Gingerbread French Toast Bake
This Gingerbread French Toast Bake is a delicious, cinnamon and molasses-filled make-ahead breakfast idea that's perfect for cozy winter mornings!
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Can we just stop for a moment to talk about the amazing idea that is make-ahead breakfast?
Specifically, this Gingerbread French Toast Bake, but that's neither here nor there.
I really don't want to toot my own horn, but I've found a real Christmas breakfast winner right here, and it's got all your favourite, festive spices of the season.
I'm talking the BEST kind of hybrid between breakfast and dessert – the over-the-top, indulgent, luxurious first meal on Christmas. You definitely don't want to waste that on just any recipe.
And yes! This Gingerbread French Toast Bake has tea in it. Delicious, black Pure Leaf iced tea to be exact.
So technically, you'll also be a bit caffeinated when you wolf down some of this. And refreshed.
That's what I call a win-win.
Sure, you can have your regular old eggs and bacon, but I choose sweet over savoury all the way for the holidays, and this is exactly the type of recipe you want for that.
Think rich, soft cinnamon-ginger bread topped with a bit of melted butter, pure maple syrup and a sprinkling of icing sugar. It's just what winter morning dreams are made of.
This Gingerbread French Toast Bake is perfect for holiday entertaining. Actually, now that I think about it, right around the time I was shooting this recipe I had the pleasure of hosting a girls' night in. We totally busted out the Christmas wine glasses and had a blast catching up.
Sunday morning, while usually the moment when I ask my friends what they want to have for brunch, (while also secretly hoping they will suggest we all go out! hehe) was actually a breeze.
I pulled out my French toast bake, reheated for about 15 minutes, and we all had a scrumptious and effortlessly cozy morning in our pajamas with virtually little cleanup.
This is every home entertainer's dream, okay. A real partea, you might say.
I should also point out that I've done some very thorough research on all the elements of a fantastic French toast so you can really show off your culinary skills to guests this holiday. No more worrying about impressing the in-laws. I've got you.
First of all, you want the following:
- Moist, soft and flavourful bread, such as brioche or challah (I used challah)
- The right ratio of liquid ingredients to bread (I used eggs, cream, maple syrup, tea and molasses)
- The right spices (I used cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, but you could easily make different variations of this recipe – I'm thinking a Nutella version needs to happen in the near future!)
Then you've gotta let the ingredients soak for the right amount of time, and be sure not to over bake!
I would wait until you have your bread all cut up before you toss it in the liquid ingredients, for instance, because you don't want some bread cubes fully soaked and others barely getting any of the liquid.
Once it's all assembled, off into the oven it goes (alternatively you can let this French toast bake sit overnight) and you've got a delicious make-ahead breakfast all ready for Christmas morning, or the morning after a holiday partea!
Will you be making this Gingerbread French Toast Bake? If you try any of my recipes be sure to let me and Pure Leaf know on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or in the comments – we'd love to see what you cook up!
Gingerbread French Toast Bake
- 1 loaf challah or brioche bread cubed
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/3 cup butter melted
- 1/4 cup cream
- 1/3 cup black tea
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- icing sugar
- maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Cut bread into 1-2 inch cubes. Set aside.
- Whisk eggs and milk together in a very large bowl until well mixed. Add melted butter, cream, tea, molasses, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, stirring well. Add in cubes of bread and toss until combined. Let sit for 5 min.
- Grease an 9x13 oven safe dish and add bread to it. Bake in oven for 35 min, gently tossing halfway through.
- Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve with maple syrup. Enjoy!