French Toast Bake
Today’s recipe is the classic French Toast Bake (or Casserole as some people call it).
I like this recipe because it is perfect for many reasons!
- It’s cinnamon-y and vanilla-y and you can make it less or more so depending on your taste buds
- How about being a perfect breakfast for a crowd because you can adjust the ingredients upward easily to feed more people
- It’s perfect because you can make it ahead of time
- And it’s a good Father’s Day breakfast which is coming up soon…
Make this warm tasty dish for the father figure in your life. Many fathers feel like moms get all the fanfare for Mothers’ Day anyway so surprise Dad with breakfast.
And while you are giving him his gifts, impress him with your knowledge of the history of Father’s Day!
A Brief Father’s Day History
The first Father’s Day in the United States was on June 19, 1910. However, it was not made an official holiday until 1972. Father’s Day was fashioned after Mother’s Day (of course)
. The first commercial Mother’s Day was held in 1908 when a department store in Philadelphia (John Wanamaker store) held a ceremony for mothers. Other people and stores saw the financial potential of this holiday and by 1914, the second Sunday in May was declared a national holiday.
Sadly, a national campaign to have a similar day for fathers was not as popular as fast. In 1910, the state of Washington celebrated the first Father’s Day. In 1916, President Wilson celebrated the day in Washington, D. C., and in 1924, President Coolidge tried to get the state government to recognize the holiday.
Many men were not fans of the day themselves. They either derided the commercialism and gifts that the father paid for himself or resisted the loss of masculinity in the celebration of these holidays. Some people tried to roll both holidays together into a “Parents Day” during the 20s and 30s. The Great Depression caused retailers to double down on commercialization and during WWII, Father’s Day was pushed as a way to celebrate the returning veterans. By the end of the way, Father’s Day was a national institution. This was made official; in 1972.
Do you know how much money is spent each year for Father’s Day? More than $1 billion…
Well, this recipe won’t cost that much…
French Toast Bake
French Toast Bake
- ½ loaf French bread
- 6 eggs
- 1 ½ cups milk
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup butter
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
- Cube French bread into 1-2” pieces.
- Heat butter and brown sugar on the stove over medium heat until melted.
- Combine eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla bean paste. Whisk well.
- Grease or spray pie or casserole dish. If you use a casserole dish you may be able to use a full loaf of French bread.
- Pour brown sugar/butter mixture into the prepared pan.
- Top with French bread.
- Pour milk/egg/cinnamon/vanilla mixture over the bread pieces. Toss it around a bit until every piece is fully coated.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (but more preferably overnight)
- Bake at 350*F for 30-45 minutes or until the bread is no longer soggy. The actual time will depend on the type of milk and bread you used, as well as your own oven settings.
- If you use too much milk, you may find your casserole is still soggy at the bottom. If this happens, use a spatula to flip parts of the casserole over, and continue baking for another 10-15 minutes.
- Cooking times vary greatly depending on the amount of bread and milk as well as the type of bread you use, so be sure to keep an eye on it after about 30 minutes! 🙂
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These look amazing! I’ve never heard of vanilla bean paste and am eager to try it! Thanks for sharing.
This recipe looks so yummy and I love how you gave straight forward step by step directions.
Who doesn’t love french toast? Not me! I find this very interesting and delicious!
Hi Dominique, I didn’t know about the history behind Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Parent’s Day. Great recipe, too, I will defintely try to make the French Toast Bake (I almost typed casserole, I think that’s what we would call it up in the PNW) next week with my step dad since he always cooks breakfast. I like the idea of parents day, in fact, just this year, I got my parents an instant air fryer and called it their parents day gift, and gave it to them in between the two actual holidays. Maybe we can start a new trend here, lol 😀 Thank you for sharing. Sending lots of love and gratitude. Jaime
Yum!! That recipe looks and sounds delicious! I want to try it, for sure.
I have heard about making french toast bake but I’ve never tried it. I can’t wait to make this.
Ths is fully awesome! I’m all about French toast, so I can’t wait to try this.
I need to make this for my family this weekend. It’s an awesome way to enjoy French toast with less work.
Oh, yum! I want to smother that in syrup and eat until I pop!
Oh my, you have my mouth watering! This sounds and looks delicious! What a great way to prepare breakfast in the evening and have it ready to pop in the oven in the morning!!
I have never had French toast bake, however I’m sure my husband will appreciate a new recipe to try than a gift lol. Thanks for sharing!
We love to make French toast at home. Baking it seems like a better alternative than frying it. I’m sure this smells heavenly.
vanilla bean paste looks amazing and delicious can say a perfect dish for this season of father’s Day definitely will be checking out.
Nikki Arnold Hall
This is such a great and easy breakfast idea. I’m going to have to make when my mom comes to visit this summer.
Eileen M Loya
I did not know about the history of Father’s day until I read your post. Learned something new today. Thank you. Oh, and your recipe for French toast bake is fantastic. My husband and sons are big eaters so I will have to make a big batch!
I think I would like this better than traditional french toast. There’s some things we eat regularly that could use a quality update, like french toast!
I will defintely try to make the French Toast Bake. Im fan about French toast.
I love French toast, but I have not heard of this version. This looks super delicious, and I am going to have to give it a try!
I love French Toast Bake! I usually put cinnamon and raisins on it. It makes it more tasty!