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Gooey Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

Gooey Caramel Cinnamon Roll Baked French Toast Casserole for breakfast or brunch

Growing up Easter was kind of a big deal in our house, my brother and I would wake up at the crack of dawn to hunt for our candy and goody filled baskets the Easter bunny hid for us, then we’d get all dressed up in our suits and dresses (dresses for the girls, suits for the boys, of course) and head to church. After the service was over, we’d have an Easter egg hunt in the grassy area behind church, and then head back home for another hunt in our backyard. We’d finish the morning off with family and friends and a fancy brunch, where we’d have everything from brown sugar glazed ham to cheesy scalloped potatoes and my Grandma’s famous Easter bunny cake.

Nowadays we still typically do a big brunch with family and friends, but this year, is a little different. We have family coming in town Easter weekend, and a whole slew of events leading up to the holiday, so sadly we just aren’t going to have time to prepare a giant brunch for a bazillion people. Instead of slaving away in the kitchen all morning, we’re going to give ourselves (and by ourselves, I mean myself and my mother) a break and go out for a nice leisurely brunch in the early afternoon.

Gooey Caramel Cinnamon Roll Baked French Toast Casserole for breakfast or brunch

Although, if we’re being honest with each other here, I’m kind of looking forward to NOT cooking. Shhh…

BUT seeing as I can’t leave my stomach on empty until noon, I thought it would be nice to a have a breakfast/brunch treat for us all to nibble on in the morning before we head out the door.

Gooey Caramel Cinnamon Roll Baked French Toast Casserole for breakfast or brunch

This guy combines my favorite sweet breakfast (French toast) and my husband’s favorite sweet breakfast (cinnamon rolls) into one sinfully delicious package. Marriage is all about comprise after all, isn’t it?

I took my favorite French toast vessel of challah, a dense egg bread that holds up nicely to custard, and layered it in between a luscious caramel sauce and a cinnamon and sugar mixture in three towering layers. The whole dish is drenched in an egg and milk custard, baked until golden brown and gooey, and then topped off with cream cheese frosting (my favorite!).

Gooey Caramel Cinnamon Roll Baked French Toast Casserole for breakfast or brunch

What I love about this is it takes all the difficulties out of making cinnamon rolls and French toast. You get to skip the dough rising, the dough sitting, the drenching of the French toast, and individually browning up each piece and instead just, stir, layer, pour, bake and drizzle.

But what I love MOST about this is every single bite has that ooey gooey cinnamon and sugar filling that we all covet in a cinnamon roll. And if that wasn’t enough, the buttery caramel sauce and cream cheese frosting, just take it to a whole other ridiculously delicious level.

Gooey Caramel Cinnamon Roll Baked French Toast Casserole for breakfast or brunch

Heaven on earth….

Gooey Caramel Cinnamon Roll Baked French Toast Casserole for breakfast or brunch

Do Cinnamon Rolls Have Raisins?

Cinnamon rolls are made with or without raisins.

It is a personal choice.

What Kind Of Bread Is Used For French Toast?

Brioche is most often the choice of bread for French Toast.

But, really any firm structured bread like french bread, or even sandwich bread will work.

Is French Bread from France?

The name “french toast” was first used in 17th-century England.

The recipe was brought to America by early settlers.

Gooey Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

Gooey Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

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Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 1 recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf challah 16 ounces torn into large pieces (about two inches)
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup sugar + 2 tablespoons divided
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cup milk + 2 tablespoons divided
  • 6 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar sifted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Spray a deep square casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl combine, brown sugar melted butter and water.
  • In another small bowl combine, cinnamon and ¼ cup sugar.
  • Lay an even layer of bread on the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Drizzle with a 1/3 of the brown sugar mixture and top with 1/3 of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Lay another even layer of bread across the first layer.
  • Drizzle with a 1/3 of the brown sugar mixture and 1/3 of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Repeat with third layer. (You may have leftover bread)
  • In another medium bowl, whisk 2 cups milk, eggs and 2 tablespoons sugar.
  • Pour evenly over layers of bread.
  • Cover with plastic and let it sit in the fridge for one hour.
  • Let it come to temperate for 15 minutes after removing from fridge.
  • Bake for 35 minutes until golden brown and custard is cooked.
  • While the bread is cooking, whisk softened cream cheese, remaining milk and vanilla in a medium bowl.
  • Slowly whisk in sifted powdered sugar.
  • After casserole is removed from the oven, let set for 10 minutes.
  • Drizzle cream cheese frosting on top of French toast.
Nutrition Facts
Gooey Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 3954
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 1198.7mg400%
Carbohydrates 562.8g188%
Fiber 14.6g61%
Sugar 342.9g381%
Protein 91g182%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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34 comments

  • Can you use reg white bread

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    • If you can’t get your hands on challah, I would recommend french bread or croissants. I worry that regular white bread wouldn’t hold up well to the custard. You want big thick bread chunks!

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  • Love it keep up the good work, Ted

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  • This looks so good!! I’m going to make it BEFORE Easter!! Thank-you

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    • I’d make it every weekend if I could! Enjoy!

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  • I’m hoping to make this for christmas morning but I don’t have access to challah bread.. what other types would you recommend in place of it? Thank you!

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    • French or even croissants are wonderful in it!

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  • OMG! Want. Now. Can’t wait to try this.

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    • Hope you love it!

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  • This is actually a variation on the classic British bread’n’butter pudding. It looks devine!

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  • Is there a bread you would recommend in place of challah?

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  • This will definitely be on my brunch buffet table for Easter! YUM!

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  • Omg girlie I had no idea you had your own blog! ! I’m making this for my kids for breakfast in the morning! !

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  • I need this right now.

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  • This sounds absolutely amazing! I want this on my Easter brunch spread so bad!

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    • I want it tomorrow!

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  • Looks super – what size casserole dish did you use?

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    • Hi Lynn, It’s an 8×9 or 8×8 inch casserole dish!

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  • ohmyGOSHHHHH! I am obsessed. This is the perfect breakfast!!!! Pinning!

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  • French Toast Casserole is my favorite for brunch! The cinnamon roll twist is brilliant!

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  • Oh yum, This sounds absolutely delicious.

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  • Even though I don’t hide eggs on Easter anymore, you casserole has me thinking about it. 🙂

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  • This looks wonderful! I want to dig right it. It would be perfect for entertaining too.

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    • It totally would!

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  • This looks amazing Nicole!! Definitely Easter brunch worthy. Love challah. Yum!

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    • Thanks Karen!!

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  • Can this be in the fridge overnight and cooked in the morning?

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    • Bonnie, yes it definitely can! The layers might get muddled together, but that’s fine! Just make sure you cook it a little bit longer until the custard is cooked all the way through!

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  • Brunch is my favorite meal and this is one incredible casserole! Love the cream cheese frosting.

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    • Thanks Ashley!!

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  • I’m totally making this for Easter! Everyone is going to love waking up to a great casserole!

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    • I want to come!

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      • I am definitely going to make this. Am drooling already! How many does it serve?

      • Hi Sue, it depends on the slices as it is a little more rich, but 6-9 is what we can serve.

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