Overnight Baked French Toast Recipe

Breakfast Recipe: Overnight Baked French Toast

By Latham Thomas

Whether preparing breakfast in bed for a loved one, cooking up brunch for all your buds, or owning the desire to treat yourself (you should!),  this overnight baked french toast recipe is sure to please.

This sweet treat gets better the longer it marinates, so we like to call it Overnight Baked French Toast. It’s easy to make, tastes great and, with orange blossom water and coconut, is even a little exotic!

Overnight Baked French Toast Recipe

6 extra-large eggs (non-dairy beaters optional)
1 1/2 cups half-and-half or milk (soy or almond milk, soy yogurt optional)
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon good honey
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 large loaf challah or brioche bread
Unsalted butter (non-dairy optional)
Vegetable oil
Pure maple syrup
2 tbsp orange blossom water
Orange slices
2 tbsp coconut flakes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, orange zest, vanilla, honey and salt. Slice the challah in 3/4-inch thick slices. Soak as many slices in the batter as possible for at least 15 minutes, turning once. If you can, soak the slices overnight to optimize the flavor. Place the soaked bread in a baking dish or a sheet pan and keep it in the oven for 45-50 minutes until the French toast is golden brown. Serve hot with maple syrup, orange slices and coconut.