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Overnight Cinnamon Bun French Toast Bake

Updated: May 5, 2021


This recipe came about to settle a debate in my house about the best possible breakfast: cinnamon bun or french toast? This cinnamon-y delight is drizzled with a yummy glaze once it’s baked and tastes like both!

Makes 8 Servings

Timing: 15 minutes, plus baking and resting.

Equipment needed: baking dish (9’’X13’’)


2 ¼ cups whole milk

1 dozen eggs

1 cup brown sugar, packed and divided into ½ cup portions

1 tbsp vanilla

1 tbsp plus 1 tsp cinnamon, divided

1 ½ stick butter, divided into 1 stick and ½ stick portions

2/3 cup flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F

  2. Slice challah in 1/2'' slices, set aside.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix one dozen eggs, vanilla, milk and cinnamon - set aside

  4. In the bottom of your baking dish mix 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 stick melted butter

  5. Layer challah on top of brown sugar mixture. You can shingle the bread so it takes up the entire dish.

  6. Carefully pour your egg and milk mixture over

  7. Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or ideally overnight.

  8. Remove from fridge when ready to bake and top with crumble* Recipe below

  9. Bake for 30 minutes covered, and an additional 15 minutes uncovered

  10. Top with your favorite icing, enjoy!

To make crumble: melt ½ stick of butter and mix with flour, ½ cup brown sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon until well combined and crumbly.

Nikki Glekas is the owner of Nikki Glekas Events, a full-service catering and events company located in Stamford, CT. She is currently operating with COVID-safe procedures and is happy to discuss your event and catering needs with you. To discuss further please contact or call 203.658.8659.

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