Gingerbread French Toast Bake

Gingerbread French Toast Bake has all the flavors of the classic gingerbread cookie. Assemble the night before and bake in the morning for a warm and delicious quintessential Christmas breakfast.

This breakfast bake is so good you could even have it as a snack, because who doesn’t love a good Christmas treat? I know my family definitely can’t get enough of them especially if its Soft Baked Christmas Sprinkle Cookies, Rum Balls, or Santa Munch Christmas Popcorn!

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Gingerbread French Toast on plate with butter and syrup

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Gingerbread French Toast Bake

I’m only a morning person one day of the year and that’s Christmas day. Getting up early is so worth it when you’re greeted with presents, a warm fire, and a breakfast that dreams are made of. 

This Gingerbread French Toast Bake is the perfect way to start or end your Christmas morning. Each bite is better than the next with the sweet custardy flavor and texture of a simple french toast combined with your favorite gingerbread spices, and a sweet cinnamon bread. This recipe is a true Christmas gift even Santa himself would want.

So, if you’re looking for a breakfast dish that screams Christmas, then look no further. No one will be able to resist this delicious and festive holiday recipe. It’s time to get started on this crowd-pleasing favorite!

cinnamon in pan to make Gingerbread French Toast

How To Make Gingerbread French Toast

(Full recipe at the end of the post)

We all love french toast for breakfast, but the same old plain french toast can get boring after a while. I love mixing things up and adding an extra special holiday twist to this classic breakfast dish. 

Start by whisking the milk, eggs, syrup, molasses, and spices together, add the butter and mix until well incorporated. Next pour the egg mixture over the bread, then cover the dish with foil and refrigerate.

Once the mixture has had time to soak, bake until slices are firm and golden brown. Remove the dish from the oven and allow to cool before dusting with powdered sugar. Now you’re ready to serve! Just don’t forget the butter and maple syrup!

Gingerbread French Toast ingredients

Take Your Gingerbread French Toast to the Next Level

Choose the perfect bread: While yes just about any bread you can make into slices will work for this, that doesn’t mean there aren’t superior types of bread when it comes to making a choice for this recipe. To really wow your tastebuds I highly suggest using cinnamon bread.

I love the Costco cinnamon bread loaves, but any cinnamon bread will just as good. The spices and flavors in the bread really make this recipe jump into the “out of this world” category. It’s truly amazing. 

Let it soak overnight: If you need this recipe to be ready in a crunch it’s perfectly fine to only let it refrigerate for an hour, but if you have the time I highly suggest letting the mixture soak all night. This allows the everything to really soak in, giving you the best and most intense flavors. 

Don’t forget the toppings: This gingerbread french toast is so good I could definitely eat the whole dish plain with absolutely nothing on it, but I love to add some extra treats on top to make it that much better. 

For the basic version just add syrup and powdered sugar. If you want to add a little extra crunch try adding some toasted pecans, or candied walnuts.  

Gingerbread French Toast in red pan

Make Your Magical Morning Complete – Serving Christmas Breakfast

Christmas is full of lots of excitement as we all run to the living room in the morning dying to know what the guy in the big red coat brought us. There are tears of joy, screams of excitement, and priceless family moments you’ll never forget.

While we all love that Christmas morning rush, it can work up a bit of an appetite. There’s nothing better than a post present opening breakfast to really make the day special. 

To turn this gingerbread french toast bake into a complete Christmas breakfast spread, serve it with my favorite crunchy coated bacon, a fresh batch of eggnog iced coffee for the grownups, and a red velvet hot chocolate for the kids. After a breakfast that good, you’ll definitely be winning the title of best breakfast chef. 

Gingerbread French Toast with syrup

More Breakfast Dishes To Make Make The Season Bright

Creme Brulee Oatmeal A creamy, yet firm oatmeal with a finishing sugary crunch that will make you forget that you’re eating something nutritious! Warm or cold, it’s perfect with a drizzle of milk and a side of fruit.

Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls The perfect Christmas morning breakfast!  Gooey, pillowy and full of cinnamon spice with an extra holiday pop of eggnog flavor in the creamy icing.

Southwest Baked Egg Cups Easy to make, nutritious and delicious but fast and portable.  Perfect for busy mornings when you need a quick protein-packed hot breakfast at home or on the go.

Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast Casserole A hot breakfast that will keep you chugging along right until lunchtime. It is so easy to make and your family will love it!

Blueberry Cream Scones Bursting with sweet and juicy blueberries and have a delicious sugar topping and a nice tender crumb.

Eggs Benedict Made with a foolproof vinegar free poaching method with luxurious hollandaise sauce and ham steaks on an English muffin.

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Is Your Mouth Watering Yet?

If you’ve made it through this whole post without daydreaming about the taste of this french toast bake, then I think there might be something wrong with you. Just while writing this I caught myself daydreaming at least three times. If you’re daydreaming too then you need to stop what you’re doing and go whip up this recipe RIGHT NOW! Trust me you won’t regret it! 

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Gingerbread French Toast Bake

Gingerbread French Toast Bake

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Gingerbread French Toast Bake has all the flavors of the classic gingerbread cookie. Assemble the night before and bake in the morning for a warm and delicious quintessential Christmas breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of sliced cinnamon bread (or French bread, cut into thick slices)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon each: ground allspice and ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: ground cinnamon*, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup melted butter, cooled
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray
  2. Arrange bread slices in prepared dish, standing at and angle and overlapping.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk milk, eggs, syrup, molasses, and spices together. Add cooled melted butter and mix until well incorporated.
  4. Pour egg mixture over bread, turning bread to ensure slices are soaked. Cover dish with foil and refrigerate at least one hour or overnight.
  5. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350° F.
  6. Remove dish from the refrigerator and uncover. Bake 20-25 minutes or until slices are firm and golden brown.
  7. Remove dish from oven, allow to cool 5-10 minutes before dusting with powdered sugar. Serve with butter and maple syrup.

Notes

  • if you use french bread instead of cinnamon bread, you may want to increase the ground cinnamon to 1 teaspoon.

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