It’s like French toast month on the internets right now.

Cinnamon Sugar Sourdough French Toast Bake with Whipped Yogurt Topping I

I thought I was being all cool and helpful making some delish French toast to share with my invisible internet friends but it turns out that everyone else is making toast that is French too. Whomp whomp. Add this to your ever-growing list of holiday breakfasts?

To enhance the holiday spirit, I’m watching Home Alone right now and it took me around fifteen minutes to realize that, no, they can’t just call Kevin on their cell phones because there were no cell phones. I remember the days but I barely remember the days. My dad had a car phone back in those days but that was as close as it got.

In 2013, Home Alone would be no biggie and in fact probably be the rave of the century because some kid would text all their friends to come over. I probably would not be invited because my idea of fun is making French toast.

But really. It is.

Cinnamon Sugar Sourdough French Toast Bake with Whipped Yogurt Topping I

So. You know my obsession with cinnamon sugar toast? Toast that is buttered and covered in cinnamon sugar? No fancy names here. Anyhoo – it is on my list of ultimate life comfort foods. I’ve even been eating it lately with sourdough toast and coconut oil. It’s been my French toast inspo.

P.S. all I really want to scream when I see this title is “I want some fraaaaaaaanch toast.” I need a life that doesn’t include movie lines.

My grandma used to have this little spice shaker guy that held cinnamon sugar. It’s such a vibrant memory in my mind and the moment I crave cinnamon toast, I see that little cartoooned dude in my head. I thoroughly tried to find a picture of said shaker here on the world wide web but it turns out that googling “old school cinnamon shaker” just brings up some cinnamon toast crunch, a few pictures of letterman jackets (what?) and an elderly woman with a bunch of jam. Not helpful google. You can diagnose my elbow pain as a life threatening illness but you can’t find me a spice contraption from a decade or two ago. You’re not right.

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Since I’ve still been consuming my fair share of that toast, I figured why not make a whole French toast casserole out of it? My local grocery store sells sourdough in long, fat loaves. They are the perfect size for a French toast bake and also quench my odd thirst for sourdough bread. I am currently infatuated. I’ve used these loaves for grilled cheese and for things like grilled bread with tomatoes. Can’t stop won’t stop.

All I did was melt some coconut oil and brush it on the bread, then top it with some cinnamon sugar and let it set. The coconut oil kind of made me feel like a grown up (which I certainly am but certainly don’t act like) but if you’re not feeling it, grab the butter my friend. No judgment here.

You should probably eat this on a cold snowy morning with the fire roaring nearby and a massive French press of coffee. I’d like to say do it on Christmas morning and it’s definitely easy enough for that, but hey now, that’s kind of a big commitment. I’m getting a little ahead of myself thinking you’d like to share some of my French toast on one of the biggest holidays of the year.

Plus, all we ever did on Christmas morning was make those orange rolls from a can and eat leftover cookies. So I’m not exactly apt to December breakfasts. It was perfect. It’s going to be a lifelong tradition.

Cinnamon Sugar Sourdough French Toast Bake with Whipped Yogurt Topping I

Oh wait. Let me tell you about this yogurt whip. I am HOOKED with a capital everything. I first had this a few months ago when I was in Utah – it was a chobani recipe that consisted of some yogurt, whipping cream and a touch of sugar. It was incredibly fabulous. I love fresh whipped cream but the yogurt makes it a bit heartier, smoother, more satisfying… yes.  It’s almost like a creamy dip of sorts. Better than whipped cream, almost as good as ice cream. Does that make sense? Plus, it’s freaking loaded with protein, which makes this health food! Total health food. Because I said so.

The best part is that you can use whatever yogurt you’d like – full fat or fat free, depending on your preference, along with whatever flavor you’re in the mood for. You can add extracts and make coconut or almond whipped yogurt. Now how about that?

Oh top of my yogurt whip on top of my French toast, I warmed up some Trader Joe’s frozen wild blueberries. Nothing extravagant but super wonderful, especially when the berry juice mixed in with the yogurt. I just love this whole combo. Give me some bacon and my life is complete. Dead serious.

Cinnamon Sugar Sourdough French Toast Bake with Whipped Yogurt Topping I


Cinnamon Sugar Sourdough French Toast Bake with Whipped Yogurt Cream

Yield: serves 4 to 6 generously

Total Time: 60 minutes + overnight soaking


1 or 2 long loaves of sourdough bread (or french bread/baguette), preferably a day or so old
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
6 large eggs
2 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
maple syrup, for serving
warmed berries or your fruit of choice, for serving

whipped yogurt topping
1 1/4 cups cold heavy cream
3/4 cups plain Greek yogurt
2 to 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, if desired
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Cut the sourdough into 16 or 18 1-inch thick slices. If the bread is super fresh, you can cut these and let them sit for an hour or two to dry out a bit. Place the slices on a cutting board and brush them with coconut oil. IN a small bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle a bit on top of the oiled sliced. Use the back of a spoon to "spread" and press the cinnamon sugar into the slices. Gently flip them over and repeat on to the other side.

Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Pour in the milk, cream, vanilla extract and salt, whisking until combined. Layer the slices of sourdough in the baking dish and evenly pour the milk mixture over top. I take a food 5 to 10 minutes and use a spoon to make sure every bit of the bread is covered, but it's okay if the tops are not fully submerged in the bread. Just make sure you spoon the milk on top to moisten all the slices. Cover the dish and refrigerate over night.

The next morning, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Take the french toast out of the fresh and use the spoon method again to cover the slices with the milk on the bottom. You can also move the slices around to coat them evenly. Let the dish sit at room temperate for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, place the dish in the oven and bake it for 30 to 40 minutes, until golden brown.

While the french toast is baking, add the cold heavy cream to the bowl of your electric mixer. Using the whisk attachment, beat it on high speed until stiff peaks form and you have whipped cream. Add in the yogurt, sugar and vanilla extract, and beat on medium speed, scraping down the sides if needed, until combined.

Let the french toast cool for a few minutes before using a spatula to get it out of the dish. Serve it with warmed berries, syrup and the yogurt whipped topping.

Note: the coconut oil does NOT make this dish taste like coconut. If you'd like to sub something, use melted butter instead.

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75 Responses to “Cinnamon Sugar Sourdough French Toast Bake with Whipped Greek Yogurt Cream.”

  1. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 17, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    Oh my Gosh I just saw Home Alone the other night. Your right, they didn’t have cell phones then. Hmmm, I feel old! Your french toast looks A*M*A*Z*I*N*G!!! love french toast and the cinnamon and sugar, ummmm, yes please! This is so perfect for Christmas breakfast!!!


  2. #
    katie — December 17, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    Perfect christmas breakfast this would be! YUM! I am just going to sit here and stare at the pic of it all day and drool :p


  3. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — December 17, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    Lady your killing me over here…. This does look perfecto for Christmas day breakfast


  4. #
    Molly @ Yes to Yolks — December 17, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    LOVE cinnamon toast! It’s one of my fondest breakfasts from childhood. This looks incredible…perfect for the holidays! Also love the blurb about Google making your elbow pain seem like a life-threatening illness, hahaha. I work as a medical editor, and you would not believe the hypochondria that I have developed over time from simple Google searches all day long.


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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — December 17, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    Wooooah! I like cinnamon on pretty much errrrrything (hence the reason I buy the Costco shaker because a normal sized one from any other grocery store would last me about a day). This looks phenomenal!


  6. #
    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — December 17, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    I’m hosting Christmas brunch this year and I think a casserole of that right there would make everyone want to come back again next year…not sure that’s a good thing ; )

    Xmas or not – this HAS to happen.


  7. #
    samantha — December 17, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    Your ‘I need a life’ comment is perfect. I was just invited out for New Years Eve and I turned it down because I prefer to fall asleep on the couch in my pajamas at wake up at, like, 12:07 AFTER the ball drops. So you’re not alone.


  8. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — December 17, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    Oh wow. Just… wow.

    This looks so good. I am such a french toast fan and the greek yogurt with warmed berries takes this over the top. I would be making a sauce with raspberries, a little sugar, and some cornstarch to thicken and pour that all over the top. Kinda reminds me of making belgian waffles in college – except homemade and so much better looking!


  9. #
    Lauren — December 17, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    Ha! I’ve thought the same thing while watching Home Alone! One of the many things I love about that movie is that it’s SO dated, it amuses me that I was a kid back then in what now seems like a totally different world. Btw, my idea of fun is also making french toast and I think this needs to happen asap.


  10. #
    Belinda@themoonblushbaker — December 17, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    That yoghurt whip looks divine! I have try it with my next batch of french toast.
    Come to think of it i have never watched home alone from start to finish… but i do recall those retro technologies.

    nothing like movie to bring back memories,


  11. #
    brandi — December 17, 2013 @ 9:51 am

    is it bad that i would eat just a bowl of that yogurt topping with bacon on the side? that sounds like a pretty good breakfast to me. yum.


  12. #
    Katrina @ WVS — December 17, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    Nobody is making French toast like this!!! WOW!


  13. #
    Marisa — December 17, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    We had a cinnamon-sugar shaker at my mom’s house; it’s was a little orange Rubbermaid container. She gave it to me for Christmas last year, which was pretty much my favorite thing ever.


  14. #
    Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes — December 17, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    I haven’t made french toast in such a long time, it really is the perfect breakfast this time of year though…I might have to top mine with cranberries!


  15. #
    Katie — December 17, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    Gah, the ultimate. (and my grandma had a cinnamon/sugar shaker that I VIVIDLY remember, too. I even remember how it felt in my hands. Can still feel it, actually.)


  16. #
    Kylie — December 17, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    Cinnamon-Sugar Toast is my Childhood! Yummy, this is a perfect holiday breakfast, it reminds me of a set it and forget it breakfast! So good!


  17. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — December 17, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    This looks so, so good. Want a big plate of it now! Love the reference to Google’s failure, haha. So very true.


  18. #
    betty — December 17, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    i had cinnamon sugar toast this morning. that was the only thing I would eat for breakfast.. well, that or pb toast. so simple and such great memories.


  19. #
    Ashley — December 17, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    There can never been too much French toast on the internets. Also, cinnamon sugar…YES. My mom always had the shaker and cinnamon sugar toast [and cinnamon toast crunch cereal for that matter] was my favorite quick breakfast. French toast will always be my favorite indulgent breakfast!


  20. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — December 17, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    this looks gorgipants!! and yes, that’s a technical term.


  21. #
    Rachael P. from Texas — December 17, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    This is officially making my protein shake breakfast not cut it today… this french toast looks amazing! Give me some of that :)


  22. #
    cheyenne — December 17, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    this looks amaaazing!
    xo, cheyenne


  23. #
    Lauren — December 17, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    You read my mind Jess. I was looking through the internets last night for a french toast casserole for Christmas morning and every one of them was not exactly what I wanted…this however is EXACTLY what I had in mind!!! Perfect timing.


  24. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — December 17, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    Christmas Day breakfast right here. Love the idea of brushing the toast with coconut oil too!


  25. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — December 17, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    I love that topping!


  26. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 17, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

    I kind of wish the coc oil DID make this dish taste like coconut :) I may just have to triple the amt. LOL

    “fresh whipped cream but the yogurt makes it a bit heartier, smoother, more satisfying” – SOLD. Omg that sounds soooo good! I just make a cake with some banana Chob yogurt (the best stuff ever for making your banana bread and cakes pop with extra banana flavor) but now I have to make that whip!

    And the berries. With coc oil. This is heaven! pinned


  27. #
    Aurelia — December 17, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

    Are any of those like it? I love a good google hunt–as well as baked french toast!


  28. #
    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — December 17, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    OMG no you didn’t!! Thank god you did!! This looks AHmazing!!
    And I always try to put whipped Greek yogurt on my husband’s pancakes, but he looks horrified. See? You make me feel normal…and fancy!


  29. #
    Jen — December 17, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

    Ohhh my goodness! I can’t even handle all the deliciousness happening in this recipe. I’m so excited to try this and it the whole pan by myself (not really, but if I could I would).

    What a great recipe!

    Thanks for sharing!


  30. #
    Teffy — December 17, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    Oh wow. That looks so incredible words cannot describe!!
    I love french toast, so I could probably eat that whole batch alone.

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X


  31. #
    Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina — December 17, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    This is my ideal breakfast, love love french toast casserole’s!


  32. #
    Sarah | The Sugar Hit — December 17, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

    OH BABY. This looks delicious, I am totally in love with sourdough french toast. I wish I could get wild blueberries here!


  33. #
    Jessica @ Food Luv Bites — December 17, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

    This is taking french toast to another level! OMG sooo trying this.


  34. #
    aida mollenkamp — December 17, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

    A car phone! Haha, I love that image! Yes, it may be French Toast time but this is definitely a stand out!


  35. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 17, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

    I need to be served this in bed.. tomorrow morning, 9 am. Could you call my husband?


  36. #
    Kristy @ Southern In-Law — December 18, 2013 @ 6:21 am

    Oh yum, this looks AMAZING!


  37. #
    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — December 18, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Yum! Beause it’s topped with whipped greek yogurt, it’s totally healthy, right?


  38. #
    Beth @ bethcakes — December 18, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    Usually for Christmas breakfast I just stuff my face with candy from my stocking, and then maybe we’ll have biscuits or something. But this French toast is so fancy compared to our from-a-can biscuits! And the healthy yogurt whipped cream will totally cancel out all the candy so I should probably make this. :)


  39. #
    Kristin Nicole — December 18, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

    OMG Seriously? I know you love desserts, but now a breakfast dessert too! Why thank you! ;)


  40. #
    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — December 18, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    This french toast looks wonderful!


  41. #
    Emily — December 19, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    Seriously… this looks a-ma-zing My family looooves french toast, and this may be just the perfect thing to make on Christmas morning. FYI your blog is THE best!!! I strive to be as awesome as you. Keep it coming!


  42. #
    Sara @ Cake Over Steak — December 19, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    Ha! You are one of my absolute favorites – this dish looks amazeballs. Also, I think my family used to get that same cinnamon sugar shaker that you are talking about! And, we always have those orange cinnamon rolls from a tube on Christmas morning as well, and I love it. I think it would feel weird to eat those at a random time of the year …


  43. #
    Larry — December 19, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

    omgosh this looks absolutely fabulous. And I am one of the few gay people that don’t ever really use the word “fabulous.” FAB.


  44. #
    Victoria Bakrdjian — December 21, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    I just made this… and oh my god I think I’m going to roll to the shopping mall to do the rest of my Christmas shopping. It was delicious! I did half the recipe (because it’s just me and my boyfriend and we still have some leftovers) and I warmed up some fresh raspberries — ugh, to die for!


  45. #
    skylar Brown — December 27, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

    THANK YOU *so* much for posting this om nom delicious recipe. I adore your blog and I love it even MORE since you seem to be reading my mind and posting recipies that I need the moment I need them! I made this french toast for my family on Christmas this year and to say it was a hit is an understatment! It was fantastic! Everyone loved it! I used Challah bread instead of sourdough and went the lazy route and bought cool whip instead of making the cream but it was so good. Thank you for helping me and being a part of why my Christmas was special and memorable. Cheers to GOOD food!
    Keep on posting and we shall listen!


  46. #
    Kristine (Mommy Needs Therapy) — January 13, 2014 @ 2:23 pm

    I am going to make this for brunch this weekend. Yum!

    Have you seen the cinnamon sugar grinders at Trader Joe’s? Fun and fancy!


  47. #
    Amy — February 20, 2014 @ 2:15 pm

    We always did cinnamon-sugar french toast! It became the flavor for my breakfast going onto anything, eggs, toast. whatever. This looks amazing, especially the whipped cream.

    Any other bread suggestions? I love sourdough but was also wondering if you’ve tried this recipe with like a challah or something? Thank you!!!


  48. #
    Kelly — April 14, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

    This looks delicious! I need to make this soon. I didn’t know you can whip Greek yogurt. Love it!
    I recently mentioned your recipe on my blog. If you get a chance check it out.
    Take care,


  49. #
    dina — July 5, 2014 @ 9:11 am

    this looks like an amazing breakfast!



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