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Lazy weekend mornings are made for this caramelized Cinnamon Sugar French Toast. Light and airy cinnamon sugar french toast, made with a warming vanilla bourbon egg custard, nutty browned butter, and sweet cinnamon sugar. Every piece of toast is soft, buttery, and custardy inside, but crisp and caramelized on the outside with just the right amount of cinnamon sugar. Serve this french toast with whipped mascarpone and a drizzle of maple…beyond delicious.

It’s been so long since I shared a good breakfast recipe. No idea why, but I’ve been very into the cookies and cakes this month. However, something about this weekend really required a deliciously sweet breakfast. It’s been the longest week. I’m feeling like a lazy weekend breakfast is exactly what we all need.

Enter this french toast. It’s half cinnamon sugar toast and half french toast. And well, it might just be my favorite breakfast…because I will forever have a deep love for cinni-sugar toast.

Growing up, my brothers and I sure ate a lot of cinnamon sugar toast. It was my dad’s specialty and my personal favorite. He’d do his French toast up really simply, using whatever bread my mom bought that week. Then he’d use so much butter, and even more cinnamon sugar. Oh my gosh, it was good. Dad would always make his cinnamon sugar mix heavy on the cinnamon and lighter on the sugar, so that’s how I do mine too. And we loved it. You can never overdo it on the cinnamon in my opinion.

For whatever reason, I’ve been thinking so much about his cinni-sugar toast recently. So

much so that it ended up being the inspiration for this French toast. It reminds me of being a kid. When everything in life was stressfree, carefree, and my biggest concern was what outfit I was going to wear to school.

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Here are the details.

Like most French toast recipes, this is pretty simple to make and requires nothing fancy. I like to soak my bread slices in an egg “custard-like” mix. I always add a splash of both bourbon and vanilla. Using a small splash of bourbon really helps bring out the rich flavors of this toast and gives it something a little extra special.

So…soak the bread in the egg mix, then pan fry with a bit of butter until golden on either side.

Very basic, but then…

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The cinnamon sugar.

Once you’ve cooked both sides of toast, you’ll want to sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar. Then simply flip the french toast over, cinni-sugar side facing down. As the french toast cooks, the sugars caramelize and turn the top of the toast into the most roll your eyes back delicious treat.

It’s similar to creme brûlée, in a way, but with the flavors of cinnamon sugar toast and just the slightest bit of crispiness.

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And finally the mascarpone cream.

If you LOVE tiramisu, you’ll definitely want to make this whipped cream. It’s made with mascarpone cheese, which gives it the perfect light and creamy texture and the best flavor. Again, it adds something a little extra special to this French toast.

All it requires is just mascarpone cheese, whipped with cream, and a touch of vanilla. Seems so easy and simple, but do not let that fool you. It makes for the creamiest topping, and is perfect atop these french toast slices.

As soon as the french toast comes off the skillet, finish it with a light sprinkle of cinni-sugar, a dollop of mascarpone cream, and a drizzle of real maple syrup. Again, nothing not to love here.

When the whipped cream hits the warm toast it begins to melt over top and creates an even more custard-like french toast. The whipped mascarpone, in addition to the caramelized cinnamon sugar and sweet maple…mouthwatering! Sorry, cheesy, but I mean, I think you’ll agree.

Hoping so, because I really cannot stress enough just how good this French toast really is. My mom and causing Maggie said they could not get enough. This is one of those recipes that you’ll look forward to making every chance you get. The toast is warming, cozy, and so easy to make. Serve these up for weekend breakfast/brunch, then save the leftovers as a weekday on-the-go breakfast/treat/snack. Or work them into your upcoming Easter or Mother’s Day menus…crazy these holidays are already on the horizon.

Spring is coming!

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Looking for other breakfast recipes? Here are some favorites:

Cinnamon Sugar Brown Butter Popovers

Za’atar Eggs with Lemony Yogurt

Cider Pumpkin Waffles with Salted Maple Butter

Lastly, if you make this Cinnamon Sugar French Toast be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Cinnamon Sugar French Toast

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 420 kcal

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Ingredients

Whipped Mascarpone

Instructions

  • 1. In a large 9x13 inch baking dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, bourbon, vanilla, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Add the bread slices, and turn to coat. Let the bread sit 10 minutes, then flip and let the other side sit another 10 minutes.
    2. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
    3. To make the cream. Using an electric mixer, whip the mascarpone and cream together until soft peaks form. Add the honey (or maple) and vanilla. Whip to combine.
    4. When ready to cook, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the toast until light golden 2-3, then flip and cook 3-5 minutes, until deeply golden. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top of each piece of toast. Flip the toast, cinnamon-sugar side facing down, and cook 2-3 minutes, until the sugar is golden brown and caramelized.
    5. Plate the french toast cinnamon sugar side facing up. Sprinkle each piece lightly with cinnamon sugar. Serve with whipped cream and maple syrup. Enjoy 🙂

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  1. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe! Used the whipped ricotta from the youtube video to top. Personally I had no problem with soaking the bread, it wasn’t mushy at all. I did use Challah bread though as in the recipe and cut into the thick slices! Will make again for sure. Decadent!

    1. Hey Sierra,
      Happy Labor Day!🇺🇸 Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    I decided to soak the Challah bread for only about 10-15 seconds, flipped it once to coat the other side and then let the excess drip off before placing it in the pan. It came out perfect! Personally, I think letting the bread soak for longer than 30 seconds would turn it to mush, but that depends on your preference. This gave the bread just enough moisture on the inside while remaining crispy/crunchy on the outside. I really liked this French toast recipe – not too complicated or time-conssuming, but still a little unique. The whiskey bourbon definitely adds a little spice to the egg mixture, don’t skip it! Another great HBH recipe to hold onto 🙂

  3. After reading the comments and answers, I’m more confused than ever! Are you supposed to let the bread soak in the mixture for 10 minutes, or not?

    1. Hey there,
      Yes, you will let it soak for 10 minutes, flip and then soak for another 10 minutes, you can follow this recipe as is:) Please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    Just made this minus the cream and they were So good!! Really simple to make and the crispy cinnamon sugar coating was perfect. Another amazing recipe!! 😍

    1. Hey Morgan,
      Happy Monday! I am so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for making it! xTieghan

  5. Did not realize that I was not supposed to let it sit in the batter for 10 mins. The instructions make it seem like you had to do that. I now have failed French toast

    1. Hey there,
      So sorry you did not enjoy the recipe. The direction specially state in step 1: Let the bread sit 10 minutes, then flip and let the other side sit another 10 minutes. I am not sure what you ended up doing, but next time yes you will want the bread to soak:) I hope this helps! xTieghan

    1. Hey Chelsea,
      I’ve honestly never tried this in the oven, I really think a skillet would work best, but let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  6. 3 stars
    I usually have zero problems with all of your recipes and have LOVED everyone of them. I soaked my slices for 10 minutes and they were complete mush. I did need to sub brioche for the challah as my market didn’t have any challah so perhaps that was the culprit. I tossed the mush and restarted and did not soak as long and my slices were way better. Enjoyed the recipe after my restart.

    1. Hey Cara,
      So sorry to hear this, I do feel as though the brioche may have been your issue, it is super soft. I would try again with challah. I hope this helps! xTieghan

  7. When i soak the french toast before cooking, I find that my bread ends up getting soggy and takes a really long time to cook through. Any tips?

    1. Hey Mikala,
      I would just soak for the recommended time in the recipe and not much longer:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    I’m sure it’ll be in my breakfast tomorrow. I just prepared it using my pop-up toaster. It’s really yummy. Thanks for sharing pretty cool stuff.

    1. Hey Kathleen,
      Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad that it was enjoyed! Have a great week:) xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    So good! I made homemade challah for this which was super fun to do. I cut my pieces a title to thick but still so delicious!

    1. Hey there,
      Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! Have a great week:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Nina,
      I would do 375 for 35-45 minutes in a 9×13 inch baking dish. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  10. 5 stars
    OMG, this was amazing!! Sprinkling on the cinnamon-sugar at the end of toasting is a game-changer! And definitely sprinkling on more when serving ups the crunch factor. I only soaked the bread slices for 15-20 seconds on each side, and they came out perfect. I skipped the whipped topping and the rum, but I’m sure they would add a whole other dimension! But for me, just a pat of butter on each piece and a swirl of syrup was just perfection! I will never make French toast any other way again! And I love that this is so quick and easy when the mood strikes and you are craving it – no refrigerating overnight or baking for an hour! Instant gratification! 😊

    1. Hey Ellie,
      I am thrilled to hear this recipe was enjoyed. Thanks so much for giving it a try. Have a great week! xTieghan

    1. Hey Perrin,
      I am thrilled this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it! Happy Sunday! xTieghan

  11. 5 stars
    This recipe is so delicious! I omitted the bourbon since we didn’t have any, but it still turned out great. The whipped cream is SO GOOD. My daughter just said, “this is the best dinner I ever ate!” 😂

  12. 5 stars
    This was so yummy! I absolutely love this recipe, it’s delicious and looks super cute 🙂 I also appreciated how easy it was. I ended up using whiskey because I didn’t have any bourbon handy, and it worked out great.

  13. I wanted to give a try to these french toasts, but they came out super soggy. In my opinion, 20 minutes is too long time to soak up those bread slices in the egg-milk mixture. I’m actually from Finland and here we tend to only dip those super quickly and then fry on pan, so the bread don’t get soggy. I don’t know which way is more common.

    So next time I only dip the bread slices! Other than that, thank you for always creating such a good recipes, I love to try them and I always love the results as well.

  14. 2 stars
    Made this morning, unfortunately I think leaving the bread soak for as long as the instructions call for is too long & resulted in a soggy texture in the middle. So sad because nearly a full recipe went in the garbage 🙁 However it had great flavour & I will make again but less time soaking the bread.

    1. Hey Nicole,
      So sorry to hear this, was there anything you may have adjusted? The nature of a French toast is for the inside to be a little soft. Let me know how I can help! xTieghan

  15. WOW! I made this recipe for breakfast, it is delicious. I used stale sourdough bread instead of challah and I was sorry I didn’t have any mascarpone cheese on hand. the next time I will.
    Can I make it the night before and refrigerate? I also think the batter is so delicious I wonder if you could add bread cubes, refrigerate overnight and bake? it would make a wonderful Christmas morning breakfast.
    Thank you for your easy great breakfast.

    1. Hey Cindy,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try! I think it would be fine to soak overnight and then the bread cubes should work too! I hope this helps! xTieghan

  16. Wow! This met with rave reviews from my family. Made challah the night before and let 6 fat slices dry a bit. Turned out those 6 used up all the “sauce” but were also the perfect amount (2 each) for our three-adult family. I spaced and got ricotta instead of mascarpone so I found a recipe for whipped ricotta and followed that–very delicious. Thanks for helping us celebrate the last Sunday in February!

    1. Hey Rebecca,
      Thanks a lot for giving the recipe a try, I am delighted that the recipe was enjoyed! Happy Sunday! xTieghan

  17. 5 stars
    This is an update to my previous comment** I printed out the recipe before the changes made to use 2 1/2 cups of water ( I used 1-1/2) adding the extra water would make the pasta consistency perfect! Again I love this recipe!

    1. Hey Sheila,
      Thanks a lot for giving the recipe a try, I am delighted that the recipe was enjoyed! Happy Sunday! xTieghan

    1. Hey Kristin,
      Thanks a lot for giving the recipe a try, I am delighted that the recipe was enjoyed! Happy Sunday! xTieghan

  18. 5 stars
    Haha I couldn’t wait until tomorrow to share it with the family, so I made a solo serving! I’ve never made French toast before. Can’t believe it turned out exactly right. Thanks!

  19. This was a wonderful Saturday morning recipe. I topped it with some homemade (leftover) banana cream pudding and fresh bananas with a dash of shaved chocolate. DECADENT.

    1. Hey Mary,
      Thanks a lot for giving the recipe a try, I am delighted that the recipe was enjoyed! Happy Sunday! xTieghan

  20. Hi Tieghan! I’m always blown away by all your fabulous recipes… Everything looks so good! Is the bread your using like a brioche? I think I’m going to try this for Sunday morning breakfast!

    1. Hey Lisa,
      Thanks so much for your kind message! I used Challah here, but I also think brioche would work well too! I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

    1. Hey Estelle,
      Thanks a lot for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that the recipe was enjoyed! Have a fantastic weekend! xTieghan

  21. I noticed after the first batch the butter in the pan began to smoke. What do you do to avoid burning the bitter when making the second round of French toast ?

  22. I make a version of this now but am going to incorporate the bourbon and cinnamon/sugar. I have to say while watching the slo-mo video on stories, that bourbon pour seemed endless! Happy to see the recipe is 1-2 tbsp. Got a chuckle.

    1. Hey Meg,
      Thanks so much! Yes, it does, but it you are concerned about the alcohol at all you can certainly just skip it. xTieghan

  23. Now the dilemma is the incredible Creme Brulee French Toast or this Cinnamon Sugar French Toast. I can’t get enough of the Creme Brulee FT. I’m guessing this one is going to be just as ridiculously delicious. I might have to have a brunch and make both.