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Easy Overnight Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake

This Overnight Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake combines the flavor of cinnamon rolls with the convenience of a breakfast casserole. It is an easy make ahead breakfast recipe that is good for a brunch crowd.

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake is a quick and easy version of your favorite cinnamon rolls. No rolling or filling, just mix and bake. Make it the night before and pop it in the oven in the morning for a sweet way to start the weekend.

I love breakfast casseroles that I can make up the night before and stick it in the oven in the morning. It’s also good brunch recipe for a crowd that frees up other time so you can actually spend time with your guests!

If you want you can skip the icing and use apple syrup or buttermilk syrup for a more standard french toast breakfast.

ingredients to make cinnamon roll french toast bake

Ingredients

  • brioche bread or french bread
  • eggs
  • milk
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • brown sugar
  • flour
  • butter
  • powdered sugar
pre-baking steps to making the breakfast casserole
adding the cinnamon sugar crumble and icing to the casserole

How to make cinnamon roll french toast bake?

  1. Cut a large french bread loaf into 1 inch cubes. Lay out on a cookie sheet and allow to dry as you continue to make the rest of the bake. Prepare a 9 x 13 pan by greasing the bottom and sides with cooking spray or butter.
  2. In a large bowl mix together, eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar. Mix well.
  3. Add bread to egg mixture and toss to coat the bread. Pour mixture into the prepared casserole dish and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Store in refrigerator overnight.
  4. The next morning, remove the casserole dish from the fridge and preheat your oven.
  5. Make the cinnamon sugar topping and sprinkle evenly over the entire dish.
  6. Bake until a knife comes out clean from the center of the dish. Allow the bake to cool for 10 minutes and then drizzle the top with the cinnamon roll icing. Serve immediately.
A slice of cinnamon roll french toast bake on a blue plate

Variations on the french toast bake:

-For pineapple upside down french toast bake, add 2 cups chopped fresh pineapple or drained pineapple tidbits to the bread mixture before storing overnight.

-For apple pie french toast bake, add 2 cups diced fresh apples to the bread mixture and swap the cinnamon for apple pie spice.

If you want to make a version with summer berries, try this mixed berry french toast bake.

french toast cubes topped with cinnamon sugar crumbles and drizzled with icing

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You need to allow enough time for the bread to soak up the egg mixture. Although an overnight soak is best, allow the casserole to sit for at least 30 minutes before baking.

What to serve with this for brunch:

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake is a quick and easy version of your favorite cinnamon rolls. No rolling or filling, just mix and bake. Make it the night before and pop it in the oven in the morning for a sweet way to start the weekend.

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake

This Overnight Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake combines the flavor of cinnamon rolls with the convenience of a breakfast casserole. It is an easy make ahead breakfast recipe that is good for a brunch crowd.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Chill time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 654kcal
Author: Jade Jones

Ingredients

French Toast Mix:

  • 8 cups brioche bread cut into 1-inch cubes (or use French bread)
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 ½ cups milk I used Almond Milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoons vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar if NOT using brioche

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons cold butter

Frosting:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk again I used almond milk

Instructions

  • Beat together eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar, if using French bread, in a large bowl. Add cut bread and stir to cover as much as you can in just a few turns.
  • Pour the french toast mix into a greased 9×13 casserole pan. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.
  • Remove casserole dish from refrigerator and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Using a pastry blender combine the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter in a small bowl.
  • Sprinkle over the top of the french toast mix and bake for 35-45 minutes depending on how soft you want the french toast to be.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, make your frosting by combining the frosting ingredients together in a small bowl with a fork or whisk until smooth. Pour over the french toast bake and serve.

Notes

Allow the casserole to soak for at least 30 minutes although overnight is better.
-For pineapple upside down french toast bake, add 2 cups chopped fresh pineapple or drained pineapple tidbits to the bread mixture before storing overnight.
-For apple pie french toast bake, add 2 cups diced fresh apples to the bread mixture and swap the cinnamon for apple pie spice.

Nutrition

Calories: 654kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 296mg | Sodium: 616mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1282IU | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 2mg
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4 Comments

    1. I’ve never tried it but I don’t see why not. I would freeze it fully baked but without the icing on it. Reheat and then drizzle the icing on after.

  1. Great idea on making this the night before. I always feel like I have so much to do on these kinds of days because I’m stuck in the kitchen.

    1. I know exactly how you feel Eve! I want to be making memories with my family not stuck in the kitchen cooking so recipes like this make that happen!

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