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Gingerbread French Toast Bake

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Gingerbread French Toast Bake is buttery, soft and full of warm, seasonal spices. Assemble it the night before and wake up to a festive, filling breakfast or brunch!

Ingredients
  

French Toast

  • 8 cups bread crusty Italian or French loaf, cubed
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 4 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves

Streusel Topping

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons butter cold, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

Instructions
 

French Toast

  • PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F. SPRAY a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • POUR the orange juice over the dried cranberries.
  • TEAR or SLICE bread into cubes (about 8 cups total). PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F.
  • PLACE the cubed bread evenly into the baking dish. STRAIN the cranberries and SCATTER over the bread. Discard the orange juice.
  • In a large mixing bowl WHISK together the butter, eggs, milk, cream, molasses, and syrup. ADD in all of the spices and salt.
  • POUR the mixture evenly over the bread cubes allowing the bread to soak up the liquid.
  • TOP with orange zest and optional Streusel Topping if using.
  • COVER with plastic wrap or foil and chill overnight in the refrigerator if making the night beforehand. Or bake immediately.
  • BAKE at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes until the bread is golden and the custard is set (no liquid remaining).
  • Let COOL for 10 minutes before serving.

Streusel Topping

  • WHISK together the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  • Using a pastry cutter or a fork, CUT butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse sand, leaving some larger chunks.
  • If you do not have a pastry cutter you can melt the butter and slowly drizzle it in, being careful to stir the mixture with a fork.

Notes

  • Gingerbread French Toast Bake can be made the night before and chilled overnight in the refrigerator.
  • After baked, cover and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. 
  • Reheat individual servings in the microwave, air fryer, or toaster oven. Reheat the whole dish of leftovers in the oven at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes. 
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Author: Katrina Bahl
Keyword: breakfast, french toast, gingerbread