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Overnight Lemon-Glazed French Toast Bake

Need a great brunch recipe?  This Overnight Lemon-Glazed French Toast Bake might be just what you're lookin' for!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: french toast, gluten-free
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Tina, Just Putzing Around the Kitchen


French Toast Bake

  • 1 large loaf of gluten free French bread sliced into ⅓ to ½ inch thick pieces
  • 1-½ cups skim milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Lemon Glaze

  • ¼ cup butter half a stick
  • cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon skim milk


To make your french toast bake:

  • The night before, lightly grease a square (8×8) baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Add the sliced bread in 3 rows of about 8 slices per row, slightly overlapping. Set pan aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, vanilla bean paste, cinnamon and lemon zest.
  • Pour mixture evenly over your bread slices in the pan, making sure each piece is completely soaked in the liquid.
  • Cover the pan with aluminum foil and place it in the refrigerator overnight.
  • When you’re ready to cook/serve, take your pan out of the fridge and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Bake french toast for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown.

To make your lemon glaze:

  • While your french toast is baking, make your lemon glaze.
  • Melt your butter in a pan or skillet over medium heat.
  • Stir in granulated sugar, lemon juice and corn syrup until well combined and slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove pot from heat and whisk in powdered sugar. This will make your glaze noticeably thicker.
  • Whisk in 1 tablespoon milk – if you like the consistency, you’re done! If you want it a little thinner/more pour-able, whisk in the second tablespoon milk until mixture is smooth. (When you first add milk, your mixture will look lightly curdled – that’s OK! Just keep whisking vigorously until smooth.)
  • Drizzle about half your lemon glaze mixture on top of your baked french toast. Pour the rest of it into a small pitcher or serving bowl (with pouring spout) so that you/your guests can drip more glaze on the french toast if they want to.

To serve:

  • Scoop a few slices of french toast onto a plate.
  • Drizzle with more glaze (optional).
  • Dust lightly with powdered sugar (optional).
  • Serve immediately, and enjoy!


Try it with orange too!


Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 298IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg