Holiday Breakfast: The Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Baked French Toast

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Photo by Ree Drummond
A houseful of Cajuns who've just downed a few bottles of champagne usually doesn't make for a quiet house, but somehow, this baked french toast casserole-type thing from The Pioneer Woman induced absolute silence amid the hustle and bustle on Thanksgiving morning. It was shocking. All eight of us were close-mouthed with cinnamon-sugar and little smiles on our faces. If we had thought bubbles floating above our heads, they would have said, "Damn, this is tasty."

Aside from being absolutely delicious, one of the best things about this recipe is that all the work can be done the day or night before it's served, so it's the perfect breakfast dish if you have a busy day ahead of you. Pop it in the oven when you get in the shower, and by the time you're dressed and your makeup is on, it's good to go. I've brought it to work and it's been gobbled up in a matter of minutes. And it's definitely the best for holiday mornings. Start a tradition this Christmas and bring a breakfast that's sure to impress.

Cinnamon Baked French Toast

You need:

  • 1 loaf crusty sourdough or french bread

  • 8 whole eggs

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • ½ cup whipping (heavy) cream

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract


  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoons salt

  • 1 stick cold butter, cut into pieces

  • Fresh fruit (optional)

1. Grease 9 x 13-inch baking pan with butter. Tear bread into chunks (or cut into cubes) and evenly distribute in the pan.

2. Mix together eggs, milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla. Pour evenly over bread. Cover tightly and store in the fridge several hours or overnight.

3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add nutmeg if desired. Add butter pieces and mix into the dry mixture until it resembles fine pebbles. Store in a Ziploc in the fridge.

4. When you're ready to bake the casserole, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove casserole from oven and sprinkle crumb mixture over the top. (If you're using fruit, sprinkle on before the crumb mixture.)

5. Bake for 45 minutes for a softer, more bread pudding texture. Bake one hour or more for a firmer, less liquid texture.

Scoop out individual portions. Top with butter and drizzle with maple syrup.

Photo by Ree Drummond
Usually with recipes, I'll make little notes like "next time, use less _____ or maybe try _____" but there's nothing about this one I'd change. The Pioneer Woman is good like that.

Does your family have a holiday breakfast tradition? Would you give this Baked French Toast recipe a try? Let us know in the comments section.

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For once, by all that is holy, could a news blog or publication, check their facts and give credit where credit is due or do "famous and rich" people just get a pass from any honest or truthful behavior.  Oh, that's right, I live in American, journalists are required to back up facts, have editors, or sources.  They can just print whatever they want and we're just dumb enough to believe them.  Nice recipe.  But is isn't hers and she should not be given credit it for it.  Damn, I'm so tired of all the dishonesty allowed because of money and advertisers.


Nasty looking food, as well as UNhealthy. Diabetes anyone? 


Whoa...The Marlboro Woman is a bit testy, don't ya think?? haha......Will be trying this...Thanks. 

The Marlboro Woman
The Marlboro Woman

Are you guys kidding me?  Is the Houston Press now covering cow pattie cuisine made famous by the faux little ol' ranch wife, Ree Drummond?  Three different blogs have exposed the "Pioneer Woman" as a fraud. plagiarist and author of an internet hoax.  Most of Drummond's recipes were lifted from community cookbooks she never credited. C'mon, recipes for cinnamon baked french toast are readily available all over the internet.    

I expected better from Houston's premiere food site.  Before you showcase more of PW's pilfered works, try googling The Marlboro Woman, The Pioneer Woman Sux and Pie Near Woman and educate yourselves.You've.Been.Had.

Kylee Reece
Kylee Reece

love this one of my favorites! I made it for mothers day brunch this year and will definitely be making for Christmas now that I have been reminded. Thanks Ginny!


Wouldn't you be testy is someone stole your recipe, attributed it to themselves and allowed readers to believe that you practically invented said recipe?  How about I copy something you write and post in on my blog as being my own words and taking all the credit and admiration that it brings?  Some call that plagiarism.  I call that plain old lying!


Wow. Can smell the bitter jealous rage steaming off this one.

Recipe looks delicious. Gonna eat it - with my mouth.


Good god, is revealing truth now become known as bitter jealous rage?  No wonder this country is so screwed up.  Call a spade a spade, Mitch.  It's not hatred.  It's truth and doesn't the truth set you free.  Americans believe themselves to be so moral and righteous and yet anytime someone speaks out for honesty and truth, we cry foul, haters, jealous, bitter.  I bet if a man had made Marlboro Womans comment, you'd sing a different story.  We woman are so known for being jealous, bitter, raging individuals.

Hillbilly MichelinStar
Hillbilly MichelinStar

Wow, superstars get more lucrative contracts than others.  I'm shocked that sort of thing could happen in America.

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