Glazed French Toast Cinnamon Swirl Recipe: In 7 Easy Steps

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This breakfast recipe for Glazed French Toast Cinnamon Swirl is a delicious recipe that looks elegant and tastes amazing. This is a wonderful recipe to make ahead or the morning of. One of the great things is that although it looks very fancy, it is very simple to make. The best of both worlds! With this dish, you are going to have everyone asking you for seconds, it’s that good. 

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Why Choose This Recipe

If you love French toast, and cinnamon rolls, you are going to really enjoy this recipe. It is absolutely amazing! This recipe gives you a delicious combination of sweet and savory mixed with a dense yet fluffy texture. The taste of this delicious recipe is so warm and delicious, it will melt in your mouth. This makes the perfect breakfast that is easy to make and tastes like it took you a long time to prepare. 

French Toast

French toast is a classic, yet easy breakfast food. French toast is made by taking a slice of bread, dipping it in a bowl of egg and milk that have been whipped together until both sides of the bread slice are covered, then placing on a skillet to cook until both sides are golden in color. Top it with some sugar and cinnamon, powdered sugar, or maple syrup and you have a tasty breakfast that is delicious, but is simple and quick to prepare. 

Glazed French Toast Cinnamon Swirl

Glazed French toast cinnamon swirl is taking French toast to a whole new level. As you may have guessed from the name, this breakfast dish is a combination of French toast and cinnamon rolls. The finished product looks gorgeous, but the process is relatively quick and simple to make. We will go into step-by-step instructions with the specifics of how to prepare this breakfast, later on. However, to cover the basics to help you get a better idea of what it is, this food is made using slices of bread with the crust cut off. Pinch the sides and cover in butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon, just like a cinnamon roll. Then all you do is roll the bread into a roll, place it in a baking dish, and cover it with an egg/milk mixture and bake. Easy as that!

Why You’ll Love This Cinnamon Swirl French Toast

There are many different reasons why you will love this cinnamon swirl French toast recipe. One of the reasons is that it is like enjoying dessert for breakfast. If you have kids at your house, they will absolutely love having this dish for breakfast, and most likely ask for more. The other top reason you are going to love this recipe is that it is super easy to make! All you have to do is assemble it and bake it, your ingredients are already made. Let’s take a look now at some ingredients you will need in order to make this tasty breakfast recipe. 

Ingredients You’ll Need

In order to make this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

One loaf of bread (you will need at least 16 slices of bread)
Butter
Cinnamon
Brown sugar
Eggs
Milk
Heavy cream
Vanilla extract
Powdered sugar

Ingredient Notes

Bread. It does not matter what kind of bread you use as long as it is a soft loaf and can stick together easily. When I make this, I typically use the store brand loaf which is the most cost-effective. 

Butter. It works really well to have butter that is soft and moldable, but not melted. However, if your butter is melted, that will also work. If your butter is too solid, it will not work at all, and you will end up ripping your slices of bread. 

Brown Sugar. Using brown sugar works best for this recipe. You can also use granulated sugar mixed with molasses. By including brown sugar, it gives you the nice caramelized texture that makes your French toast cinnamon swirl so much better. 

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How to make Cinnamon Swirl French Toast

The process of making a glazed French toast cinnamon swirl is quite simple. To prepare this delicious breakfast, simply follow the steps outlined below. 

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Remove The Crust

Begin by taking each slice of bread and cutting off the crust. Be careful to stay as close to the edge as you can. 

Step 2: Pinch Bread

Next, take your bread slices with the crust removed and lay them out in a row of four slices. Pinch the edges between the four so that they form one long piece of bread. 

Step 3: Butter, Cinnamon And Sugar

Once your pieces of bread are pinched together, take your butter. Be sure that it is soft enough to spread easily. Liberally cover the top of each section of bread. Then, take brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the top. Smooth it out with your hand to be sure that all of the bread is covered. 

Step 4: Roll It

Now that you have your sections of bread covered, take a pizza cutter and cut each section of bread and cut in half the long way. Then, take each section of bread and roll one into the next, so that you end up with one large roll of bread. Place your roll into a six or eight-inch cake pan. If you have a pan where the edges detach from the bottom, like a spring-form pan, this will work best. Otherwise, a regular cake pan will work, just be sure to grease it very well. 

Step 5: Prepare Eggs

In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, cream, milk, and vanilla. Whisk until ingredients are combined. Pour over the top of your bread roll. You may have to pour a portion of the egg mixture and allow it to seep in before adding the remaining eggs. 

Step 6: Bake

Now your French toast cinnamon swirl is ready to bake. Preheat your oven to 400°F and bake for 30 minutes. Check on it to see if it looks done yet or not. If it does not appear to be done, increase your temperature to 425°F and bake for an additional 10-20 minutes. Remove from oven. 

Step 7: Cinnamon Roll Glaze

There are several different kinds of glaze you can top this dish with. I typically use a basic glaze made by combining powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Simply mix this together and drizzle on top of your dish that is fresh out of the oven. Serve immediately and enjoy! 

There are several other kinds of frosting you can choose to use to top your dish. One other common favorite is an easy cream cheese frosting. You can make this by mixing 4 Tbsp soft butter, 4 oz cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar ¼ cup milk, and 1 tsp vanilla. Mix until frosting is smooth then add to your dish, serve and enjoy. 

Serves

This recipe serves six to eight people. The good and bad thing is that it is just so good, people are going to want to have seconds if there is enough leftover! 

Time

The total baking time takes about 40 minutes. Please note that this time can vary, depending on your oven and your altitude. Please adjust the time if needed. 

Preparation

The preparation for this dish is quite simple. However, if you are struggling as you prepare this dish, an alternative idea to make one large swirl is to make multiple individual rolls. To do this, each of your eight sections would make their own small roll, simply place them in the pan near each other, so that they are touching, before you cover them with your egg mixture. The rest of your steps will remain the same. 

Recipe Notes and Tips

A few tips and tricks to help the making of this dish go smoothly are included here to help you make a delicious breakfast the first time around. 

Pan. The type of pan you use to make this will impact the presentation of your breakfast. If you wish for it to be elegant in appearance, I recommend using a springform pan, or something where you can detach the sides from the bottom. You may also use a normal cake pan, simply be sure to grease the edges and bottom of your pan very well as the eggs will likely stick to your pan.

Cooking. If you are cooking your dish and it just does not seem to be getting done, feel free to turn the temperature of your oven up. However, if you choose to do this, keep an eye on your breakfast so that it does not overcook. You could also try covering your dish in foil so that the top does not get overbaked, and your insides are still undercooked. I have found that the top will turn a lovely caramel color and puff way up when it is done. If it looks like raw eggs on top, keep baking. 

Serve. Be sure to remove it from your oven once it is done, and cover with your glaze then serve immediately. This dish is best while it is still warm. 

Storage. If there happen to be any leftovers, you may store your glazed French toast cinnamon swirl in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. 

Reheating. If you happen to have leftovers, you may reheat this dish using your oven or microwave. If you are microwaving it should only take a minute or two until it is warm. If you use your oven, I recommend turning your temperature to 350°F and only leaving it in there for 10-15 minutes, just until it is warmed through. Keep in mind that re-heating your dish will cause your glaze to melt, so be sure to have additional on hand if you wish to top it off again. 

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Expert Tips

To make this breakfast like an expert, it is a great idea to have all your ingredients prepared and ready to go before you begin creating the dish. Once you have all your items gathered, it is a simple process of assembling and baking your delicious breakfast. 

Nutrition Information

While this is a very delicious breakfast to enjoy on occasion, it should not be made on a regular basis, as it is not very healthy. The healthiest parts of this breakfast are the eggs and milk. These ingredients result in 21mcg vitamin D, 118mg calcium, 2mg iron, and 117mg of potassium.  

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What to Serve with Cinnamon Swirl French Toast

You have decided to make this delicious recipe for breakfast, now what should you serve with it? There are a few great ideas that you can serve with a glazed French toast cinnamon swirl that will nicely compliment it. Since this dish is naturally more on the heavy side, look for sides that are light and colorful. Some great ideas to serve alongside this dish are yogurt, fruit, parfaits, bacon, coffee, juice, milk, and tea. Each one of these will give you a nicely balanced breakfast. 

Helpful Kitchen Tools

In order to easily make this recipe, there are a couple of kitchen tools that will come in handy to have on hand. Below is a list of our suggested kitchen utensils:

Measuring cups
Pizza cutter
Springform or cake pan
Mixing bowl
Whisk

Can Oven French Toast Casserole be made in a Slow Cooker

Yes, you can use a slow cooker to bake this breakfast recipe. Simply follow the instructions as stated above, instead of placing your roll in a baking dish, you will place it into your slow cooker and then add your egg mixture on top. Cook on high for 2 hours, or on low for 4-6 hours. This works well if you want to assemble it the night before and eat first thing in the morning. However, if you notice smells while you are sleeping, this is likely to wake you up early because it will make your house smell amazing! 

Ingredients

To make this recipe in a slow cooker, your ingredients will be the same as above. 

Directions

Simply place your roll of bread, butter, cinnamon, and sugar into your slow cooker, cover with eggs and cook on high for 2 hours, or low for 4-6 hours. Top with your glaze, serve and enjoy! 

For Overnight French Toast

You can prepare this cinnamon swirl the night before you wish to enjoy it, and then bake it the next morning. I would recommend preparing it as stated above, however, I would suggest stopping at step four. 

Method

You can prepare your egg and milk mixture, but it is a good idea to store it separately in your fridge overnight. Then when you get up in the morning, all you will need to do is pour the eggs over the top of your bread, bake, drizzle and serve.

More About This Recipe

This recipe makes a simple breakfast that is filling and tastes wonderful. It looks like a million bucks but requires very little time and energy on your part to prepare. Give it a try today and let us know what you think about this delicious breakfast! 

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FAQ’s

Can I Freese This?

Yes, you can most definitely freeze this French toast bake. It works best when you cut it into slices prior to freezing. Then place your slices into a sealable plastic bag or airtight container. Store in your freezer no longer than three months. Remove from your freezer and microwave for a couple of minutes or place in your oven at 350°F for 10-12 minutes, or until it is heated through. 

What Is The Best Bread To Use For A French Toast Bake?

You can use any kind of bread that you prefer. I like using store-brand white bread, however, any kind works. The more moist the bread is, the better it will stick together. 

Can I Make This Dairy-Free?

Yes, you can substitute the milk for almond milk if desired.

What’s The Ingredients For The Egg Mixture?

The ingredients for the egg mixture are eggs, milk, cream, and vanilla. 

What Is The Best Bread For Cinnamon Roll French Toast?

You can use any kind of bread you desire. The more moist the bread is, the better it will stick together. However, any kind will work. 

How to Reheat Oven French Toast

Simply preheat your oven to 350°F and bake for about 10 minutes, or until your dish is heated through.

How To Make Baked French Toast

Simply place your toast in a baking dish, cover with a mixture of eggs, milk, cream, and vanilla that have been whisked together. Bake at 400°F for 10-15 minutes or until eggs are cooked and the dish is starting to turn a light golden-brown color. Remove from the oven and enjoy right away. 

Ingredients in Cinnamon Roll Oven French Toast Casserole:

Bread dough
Butter
Cinnamon
Brown sugar
Eggs
Milk
Heavy cream
Vanilla extract
Powdered sugar

How to Make Cinnamon Rolls Oven French Toast

  1. Create some mini cinnamon rolls using sweet bread dough, canned cinnamon rolls or frozen bread dough. 
  2. Spray the bottom and sides of a casserole dish. Line the dish with your small cinnamon rolls. 
  3. Create your egg mixture by whisking eggs, milk, cream, and vanilla together. Pour over the top of your mini cinnamon rolls. 
  4. Bake at 375°F for 35-55 minutes. Top with a glaze made from powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Serve and enjoy! 

Why you need this cinnamon roll Casserole Recipe

It is easy and delicious! 

What to Serve with this Best French Toast Casserole

Some great foods to serve with French Toast Casserole are fruit, yogurt, bacon, milk, coffee, juice, and tea. 

Variations to Cinnamon Roll Casserole

There are several different variations to making cinnamon roll casserole, depending on what you use to create your cinnamon rolls. You can choose to make them from scratch, using a sweet dough recipe. Or you could take an easy route, by using a can of biscuits, cinnamon rolls, a crescent roll can, or a loaf of frozen bread dough.  

How to Store Baked French Toast Casserole

The best way to store baked French toast casserole is in an airtight container in the fridge. 

How Long Does Cinnamon Roll Casserole

If you are keeping it in the fridge, cinnamon roll casserole can last up to three days. If you choose to freeze it, it can last in an airtight container, up to three months. 

French Toast Casserole Ingredients

Loaf of bread
Butter
Cinnamon
Brown sugar
Eggs
Milk
Heavy cream
Vanilla extract
Powdered sugar 

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Glazed French Toast Cinnamon Swirl

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Breakfast, brunch
Keyword: Cinnamon Swirl, French Toast, glazed french toast cinnamon swirl
Servings: 8 slices

Ingredients

Bread Roll

  • 16 slices bread
  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon more if desired
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Egg Topping

  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Glaze

  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar more if too liquid
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp milk more if too solid

Instructions

Bread Roll

  • Begin by taking each slice of bread and cutting off the crust. Be careful to stay as close to the edge as you can. 
  • Next, take your bread slices with the crust removed and lay them out in a row of four slices. Pinch the edges between the four so that they form one long piece of bread. 
  • Once your pieces of bread are pinched together, take your butter. Be sure that it is soft enough to spread easily. Liberally cover the top of each section of bread. Then, take brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the top. Smooth it out with your hand to be sure that all of the bread is covered. 
  • Now that you have your sections of bread covered, take a pizza cutter and cut each section of bread and cut in half the long way. Then, take each section of bread and roll one into the next, so that you end up with one large roll of bread. Place your roll into a six or eight-inch cake pan.

Egg Topping

  • In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, cream, milk, and vanilla. Whisk until ingredients are combined. Pour over the top of your bread roll. You may have to pour a portion of the egg mixture and allow it to seep in before adding the remaining eggs. 
  • Now your French toast cinnamon swirl is ready to bake. Preheat your oven to 400°F and bake for 30 minutes. Check on it to see if it looks done yet or not. If it does not appear to be done, increase your temperature to 425°F and bake for an additional 10-20 minutes. Remove from oven. 

Glaze

  • Mix together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Drizzle on top of your dish that is fresh out of the oven. Serve immediately and enjoy! 

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