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Boozy Bourbon French Toast Bake

Looking for something to make the morning after Thanksgiving as you see off your holiday guests? Or breakfast after a early morning Black Friday shopping trip? Look no further, recipe number two of bourbon week is this boozy french toast bake!

This french toast bake has major old-fashioned vibes with a splash of bourbon and a bit of orange zest. Sweetened with maple syrup and spiced up with cinnamon, where could you go wrong? And the secret ingredient? Challah bread. If you've never used Challah bread for your french toast, you've been missing out. The enriched dough brings an extra layer of complexity to this classic breakfast dish. You can make this the night before and just toss it in the oven in the morning, but it only takes 10 minutes to throw together in the morning if you're exhausted from all of your Thanksgiving feast cooking.

Top it all off with a sprinkle of raw sugar to help give you that perfect golden, crunchy top and you're set to bake! You can top this with regular old syrup, or if you're feeling adventurous, warm up 2 parts syrup and 1 part bourbon on the stovetop and drizzle over the finished project. Let me know if you give this a whirl. Enjoy!

Boozy Bourbon French Toast Bake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

8-10 Servings


  • 1 loaf day-old Challah bread

  • 8 eggs

  • 1 1/2 cups milk

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

  • 1/4 cup bourbon

  • 1 tbsp vanilla

  • 1 tablespoon orange zest

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 cup raw sugar (optional)


  1. Cut your Challah bread into 1" cubes and arrange in a 9x13 baking dish.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, maple syrup, bourbon, vanilla, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

  3. Pour egg mixture over the bread cubes, pressing any dry bread into the mixture to coat.

  4. Sprinkle the raw sugar across the top and cover with aluminum foil.

  5. Bake for 35 minutes covered, remove foil, and bake for 25 minutes more.

  6. Top with maple syrup and enjoy!


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