This Buttermilk French Toast Bake Recipe comes with a built in side of bacon & eggs, and is hands down the best French toast recipe of all time!
You know that bite of Buttermilk French toast drizzled with maple syrup, that gets a bit of the yolk from the side of eggs, and a few crumbles from the side of bacon?
You know, the very best bite ever!?
Well, that bite has arrived, with what I think is the best baked Buttermilk French Toast recipe ever!
What makes this the best?
This Buttermilk French Toast Bake comes with decadent sides built -- or cooked -- right into it.
It's all neatly put together into one scrumptious dish, just for you -- and your friends and family, should you choose to share. It does serve six, after all.
This "French toast" is bread pudding-like, since it's all held together in one dish. And before it goes in that dish, the bread is soaked in a super creamy and delicious blend of buttermilk, maple syrup, eggs and cinnamon.
One might think I would have called this a buttermilk French toast dessert at this point.
I would have . . . until I added the savory, crispy bacon and perfectly baked eggs on top. That's when it became brunch.
And speaking of bread pudding, check out my actual French Toast Bread Pudding recipe . . .
What's in this recipe?
- maple syrup
Is your mouth watering yet? 😉
It's Perfect for Special Occasions
- Family Sunday Brunch
- Easter Brunch
- Mother's Day or Father's Day brunch
- Breakfast for dinner!
- Christmas breakfast
I don't think I'm alone in my love of breakfast foods for dinner, right?
Really, anytime is a good time for this totally scrumptious blend of flavors, in what I believe is the best baked French toast recipe out there!
Enjoy every last bite of this baked Buttermilk French toast recipe!
Buttermilk French Toast Bake
- 1¾ cups buttermilk
- ¾ cup pure maple syrup
- 8 large eggs, divided
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 (approximately 6-inch) soft baguettes
- 6 strips applewood smoked bacon
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Make soaking mixture. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk the buttermilk with the syrup, 2 of the eggs, vanilla and cinnamon. Whisk until it's very smooth.Pour the buttermilk mixture into an approximately (8 X 8 X 3-inch) baking dish.
- Prep bread. Slice the baguettes in half, lengthwise, and then cut about ¼ inch off of the crust sides, lengthwise.
- Soak. Add the bread to the dish with the buttermilk mixture, and very carefully press it down until it's completely submerged. Then flip each one over. Add a layer of plastic wrap directly on top, and then cover the dish with another layer (completely, from the bottom, so it doesn't spill). This way you can press down on top from time to time, to be sure the bread is absorbing as much liquid as possible.Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. (You can leave it for more time, even overnight -- the longer you leave it, the more like bread pudding it will be.)
- Cook bacon. While the bread is soaking, add the bacon to a large sauté pan over medium heat. Cook until it's just beginning to become brown and crisp, about 3 minutes per side. Remove the bacon from the pan. Set it aside to drain on a paper towel. (It should be slightly undercooked, and will finish cooking in the oven later.)
- Set oven. When you remove the soaked bread from the refrigerator, adjust a rack to to the center of the oven and preheat to 375°F.
- Assemble. Super gently flip each piece of bread over in the dish. Then drizzle the entire surface with the melted butter.Arrange the partially cooked bacon strips on top and set aside until the oven is ready.
- Bake, add eggs. Place the dish in the preheated 375°F oven. Bake for 30 minutes, and then crack the remaining 6 eggs on top of the bacon, so that they are spread out evenly. Continue to bake until the French toast portion has risen above the edges and the eggs are set, about 30 more minutes. If at any point the bacon is becoming too dark, loosely lay a piece of foil on top.Remove and let it cool for about 10 minutes.
- Serve. Make sure when you serve, each person gets an egg, and don't forget to put the maple syrup on the table. (Just in case.)
Now this a holiday worthy brunch recipe! I especially like that the dish goes in the oven and there is time to bring together the rest of the meal!
I love when it works out that way, too. 🙂
I was just looking for a new recipe of "French Toast".
Thank you for sharing this one.
Looks and sounds delicious.
Thank you, Rosalia! XO
This so so perfect! I love the combination of the sweet, smoky and savory, with an egg yolk oozing all over... Perfection! This would make a great evening supper!
I totally agree, David. There's no better time for breakfast than at dinner time. 😀
This is what is a called a perfect Holiday breakfast. Looks quite indulgent and yummy.
Thank you, my foodie friend. 🙂
Karen @ The Food Charlatan
Holy Smokes! That looks soooooo good! Is it Christmas morning yet?? I have to make this!!!
Made this today and used just sliced whole grain fresh baked bread as a substitute for the baguettes, that part turned out fine but it probably helped that I soaked it over night. I did a whole package of bacon which was great but the eggs looked a little over-baked. Shouldn't have put the boyfriend in charge of the last 20 minutes! So delicious though!
Lauren, using the whole grain bread sounds delicious! So happy you tried this. 🙂
This looks amazing - can you substitute cream / and or milk instead of Buttermilk - or would that throw this all off? Thanks!
Hi Mark, cream would be excellent! You can also use milk, though I'd suggest it be at least low-fat and even better with whole. 🙂 Thanks for checking out the recipe!
Absolutely! Thank you for the fast reply and thank you for sharing this with us.
And Mark, now that I think about it, half & half would be perfect!
Just wondering what you used as a garnish in the photos? 🙂
Hi Carrie -- that's very thinly sliced spinach leaves. Just had to add a touch of green to the picture -- had I had chives, that would have been my first choice. 🙂
Hi there - totally excited about this incredible looking and sounding dish! Could you please confirm the amount of maple syrup required? 3/4 of what? Scared of failing at the first hurdle! Thanks!
Hi! Thank you for pointing that omission out to me. (Hate it when that happens!) It's 3/4 CUP. I've just edited the recipe to add it in. Hope you enjoy it and thanks for visiting! 🙂
Thanks for this lovely recipe.
I love french toast but don't like the texture of bread pudding, so I soak this for 5-15 min as I would for regular french toast, it still turns out wonderfully.
Great! So happy to hear you like this recipe. Thanks for sharing. 🙂