Tasty Tuesday: Baked Turtle French Toast

No! No ACTUAL turtles are harmed in the making of this very tasty make-ahead breakfast dish. The word “turtle” refers to the combination of chocolate and caramel sauces that give this baked French toast its extra kick.

I don’t know why but I always have more time during the summer for making special breakfasts for my family. Usually breakfast is a thoroughly self-serve affair at our house, but occasionally I like to treat everyone to some great brunch food. This Turtle Style Baked French Toast is my own invention and it was a hit!

Turtle Style Baked French toast

Baked French Toast Turtle Style

  • 1 batch of homemade caramel sauce
  • 1 batch of homemade fudge sauce
  • 1 loaf of your favorite bread (the better the bread, the better the French Toast will be!)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 ½ c. milk
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • cinnamon sugar mixtureCaramel Sauce for Turtle Style Baked French toast

The homemade caramel and fudge sauces are what make this make-ahead French toast so delicious. Of course you CAN just buy those if you’re in a real hurry, but I urge you to try these easy recipes. You’ll never look back! And, of course, you can use the leftover sauce on ice cream later in the day.

Make your sauces and set aside.

Whisk together your eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Set aside.

Pour enough caramel sauce into the bottom of a 10×16 inch shallow baking dish.

Put a layer of bread slices on top of the caramel sauce. Pour half the milk and egg mixture over the bread.

Layer the sliced bread on top of caramel sauce for Turtle French Toast

Put another layer of bread on top of the first layer. Pour the rest of the egg-milk mixture over that. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the top.

At this point you can put the French toast in the fridge (assuming that you’re doing this the night before) or you can pop the dish in a 350 degree oven. Bake until the eggs and milk are no longer runny and have set up. (My True Confession is that the first time I made this, I was scrambling and in a hurry. I made it and baked it all in the space of about an hour. It’s probably a little bit better when you make it the night before.)

After you take the French toast out of the oven, drizzle the chocolate sauce over the entire baking dish (I like using a squirt bottle for this). Most of my breakfast eaters also opted to add a little extra chocolate sauce once they had a piece of French toast on their plate.

Drizzle fudge sauce over the baked French toast for the "turtle" effect

I used a dense, seedy whole grain bread, but any bread that you like will work for this. It’s really delicious with a crusty sourdough.

Chocolate and Caramel Sauces create a turtle taste for this Baked French toast

Baked Turtle French toast

Serve this Turtle French toast warm. This makes a great brunch treat and I think you could just about eat it for dessert as well!

Barb, writing at My Sister’s Kitchen


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