Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bake

This Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bake is made from scratch, no canned cinnamon rolls here. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this for breakfast?
Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bake - this is made from scratch, no canned cinnamon rolls. Who wouldn't want to wake up to this? the-girl-who-ate-everything.comI was telling my husband the other day that after 7th grade I forged my mom’s signature on all forms and papers for school. As I said it out loud I thought to myself how horrible that sounded. In full disclosure I promise that it was with no ill intent ever. I was super independent and a good student, not to mention the last of 10 kids so my mom wasn’t really keeping an eye on my every move. It was more for convenience, not malicious at all. I’m such a rule abider so I’m still kind of shocked at 13 year-old self (is that how old one is in ย 7th grade?) for being so rebellious.

My husband is totally a rule bender. Not for anything major. I’m talking like taking our kids to the church nursery a week before she was the legal 18-month age limit or sneaking into the pool after closing time at hotels. Every time we go to Water World in Colorado with his family it’s only a matter of time before someone gets yelled atย by one of the lifeguards for breaking one of the rules. It all makes me really uncomfortable. I am a rule follower/buzzkill/wet blanket/zero fun at all. Which is why my husband is the yin to my yang.

Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bake - this is made from scratch, no canned cinnamon rolls. Who wouldn't want to wake up to this? the-girl-who-ate-everything.com
Anywho. For all of the cinnamon casseroles I’ve ever had basically you get cinnamon rolls in a can, quarter them, add some eggs, bake it and then drizzle the frosting that comes in the little tub with it. It’s good but not really what I crave. I wanted to come up with a more from scratch version. No, I didn’t make the French bread by myself but you get what I mean.ย Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bake - this is made from scratch, no canned cinnamon rolls. Who wouldn't want to wake up to this? the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

I made a couple of versions before I settled on this one. As with most breakfast casseroles, eggs are the primary ingredient. But it is possible to be too egg-y. My first version started with a dozen eggs and this final version is down to eight eggs. I am not a huge fan of wet bread pudding like casseroles either. I added a little milk but not a ton because I did not want a mushy mess.Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bake - this is made from scratch, no canned cinnamon rolls. Who wouldn't want to wake up to this? the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Finally, cream cheese frosting is the only thing that should ever touch the top of a cinnamon roll. You just need a drizzle (okay a heavy drizzle) and you are in cinnamon roll heaven!
Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bake - this is made from scratch, no canned cinnamon rolls. Who wouldn't want to wake up to this? the-girl-who-ate-everything.comThe best part is that you can totally make this ahead of time, overnight is even better!

Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bake
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Serves: 10 servings
Ingredients
Bread Mixture:
  • 8 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 (12 oz) loaf French bread, cubed
Cinnamon Drizzle:
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Frosting:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon milk, (more as needed)
Instructions
  1. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. For the bread mixture: In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, ½ cup white sugar, ½ cup milk, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, vanilla, and baking powder. Add the cubed French bread and toss to coat.
  3. Pour into the prepared dish. Cover and refrigerate for four hours or overnight.
  4. Remove dish from the fridge and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. For the Cinnamon Drizzle: In a small bowl combine the ¼ cup melted butter, ¼ cup brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Drizzle over bread.
  6. Bake 30-40 minutes or until desired level is reached. If you like your casserole more like bread pudding bake closer to 30 minutes. If you like it on the more dry side, closer to 40 minutes. Cover with foil towards the end of baking if top starts to brown too much.
  7. For the frosting: With a hand mixer, beat the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Whip until creamy. Add more milk if desired. You want it a consistency that you can drizzle. I like to put mine in a ziploc bag, snip off the corner and drizzle it. You can also just add a dollop with a spoon. Enjoy!
Notes
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Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bake - this is made from scratch, no canned cinnamon rolls. Who wouldn't want to wake up to this? the-girl-who-ate-everything.com
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  1. Maybe I’m missing it somewhere, but how much cubed French bread is needed?

  2. I’m missing how much bread too? Regardless, this looks fantastic.

    My husband and I are the very same way. Rules are “suggestions” to him, which stresses me out! Crazy guys ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I would love to try this recipe!!!! Can I know how much French bread is needed? This will be perfect for next weekend xx

    Amy | http://www.yankified.com

  4. Sounds like you two are the perfect couple! And I’m SO HAPPY you made this from scratch – being from the Netherlands, we don’t have those canned cinnamon rolls here, and I’ve been dying to try a breakfast like this! Just a quick remark – the french bread is in the story but not in the list of ingredients. Maybe a slight error?
    Have a great week!

  5. Adding my voice to the “how much French bread” question ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also, for the cinnamon drizzle, I assume the 1/4 cup butter is melted (vs. softened)?

  6. That looks like heaven! That would have been great for my day off yesterday! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. How much French bread? Looks great!
    Thanks

  8. This looks great. How much bread please

  9. This looks sooo delicious. I made a lovely egg and sausage ‘make ahead’ breakfast for Christmas this year but I plan to prepare your wonderful ‘not made with purchased biscuits’ Cinnamon Roll Breakfast next year. (I’ve already pinned it!)

  10. You are not alone in the forgery! I was a good student, but it just seems so much easier to sign things myself. And holy cow, you nailed this one! What it be wrong to have it for dinner too?

  11. What a treat! Cinnamon is my favourite spice – I’d eat it with everything if I could! I’m going to make this breakfast the next time I have friends over to stay. It looks like it would be the perfect accompaniment to lazy mornings and long overdue catch ups. Thanks for sharing!X

  12. Hi, this looks so, so good! I’m in Australia, is the French bread you use a Brioche? Or just a breadstick?

  13. Made this today… so GOOD!!! I baked it for 30 minutes in convection oven & it was perfect. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  14. I was thinking today, while making this recipe (cinnamon roll breakfast bake), that it must be fun to see how far your recipes reach….like throwing a bottle in the ocean and wondering what shore it might wash up on. Well today your recipe was enjoyed by a large birthday gathering in Denmark…..and was met with raves!