Toaster Oven Recipes – Baked French Toast

Baked French Toast

If you’ve got an egg and some hefty bread, you can whip up a quick, delicious breakfast in your toaster oven with a minimum of fuss and mess.  This Baked French Toast recipe is perfect for your toaster oven, producing four slices of crispy, not soggy, French toast in about 15 minutes.

This technique can also be used in your regular oven when you need to feed an army.  But I find it perfect for feeding just Dwaine and I on one of these cold Colorado mornings.


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There are three simple steps involved – whipping up a custard from eggs and milk, soaking the bread, then baking/broiling the bread to a crispy finish.  I recently had 7 children and 10 adults at the house for our annual Easter Egg Hunt, and was able to rotate through an entire loaf of bread while I showered and shaved!

The recipe calls for “Quality Sandwich Bread.”  In my experience, using a really cheap bread will be a problem.  The cheapest breads are just too light and airy to make it through the soaking process.  The surface immediately begins to dissolve as soon as it touches the milk/egg mixture.  I recommend something a bit heftier – like a Texas Toast, 100% whole wheat or wheat/nut – to hold up to this. My Honey Whole Wheat Bread would be perfect for this!

The original recipe also had you soak the break in the baking pan just before putting the whole thing in the toaster oven.  The problem there is that if the bread doesn’t soak up every morsel of custard, it will toast into the corners of your pan, making cleanup a super-chore.  I recommend soaking in a separate dish, then flipping the toast into a pan lined with a silicone-baking mat (see recommendations below).  Giving the baking pan a hefty coating of non-stick spray isn’t a bad idea, either.

Regular pan-fried French toast can be soggy.  The edges might get crisp, but the middle can be a bit damp and eggy.  This recipe produces a uniformly crisp toast, slightly sweet with a hint of cinnamon.  You can eat it on-the-go, just as it is – or sit down with some butter and syrup while enjoying a hot cup of coffee.  I know you’ll enjoy it!

Baked French Toast
Baked French Toast
Baked French Toast
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Baked French Toast

If you’ve got an egg and some sandwich bread, you can whip up a quick, delicious breakfast in your toaster oven with a minimum of fuss and mess.  This Baked French Toast recipe is perfect for your toaster oven, producing four slices of crispy, not soggy, French toast in about 15 minutes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: Baked French Toast
Servings: 4 Slices
Author: Don Herman

Ingredients

  • 1 lg Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar packed
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Dash of Salt
  • 1 tbsp Butter melted
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 4 slices Quality Sandwich Bread Or Texas toast

Instructions

  • Heat your toaster oven to 425F.  Prep a toaster-oven sized baking sheet with cooking spray and a sheet of parchment paper – or better yet, a Sil-pat or other silicone baking sheet.
  • Whisk together egg, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon and salt until the sugar is dissolved. Continuing the whisking, slowly add the melted butter, then the milk.  
  • Pour this mixture into a shallow dish, then lay out 4 bread slices.  Once you’ve laid them out, flip them to coat the other side.  You can let them sit for a minute to mop up all the custard.
  • Transfer the soaked slices to your baking sheet and bake at 425 for about 10 minutes. Switch the oven to Broil and broil the top until the slices are golden brown – about 5 minutes more. You may need to rotate your pan.
  • Remove from the oven and flip each slice.  Serve with fruit, syrup, confectioner’s sugar, or just grab-and-go.

Notes

Quality bread is key here.  Cheaper bread will dissolve in the custard mixture.  
Be sure to mix the custard as directed.  If you dump the melted butter in too quickly, the eggs and milk won’t mix thoroughly, and you’ll get a streaky appearance.
If you use a thicker cut of bread, you may need to bake another 3 minutes or so.  

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Maybe you’ve tried a variation you’d like to share. Drop a note and let me know and I’ll add it to my post.

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8 Comments

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    5 stars


    That looks delicious! I wonder what it’d be like if you threw some Nutella on there? 😋
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      No need to wonder! Nutella makes everything better! Haha.

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    Wow! This looks so yummy that I want to bite my mobile right now just to have a taste of it😜. I really do love making awesome looking recipes from very little resources, I feel that makes one a better and creative cook than most others with plenty ingredients. I really have learned a new recipe here and I have almost all the ingredients needed for this at home currently. I should really give it a try and I would be willing to share with you my experience. Thanks for the post

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      That’s the nice thing about it – you almost certainly have everything you need to make it.  And it’s worth it when you’re done!  

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    Oh my golly gosh! My mouth is watering! I absolutely love French toast, but have always had trouble with the soggy centre when I cook it. I am so excited tomorrow to go and buy some good quality bread and eggs to try your recipe out and eat with some bacon and maple syrup.. yummo! Thanks heaps!

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      You are most welcome, and enjoy.

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    Both my wife and i loved this website , packed full of mouthwatering recipes and ideas, explained in simplistic terms.

    Overall this is a very easy site to navigate and we will be returning, one question though ,what is the authors favourite recipe?

    Showed site to my teenage daughter who is learning tocook and she also enjoyed it and asked for the link, defo a 10!!

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      My favorite?  It’s hard, but I think the Old Fashioned Coconut Cake, just because people beg me to make it all the time.  🙂

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