Baked Bagel French Toast with Maple Glaze

I’ve made my share of French toast.

With Hawaiian bread, as French toast sticks, as muffins, with gingerbreadpumpkin, streusel topping, and peanut butter maple syrup.

Baked Bagel French Toast with Maple Glaze - Soft, chewy bagels make the best French toast! So easy, no flipping required, and tastes phenomenally good!!

But using bagels is a first and it won’t be the last. This fast, easy, no-flipping, no-stovetop-babysitting, baked French toast is soft, chewy, moist, and tender.

It’s perfect for brunch or on a leisurely weekend. I made it over the weekend and wrapped up the leftovers in plasticwrap and had breakfasts ready for my daughter for the week.

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Baked Bagel French Toast with Maple Glaze - Soft, chewy bagels make the best French toast! So easy, no flipping required, and tastes phenomenally good!!

I used Thomas’ Limited Edition Maple French Toast Bagels. Making French toast with French toast-flavored bagels is perfect destiny.

The bagels are soft, chewy, full of robust maple and cinnamon flavor, and they smell amazing. Even in the sealed bag they made my cupboard smell like a bakery. If you can’t find this flavor use cinnamon-swirlcinnamon-raisin, or plain bagels.

I finished the dish with an easy whisk-together maple syrup glaze. It boosts the maple flavor even more, and adds a gooey, juicy, lusciousness to the French toast that’s more special than plain maple syrup.

Baked Bagel French Toast with Maple Glaze - Soft, chewy bagels make the best French toast! So easy, no flipping required, and tastes phenomenally good!!

Every bite of this French toast is like the sweet, soft, glaze-coated, perfect center bite of a cinnamon roll.

It’s an easy, comfort food breakfast that’s guaranteed to be a hit.

Baked Bagel French Toast with Maple Glaze - Soft, chewy bagels make the best French toast! So easy, no flipping required, and tastes phenomenally good!!

Baked Bagel French Toast with Maple Glaze

This fast, easy, no-flipping, no-stovetop-babysitting, baked French toast is soft, chewy, moist, and tender. It’s perfect for brunch or on a leisurely weekend. The dish is finished with an easy whisk-together maple syrup glaze. It boosts the maple flavor even more, and adds a gooey, juicy, lusciousness to the French toast that’s more special than plain maple syrup. Every bite of this French toast is like the sweet, soft, glaze-coated, perfect center bite of a cinnamon roll. It’s an easy, comfort food breakfast that’s guaranteed to be a hit.

Ingredients:

French Toast
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk or cream (regular, soy, almond, cashew, etc.)
1/4 cup maple syrup (lite or sugar-free okay)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt, or taste
5 Thomas’ Limited Edition Maple French Toast Bagels (or cinnamon-swirlcinnamon-raisin, or plain bagels), diced in 1-inch pieces

Maple Glaze
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
about 1/4 cup+ maple syrup (lite or sugar-free okay), adding additional as necessary for desired consistency

Directions:

  1. French Toast – Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a medium-large oval baker with cooking spray or grease and flour the baking dish. My baking dish measures about 11-inches by 7-inches. Alternatively, use a 9-inch square pan or a 9×13-inch pan noting that baking time will be reduced; set aside.
  2. To a large microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute. Wait momentarily so you don’t scramble the eggs.
  3. Add the eggs, milk, maple syrup, sugars, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and whisk to combine.
  4. Add the bagels and toss lightly to coat. Allow mixture to stand for about 5 to 10 minutes, stirring once or twice, giving bagels time to soak up the coating.
  5. Turn mixture out into prepared baking dish, loosely laying it in. Drizzle any unabsorbed coating mixture over the bagels.
  6. Bake for about 35 minutes (start watching more closely at 30 minutes), or until center is set and has dried out some taking care not to overbake as you want the French toast soft and moist. The coating does not have to be bone dry on all pieces. If you’re having difficulty judging doneness, try a small bite and if it seems too wet, moist, or underdone for your liking, bake longer. French toast will firm up more as it cools. Baking times may vary widely based upon bagels used, baking dish used, climate, and oven variance. While French toast bakes, make the glaze.
  7. Maple Glaze – To a medium bowl, add both ingredients and whisk until smooth. You may need to play with the sugar or maple syrup amounts slightly to achieve desired consistency.
  8. Remove French toast from oven, evenly drizzle with glaze, and serve immediately. French toast is best fresh, but leftovers will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 4 days and can be reheated gently in the micro before serving.
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59 comments on “Baked Bagel French Toast with Maple Glaze”

  1. I never had something like that before. But my mouth is watering already… :( I need sweet stuff… haha

  2. Oh my. This recipe is a complete winner in my book. We have a grocery store nearby that makes fresh bagels daily including a french toast cinnamon bagel. I might need to make these this weekend. The house will be flood with the smells of cinnamon and maple. I can’t wait.

  3. Baked French toast is the best, because again, no standing over the stove nonsense! You can actually sit down with your family and eat with them instead of feeling like a short order cook.
    But using bagels? Wow, that is some inspiration. I love it! Never even occurred to me, and now I know I’ve been missing out. Genius!

  4. YUM!!!! this is like having dessert for breakfast…then you get all day to work it off. Love maple anything. Of course you know I’m probably going to throw in some raisins to help with my addiction. Can’t wait to try this.

    • like having dessert for breakfast…then you get all day to work it off. <---- kind of like eating the big Thanksgiving meal at lunch rather than dinner so you have the rest of the day to at least work it off, right :) And I love raisins too but it seems no one else does! They'd be GREAT in this!

  5. A french toast-i-fied bagel?!? SAY WAH?!!? Clearly this needs to happen to my life…and that maple? It makes the Canadian inside of me very happy ;) Pinned!

  6. I love a good baked french toast. LOVE the bagel twist…and the maple glaze!! PINNED :)

  7. Your baked french toast recipes are pure comfort food and using bagels is such a great idea–they have such a chewy, hearty texture. This looks like it would smell (and taste) amazing!! This kind of has a cinnamon roll/monkey bread vibe with that yummy glaze over the top….it’s like the best of all breakfast treats in one dish!

    • cinnamon roll/monkey bread vibe = funny you say that because I am making a recipe over the weekend that’s going to be one or the other or sort of both of those things in one :)

  8. WOW. Bagel French Toast. I think I’m in love.

  9. That glaze won me over! I always have some left over bagels when I make them because they go stale so quickly. I will have to do this next time…

  10. Averie, this is insane in the BEST way!!!! I don’t even have words…. pinned!

  11. You literally read my mind. Guess what I made last week??!!! But mine did not work out (too much egg; like a scrambled bagel casserole). This looks SO GOOD! It’s the perfect way to use up those extra bagels! Pinned, of course!

    • Thanks for pinning and sorry your attempt at making something like this didn’t go so well. I have learned with French toast recipes of any kind, easy does it with the eggs because otherwise it turns into baked eggs. Trust me, been there! ugh.

  12. Oh wow. My mouth is watering right now. Lucky me that I have extra bagels sitting in the fridge.

  13. Now I want a huge bagel or a big serving of French toast! This looks absolutely marvelous.

  14. You are genius! This looks amazing… tomorrow we are supposed to be snowed in and I’m totally going to get some bagels before the storm to make this in the morning! Yum!! :)

  15. Ooh, yum. Sometimes I find that baked french toast is a little too soggy for my taste, but I bet using bagels would take care of that problem.

    • I know exactly the sog-factor you’re talking about and many French toast is just too soggy for me as well but this…oh wow. The best chewiness ever! You’ll love the texture!

  16. YUM!! I will be putting this on the menu for Easter breakfast for SURE! I might add some of the peanut butter syrup from https://www.averiecooks.com/2014/03/french-toast-with-peanut-butter-maple-syrup.html
    because why not add peanut butter?!

    Beautiful pictures too!

  17. BAGEL French Toast?! You smarty pants, you. This looks award-winning. Pinned!

  18. I love french toast casseroles like this. They are much easier than regular french toast but with so much flavor. In my family we traditionally have a french toast casserole on Easter morning!

  19. I miss bagels so much, but my ass doesn’t!

  20. I love french toast, but I seem to ALWAYS end up over cooking them, or they’re too eggy or whatever. This method of french toast is SUCH an exciting prospect!

  21. donuts yes, french bread yes, texas toast, yes but bagels? Never thought to do that and yet its such a fantastic idea!

  22. What can be used to substitute eggs? Vegan,.
    Love the quick and simple recipe but not adding eggs. Maybe Vegg, egg replacer, applesauce, chia seeds/flax. Suggestions

  23. Bagels?? Wow!! Never thought of using it.. This is perfect for those lazy weekend mornings! It looks fantastic!

  24. I do love a good chew so bagels seem like the perfect thing to use for this!

  25. Wow! This looks so great! It looks perfectly sweet and chewy!

  26. Wow, baked bagel French toast… this is insanely awesome!

  27. Killer recipe! It really looks like a mix of a monkey bread…casserole..bagel…and french toast. Plus im sure others. And the glaze is truly the icing on the…er…not cake..icing on the french toast ;) hehe

  28. Turning bagels into french toast? Averie, you are a GENIUS. I can never get through the whole stack of them before they start to go stale… And then I just end up baking way too many bagel chips. (But since they’re my favorite part of Chex mix and I always pick them out, I suppose there are worse things in life. But I digress.) Your daughter is so lucky to have you as a mom and get to eat all kinds of delicious things for breakfast! :)

  29. OMG. Bagels in a french toast casserole?!? What a *BRILLIANT* idea! Seriously…this one deserves a standing ovation.

  30. Yes, yes, yes!!! Bagels make the best french toast casseroles. They are usually the only thing I use in mine because of the texture!!! And that maple glaze on top…I would totally be slurping some as I drizzled it on top!!! Pinned!!!

  31. I made this for brunch this morning to thank my bridesmaids for flying in to help me shop for my wedding dress. Everyone loved it! Thank you!

  32. This is just what I’ve been looking for, I’m hosting a brunch in a couple of weeks and I can already smell it baking! Thank you for sharing and by the way, your photos are mouth watering, I can almost taste it! :)

  33. Ooh, ALL of your french toast recipes look great! I’ve got to try one of them sometime!

  34. I made this and it was amazing! I wouldn’t have changed a thing! thanks for the wonderful recipe! 

  35. Made this multiple times. Well received. This weekend I’m going to attempt with some pumpkin spiced syrup. 

  36. I know you published this over a year ago, but my husband came home last week with a ton of Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Swirl mini-bagels! I gave some packages away but we kept a couple. I wanted to do something special and delish and searched for a recipe! I stumbled on yours! I just made this after we came in from church! Oomph, it is absolutely DELISH and YUMMY!!! I did not do the glaze it was great as is just out of the oven!

  37. Would it be okay to leave it in the fridge overnight?

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