This Cranberry Orange French Toast Bake is my go-to recipe for holiday and weekend brunches. It never fails to impress and is super easy to prepare.
I particularly love this recipe because (a) you can use any sliced bread you have in the pantry, including gluten-free bread and (b) it can be prepped the night before.
I used a cinnamon raisin gluten-free bread, which was especially delicious. I also made this up the night before, then covered and refrigerated it overnight. It sure made for an easy morning and it smelled amazing baking.
With this recipe, day old dried out or crusty bread is diced up into cubes then soaked overnight in a zesty mixture of orange juice and Silk Protein & Nutmilk that has plenty of scrumptious wintery seasonings. Sprinkle with tart, juicy cranberries. And the following morning all you have to do is take it out of the fridge, preheat the oven, and bake it up. Let’s not forget the icing on the cake – a little maple syrup drizzled over the top, just before serving.
The bake itself isn’t all that sweet, but with a drizzle of maple syrup or even a dusting of powdered sugar you will have the perfect balance of sweetness.
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You guys are going to adore this Cranberry Orange French Toast Bake! It’s a fail-proof, crowd-pleasing way to serve up a fantastic brunch! Bring it to your next breakfast gathering, but don’t expect leftovers. You’ll be lucky if there are any pan scrapings left.
This french toast bake is INSANE. It’s:
Slightly crisp on the outside
Tender and custard-like on the inside
Wholesome and satisfying
Loaded with warm spices
And perfect for feeding a crowd
- 1 loaf gluten-free bread, left out to dry and cut into cubes* (about 6½ cups)
- 4 large eggs
- 1½ cup milk (I used Silk Protein & Nutmilk)
- 1 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons maple or pancake syrup + additional maple or pancake syrup for serving**
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- dash of cloves
- ½ cup frozen or fresh cranberries***
- powdered sugar for serving (optional)
- Spray a 9x13" (or other 3-quart casserole dish) with non-stick cooking spray and arrange bread cubes in an even layer in the dish.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, orange juice, maple syrup and spices. Pour egg mixture over top of the bread, making sure all of the bread gets soaked. Scatter cranberries over top, making sure to tuck a few cranberries into the crevices between the bread cubes.
- Let the french toast bake soak at least 15 minutes at room temperature, or cover with cling wrap and place in the fridge overnight.
- When you're ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for about 30 minutes and until tops are lightly browned - you want the bake to be moist, but no longer liquidy and not dried out either.
- Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar and drizzle of maple or pancake syrup. Enjoy!
**I used Walden Farms Pancake Syrup. There are no calories or sugar in this syrup and it was used to calculate calories, as well.
***If cranberries aren't your thing, you can totally sub with blueberries, raspberries or blackberries.
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Something to think about….
Have you had a chance to try Silk Protein & Nutmilk? So excited about the extra protein in my favorite nondairy milk!
How was your Christmas? Have any big plans for NYE? This Cranberry Orange French Toast Bake would be fabulous for New Year’s Day Breakfast!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.