Saturday, December 7, 2013

New! Cinnamon Baked French Toast Recipe

Baked French Toast Recipe



Oh my goodness, if you want to make the best french toast casserole, here's your recipe. I got the original  recipe from a good friend who made this for us during a visit to her house. It's a variation of Pillsbury's Cinnamon Baked French Toast recipe using canned Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls. I added extra cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar; and reduced the eggs so it didn't get soggy of overly fluffy. Per my friend's recommendation, I left off the maple syrup because it's plenty sweet enough without it. That's all there is to this easy french toast casserole -- great for overnight guests or as a family treat.

Cinnamon Baked French Toast Recipe
New recipe — now even better!
I recently (Dec. 2013) made some updates to this recipe to make it even better. It's now less fluffy and eggy and more moist and gooey. Also, a slightly shorter cook time. Let me know what you think of the new taste.

Ingredients

2 cans (12.4 oz each) Pillsbury flaky cinnamon rolls
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (half & half works too)
3 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
Icing from cinnamon rolls
Powdered sugar, if desired


Directions
1. In a large glass bowl, melt butter then together with sugar. 

2. Beat in eggs, cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.

3. Open canned cinnamon rolls, slice each  cinnamon roll into eighths. Place cinnamon roll pieces into the bowl of egg mixture and toss to thoroughly coat.Then pour the pieces, coated in egg mixture, into a greased 9x12 casserole dish and spread out evenly. Any remaining egg mixture, you can brush over top of areas that look like they might get dry.

4. Sprinkle with pecans and then bake on 350˚ on a low rack for 35-40 minutes.

5. Remove bake from oven. Warm icing from cinnamon rolls in microwave for 15 seconds; pour evenly over bake. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

Serves: 6-8

*If you like this recipe, you'll love our Cinnamon Apple Strudel Bake, also using Pillsbury cinnamon rolls!
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46 comments:

  1. can you assemble and refrigerate this the night before and then just bake...or will it get too soggy?Thanks

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  2. Good question. I haven't actually tried this but what I would do is prepare the egg mixture in a mixing bowl, then cut up the cinnamon rolls and put those in your baking dish. Cover each and store in the frige separately. Then, in the morning all you'd have to do is pour the mixture overtop of the cinnamon rolls and bake. Top with the cinnamon roll icing and it's ready to eat.

    I'm probably going to do this myself for Christmas morning so I don't miss out on anything!

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  3. One other little tidbit, last time I made this bake I added a little bit of nutmeg (maybe a 1/4 tsp) and it seemed to give it a little bit of a nutty/earthy flavor which I really liked.

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  4. Can you make this in the crockpot?

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    1. I haven't tried to make this in a crockpot. I'm not sure it would work out well since the dough requires baking.

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  5. Do you cut each cinnamon roll into eighths or the entire package into eighths?

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    1. You want to cut each cinnamon roll into eighth.

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  6. So the directions you have is the way you made it since you stated you cut the eggs and cream?

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  7. I needed more cinnamon and more icing when I made it. It was a little plain. Anyone know where to get or how to make more icing.

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    1. Lena Hicks FlaugherDecember 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      Just mix some powdered sugar, butter and a bit of milk to make more icing.You could also use cream cheese,butter and milk.

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    2. You can also try adding maple syrup as the original recipe calls for. That's how my daughter likes to eat this. :)

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    3. Drizzle a little water at a time into powdered sugar and stir until desired consistency - works perfectly!

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  8. Sandra, I accidentally bought the caramel cinnamon rolls last time I made this and really wanted the original flavored icing, not caramel, so I made my own icing using this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cinnamon-bun-icing

    If you dont have cream cheese handy, you can just use milk as Lena suggests. I would recommend including the vanilla extract to give it a richer flavor.

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  9. Made your cheese cake last night and if ROCKED got up this morning and made this french toast it ROCKED as well! Super Happy Georgia Girl!

    Crystal

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    1. Thanks for the feedback Crystal! You just made my day!! :)

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  10. Going to try this for a Easter desert!

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    1. Great idea! It works well as a dessert or breakfast. I've served it as both. Enjoy and Happy Easter!

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  11. Would love to try this but I don't have the cream or half&half. All I have is 1% milk, would that be too big of a difference for this to taste good?

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    1. 1% would be fine to sub for the cream. The egg coating will be a bit thinner and may taste slightly less creamy but it won't make a huge difference in the overall flavor — it should still be yummy! Good luck!

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    2. Thank you! Can't wait to try this, it looks so yummy!!

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  12. Can you refrigerate after baking?

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    1. Yes you can, just microwave a single serving for about 30 seconds to reheat it. I find it still tastes very good the next day.

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  13. I made a double batch today, first time making this and the cooking time is basically the same as a single batch. Lesson learned, that when you start to smell it cook, you should check it! It turned out awesome! as I did catch it in time! will make this one again

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  14. I'm Australian and have never been able to find the Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls that everyone seems to love. Is there a substitute I csn use or a recipe so I can make them myself?

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    1. Hi, there! Sorry it's taken me awhile to respond but I did find a recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls that are supposed to be a clone of Pillsbury's cinnamon rolls. Try this recipe here: http://betterbatter.org/pillsbury-cinnamon-roll-clone

      You might also want to check the freezer section of your grocery store. In the U.S. we have the brand Rhodes cinnamon rolls which would work in this recipe as well.

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  15. Perfect timing to see this on Pinterest! I'm going to make it either for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning! Thank you for tweeking it!

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  16. Sounds like smoe hyperactivity , followed be a nice nap. Can't wait for Christmas to try it!

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  17. Your recipe says 2 eggs -- not 4 -- ???

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    1. I recently revised the recipe to include just 2 eggs. That's all you need to coat wveything so you don't end up with a bunch if extra egg. So, yes, 2 not 4. Enjoy!

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  18. Hi, do you have the original recipe, I tried the original recipe and my family really liked it. Also is there a way to make this recipe for just two people. I want to make this for my anniversary when my fiancé and I go away for the weekend.

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    1. Hi Diniece, glad you and your family liked it! The revised recipe above truly is better in my opinion so I hope you give it a try but here's the one I was using previously (only difference is the old recipe had 4 eggs, no added sugar & less cream):

      2 cans (12.4 oz each) Pillsbury flaky cinnamon rolls
      1/4 cup butter, melted
      4 eggs
      1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (half & half works too)
      3 tsp cinnamon
      1/4 tsp nutmeg
      2 tsp vanilla extract
      1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
      Icing from cinnamon rolls
      Top with powdered sugar and/or maple syrup, if desired
      Bake for 40 mins at 350˚

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  19. I too am looking for the org recipe, I made it last year for Christmas brunch and it was a huge hit! I personally loved the maple syrup but can't remember how much and when to add it!

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  20. Hello! Please see my post directly above for the original recipe. You'll want to add the maple syrup as a topping after it's all cooked. Enjoy!

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  21. Can I cut this in half? It's just myself and my husband so I don't need a 13x9 pan ! Have you made a smaller version?

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    1. Yes, I've made this cut in half before many times. Cook time may be just a couple of minutes shorter and it can go in a small square pan or even a bread pan. Enjoy!!

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  22. Do you have a print option for printing out just the recipe itself?

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    1. I don't currently have a way to do that but that is a good suggestion and I'll see if I can add that feature. For now, if you want to send me an email via the "Email" link on this page: http://www.blogger.com/profile/03925544062043430486, I can send you a copy of just the recipe without all of the background images and comments.

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    2. Cut and past the recipe on a document and print. Thats how I save all my recipes! And this one looks delish, can't wait to try!

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  23. I added apple slices, raisins and nuts for a little something more and it was fantastic! Will be experimenting with other fruits too(blueberries, strawberries etc)

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  24. Did you pour all the egg/ cream mixture over the cinnamon buns?

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    1. Yes, make sure the cinnamon rolls chunks are each completely coated then whatever is left over, pour that evenly over all the cinnamon roll chunks.

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  26. I made this once before and the family loved it ( exception that my kids do not like nuts). So I decided I would make it again tomorrow and leave off the pecans.Went to the store today and I forgot the Heavy whipping cream! I think I will try to use my flavored coffee creamer and see if that works:)

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