Do you ever have an overabundance amount of bread that you cannot finish, or you’re just craving some delicious French toast? Well here is the perfect way to use almost stale bread and get your daily does of cranberry pecan baked French toast!
When I was little French toast was always a special treat on the weekend. However, it would take a while to get all the French toast ready, so this is a super easy way to prepare French toast and have it ready for a crowd!
Here are a couple more sweet breakfast recipes on my site:
- Healthy cranberry bliss bars
- Sugar cookie baked oats
- Peanut butter breakfast cookies
- Pumpkin pie donut cereal
How to prepare this baked French toast;
I would prepare everything the night before so that all the liquid has time to soak up in the fridge. Then an hour before serving pop the dish in the oven to bake! This serves about 10 people so this is definitely the way to go for a big crowd. If you don’t have time to let the dish soak overnight, then you should let it soak for at least 30 minutes.
Key ingredients for this cranberry pecan baked french toast:
- I used homemade cranberry bread with my bread maker! If you don’t have time to make bread sourdough, or brioche bread work wonderfully!
- Eggs are essential for French toast! They make the bread extra squishy when it bakes up!
- Milk is also super important because the bread needs a lot of liquid to soak up. If you want to keep this recipe diary free then you can use your favorite non-dairy milk.
- French toast is a sweet treat in the mornings, so sugar is essential to sweeten things up. You can also sub with coconut sugar or sweeter to keep things paleo or sugar free.
- This is a delicious addition to freshen up the French toast.
- These are such a great surprise when you bite into your french toast and there is a little burst of sweetness! Craisins are are favorite dried fruit!
- I love the crunch this adds and the flavor the pecans develop after they bake adds a nice toastiness!
Cranberry Pecan baked french Toast
- 1 loaf cranberry bread, sourdough, or brioche
- 8 eggs
- 2½ cups milk or dairy free milk
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar, coconut sugar, or sweetener
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup craisins
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- Coconut oil for greasing
- Start by cubing up the loaf of bread into 1"x1"x1" cubes.
- Now make the wet mixture by whisking the eggs. Then add the milk, vanilla, and sugar.
- Grease a baking dish with coconut oil, then add the cubbed up bread. Pour on the wet mixture, craisins, and pecans and toss the bread until each piece is covered. Make sure that all the liquid is soaked up by the bread. Normally, you let it sit in the fridge overnight, but if you are in a hurry let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Once the french toast is done soaking, sprinkle of some additional craisins and pecans. Bake the french toast for 45-55 minutes.
- Let it cool slightly and enjoy!