Maple Walnut Baked French Toast

Maple Walnut Baked French Toast | 5DollarDinners.com

I started to make this meal in the 9×13 baking dish, but them switched to the smaller baking dish because I didn’t want there to be any leftovers…and I know that with a 9×13, we’d have lots of leftovers.  And from my past experience, baked french toast meals and egg casserole meals just taste better right out of the oven.

And not leftover.

So I went with the smaller 8×8 baking dish and heavy on the fruit!

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Maple Walnut Baked French Toast

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes (+ Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight)

Cooking Time – 30 to 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs ($.60)
  • 1/2 cup milk ($.05)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (free with Swagbucks from Amazon)
  • 6-8 slices of bread ($.50)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, divided ($.50) Bought on sale over the holidays!
  • Butter and syrup ($.75)
  • Fresh Fruit ($1.50) We had cantaloupe and clementine oranges

Directions

  • In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and maple syrup.

  • Place a single layer of bread slices in the base of the baking dish. Top with about 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts.

  • Pour about 1/2 of the egg mixture over the bottom layer.

  • Making sure to pour enough to cover the bottom layer.

  • If necessary, move the bread slices around so that they are completely covered with eggs.

  • Place another layer of bread and the other 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts on top of the first layer of bread and eggs.

  • Pour remaining egg mixture over the top layer.

  • Cover the top layer with the eggs, just as you did the bottom layer.

  • Again, press the bread slices around so that they are covered with the egg mixture.

  • Refrigerate at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

  • Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, or until begins to golden on top. Prepare fresh fruit while it’s baking.
  • Serve baked Maple Walnut French Toast with Fresh Fruit.

P.S. This easily doubles into a 9×13 glass pan.

Cost $3.90

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Comments

  1. Courtney says

    Hey Erin! I just wanted to let you know that I have noticed how great the pictures on your posts are looking. They are amazing! Love your blog and I’ll be getting my hands on your cookbook real soon!

  2. ChampagneMommy says

    Wow sounds amazing, what would you recommend if you have a nut allergy? Any ideas for substitutions other than just using the fruit?

  3. says

    I agree, egg casseroles and stuff like that are best right out to the oven. Get it while it is hot!! Looks great, french toast is my favorite breakfast, always has been, always will be. Thanks for sharing a new take on the old classic!

  4. says

    I live in MD and am currently snowed in but I want to go get walnuts right now to go make this!!! Once we get out, that’s the first thing I’m making.

  5. L.T. Schulte says

    Had a variation of the Walnut French Toast this morning, with the exception we added the Banana and Cream Cheese to it. It was Banana Nut French Toast! DELICIOUS! Thanks for the inspiration! My youngest son (16) said…”Mom – YOU made this?” Now, that’s a good thing….since he usually won’t eat anything I cook!

  6. says

    Erin,

    Made your french toast as part of my romantic frugal Valentine’s surprise for my husband. I used pecans instead of walnuts, but other than that followed it exactly and it was a hit! Thought you might enjoy seeing it I made sure to link back to your recipe, so other’s can enjoy it too!

  7. Meg says

    Have a quick question, can I freeze these without first baking?
    Having a baby in May and trying to stock up the freezer myself!!

  8. Debi says

    Made this the other night for my family, as we have a breakfast meal once a week for dinner. It was a HIT! I made an 8×8 and there was NONE left and everyone wanted more. lol Tomorrow we’re having a friend over for brunch and will be serving this again! YUM! I love it – super easy and frugal …. and YUMMY! :)

  9. Kim says

    I modified this slightly but otherwise it came out just fine…I only had regular pancake syrup on hand, so I sprinkled about a tsp. each of sugar and cinnamon on each layer. I think it came out just as sweet as using maple syrup. However, only 2 things I would change–maybe 4 or 5 eggs instead of 6, and maybe only 1/2cup of walnuts—don’t get me wrong I love walnuts, but the crunch overwhelmed the french toast texture and flavorjust a bit.

  10. Aizhan says

    Looks delicious! So I need to bake it first, and only THEN refrigerate overnight? The sequence of steps 10-11 confuses me.

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