Indulge your taste buds with a breakfast treat that combines the classic flavors of cinnamon rolls and the comfort of French toast. Our Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole is not only a delight to the senses but also an easy-to-make dish that will elevate your breakfast game. Whether you’re hosting a brunch or simply craving a special morning meal, this recipe is a game-changer.
Who is this Recipe For?
This recipe is perfect for busy individuals who want to whip up a delicious breakfast without spending hours in the kitchen. It’s also a fantastic option for those who enjoy hosting brunch gatherings or special occasions. The Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole is a crowd-pleaser, making it an ideal choice for family breakfasts or potluck events.
Why it’s Great
- Time-Saving: Using pre-made Pillsbury cinnamon rolls streamlines the process, allowing you to enjoy a homemade taste without the hassle of making dough from scratch.
- Versatility: Customize the recipe to your liking by adding nuts, experimenting with different types of cinnamon rolls, or adjusting sweetness levels with powdered sugar or maple syrup.
- Make-Ahead Option: Prepare the night before, refrigerate, and bake in the morning for a stress-free breakfast.
- 2 cans (12.4 oz each) Pillsbury cinnamon rolls
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tbsp flour
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
- Icing from cinnamon rolls
- Powdered sugar or maple syrup if desired
Kitchen Equipment Needed
- 9×12 baking dish
- Mixing bowl
- Microwave (for warming icing)
- Optional: Pastry brush for spreading extra egg mixture
- Prepare the Pan: Melt butter and coat a 9×12 baking dish generously. Don’t worry about the extra—it adds to the richness.
- Create the Egg Mixture: In a bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla until well combined.
- Prep the Cinnamon Rolls: Slice each cinnamon roll into eighths, like a pizza. Toss the pieces into the egg mixture, ensuring they are thoroughly coated.
- Assemble the Casserole: Pour the coated pieces into the prepared baking dish, spreading them evenly. Use any remaining egg mixture to moisten areas that may look dry. Sprinkle with pecans for an extra layer of crunch.
- Bake to Perfection: Bake in a preheated oven at 350˚F for 18-25 minutes or until the top is light golden brown. Keep an eye on the middle pieces to ensure the dough is set before removing from the oven.
- Finish with Icing: Warm the icing from the cinnamon rolls in the microwave for 15 seconds and pour it evenly over the casserole.
- Serve and Enjoy: Sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle with maple syrup if desired. Serve warm for the ultimate breakfast experience.
Kitchen Tips and Shortcuts
- Make-Ahead Magic: Prepare the night before, cover, and refrigerate. Pop it in the oven the next morning for a hassle-free breakfast.
- Icing Hack: For a smoother pour, mix the icing with a spoon before warming it in the microwave.
- Nut-Free Option: Skip the pecans for a nut-free version or substitute with your favorite nuts.
- Fruit Infusion: Add sliced strawberries, blueberries, or apples between the cinnamon roll layers for a fruity twist.
- Chocolate Lover’s Dream: Sprinkle chocolate chips between the layers for an indulgent chocolatey version.
- Maple Pecan Perfection: Drizzle maple syrup and top with extra pecans for a decadent touch.
How to Store Leftovers
If, against all odds, you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven or microwave for a quick and delightful breakfast the next day.
Can I use a different brand of cinnamon rolls?
Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with your favorite brand of cinnamon rolls to suit your taste preferences.
Can I make this recipe gluten-free?
Certainly! Use gluten-free cinnamon rolls and a gluten-free flour substitute for a delightful gluten-free version.
How can I make this dish less sweet?
Reduce the amount of icing or skip the powdered sugar and maple syrup for a less sweet but still delicious breakfast.