This Dutch Oven French Toast Bake is a great breakfast idea when feeding a crowd! Toasty edges and tender on the inside, it’s everything you love about French toast – just a lot more of it!
French toast is pretty well suited for camping. It uses basic ingredients and doesn’t require a lot of skill to prepare–perfect for when the coffee really hasn’t kicked in yet.
If you’re cooking for two people, French toast is a breeze. But if you’ve got a large group to feed, the production process can really slow things down.
Dip, flip, transfer, toast, flip, repeat. If you only have one skillet going, it can take forever! By the time the last piece of toast is done, the first one is stone cold. So what’s to be done?
Our solution is simple: ditch the concept of individual slices and go with a Dutch oven filled with hand-torn bread chunks that have been coated in a sweet egg-milk mixture and baked to golden perfection! Sort of like a French Toast Casserole. All you need to do is slice it into wedges and drizzle with maple syrup.
The benefit of this approach is all the food is ready–and hot–at once. No more eating in shifts or trying to keep things warm under foil. Also, since the whole thing is baked in cast iron, it will stay warm for quite a while afterward, too.
This style of French toast also lends itself very well to mix-ins. For this recipe, we mixed in some fresh blueberries, which we baked along with it. You can add any berries or fruit that you like. Since it’s all tossed together anyway, it’s easier to get a berry here and there with each bite!
So if you love the idea of French Toast, but want to condense the cooking time down, give this Dutch oven French Toast Bake a try!
- 8 slices thick bread
- 1 cup of milk
- 3 eggs
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup blueberries
- Start your coals. Cut out a circular piece of parchment paper to serve as a liner inside a 10-inch Dutch oven.
- Tear the bread into rustic pieces (roughly 2 inches square) and place in the Dutch oven on top of the parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, thoroughly mix the eggs, then stir in salt, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Once those ingredients are fully incorporated, stir in the milk.
- Now slowly drizzle the mixture over the bread. Use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to lightly toss the bread until each piece is evenly coated. Sprinkle the blueberries on top and mix gently.
- Cover the Dutch oven and set it over seven evenly spaced briquets, then add 14 briquets to the top of the lid, giving a cooking temperature of about 350 degrees in a 10-inch oven. (Use 16 total coals for an 8-inch oven, or 25 for a 12-incher, placing about one-third of the coals underneath and the rest on top.) Bake for about 30 minutes. Serve with butter and maple syrup.