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Peach Cobbler Baked French Toast

May 11, 2024
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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Have dessert for breakfast with our Peach Cobbler Baked French Toast! It's perfectly sweet, fluffy, and downright addictive.

Peach Cobbler Baked French Toast

Elevate your breakfast game with our Peach Cobbler Baked French Toast recipe! It's a delicious mash-up of two classics—peach cobbler + French toast—that will make your mornings extra special. With layers of fluffy bread, sweet peaches, and a buttery topping, it's a treat that's perfect for lazy weekends or whenever you're craving something cozy and indulgent. Gluten-free, Vegan + Make-ahead option.

Two plates of french toast on yellow plates with glasses of orange juice and pecans.

With Mother’s Day around the corner, I wanted to share my latest breakfast obsession--- Peach Cobbler Baked French Toast! When it comes to breakfast or brunch, I'm all about French toast. Don't get me wrong, pancakes + waffles are strong contenders too, but French toast has that extra special something.

This French toast recipe takes inspiration from one of my all-time favorite desserts—Southern Peach Cobbler. I just had to find a way to turn it into a breakfast. Haha. And since my Baked Crunch Cinnamon French Toast was such a hit, I couldn't resist creating another version. Using canned peaches means you can enjoy it year-round, and the baking process makes it a breeze—just set it and forget it!

It's a buttery, juicy delight with the sweetness of the peaches infusing every bite. It's been a total hit in my house. Imagine perfectly fluffy, caramelized French toast with a peach cobbler twist that tastes just like the real thing!

Of course, if you just want to whip together a smaller french toast for yourself, you'll enjoy this Balsamic Strawberry Brioche French ToastCaramelized Apple French ToastStrawberry French Toast Trifle, and Dairy-Free Blueberry French Toast.

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Why You'll Love This Peach Cobbler Baked French Toast

  • The bread is thick + fluffy!
  • Brings peach cobbler vibes to breakfast
  • It has a velvety, soft and tender texture in the center.
  • Not too sweet, but perfectly sweetened.
  • It's warm and comforting, especially due to the warming spices.
  • Perfect for the entire family!
French toast on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

How to Make Peach Cobbler Baked French Toast

I'm a big fan of baked French toast because it lets the oven do all the heavy lifting. All you have to do is the regular dipping and soaking of the bread, plus whip up the special peach cobbler topping! See the recipe card below for the full step-by-step breakdown.

Ingredients

BAKED FRENCH TOAST:

  • Bread. You can use challah, brioche, or sourdough. I recommend using day-old bread so it can better soak up all that eggy deliciousness. My Easy Fluffy Vegan Brioche Bread is my favorite for this recipe. 
  • Eggs. It's best to use room-temperature eggs for easy whisking. I like to use organic. For a vegan option, you'll need 3 'flax eggs' or 'chia eggs' or an alternative like Just Egg.
  • Almond milk. You can use any plant-based, or dairy-based milk you like. Just let it come to room temperature before adding to the French toast.
  • Vanilla extract. Use pure vanilla extract for the best vanilla flavor. 
  • Maple syrup. I love using pure maple syrup as a natural sweetener, however, you can sub with organic cane sugar, brown sugar, coconut sugar, or raw organic honey.
  • Spices. Ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg + a pinch of ground allspice. I love using this spice combo for a nice warm flavor for the batter.
Baked french toast lined on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

PEACH COBBLER TOPPING:

  • Organic sliced canned peaches. Drained.
  • Unsalted butter. You can use dairy-free butter if you want to make this recipe vegan!
  • Brown sugar. This helps the topping to caramelize.
  • Vanilla extract.
  • Ground cinnamon + nutmeg. For some extra flavor.

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

  • Toasted nuts (You can use walnuts or pecans or your fave nuts)
  • Whipped cream
  • Pure maple syrup, for drizzle
  • Powdered sugar, sifted
Crumble topping on a baking sheet with foil paper.

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Here, I’ve curated a list of cooking + baking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baked goods or cooked meals, especially with this Peach Cobbler Baked French Toast recipe. Everything from my fave baking dishwhisk, and mixing bowls, and more. SEE THEM HERE!

Two plates of french toast with glasses of orange juice with pecans and forks.

What is the Best Bread to Use for French Toast?

For the best french toast, it's definitely all about the type of bread used. Traditionally, any bread (including regular sliced breads) can be used, but the following options truly make for the perfect bite + results in my opinion and it's always best to purchase an entire loaf and use slightly old bread. It soaks up the eggy custard even better this way. 

  • Brioche
  • Challah
  • Sourdough (Best for getting french toast with structure)
  • French baguette

What is the Ratio of Eggs to Milk in French Toast?

Making the perfect french toast is all about the egg to milk ratio, believe it or not! In order to come out with a richly tender french toast, the best rule of thumb is ¼ cup of milk to 1 egg per two slice. Of course, things won't fall apart if you don't follow this, but it'll surely increase your chances of the best results. Another trick-----to avoid the "scrambled egg" taste, use only the egg yolks instead of the entire egg. Wallah!

Up close shot of french toast in a yellow plate with forks and orange juice.

Baked vs. Pan-Fried French Toast

Both baked and pan-fried French toast recipes are delicious, however, I prefer the one that takes less active cooking time, especially on the weekends where I’m extremely laid back.

Instead of frying your French toast in butter over the stove, try a baked version. It’s easier to whip together, makes less mess (yes, to tossing everything together in one dish), makes a pretty decent batch for the entire family, and is basically “set it + forget it” vibes.

What Other Dairy-Free Milks Can I Use?

Everything in this recipe is completely delish as is, but if you'd like to switch things up with the type of plant-based milk that you use-----that's totally fine! The world of plant-based milk is constantly expanding, it's hard to keep up! From the classics like cashew milksesame milk, soy milk, and almond milk, we now have delicious options like oat milk and even potato and quinoa milk.

Up close shot of french toast.

How To Dry Bread Hack

OK, so if you're in a hurry or just feel to make this recipe, but your bead isn't day old or stale just yet, no worries! There's a hack that works that'll get you the results you need in the knick of time:

Quick option: Lay your slices of bread unto a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 300 degrees for 5-10 minutes until it "drys out".

Overnight option: Lay your slices of bread on a baking sheet or wire cooling rack overnight. Air will quickly dry out the surface of the bread.

Tips For Making the Best French Toast

When it comes to making the perfect French Toast in general, I wasn't always a master at it. To be honest, I often ruined my toast pretty badly because it would stick to the pan and become this mush. Haha. Now that I've practiced a TON, I was able to learn a few tricks along the way which hopefully can help you when making this Peach Cobbler Baked French Toast recipe:

TIP 1: THE BREAD QUALITY MATTERS.

One of my first mistakes was thinking that I could use any type of bread when it came to french toast. However, I was wrong. For the best, fluffy french toast, using the correct bread matters A LOT!

Personally, I've found that the following breads work perfectly: brioche, challah, french bread, etc. Basically, you want a bread that produces a dense crumb and that can hold up well in the custard.

TIP 2: INGREDIENTS AT ROOM TEMP IS KING!

You definitely want to make sure that all of your ingredients (whether using eggs or not) are at room temperature and not cold. This ensures that your melted butter doesn't become grainy or hardened in the process and that the custard is smooth, which helps your french toast to cook nicely and remain smooth.

TIP 3: SOAK IT REAL GOOD!

The other important tip is to ensure that your bread slices are soaked nicely within the custard. This is why using quality bread every time matters. Getting a good soaked bread makes everything perfectly fried or baked and less sticky for the frying mess!

TIP 4: ALWAYS USE A NON-STICK PAN OR DISH + DON'T SKIP BUTTER.

You read that right. To make my french toast perfect, especially vegan or dairy-free ones, I often fry them on a high-quality non-stick pan, griddle, or baking dish which creates an easy flip and slide right off the pan situation. In addition, always ensure that you use butter in between frying (or for greasing when baking) and remember----just a little goes a long way!

Eaten french toast on a yellow plate with a fork and orange juice and pecans.

Peach Cobbler Baked French Toast Q + A's

How to store + reheat leftovers?

Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 1-2 days. To reheat, add the baked french toast in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until warmed through. 

Can I make this ahead of time or overnight?

Yes! If you want to prep this recipe for the next day, simply pour all the batter ingredients in a large bowl along with the bread slices, covering it tightly, and keeping it refrigerated for 24 hours. Remove from the fridge and let sit at room temp for about 30 minutes to 1 hour before adding it to the lined baking sheet. Bake when ready to eat. Make the peach cobbler topping while french toast are baking.

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

Yes! To make it gluten-free, simply use your favorite gluten-free bred like sourdough or brioche.

Can I use a sweetener other than maple syrup?

Of course! Instead of maple syrup, you can also use organic cane sugar, brown sugar, coconut sugar, or honey as a substitute.

Is it better to soak French toast?

Absolutely! It's always best to dip and then soak your bread in the custard for a minute or so to ensure that it fully soaks in the bread and creates that tender texture in the center that we love!

Why is my baked French toast soggy?

Generally, french toast only gets soggy if you've used too thin, fresh, and flimsy slices of bread. Other causes can include too much milk-to-egg ratio in the custard or soaking the bread for too long.

Can i make this recipe vegan?

Absolutely! Just opt for vegan bread, vegan butter, and a vegan egg alternative such as 'flax eggs' or 'chia eggs,' or you can go for an alternative like Just Egg.

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Up close shot of french toast in a yellow plate with forks and orange juice.

Peach Cobbler Baked French Toast

May 11, 2024
5 from 1 vote
Elevate your breakfast game with our Peach Cobbler Baked French Toast recipe! It's a delicious mash-up of two classics—peach cobbler + French toast—that will make your mornings extra special. With layers of fluffy bread, sweet peaches, and a buttery topping, it's a treat that's perfect for lazy weekends or whenever you're craving something cozy and indulgent. Gluten-free option.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients

BAKED FRENCH TOAST:

  • 1 loaf challah, brioche, or sourdough bread; sliced (Preferably a day old; See Notes for Vegan version)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup Almond milk (You can use whole milk or your fave plant-based milk)
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsps pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground allspice

PEACH COBBLER TOPPING:

  • 2 (15 oz.) cans organic sliced peaches, drained (You can use about 2-3 peaches, slicing them medium-thin)
  • 4 Tbsps unsalted butter
  • 1 cup organic brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

CRUMBLE TOPPING:

  • 1 cup organic all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup organic brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsps unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

  • Toasted nuts (You can use walnuts or pecans or your fave nuts)
  • Whipped cream
  • Pure maple syrup, for drizzle
  • Powdered sugar, sifted

Instructions

TO MAKE THE FRENCH TOAST BATTER:

  • In a bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice and set aside so that everything marries together and activates, about 2-3 minutes.

TO MAKE THE FRENCH TOAST:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Dip 1 slice of bread into the batter, soaking it in for a few seconds on each side. Then shake off any excess and place it onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all french toast are dipped and lined, keeping an inch or so apart.
  • Bake the french toast for 20-25 minutes or until fully cooked through (less 'jiggly') and edges are crisp and golden brown.

TO MAKE THE CRUMBLE TOPPING:

  • In a bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon, stirring until combined. Add the melted butter and using a spatula, mix until combined and 'crumbly-like'.
  • Add to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy in texture.

TO MAKE THE PEACH COBBLER TOPPING:

  • In a medium (10-inch) skillet over medium-high heat, add the butter and heat until melted. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla and stir until combined and everything begins to bubble a bit, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the sliced peaches and toss until well coated and cook for another 3-4 minutes, until tender and the sauce has thickened. Remove from heat. NOTE: For more tender peaches (if using fresh), you can cook for an extra 4-5 minutes or so, but be sure to reduce the heat to medium-low.

ASSEMBLE:

  • Remove the french toast from oven and let cool for 5 minutes or so before plating 2 french toast slices on each plate and topping them with a spoonful or so of peach cobbler topping, followed by 1-2 Tbsps of crumble topping and your fave toppings: powdered sugar, toasted nuts, and/or whipped cream, if desired. Drizzle with maple syrup, if desired!
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 1-2 days. To reheat, add the baked french toast in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until warmed through. 
  • MAKE AHEAD | OVERNIGHT: If you want to prep this recipe for the next day, simply pour all the batter ingredients in a large bowl along with the bread slices, covering it tightly, and keeping it refrigerated for 24 hours. Remove from the fridge and let sit at room temp for about 30 minutes to 1 hour before adding it to the lined baking sheet. Bake when ready to eat. Make the peach cobbler topping while french toast are baking.
  • GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: This recipe is already dairy-free (as long as you use dairy-free bread). To make it gluten-free, simply use your favorite gluten-free sourdough or brioche.
  • VEGAN BRIOCHE: To make your own vegan brioche bread, see my latest recipe.
  • SWEETENER: Instead of maple syrup, you can also use organic cane sugar, brown sugar, coconut sugar, or honey as a substitute.

Nutrition

Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 309mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 66g | Vitamin A: 757IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 196mg | Iron: 2mg

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