How do you make a Cinnamon French Toast Bake the easy way? With this little hack using Pillsbury cinnamon rolls. That’s how. 😉
Think lazy weekend mornings or for serving overnight guests without a lot of fuss. This french toast bake is east and kid-friendly. It can even be made the night before then just popped in the oven to bake in the morning so it’s a great choice if you’re wondering what to make for Christmas morning breakfast.
What makes this cinnamon french toast recipe so easy?
As I mentioned, this french toast casserole uses cinnamon roll dough instead of bread. Bread tends to get soggy when you add eggs and a creamy-cinnamon topping. The cinnamon roll dough however, holds up like a champ! In fact, think about what happens when you bake cinnamon rolls straight up, they get dry. So this is basically like the best of both worlds—a cross between cinnamon rolls and cinnamon french toast which results in a perfectly moist, sticky and a deliciously perfect breakfast treat. Nom!
Inspired by Pillsbury’s Cinnamon Baked French Toast
I actually discovered this recipe via a good friend who made this for us during a visit to her house years ago. It’s a variation of Pillsbury’s Cinnamon Baked French Toast recipe using canned Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls. I was hooked after the first bite and was on a mission from there to make it myself and of course, add my own little touches. I did start with the original recipe by Pillsbury at first then experimented from there. The final version I landed on differs in that I added extra cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour; and reduced the eggs and cream so it didn’t get too soggy or overly eggy. The flour helps the egg stick to the cinnamon rolls, in case you get to that and you’re thinking about leaving it out. Just keep this in mind. Per my friend’s recommendation, I also left off the maple syrup because it’s plenty sweet enough without it. In my opinion. If you want to go all out and add it back, by all means, do it. If you just want a little hint of maple flavor, you could add a splash into the egg batter.
I’ve seen variations of french toast bake this that also include pumpkin (perfect for fall!), cream cheese and apples. So, have fun with this. Add sprinkles and make it into a birthday breakfast if you want. It’s really a very versatile and well-loved breakfast casserole.
So my recipe below includes my tweaks after making and adjusting the ingredients many times over to get everything just right. It doesn’t have any of the extras nor does it need anything extra but once you master this base recipe, you can get as creative as you want. I actually even made this a slightly different way and came up with a version that’s more of a pull apart bread loaf if you want to try that here’s the recipe: Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread.
If you really can’t get enough of cinnamon rolls, check out my heart-shaped cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing too (perfect for Valentine’s day)
This is easy but will it taste good?
YES! This is the most popular recipe on my entire site, I’ve been working on this recipe for a long time to make sure it’s absolutely perfectly delicious!
This cinnamon french toast recipe has actually been pinned more than 170,000 times and has been “tried” on Pinterest with rave reviews so I’m pretty confident you’ll love it, too!
Of course, I’m always open to improving so please let me know what you think and if you changed anything to make it even better. All feedback welcome! You can review the recipe below and/or leave a comment.