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Easy Overnight Baked French Toast Cups

Need an easy recipe for a fun twist on classic French toast? This is it! These Baked French Toast Cups are yummy enough for special occasions, but so easy you’ll want to eat them every day!

easy overnight baked french toast cups
  • I’ve always loved that French toast is made with such simple ingredients (eggs, milk, bread, and sugar), but turns out to be so delicious. (The flavors of French toast are similar in many ways to bread pudding when you think about it.). But standing at the stove before work/school trying to turn out fresh, hot French toast for your family is not a good thing. I think it’s too much work for crazy, busy mornings. These little muffins can be prepped ahead of time and easily warmed for a filling breakfast any day of the week.   

Frequently Asked Questions about Baked French Toast Cups:

Do I have to make these the day before or can I make them the day of?

It’s best to make these the night or the day before to let the egg mixture soak into the bread cubes. But if you’re short on time, you could skip the make-ahead step. I would aim to let the mixture stand for at least 1 hour before baking. 

Does the type of bread I use matter? Can I use any white bread in this recipe?

Yes, absolutely. You can pretty much use any kind of bread, including challah bread, whole wheat, cinnamon-raisin bread, leftover rolls, etc. The best results, though, are when using crusty or “day-old” bread. Very fresh soft white bread isn’t my first choice for this recipe.

Can I use brown sugar in place of the maple syrup?

While I haven’t tested the recipe that way, I would say Yes. I recommend an equal amount but note that the finished cups may be slightly less moist when using brown sugar instead of maple syrup.

Can I use heavy cream in place of whole milk? And does the kind of milk I use matter?

While I haven’t tested the recipe with anything other than whole milk in the milk mixture, I would say it should work if using heavy cream. The finished French Toast Cups will be much richer though. As for other kinds of milk, such as almond milk, I can’t necessarily recommend them as I’m not sure how well they will turn out when cooked.


  • French bread
  • sliced almonds
  • Large eggs
  • whole milk
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • Maple syrup
  • Cooking spray
  • Fresh berries
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easy overnight baked french toast cups

Easy Overnight Baked French Toast Cups


  • Author: Regan Jones, RD
  • Total Time: 35 min
  • Yield: 12 small muffins or 6 large ramekins

Description

Need an easy recipe for a fun twist on classic French toast? This is it! These Baked French Toast Cups are yummy enough for special occasions, but so easy you’ll want to eat them every day!


Ingredients

  • 5 cups (2-inch cubes) cubed French bread*
  • 3/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds
  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • Cooking spray
  • Maple syrup and fresh berries

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, toss together cubed bread and almonds. In a separate small bowl or medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and maple syrup (if using). Whisk until well combined. Pour egg mixture over bread cubes, and stir until well coated. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, pressing down so plastic wrap is touching the top of the bread cubes. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. The next morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously coat a muffin pan or 6 large ramekins with non-stick spray; spoon mixture into tins. Bake in preheated oven until tops of the muffins appear set and golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Let cool at least 15 minutes before removing from muffin tins. To remove, use a knife to trace around each French toast muffin cups, and then slip knife or small spatula underneath to help remove. Serve warm with a drizzle of maple syrup and fresh fruit, if desired. (Store in refrigerator in an airtight container up to 3-5 days. and reheat in the microwave in 30-second intervals until warmed throughout.)

Notes

*For a bit more indulgent treat, try cubed Hawaiin sweet rolls in place of French bread.

**Muffins are sticky, so make sure the muffin tin is well-greased.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Fridge Time: 12 hours
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 160
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 50 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 4 g

Keywords: overnight baked French toast cups

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