Weekends are awesome. Sleeping in, getting up late, hanging out in pajamas all morning and enjoying brunch. Okay, as the mom of the young kids my weekends don't really look like this anymore, but I remember a time when they did. This Cinnamon Roll Crock Pot French Toast reminds me of those times. If you still enjoy a weekend brunch with your family or are looking for a dish to bring to a potluck, this brunch recipe is for you. It is simple to make thanks to refrigerated cinnamon rolls and really fills you up. It also makes your house smell like cinnamon rolls which is never a bad thing. Be sure to also try this Maple French Toast Casserole. So good! You'll also love this Bread Pudding Recipe which can be a dessert or decadent breakfast.
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This recipe uses two tubes of cinnamon rolls. You will use one tube for the bottom layer and one for the top layer.
The egg mixture will separate the two layers.
The pecans add a nice crunch and nutty taste. You can substitute chopped walnuts or almonds if you prefer.
I cooked this cinnamon roll crock pot french toast for 4 hours on low. Since crock pot cook times vary, keep an eye on it and adjust the cook time accordingly. The middle part of the crock pot french toast was the last to get cooked. Even when it is done, the rolls toward the middle will be softer and slightly gooier than the ones near the edge.
I have to admit, I was tempted to dump the whole thing on a plate and have the world's largest cinnamon roll.
Since this crock pot french toast takes 4 hours to make, it works perfectly as a brunch. This warm dish will totally fill you up and goes great with a hot cup of coffee.
Cinnamon Roll French Toast in the Crock Pot
- Remove cinnamon rolls from tube and cut into quarters. Put the two icing containers aside.
- Spray crock pot with cooking spray and layer half of the quartered cinnamon rolls in the pan.
- Top the cinnamon rolls with half of the chopped pecans.
- In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, cream, vanilla, cinnamon, and maple syrup.
- Pour egg mixture over the layer of cinnamon rolls.
- Top with the remaining quartered cinnamon rolls.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt one container of the icing for a few seconds so it becomes easy to pour.
- Pour the icing over the cinnamon rolls.
- Top with the remaining pecans.
- Cover and cook for 4 hours on low.
- When done, melt the second container of icing and pour over the buns.
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