Baked Bagel French Toast with Maple Glaze

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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!!

french toast breakfast casserole in a baking dish

French Toast Breakfast Casserole…With Bagels!

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.

But using bagels is a first and it won’t be the last. This fast, easy, no-flipping, no-stovetop-babysitting, baked French toast casserole 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 plastic wrap and had breakfasts ready for my daughter for the week.

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.

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.

serving of bagel baked french toast casserole on a white plate

What’s in Bagel French Toast Casserole?

To make this quick french toast casserole, you’ll need: 

  • Unsalted butter
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Maple syrup 
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Salt 
  • Bagels
  • Confectioners’ sugar 

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

How to Make Bagel French Toast Casserole 

Whisk together the melted butter, eggs, milk, maple syrup, sugars, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Add the diced bagels and toss to coat. 

Turn the mixture into a greased 11×7-inch baking dish. Bake until the center is set and has dried out some, taking care not to over bake as you want the French toast soft and moist.

Once the french toast breakfast casserole comes out of the oven, drizzle with maple glaze. 

Can I Prep This Easy Baked French Toast the Night Before? 

I haven’t tried this myself, so I can’t say for sure whether you can transform this into an overnight french toast casserole. 

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

Tips for Making Baked French Toast Casserole 

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.

You’re welcome to use lite or sugar-free maple syrup in this recipe if that’s what you prefer. 

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

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Baked Bagel French Toast with Maple Glaze

By Averie Sunshine
Soft, chewy bagels make the best French toast! So easy, no flipping required, and tastes phenomenally good!!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
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Ingredients  

French Toast

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk or cream, regular, soy, almond, cashew, etc.
  • ¼ cup maple syrup, lite or sugar-free okay
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or taste
  • 5 Thomas’ Limited Edition Maple French Toast Bagels (or cinnamon-swirl, cinnamon-raisin, or plain, 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

Instructions 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add the eggs, milk, maple syrup, sugars, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and whisk to combine.
  • 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.
  • Turn mixture out into prepared baking dish, loosely laying it in. Drizzle any unabsorbed coating mixture over the bagels.
  • 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.

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.
  • Remove French toast from oven, evenly drizzle with glaze, and serve immediately.

Notes

Storage: 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 microwave before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 445kcal, Carbohydrates: 63g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 111mg, Sodium: 212mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 50g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    Really an awesome recipe, but I prefer to use maybe 3/4 as much sugar and maple syrup in the french toast and make maybe 1/2 the glaze.

  2. 5 stars
    Really an awesome recipe, but I prefer to use maybe 3/4 as much sugar and maple syrup in the french toast and make maybe 1/2 the glaze.

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and if you can get away with cutting the sugar/syrup back and everyone still enjoys it, that’s great!

  3. 5 stars
    Y’all. This is the stuff dreams are made out of. I accidentally bought some Hawaiian flavored bagels. They didn’t go well with eggs, at all. So I looked up a recipe to use those bagels and this is now probably my favorite dessert breakfast EVER! Everyone loved it. I don’t think you can make any variation of french toast better than this. For the glaze, I did 2/3 cup of powdered sugar, and 1/3 cup of syrup, and it was the perfect amount and consistency.

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad this came in handy for your accidental Hawaiian bagels (that is something I would do)! I am glad this is your new favorite dessert breakfast EVER!

  4. 5 stars
    Y’all. This is the stuff dreams are made out of. I accidentally bought some Hawaiian flavored bagels. They didn’t go well with eggs, at all. So I looked up a recipe to use those bagels and this is now probably my favorite dessert breakfast EVER! Everyone loved it. I don’t think you can make any variation of french toast better than this. For the glaze, I did 2/3 cup of powdered sugar, and 1/3 cup of syrup, and it was the perfect amount and consistency.

    1. I have only made it as written so I can’t say for sure. If the bagels are staler/firmer, probably ok. If they’re real soft, they could get mushy.

  5. 5 stars
    This was SOOO delicious & easy to make. I thought it would be too sweet, but it was perfect. Especially with a side of bacon.

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad this was delish and easy and turned out just the right level of sweetness!

  6. 5 stars
    This was SOOO delicious & easy to make. I thought it would be too sweet, but it was perfect. Especially with a side of bacon.

  7. 5 stars
    I was able to bake it in the oven in my crock. After baking, I let it cool a bit and then put the crock into the electric holder to keep it nice and warm at work. It was a big hit and the aroma filled the office. I made it again for Christmas for family and everyone loved it. Thanks for such an easy and great recipe!

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you were able to do this in your crock pot and that it was well loved!

  8. 5 stars
    I was able to bake it in the oven in my crock. After baking, I let it cool a bit and then put the crock into the electric holder to keep it nice and warm at work. It was a big hit and the aroma filled the office. I made it again for Christmas for family and everyone loved it. Thanks for such an easy and great recipe!