We fell in love with this easy and delicious tin pan brunch recipe!
French toast is one of our favorite breakfast items. It’s too rich and decadent to enjoy every day, but its rare appearance on our brunch table makes it taste even better. The only problem with french toast is that it takes time to prepare. Each slice of bread must be dipped individually into the dough. It is difficult to put more than a few slices in the pan at a time. Our oven-baked French toast recipe for sheet pans solves that problem and makes it easy to serve French toast to a crowd! Move over, Breakfast casseroles;; Leaf pan French toast just became the savior of brunch!
The Secret of Making Oven Baked Pan French Toast
This recipe is remarkably simple, but we use a two-step technique that makes the oven-baked French toast batter thick and plump. First, two eggs are whisked together with two teaspoons of brown sugar, one teaspoon of real vanilla extract, half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Whisk the mixture vigorously until the sugar has dissolved.
Then we add two tablespoons of melted coconut oil and three quarters of a cup of milk to the batter. It’s important to whisk constantly while adding the coconut oil to emulsify the fat into the egg and again when adding the milk to get a homogeneous mixture.
The two-step process may take an extra minute, but we promise it will be worth it. The result is a thicker dough that covers the whole grain bread more effectively. In the end, the oven-baked French toast turns out so much better!
How to make french toast in the oven
Traditional French toast recipes are made in a pan. After coating the bread with a sweet egg batter, the French toast is transferred to a hot pan covered with butter. The caramelization process begins by toasting the bread on each side, creating a golden brown color.
We’re taking the same principle and instead applying it to an oven preheated to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. The high-temperature oven works like a hot pan, but cooks the bread more gently. The risk of burning the bread is lower because it is not in direct contact with the heat source.
To do this, soak the bread in the thick batter for about two minutes and soak the egg in each slice. Then place the bread on a non-stick spray-coated baking sheet. When you put it in the oven, you will get golden brown slices of French toast in about 10 to 15 minutes. If the toast is cooked through but is not the color you want, you can put it under the grill for a minute to crisp it.
More delicious French toast recipes
If this French toast recipe sounds like too much of a fuss and traditional French toast is more of your style, check out some of these popular options. They show how easy it is to customize the French toast experience by making French toast in the slow cooker. You can even make a gluten-free version that captures all of the French toast flavor in a bowl of oats overnight.
- 2 Eggs
- 2 teaspoon Brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- prize kosher salt
- 2 tablespoon Coconut oil melted
- 3/4 Cup milk
- 8th Wholemeal bread slices 3/4-inch thick
- Cooking spray
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and set it aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt until the eggs are homogeneous and the sugar has dissolved. Add the melted coconut oil and milk to the bowl, whisking constantly.
Pour the egg mixture into a shallow bowl. Place the bread slices in the egg mixture and let the slices rest for two minutes. If necessary, turn them over.
Transfer the soaked bread to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the French toast is golden brown and cooked through. If necessary, place the sheet under the grill for a few minutes to crisp the tops.
Serve the French toast with maple syrup or fresh fruit.
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 10
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