Baked Tiramisu French Toast

Disclosure: Thank you Minted for sponsoring this post! All opinions are 100% my own.

This week I’m going to let my hopeless romantic flag fly and share some of my favorite Valentine’s Day recipes with you. We’re talking about dishes that are low fuss, so you can spend more time cuddling with your sweetheart and less time sweating over the stove. And meals that are tailored for just 2-4 servings, so you’re not stuck with a ton of leftovers. Because two people can’t possibly eat an entire 9 X 13 casserole for dinner. Unless you’re a couple of lumberjacks. Or maybe triathletes. Then kudos to you.

So why all this fuss over Valentine’s Day? Because cooking for your loved one is sexy and romantic. And going out to eat on Valentine’s Day is overrated, overpriced and underwhelming. Just don’t do it.

Another thing I’m not really into on Valentine’s Day is elaborate gift giving. The television will have you believe that getting engaged or taking a trip to Tahiti is the norm. But I prefer something a bit more understated. I know it sounds cliché, but small tokens of affection are so much more meaningful in my book.

One of my favorite places to find simple, thoughtful gifts is Minted. As a collection of work from independent artists and designers, Minted is guaranteed to have something that appeals to everyone. No matter what your tastes, you’ll easily find something (or many things!) that you love on Minted.

I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that I’m obsessed with all things nautical. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m particularly crushing on this You Lead Me Home print. That I’m feverishly scribbling away in my Fields of Waves Notebook. And that I plan to wrap every present for the rest of my life in this Ahoy Anchors Aweigh Wrapping Paper. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

There is still time to snag something for Valentine’s Day (how about this print for the guy in your life!), so head on over to Minted today!

Since Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year, I thought we should start things off with breakfast. Because making breakfast for someone is one of the most special things you can do. Anyone can make dinner for somebody else. But there are only a select few individuals who we let into our weird little worlds that encompass our morning routine. Breakfast is kind of sacred territory.

But we don’t want our breakfast to be a labor of love. So we’re skipping right over the “labor” part and diving straight into this Baked Tiramisu French Toast. We start by mixing up a chocolate and mascarpone spread to slather between thick slices of challah bread. Then we give these “sandwiches” a quick dip in a coffee-flavored custard before sending them into the oven to bake. With just a few minutes of work, you’re well on your way to breakfast nirvana.

Wednesday we’ll talk dinner and get PUMPED for dessert on Friday!

Oh and if you DO happen to get engaged this Valentine’s Day, Minted has got you covered with their extensive collection of unique, customizable Save the Date Cards. Go check them out, and then report back to me with all the romantic details of your engagement so I can live vicariously through you!



Baked Tiramisu French Toast

Serves about 4

Baked Tiramisu French Toast


  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. instant espresso powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Challah bread, about 12-14 ounces
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
  • Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9 X 5-inch loaf pan with non-stick coating spray and set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the dark chocolate in 20-30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Add the mascarpone cheese and stir until the two are well combined. If it’s difficult to combine, microwave the mixture an additional 20-30 seconds to further soften it. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, whole milk, espresso powder and vanilla extra. Pour the mixture into a shallow pan. Set aside.
  4. Slice the challah bread into 1-inch thick slices. Then cut the slices in half. Spread about a tablespoon of the chocolate-mascarpone mixture on half of the slices, then place the other slices on top (like you are making a sandwich). Working with a couple pieces at a time, add the sandwiches to the egg-milk mixture and let them soak for about a minute. Then flip them and let them soak on the second side for another 30-60 seconds. Remove the pieces from the egg-milk mixture and fit them into your prepared baking pan. Continue until your baking pan is full, tucking the pieces in so they fit snuggly. Pour about 1/4 cup of the remaining egg-milk mixture over top of the slices. Discard the remaining egg-milk mixture.
  5. Transfer the baking pan to your pre-heated oven and bake for 28-30 minutes. The top should be browned in some places and the edges should be bubbling. Remove from the oven and set aside to rest for about 5 minutes. Dust with cocoa powder and confectioner’s sugar before serving. This French toast is also great served with a side of fresh berries, whipped cream or maple syrup.
  6. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.

62 comments on “Baked Tiramisu French Toast”

  1. Amazing looking dessert! We can already imagine the smells

    • Yeah, it probably totally qualifies as dessert. Although I like to eat it for breakfast! Let me know if you try it out!

  2. Yum! This is the kind of breakfast I need to be having every day 🙂 So indulgent I love it!

  3. I totally agree! Small tokens of affection are so much more personal! I love how simple but decadent this French Toast is! Seriously love.

  4. I love Minted and I LOVE this French toast bake. What a great idea to make a breakfast tiramisu!

  5. So I know this is a breakfast food, but I think I could eat it for dessert instead!

  6. Omg my favorite dessert for breakfast?!! I am so going to be making this this coming weekend!!

  7. Drooling over this right now, Liz! I can’t imagine a better way to start off V-day!

  8. This might be seriously cliche, but all I want on VDay is a box of good chocolate and some cuddles. Okay, fine, and a pan of this tiramisu bread pudding wouldn’t hurt!!

  9. I love bread pudding and tiramisu, so I must try this one soon! A perfect Valentine’s breakfast treat 🙂

  10. Wow this french toast is gorgeous, Liz! I love the tiramisu flavor, so perfect! And I’m loving that you created a Valentine’s Day breakfast dish. This sounds like the perfect size for just two people!

  11. This sounds SO amazing!!!! I want to make this ASAP … and then eat all of it …. by myself. 😐

  12. Wow, this looks amazing! I love the idea of baked tiramisu. Love those little anchor cards too, so cute!

  13. haha, yes!! let that romantic flag fly girl! 🙂 love this baked tiramisu french toast .. what a great idea!! And I love Minted. I have some of their thank you cards and stationary .. love it! And getting engaged on Valentine’s Day? How romantic would that be?!

    • It would be very romantic! But I think you have to have a boyfriend before you can get engaged. At least this is what I’ve been told. Ha ha ha! XO

  14. If I could coerce someone into feeding me Baked Tiramisu French Toast in bed, my life would be complete 😉 This sounds like the perfect breakfast for two love birds to share. Headed over to check out all the Minted items now 😀

  15. I’m totally with you about celebrating the smaller things on Valentine’s Day. LOVE that whiskey print! And oh my, yum! Baked Tiramisu French Toast??

    • Isn’t that whiskey print great? It’s really fun. Guys can be hard to shop for on these holidays. But that print hits it out of the park!

  16. Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts – nice work giving me an excuse to eat it for breakfast!! 😉

  17. WOW! This looks amazing!! What a great recipe! I love how you added chocolate! 🙂 YUM!

  18. I really love tiramisu, and I’m glad this is the same great flavor combo with no labor involved! This would be a wonderful breakfast for Valentine’s Day!

  19. I LOVE Minted — and this French Toast is a stroke of genius!!

  20. Dang girl! This is one perfect way to start the day. I wouldn’t want this to end!

  21. This look SO delicious! I love tiramisu, but never have the time/energy to make it. Definitely trying this out!

  22. You are speaking my language with this delicious breakfast! Although, I may have to make it for lunch and dinner, too!!

  23. We sent our holiday cards through Minted this year, and I won’t ever use any other company. They were adorable and so easy to format! I haven’t fully explored their website, so I love seeing these different gift ideas. PS. Tiramisu is my favorite dessert in any form, so I would dive headlong into this pan!

    • Minted is so great. I could spend hours looking through all their stuff. Glad you are loving this French Toast, Erin!

  24. My husband and I are kinda lame when it comes to V-Day and don’t really do anything. Sometimes he gets me flowers but I don’t think we’ve ever done the gift giving thing. I really do love getting presents though so maybe we should change that this year, haha! I can always get on board with delicious food though and this baked french toast looks amazing 🙂

  25. Uhm, this sounds AMAZING!! Can you come make this for me for bfast, please!? I’m deeming it A-OK to eat chocolate for breakfast on Valentine’s Day! 🙂

  26. I just discovered your blog and wanted to stop by to say this looks amazing! What a wonderful way to start off the morning!

  27. Um, just WOW. This french toast is totally gorgeous and you are totally genius for making tiramisu into breakfast material! Now I just need to find somebody willing to make me a whole panful of this on Saturday morning! 😀

  28. Liz, this is an amazing idea, not to mention an excellent execution! Wow. Totally going to steal this one for breakfast on Valentine’s Day!

  29. I’m most likely cooking dinner for us on Valentine’s Day…and now I want breakfast for dinner!

  30. This looks fab!! I have to admit I only tried French toast for the first time last week, but now I’m in love!! I so want my other half to make this for me, might print it and leave it on the fridge to hint!!

    • What! First time having french toast! Girl, you’ve got some time to make up for. Definitely get the significant other to make you this!

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