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Cannoli Baked French Toast

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Sweet mascarpone-ricotta filling is sandwiched between fluffy pieces of brioche bread to create a Cannoli Baked French Toast Recipe that will wow you with just one bite! Top it with powdered sugar and thank us later! 

What Is a Cannoli? 

A staple in Sicilian cuisine, cannolis are popular Italian pastries that taste like heaven on Earth. They’re made out of shells of fried pastry dough that have been shaped into tubes and filled with a sweet ricotta cream. They come in all sizes and flavor variations and are served cold or at room temperature. No matter how they’re prepared, they’re always delicious! 

Why You’ll Love this Cannoli French Toast

For this recipe, we took the sweet flavor of cannolis and stuffed it into everyone’s favorite make-ahead breakfast! This baked french toast is: 

  • Easy to prepare ahead of time
  • Quick to clean up
  • Great for holidays
  • Perfect for breakfast, brunch, and dessert! 

Ingredients You’ll Need for This Baked French Toast Recipe

Just like cannolis, this recipe consists of two parts. The first component is the actual french toast. The second is the cannoli filling. Then, we’ll put them together to create a little flavor magic! Here’s what you’ll need: 

For the French Toast Bake

  • Brioche Bread – Because it is so thick and fluffy, brioche bread works best for french toast bakes. However, French baguettes or Challah bread would work almost as well. 
  • Eggs – Eggs work to lock in the moisture of the french toast and provide shape and structure to the bread thanks to their high protein content. 
  • Granulated Sugar – Granulated sugar mixes well with the rest of the ingredients and helps create a sweet flavor perfect for the cannoli filling. 
  • Whole Milk – Technically, any milk will work, but we prefer whole milk for it’s creamy taste and thicker texture. 
  • Ricotta Cheese – Ricotta cheese is soft enough to blend easily and is added to the egg mixture for this french toast to create a creamier texture and even sweeter flavor. 
  • Vanilla Extract – Don’t forget the vanilla! It’s crucial to help bring out the natural flavors of the other ingredients. 
  • Kosher Salt – It might seem like a strange ingredient to add, but salt helps balance out the sweetness of the sugar and ricotta and elevates the taste of this dish.  
  • Mini Chocolate Chips – Semi-sweet, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate chips all work great for this recipe. Pick your favorite, or try them all! 

For the Cannoli Filling

  • Mascarpone Cheese – An Italian cream cheese, mascarpone has a high-fat content and a dense texture that helps create a thick, sticking filling. 
  • Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese – Similar in taste to mascarpone, ricotta has a slightly thinner texture and lower fat content. As a result, it thins out the filling just a bit to allow for easier spreading. 
  • Vanilla Extract – Once again, vanilla is important to creating the best flavor. 
  • Powdered Sugar – Crucial for topping, no cannoli is complete without a little extra sugar. 

How to Make Cannoli Baked French Toast

  1. Whisk the eggs, milk, ricotta, sugar, salt, and vanilla together. 
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients for the cannoli filling. 
  3. Create a cannoli sandwich by spreading about 2 tablespoons of the mixture onto 1 slice of bread and topping it with another. Then, slice your sandwich into 4 pieces. 
  4. Repeat step 3 until all of the filling and bread have been used. Arrange the pieces in a baking dish. 
  5. Pour the egg mixture over the bread pieces. Cover the dish, and let it refrigerate overnight. 
  6. The next day, top the bread pieces with mini chocolate chips. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350° Fahrenheit
  7. Top your baked french toast with powdered sugar, and enjoy! 

How Long Does This Recipe Last? 

If you want to make this recipe ahead of time, leftovers can be stored covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. Don’t try to freeze your baked french toast, though! The mascarpone and ricotta will not thaw well, and the bread will become soggy. 

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Cannoli Baked French Toast Recipe

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Everything you love about sweet cannolis in the convenience of a baked french toast recipe, Cannoli Baked French Toast Recipe is a breakfast you'll look forward to eating!
Prep Time 12 hrs
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 12 hrs 35 mins
Course Breakfast, brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 259 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 loaf sliced brioche bread
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Cannoli Filling

  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, ricotta, sugar, salt and vanilla.
  • In a decond bowl, add all the ingredients for the cannoli filling. Mix until smooth and creamy!
  • Take one slice of bread and spread 2 tablespoons of the cannoli mixture. Place another slice or brioche on top. Cut into four pieces. Arrange facing up in a buttered baking dish. Repeat until all of the bread has been used.
  • Pour custard over the bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight! This will help the custard really soak into the bread.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Remove cover from the baking dish. Top with mini chocolate chips. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until it is golden brown. Dust with powdered sugar!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 433IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Keyword breakfast, brioche bread pudding, brioche french toast, cannoli, cannoli breakfast bake, cannoli french toast, easy french toast, french toast bake
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  1. What can you do with the excess filling? I didn’t properly follow the directions for 2tbsp cannoli per “sandwich,” but if I had I would have had a TON and a half of that mixture left. I still have quite a bit of it left and I only bought one loaf of brioche (17.64 oz)… What else can I make with it? I hate to waste.

    1. Yes, no filling should go to waste!! You can spread it on toast and top with berries, and/or bagels. Another option is making a smaller batch of the cannoli bake, bake it, let cool and freeze. You can thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and rebake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

  2. 5 stars
    This dish is so so delicious. My family devoured it.. I’ve made this twice before but this time for some reason I forgot to butter the dish. Will this cause everything to stick ?? Ugh. I’m so pissed that I did that

    1. Hi Tracy,

      No need to panic extra chocolate chips is the perfect problem to have! 🙂 … Add a little extra when its out of the oven and it will be perfect!

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

  3. My mom made bread kidding all-the-time and would leave sliced bread out over night to get stale. She only used stale bread for bread pudding.
    Do you recommend letting the bread get stale before using?

    1. No we don’t, the full fat ricotta we use doesn’t generally have a lot of excess liquid. If the one you have has a lot of liquid, you can certainly drain it.

  4. 5 stars
    I made this for my husband & kids as a decadent Christmas morning breakfast, and it was simply “bliss” on my fork. I followed the recommendation to prep it the night before, and the flavor was just insane! So good! The texture was also spot on; not at all soggy or soupy (I was slightly worried about that). I will definitely make this again for future special occasions.

  5. 5 stars
    WOW. I made this for Christmas morning breakfast while we open presents and it’s amazing! My son took one bite and declared this needs to be a tradition every year. The other kids all raved about it and I ate 3 helpings. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  6. I am actually making this right now and I am super excited to try it, I am a little confused that it asked for kosher salt but but it doesn’t call for it anywhere in the recipe. Am I missing a step somewhere? Thank you

  7. I would love to try this recipe (Cannoli French Toast Bake) but I am a little confused on the directions. Could you please explain step 3 a bit more. I don’t understand how you slice the bread. Do you mean cut the whole loaf in half lengthwise so you end up with 2 slices? I am sorry for my confusion. I love your recipes and I am an avid follower. Thank you! Mary

    1. Hi Mary- The bread is already sliced. You take one slice, add the filling, and top it with another slice to make a ‘sandwich.’ You will then cut them into four pieces and place them in the baking dish! Let me know if that makes more sense! Thank so much for your kind words and for following! <3