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An Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Bake for the Perfect Winter Morning

Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Bake in a casserole dish
PREP TIME
15 min
COOK TIME
45 min
YIELDS
8 servings

This comforting, fragrant French toast bake is the best way to wake up on Christmas morning. It can be prepared the night before and baked fresh the next day. Just a little bit easier than standing over a griddle and individually frying each slice of French toast! The egg mixture features traditional gingerbread spices (which scents the whole house as it bakes) and the cranberry adds a hint of tartness. For best results, use a day old loaf of bread as it soaks up the liquid better.

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Ingredients

1
loaf country bread, cut into ½ thick slices
8
large eggs, whisked
3
cups whole milk
½
cup dark brown sugar, packed
1
Tbsp vanilla extract
1
tsp ground ginger
1
tsp ground cinnamon
¼
tsp ground cloves
¼
tsp ground nutmeg
¼
tsp ground cardamom
1
pinch black pepper
1
pinch fine salt
½
cup pecans, roughly chopped (optional)
½
cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
Powdered sugar, for serving
Maple syrup, for serving
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Directions

mise en place for Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Bake
Step 1

Grease a 9×12 baking dish. Arrange the slices of bread in two rows, overlapping each other.

Step 2

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, black pepper and salt.

ingredients for Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Bake in a casserole dish
Step 3

Pour mixture evenly over the bread, gently pressing the slices down to soak up the liquid. Sprinkle with pecans and cranberries. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake.

a closeup of Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Bake
Step 4

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. If bread begins to brown too quickly, cover the top with foil and continue baking.

Step 5

Serve warm with a dusting of powdered sugar and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Bake ready to serve

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