This Baked Chai Spiced French Toast can be prepared the night before and will keep you warm during those chilly winter months! #onthego #breakfast #makeahead

I tend to go for simple recipes first thing in the morning. Smoothies, muesli, maybe some eggs and bacon. And In January I’m less inclined to go the smoothie route because, well, I’m freezing all the time. Seriously, All. The. Time. 

This Baked Chai Spiced French Toast can be prepared the night before and will keep you warm during those chilly winter months! #onthego #breakfast #makeahead

Hot breakfasts that use the oven are certainly a good way to keep the kitchen warm during those cold January months. However, I’m also extremely lazy in the morning so I don’t like making anything overly complicated. One solution? Baked french toast. The thing I love about this baked chai spiced french toast is that you can do all of the prep work the night beforehand. Once morning rolls around all you have to do is stick it in the oven. Boom. Warm kitchen, hot breakfast. Sound good?

This Baked Chai Spiced French Toast can be prepared the night before and will keep you warm during those chilly winter months! #onthego #breakfast #makeahead

Baked Chai Spiced French Toast
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Serves: 6-8 servings
chai spice mixture:
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
fresh toast:
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1½ cup whole milk (1% or 2% may be substituted)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon chai spice mixture
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 9 cups day-old challah or brioche, cut into i-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon chai spice mixture
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and chopped into small pieces
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, cloves and ginger. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of the spice mixture.
  3. Use the softened butter to grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan and place the bread inside the pan, gently pressing it down. Briefly re-whisk the liquid ingredients and pour over the bread, covering all of the exposed bread. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight to allow the mixture to absorb into the bread.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, ½ teaspoon chai spice mixture, and salt with a fork. Add the cold butter and press the mixture together, stirring until a crumb topping has formed.
  5. Uncover the loaf pan and press the bread down gently until the liquid begins seeping up. Spread the topping evenly over the soaked bread. Bake for 45-50 minutes until the top is golden and crunchy.
  6. Allow to cool for several minutes before serving.


  • Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama

    Baked french toast is one of my favorite brunch items. I love chai spice, so I am looking forward to trying this recipe!

    • Sharron

      This makes me drool! LOL

  • Medha

    I love adding chai spice in baked sweets! These french toast looks very tempting – I have to try this now. I am a big fan of your photography – gorgeous lighting and images!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog

    I love that this can be made the night before. I want to dig in. Pinned.

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    Oh I am so making this, like, within 24 hours. I can’t wait!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Gorgeous, I love the chai spice! Thank you for you the granola link love!

  • ThisBakerGirlBlogs

    Sound REALLY good! I love french toast :)

  • Ellen

    Chai spices and French toast! It makes such logical sense I’m almost surprised I never thought of it!

  • Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg

    I’m pinning this cause I gotta make it.

  • Mary Frances

    I am so lazy in the morning, too. Hot breakfasts are rare around here! We love French toast, and I especially love chai, so this looks perfect!

  • Kathryn

    I’m totally with you – winter breakfasts are all about minimum effort but maximum deliciousness. This looks like it totally fits the bill.

  • Meg

    Chai and French toast — combining two fabulous things must yield something equally wonderful. I never have time to really make anything for breakfast in the morning, but I could definitely see getting up early on Sundays to make this one as a special treat!

  • Sophia @ NY Foodgasm

    This looks amazing I always wanted to try a French Toast bake!! Plus it being Chai is a total bonus!

  • Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet

    Oooo, this would go so well with my morning coffee!! Pinned!

  • Happy Valley Chow

    What a terrific twist on a classic! Definitely going to try this, love me some french toast!

  • Liz@Virtually Homemade

    I love the Chai spicy flavor in anything! Looks beautiful.

  • Lauren


  • Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate

    I am really into chai spiced sweets lately! I think I am going to try out the flavour in froyo or ice cream. French toast is also an excellent idea!

  • cynthia

    Oh my god, LOVE this. It sounds like the perfect warm and cozy brunch food for a rainy or snowy Sunday. Next time I get my hands on some challah it’s onnnn.

  • Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

    Umm… YES please? Seriously. How creative is this?

  • Kitchen Belleicious

    oh my heavens! I don’t even know what to say. this is simply divine. gorgeous, everything you want in a french toast meets chai tea! I love it

  • kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    Heading over to get the recipe! I’m with you- as much as I love smoothies, I tend to drink them in the afternoon sitting in front of warm window- I can’t drink them first thing in the morning, too cold!

  • Gintare @Gourmantine

    I steer clear from all the non warm things for breakfast these months. Starting the day with warm and comforting is so much better, love all the flavors in here, and of course beautiful photos!

  • Becca from It’s Yummi!

    The flavors of chai make me swoon… this looks and sounds awesome, Jen!

  • Christina @ The Beautiful Balance

    This looks unbelievably delicious! I can only imagine the amazing spice from the chai and the traditional french toast together!

  • Danae @ reciperunner

    This french toast looks amazing! I love how you used chai in it, one of my favorite additions to baked things, and that crumble top has me drooling. Beautiful pictures as always!

  • Caroline

    OMG…you are killing me with this! I could lick my laptop right now!!!! Seriously, Jen…gorgeous. This would be fantastic for a brunch I’m planning!

  • Kelly @ Kelly Bakes

    Easy like Sunday morning, which is exactly when I think I’ll make this. Because what’s better than having the day off, sleeping late and having this warm, carby deliciousness to look forward to? NOTHING. NOTHING I SAY!

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

    sounds like a perfect thing for brunch – i dont know why but i have stopped making breakfast/brunch in the morning ( laziness I think).

  • Rachel

    Wow! So decadent! I have a friend coming into town this weekend, and this looks like an amazing addition to our Sunday brunch menu!

  • Kim@Treats & Trinkets

    This sounds so good, and it looks even better! Love chai spices, and I love French toast. Pinning!

  • Talaia | WholeYum

    Uh yum?! This sounds/ looks delicious!

  • Laura @ Laura’s Culinary Adventures

    Yummy! I love the crumble topping and tasty spices!

  • Nutmeg Nanny

    This is just plain heavenly! I love chai, this looks irresistible :)

  • Judi Graber

    A new French Toast recipe to try – sounds delicious :)

  • Keara B.

    I’m a sucker for sweet morning goodies- and this definitely fits the bill. It looks delicious, thanks so much for sharing! I’ll hopefully get around to trying it soon. :)

  • Amber

    MMMM! This looks so good! Will definitely be trying out baked french toast! I’ve never heard of it until now!

  • itzia

    i can’t wait to make this for my husband, i think he’ll be obsessed with this french toast.

  • Dishesfrommykitchen

    Sounds so delicious, have to try it soon. Beautiful photography and lighting :)

  • Sarah M

    Would almond milk (i.e. Original Almond Breeze) work for this in place of the 2%/whole milk?

    Looks delicious!


    • Jennifer Farley

      Oh sure. It will just be a bit less creamy. I would use unsweetened almond milk.

  • taketwotapas

    I just saw this recipe on your blog and can’t wait to try it! I just recently started to like Chai spice and made my own mix and posted it recently. I am currently working on two other recipes with the spice mix. I have some leftover and I think I will use it in the recipe for Saturday breakfast! Thanks!