Strawberry French Toast Bake

This fun and lighter take on classic French toast gets more than enough sweetness from maple syrup and juicy strawberries – no additional sugar needed!

Serves: 8Prep: 8 hours 30 minutesCook: 1 hourTotal: 9 hours 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 1 Simple Truth™ Artisan Baguette
  • 4 cups Simple Truth Organic™ Frozen Whole Strawberries
  • 7 large Simple Truth™ Eggs
  • 2 cups Simple Truth Organic™ Whole Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Simple Truth Organic™ Ground Saigon Cinnamon
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons Simple Truth Organic™ Madagascar Vanilla Extract, divided
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1⁄4 cup Simple Truth Organic™ Maple Syrup, plus more for serving


  • Grease 9”x13” baking dish. Cut bread into 1” squares.
  • Over bottom of baking dish, evenly spread bread squares. Let sit, uncovered, overnight to dry out. Meanwhile, place strawberries in refrigerator to thaw overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Slice strawberries.
  • In small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon and ¾ teaspoon vanilla until well combined. Pour over bread; press down to saturate every piece.
  • In small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine strawberries, lemon zest and juice, ¼ cup maple syrup and remaining ¾ teaspoon vanilla. Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until strawberries begin to break down. Pour mixture over soaked bread.
  • Bake, uncovered, 1 hour. If French toast wobbles when shaken, continue cooking 10 more minutes.
  • Let sit 10 minutes before serving. Serve with maple syrup.