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Easy Baked Overnight French Toast Casserole

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Easy Baked Overnight French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole

This easy flavorful french toast casserole recipe has an incredible cinnamon crunchy crust. Prep all the ingredients in advance to make this overnight casserole for breakfast the next day. It’s the perfect Saturday morning tradition!

french toast casserole with maple syrup

Skip the hassle of making french toast two at a time over a frying pan, with this no-fuss overnight recipe.

Instead, you can quickly put together this recipe at night, keep it in the fridge to soak up all that goodness, and then bake in the morning for the perfect breakfast treat.

You’ll save time and still get the best parts of french toast that you’re craving but with much less effort. Basically, french toast casserole is the perfect hack to

What Kind Of Bread Do You Use For French Toast Casserole?

It’s important to note that a dense bread will give you better results for this recipe. I used french bread, but you could also use sourdough, challah, or brioche bread. If you use regular sliced bread, then your french toast casserole might turn out soggy.

french toast casserole ingredients

What Ingredients Do You Need?

  • French bread (or sourdough bread)
  • Eggs
  • Liquid whipping cream (or buttermilk)
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
steps to making french toast casserole. a bowl with wet ingredients. chunks of bread in casserole dish. Mashing butter and cinnamon in a glass bowl.

How Do You Make French Toast Casserole?

  • Prepare the french bread by cutting into square chunks with a serrated bread knife. Add to the casserole dish.
  • Beat the eggs with a fork in a large bowl. Add the other liquid ingredients including whipping cream, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon
  • Pour egg mixture over top of french bread in a casserole dish
  • Prepare the topping by adding all of the ingredients to a bowl and mixing to a crumbly texture with a pastry cutter or fork
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon butter crumble mixture over top bread. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge overnight.
French toast casserole before cooked

Why Is My French Toast Casserole Soggy?

The french toast should be crisp on top and soft on the bottom. This is what makes it so incredibly delicious. But if you’re finding that your french toast casserole is soggy, then try these tips.

  • Be sure to use the right kind of bread. Not every bread will work for this recipe. Regular sliced bread will probably turn out soggy because it won’t be able to hold the egg mixture as well. You want to choose a more dense bread like french bread, sourdough, challah, brioche, or pullman loaf.
  • Make sure you soak the bread long enough. If you only soak it for a couple hours, then the bread might not have enough time to properly absorb all the egg mixture. This is why I highly recommend you prepare it in the evening, then the casserole can soak overnight in the fridge and create that soft custard texture, instead of a sloppy mess.
  • Soak the bread in a bowl instead of casserole dish. If all else fails, add the ingredients to a bowl and let soak overnight. Then just before baking, pour the soaked bread into the casserole dish leaving the extra egg mixture in the bowl. Top with the sprinkle with cinnamon butter topping and bake.

Can I Make This Recipe In Advance?

Yes you can. And this is definitely the secret to a great french toast casserole consistency. Prepping your ingredients at night will allow for everything to fully absorb, and also make things easier for you in the morning.

This french toast casserole can also be baked in advance and frozen. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the fridge, then reheat in the oven at 350°F until it’s warmed through.

french toast casserole after cooking

Serve French Toast Casserole With These Sides

This french toast tastes incredible on it’s own, but here are some options for sides and toppings.

  • Drizzle on maple syrup, honey, or sprinkle powdered sugar
  • Top with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or sliced bananas
  • Add a dollop of whipped cream (see my whipped coconut cream recipe here)
  • Add a spoonful of cream cheese or cottage cheese while the french toast is still warm
  • Top with your favorite yogurt (I love greek yogurt)

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 573kcal

Ingredients

Topping Ingredients:

Instructions

  • Grease a 9"x13" casserole dish with non-stick spray or cooking oil.
  • Using a bread knife, slice bread into 1-inch chunks. Spread evenly in the bottom of the casserole dish.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, liquid whipping cream (or half and half cream) and vanilla extract. Drizzle evenly over all of the bread pieces.
  • To make the topping, add brown sugar, cinnamon, all purpose flour and cut up butter pieces to a bowl. Use a pastry cutter or fork to mix everything together and help crumble the butter. Use your hands to sprinkle over top of the casserole.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge for at least four hours, but preferably overnight.
  • When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove plastic wrap and bake for 45-55 minutes or until it has reached the desired consistency (the more you bake, the less moist – so it depends on preference here).
  • Serve with whipped cream, fresh berries and syrup.

Nutrition

Serving: 8g | Calories: 573kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 39g | Sodium: 447mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 3mg
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