Easy Cinnamon French Toast Bake – Using Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls! This easy, overnight, make-ahead recipe is a tasty breakfast for big families or for feeding house guests. Cut the recipe in half for small families. We make this for Christmas morning since it hardly takes any time and everyone loves it!
Think lazy weekend mornings or for serving overnight guests without a lot of fuss. This french toast bake is east and kid-friendly. It can even be made the night before then just popped in the oven to bake in the morning so it’s a great choice if you’re wondering what to make for Christmas morning breakfast.
The secret is starting with Pillsbury cinnamon rolls. I like using the flaky Pillsbury Grand rolls but any kind works, cook time will vary so best to keep an eye on these while they bake.
2 cans (12.4 oz each) Pillsbury cinnamon rolls
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp flour
3 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
Icing from cinnamon rolls
Powdered sugar or maple syrup, if desired
1.Melt butter and coat a 9×12 baking dish with the melted butter (There will be extra, that’s OK)
2.In a bowl, beat together eggs, cream, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
3.Open canned cinnamon rolls, slice each cinnamon roll like a pizza, into eighths. Place cinnamon roll pieces into the bowl of egg mixture and toss to thoroughly coat. Then pour the pieces, coated in egg mixture, into the greased baking dish and spread out evenly. Any remaining egg mixture, you can pour or brush over top of areas that look like they might get dry. Sprinkle with pecans (optional)
4.Bake in the oven at 350˚for 18-25 minutes or until light golden brown. Smaller, deeper pans may require additional bake time. Type of cinnamon rolls used can also vary cook time. Best to keep an eye on things and check one of the middle pieces to be sure dough is set before removing from oven.
5.When all dough is set, remove the french toast bake from oven. Warm icing from cinnamon rolls in microwave for 15 seconds; pour evenly over cinnamon roll pieces. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or top with maple syrup if desired. Serve warm. Enjoy!