Bagel French Toast


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Bagel French Toast is extra satisfying because the french toast custard soaks into all those nooks and crannies. Adding cinnamon whipped cream puts the dish over the top… because isn’t everything just better with whipped cream?

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If I could eat breakfast three meals a day, seven days a week, I would.

Every morning I walk past a street vendor frying eggs and bacon for people to grab on their way to work. She serves the eggs and bacon over rice. This is Thailand, after all.

It’s a dangerous temptation to face on a daily basis, that wok-fried bacon.

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whipping custard for french toast with a hand mixer

In my usual work-day life, I eat oatmeal (also a breakfast I love, but not exactly flashy). But on the weekends, all bets are off.  Give me all the wok-fried bacon you’ve got. Or banana bread crumb cake.

Or bagel french toast.

ingredients for bagel french toast

This is more of a method than a recipe, but it’s one that should be repeated.  Last weekend we had a bunch of cinnamon raisin bagels.  So we soaked a few in eggs overnight and heated them until crisp in a hot, buttery pan.

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And topped them with cinnamon whipped cream.

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Bagel French Toast

Bagels make a french toast that is extra satisfying – the custard soaks into all those nooks and crannies. Adding cinnamon whipped cream puts it over the top.
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 9×9 Baking Dish
  • Skillet
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Stand or Handheld Mixer


For the French Toast:

  • 6 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Bagels, halved (just about any flavor will work, but plain or slightly sweet flavors are my preference)
  • 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter

For the Whipped Cream Cheese:

  • 4 ounces Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon


  • In a square baking dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, and salt. Add the bagel halves and flip to coat both sides. Soak the bagels cut-side down in the egg mixture in the refrigerator for at least an hour or overnight.
  • Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Use a fork to transfer the bagels to the pan (discard egg mixture), and cook on both sides until golden brown and crisp.
  • While bagels are cooking, beat cream cheese, sugar and cinnamon until light and fluffy. (If too thick, add a bit of milk.)
  • Serve bagels topped with whipped cream cheese.


Calories: 771kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 571mg | Sodium: 1538mg | Potassium: 459mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1766IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 229mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $4.00
Calories: 771
Keyword: bagels, breakfast, brunch, French toast, party and entertaining
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And speaking of breakfast, two little ladies had their first taste of pancakes on Sunday…

Feb 15 Pancake Breakfast
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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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  1. Omgosh. I made this with blueberry bagels exactly as written (though I only soaked my bagels for about 45 minutes). It was phenomenal!!! Will definitely make again!

  2. Stop it Jess this is way too delicious looking and too simple to not make! Love the photo of the girls at pancake breakfast. Adorable!

  3. Bagel french toast! Well shucks, I never woulda thought. Pinning this one for a weekend brunch soon.