French Toast Cups with Your Favorite Toppings

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These French Toast Cups with Your Favorite Toppings make an easy, customizable breakfast.  Cubed bread is soaked in a sweetened, flavorful custard; topped with your favorite optional toppings; and baked in a muffin tin.  The maple syrup is baked right in!

blueberry French Toast Cup on a white plate

It’s time to bust out the muffin tin for another fun customizable breakfast recipe!

Two of my most popular recipes are To Go Baked Oatmeal with Your Favorite Toppings and my Standard Muffin Recipe.  Both of these recipes have a base recipe (basic baked oatmeal and basic muffins) that are baked in a muffin tin and can be topped with just about any flavor you want.  People really seem to like the idea of customizing flavors.  Everybody gets exactly what they want, which can be great for picky eaters.

I decided to try this concept with French toast and came up with this recipe for French toast cups with your favorite toppings.  It’s a baked French toast recipe that gets made in a muffin tin.  Cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup are baked right in to the muffins.

uncooked French Toast Cups with different Toppings in a muffin tin

To make this easy French toast recipe, start by making the flavorful custard.  Mix eggs with milk, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.  Chop some good quality, crusty bread into small cubes.  Soak the bread in the custard.  Then, fill the muffin tin with the bread and custard.

At this point you can add any flavors you like.  The French toast muffins I made were banana nut, blueberry, cranberry coconut, and chocolate chunk.

French Toast Cups with different Toppings in a muffin tin

Add a little bit more of the bread mixture on top of the toppings to anchor the toppings to the muffins.  Bake until they start to turn golden brown on the edges.

blueberry French Toast Cup on a white plate

If you wanted, you could fill the muffin tin the night before baking.  Just be sure to cover it with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

2 French Toast Cups on a white plate

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French Toast Cups with Your Favorite Toppings

4.67 from 3 votes
These French Toast Cups with Your Favorite Toppings make an easy, customizable breakfast.  Cubed bread is soaked in a sweetened, flavorful custard; topped with your favorite optional toppings; and baked in a muffin tin.  The maple syrup is baked right in!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

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Servings 12 servings
Calories 157 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup 2% milk or your preferred milk/milk substitute
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 12 oz. bread*
  • Optional toppings like fruit nuts, chocolate chips, etc.

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, add the milk, eggs, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Whisk until well combined.
  • Cut the bread into small, half inch cubes.
  • Add the bread to the egg mixture. Stir to completely coat the bread.
  • Let the bread rest in the eggs for 10 minutes. Stir twice during the resting process.
  • Spoon ¾ of the bread mixture into the muffin tin (scoop from the bottom of the bowl to ensure any unabsorbed egg mixture is evenly distributed in the muffin tin). Press the bread mixture down into the muffin tin.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of your optional toppings to each muffin cup. Spoon the remaining bread mixture into the muffin tin.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, until the edges turn golden brown.
  • Cool for 10 minutes. Remove the french toast cups from the muffin tin.
  • Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Notes

*I used a whole wheat bakery-style bread. I like a good crusty bread with nice texture for this recipe. Although, regular sliced bread will work if it’s what you have on hand.
Nutrition information does not include optional toppings and will vary depending on the type of bread used.

Nutrition

Serving: 1french toast cup | Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 24.9g | Protein: 6.7g | Fat: 3.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Fiber: 1.3g
Course Bread/Muffin, Breakfast, brunch
Keyword french toast cups, french toast muffins
Cuisine American
Author Amanda Finks

 

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  1. 4 stars
    I made these today, and they were delish! I wasn’t sure of how much bread to use, as the recipe says 12oz of bread, and I wasn’t sure how much that was…I guessed, and it came out great!
    The only trouble I had was the first batch I used paper liners, and the muffins stuck to the bottom of the papers. The second batch I omitted the papers and just sprayed the pan directly, but they stuck even worse!
    What can you recommend to avoid this problem?

    1. Hi Emma,
      These were eaten up pretty quickly in my house so I didn’t have the opportunity to freeze any. Although, I believe they will just freeze just fine. I would transfer them to the refrigerator at least a day before you want to have them.

  2. 5 stars
    These are wonderful! I made a batch last week as a test run and am making a triple batch to take to our family gathering this weekend. I made no changes to the recipe at all, except to use almond milk rather than dairy. Perfect! Thank you!

  3. Can i omit the maple syrup and also go with less brown sugar? also, when frozen/refrigerated, whats the best way to reheat without it being hard? oven bake? or steamed? thanks!!

    1. Hi Josephine,

      You can. It will cook up the same way, but will obviously have a lot less flavor.

      When I reheat any bread-like product, I completely wrap it in a paper towel (like I would wrap up a burrito) and microwave on a low setting. It doesn’t take long at all. I check it every 10 seconds.

    1. Hi Karen,

      Yes. You could freeze them. Just be sure to transfer them to the refrigerator to let them thaw (at least overnight). I reheat by completely wrapping them in paper towels (like I would wrap up a burrito) and microwaving on a low setting. It does’t take long to heat at all. I check it every 10 seconds.

  4. oh my goodness, this is brilliant and looks amazing! Totally making this next time I have a brunch party!

  5. I am absolutely in love with this idea!! Love all the topping ideas too. Pinning!

  6. LOVE this idea! I’m hosting a brunch for my friends in a few weeks and this is going on the menu!!! Thanks 🙂

  7. Oh my yum! Love the photo (and the idea) of making four different kinds in one baking session 🙂 I will need to try them ALL.

About Amanda Finks

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Zionsville, IN. I’m an avid cook, travel nerd, & lover of good food! I’m trained in Food Science & recipe development. It’s my mission to bring you the BEST recipes your whole family will love!

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