepan and simmer over medium heat until mixture is thickened and syrupy. Spread the mixture evenly on the bottom of a 9×13 glass baking dish.


1 loaf French or Italian bread (day old at least)
1 1/2 cups milk
5 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamom
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves

Slice bread into eight 1/2 inch thick slices and place over syrup in baking dish. Beat milk, eggs, vanilla, and spices and pour over the bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Baked uncovered for 45 minutes.

This is wonderful served with fresh fruit. The syrupy mix had some yum crustyness to it that reminded my 12-year-old of Creme Brulee, which is definitely a plus!

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