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Festive baked gingerbread french toast casserole with cubed crusty bread, custard with warm gingerbread spices, and orange soaked cranberries, is baked until golden brown and crispy. It’s soft and tender on the inside, and crispy and firm on the outside. This baked french toast is the perfect make-ahead holiday breakfast or brunch on Christmas morning or any cold winter morning to warm you right up and make your holiday season extra special and memorable.

Festive baked gingerbread french toast casserole with cranberries is soft on the inside and crispy outside. The best holiday breakfast on Christmas morning. | aheadofthyme.com

Is it too early to talk about breakfast on Christmas morning? I feel that once December rolls around, it’s time to bring out the decor, pick up last minute gifts, and Begin meal prepping, especially with all things gingerbread. Enjoy this gingerbread bundt cake with maple cinnamon glaze, gingerbread muffins with vanilla bean glaze, or gingerbread linzer cookies with white chocolate.

Festive baked gingerbread french toast casserole with cranberries is soft on the inside and crispy outside. The best holiday breakfast on Christmas morning. | aheadofthyme.com

Ingredients

To make this baked gingerbread french toast, you will Ask for:

  • eggs
  • heavy cream
  • gingerbread spices – ground cinnamon, ground ginger, all-spice blend, ground cloves, and ground nutmeg.
  • salt
  • bread – try a crusty homemade French baguette or other dense loaf that you would love to bring the classic gingerbread flavour you love to breakfast. Some other bread that work well are challah or brioche.
  • dried cranberries soaked in orange juice – dried cranberries that have been rehydrated with orange juice for a little something extra. The flavours work amazingly and add a nice contrast in texture.
  • orange juice
  • for serving – maple syrup and confectioners’ sugar.

You will also Need a 9×13 baking pan.

Festive baked gingerbread french toast casserole with cranberries is soft on the inside and crispy outside. The best holiday breakfast on Christmas morning. | aheadofthyme.com

How to Make the Best Baked Gingerbread French Toast Casserole

You will have one very happy family with a festive breakfast like this. The best part is that it really doesn’t take that much effort to put this gingerbread french toast casserole together. It’s easy to make in the morning or prepare it the night before.

  1. Make the custard. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, heavy cream, cinnamon, ginger, all spice, cloves, nutmeg, and salt until smooth.
  2. Soak the bread. Place cubed bread in a large mixing bowl, then pour custard mixture on top. Stir to combine, and let sit for 30 minutes (up to overnight), tossing once halfway through.
  3. Soak the cranberries. Meanwhile, soak cranberries in a small bowl with orange juice for 10 minutes, then drain.
  4. Assemble. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with non-stick baking spray. Pour in bread and custard mixture and sprinkle on cranberries on top, dispersing evenly.
  5. Bake. Bake in a 350 F oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Serve warm with a dusting of powdered sugar and/or a drizzle of maple syrup on top.
Festive baked gingerbread french toast casserole with cranberries is soft on the inside and crispy outside. The best holiday breakfast on Christmas morning. | aheadofthyme.com

How to Store Baked Gingerbread French Toast Casserole and Make Ahead

  • Make ahead instructions: To make bake gingerbread french toast a day ahead, transfer the large mixing bowl with soaked bread into the refrigerator, cover and store overnight
  • How to store: Cover or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • How to reheat: Reheat in the microwave for about one minute or in a 350F preheated oven for 10-15 minutes until warmed through.

Festive baked gingerbread french toast casserole with cranberries is soft on the inside and crispy outside. The best holiday breakfast on Christmas morning. | aheadofthyme.com

Festive baked gingerbread french toast casserole with cranberries is soft on the inside and crispy outside. The best holiday breakfast on Christmas morning. | aheadofthyme.com

More Breakfast Recipes

  • Triple Berry French Toast
  • Egg and Potato Breakfast Casserole
  • Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
  • Gingerbread Muffins with Vanilla Bean Glaze
  • Cranberry Yogurt Muffins
  • Cranberry Scones with Orange Glaze
  • Whole Wheat Cranberry Bread

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Festive baked gingerbread french toast casserole with cranberries is soft on the inside and crispy outside. The best holiday breakfast on Christmas morning.


Ingredients


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  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon all-spice blend
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 loaf of bread, cubed into 1-inch pieces (French baguette or other crusty, dense loaf) 
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup orange juice
  • maple syrup (optional, for serving)
  • confectioners’ sugar  (optional, for serving)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, heavy cream, cinnamon, ginger, all spice, cloves, nutmeg, and salt  to create the custard mixture. 
  2. Place cubed bread in a large mixing bowl, then pour custard mixture on top. Stir to combine, and let sit for 30 minutes (up to overnight), tossing once halfway through.
  3. Meanwhile, soak cranberries in a small bowl with orange juice for 10 minutes, then drain.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with non-stick baking spray. Pour in bread and custard mixture and sprinkle on cranberries on top, dispersing evenly.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Serve warm with a dusting of powdered sugar and/or a drizzle of maple syrup on top.

Notes

Make ahead instructions: To make this a day ahead, transfer the large mixing bowl with soaked bread into the refrigerator, cover and store overnight. Then, transfer to a 9×13 baking pan in the morning, and add cranberries on top.

How to store: Cover or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

How to reheat: Reheat in the microwave for about one minute or in a 350F preheated oven for 10-15 minutes until warmed through.

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Festive baked gingerbread french toast casserole with cranberries is soft on the inside and crispy outside. The best holiday breakfast on Christmas morning. | aheadofthyme.com
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