I seriously overbought for Superbowl.  I bought 2 packs of 16 buns (Stadium Rolls) and 1 pack of 24 Franz Hot Dog buns.  Um, we had 16 adults in attendance so I’m not sure what I was thinking.

For the next week we made sandwiches out of them, cheese melts, “bunny ears” (instead of elephant ears- basically toasting them with butter and cinnamon and sugar)…..and by Saturday I was tired of the buns being around.  I put half in the freezer and then stared at the remaining 8 stadium rolls and tried to come up with a creative solution.

A French Toast Bake!

Surely there’s got to be a recipe for something like that…..and I found one…..and made it….and YUMMO is all I gotta say.

It’s another one of those high-calorie, high-sugar, high-fat breakfasts…..but it is soooo goood.

The next time you are facing a bag of leftover hot dog (or hamburger) buns…..give this a shot!  You won’t regret it!

French Toast Bake

Serves 6


1/2 cup butter, melted
12 slices of any leftover bread (or a pkg of hot dog buns)
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 eggs
1-1/2 cups milk


Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13 casserole dish.  Mix together brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a separate bowl whisk eggs, milk & vanilla together.

Cut the bread into 1×2″ pieces. Layer bottom of pan with half the bread pieces. Sprinkle half brown sugar mix over the bread. Layer second half of bread. Pour egg mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly. Sprinkle remaining brown sugar on top. Drizzle melted butter over the top.

Cover with foil.  Preheat oven to 350, then bake the casserole for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 more minutes- until browned and set.  For an extra special treat, remove from oven when finished and pour some maple syrup on top and place back in the oven to caramelize for about 5-7 minutes.

(For a printable recipe click here)