is Your favorite dessert meets breakfast with this Baked Churro French Toast! So easy to make, thick challah bread is dipped in an egg mixture and coated with cinnamon sugar for a french toast bake that’s out of this world delicious!
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What Are Churros?
Churros are a popular Mexican dessert similar to donuts. They are a fried pastry that is coated in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. They have crispy edges, soft and spongey centers, and a sweet flavor no one can resist.
What Is Churro Batter Made Of?
Churros are made with Choux pastry, commonly found in dessert-like cream puffs and beignets. Choux batter has a paste-like consistency that is part way between a dough and a batter. It’s made by combining flour with water or milk, butter, and eggs. Once formed, Choux is thick and easy to spread and shape.
What You’ll Need for Churro French Toast
We didn’t make a Choux batter for this churro french toast, but we did manage to capture the sweet flavors and fluffy texture! We even managed to keep the ingredient list simple.
- Challah Bread – A traditional Jewish bread, Challah is thick, fluffy, and perfect for baked french toast.
- Eggs – Eggs are used to combine the ingredients and hold the liquid in the bread once baked. They also add an extra rich flavor thanks to their healthy fats.
- Whole Milk – Technically, any type of milk you have on hand can be used. However, we prefer whole milk, because it gives a much richer taste.
- Vanilla Extract – Vanilla adds a little extra sweetness to this dish and helps elevate the rest of the ingredients. If you don’t have any on hand, it can also be substituted for maple syrup.
- Butter – The secret to creating a melt-in-your-mouth texture and unbelievable flavor, butter is spread on the toast before baking.
- Organic Cane Sugar – Due to the fact that the molecules of sugar are thicker in cane sugar, it’s perfect for replicating baked churros. If you swap it out for regular sugar, the flavor will be similar, but the texture will be just slightly altered.
- Spices – For the ultimate churro taste, we used cinnamon and nutmeg to replicate the sweet and slightly spicy flavor we’re looking to achieve.
How to Make Baked French Toast
- Combine the eggs, milk, and vanilla.
- Mix the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together on a small plate.
- Slice and butter the Challah bread. We recommend sticking with ½-inch thick slices.
- Dip each piece of bread into the sugar mixture, making sure to coat both sides.
- Arrange the bread in a buttered baking dish.
- Pour the egg mixture on top, coating the slices evenly.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Sprinkle the leftover cinnamon-sugar mixture on top of the bread.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
Can I Make French Toast Bake Ahead of Time?
Yes, once baked, this churro french toast can be stored in the fridge for 4-5 days. Or, store it in the freezer for up to 1 month. When you’re ready to eat, warm thawed pieces in the oven or microwave.
Why Is It Soggy?
The most common reason why your french toast bake is soggy is that the bread was too thin. Make sure you use thick slices. Otherwise, they won’t be able to absorb the liquid!
The second most common reason we see french toast come out soggy is that too much liquid was used. Make sure the bread is covered with the egg mixture but is not totally drowning. Otherwise, the egg won’t cook, and your bread will be soggy.
More French Toast Recipes
- Fresh berries and sweet cream cheese are stuffed inside croissant boats to create this Berry Stuffed French Toast.
- Creamy mascarpone-ricotta filling is sandwiched between thick brioche bread to create delicious Cannoli French Toast Bake!
- A unique twist on traditional french toast, Lemon Blueberry French Toast is made with ricotta and Hawaaian rolls for a sweet and satisfying breakfast.
- These Cinnamon Roll French Toast Roll-Ups combine everyone’s favorite sweet breakfasts into one incredible dish!
Churro French Toast
- 1 loaf challah bread medium loaf (day old)
- 5 eggs
- 1 1/4 cup whole milk
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 Tablespoon butter room temperature
- 1 cup organic cane sugar
- 3 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- In a large mixing bowl add eggs, milk, and vanilla. Whisk until combined.
- In a small plate add sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix.
- Slice the challah bread into 1 inch slices. Butter each side with a thin layer of butter, approx. 1/2 tbsp butter.
- Dip each slice of bread into the cinnamon sugar. Arrange in a buttered 11×7 baking dish. *Keep extra cinnamon sugar aside to use before baking.
- Pour egg mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- When ready to bake preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove cover and sprinkle leftover cinnamon sugar. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with a dallop of crème fraîche and a drizzle of chocolate sauce!
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.