French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole

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This French toast recipe is the ultimate hands-off entertaining brunch dish. Set this up the night before and all you’ll have to do in the morning is brush it with butter and bake.


  • 1 1-lb. challah, brioche, or Pullman loaf, sliced 1" thick
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
  • ⅓ cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. finely grated orange zest (optional)
  • Maple syrup (for serving)

Recipe Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 325°. Spread bread on a rimmed baking sheet and bake, turning bread halfway through, until dried out and lightly golden brown, 20–25 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, butter a 13x9" baking dish. Whisk eggs, cream, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, and orange zest (if using) in a medium bowl.

  • Arrange bread in overlapping rows in prepared dish. Pour custard over, pressing bread down into custard to help soak it up. Let sit 5 minutes, then press down once more. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or up to overnight.

  • Place a rack in top third of oven; preheat to 325°. Let bread sit out at room temperature while oven preheats, at least 30 minutes. Uncover pan, tilt, and ladle custard back over tops of bread. Press down once more to submerge. Brush tops of bread with 3 Tbsp. melted butter. Sprinkle with demerara sugar. Bake bread until it is lightly golden, puffed, and pulling away from edges of pan, and butter is bubbling, 30–40 minutes.

  • Let cool slightly. Serve with crème fraîche and maple syrup alongside.

Reviews SectionDelicious and pretty simple. Challah bread is a great choice! And definitely don't forget the creme for this one! The cool subtle tang is the perfect balance to the rich sweetness of the french toast.This was super delicious and easy. Assembled on Christmas Eve and baked it Christmas morning. Perfect!AnonymousAtlanta, GA12/25/18This is a wonderful recipe but a few cautionary notes as a Registered Dietitian. Eggs can have Salmonella on the outside and inside of the shell. Letting them sit, even refrigerated overnight can cause Salmonella poisoning as they multiply. Letting them sit again for 30 minutes makes it even worse and is very risky. I would suggest only using pasteurized eggs to prevent the overgrowth if Salmonella bacteria.barbrd242Florida 12/21/18

Texas Toast French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole - made with thick sliced Texas Toast, eggs and plenty of cinnamon and sugar. This recipe is perfect for special family celebrations and also works great as an easy prep-ahead Christmas Breakfast Recipe.

This French toast bake with Texas toast is one of my favorite recipes to make when I'm serving brunch for a special occasion. What I love most about this recipe is that you can prepare it the night before you want to serve it.

As this overnight French toast with Texas toast sits in the refrigerator, the eggs and milk soak into the thick sliced bread turning it into more of a souffle than a traditional French toast recipe where you simply fry the slices of bread on a griddle.

a frozen blended drink with bright flavors of peach and lemon


Baking Dishes

I love a good casserole. They’re often so simple to make, yet each bite feels like it’s layered with intention. That’s why I find myself reaching for my casserole dishes year-round—not only for the ease and familiarity, but because they invite everyone at the table to find comfort in the meal and to enjoy it to the full. — Jo

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12 French Toast Casserole Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

French toast is a breakfast classic, but why not save dishes and time by making it all in one dish the night before? Similar to bread pudding, French toast casserole combines custard and bread cubes and is totally adaptable based on the season and your guests' tastes.

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This sweet, make-ahead breakfast stars one of our favorite flavor combinations: strawberries and cream cheese.

French Toast Casserole

Breakfast has long been called “the most important meal of the day.” Whether or not that statement is accurate, starting your morning with a tasty made-from-scratch meal can be extremely satisfying. No one knows this better than the folks at The Homestead Bed & Breakfast in New Haven, who provided these enticing recipes.

French Toast Casserole

10 slices stale bread (Nature’s Own Thick Sliced Brioche is my preference)

3 cups half-and-half or 1½ cups each whole milk and heavy cream

½ cup packed light brown sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt

1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup finely crushed graham cracker crumbs

½ cup chopped pecans (optional)

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)

Powdered sugar, fresh berries and/or maple syrup for serving

1. If bread is fresh, place slices in a single layer in a 200-degree oven for about 20 minutes to lightly toast and reduce the moisture. Tear bread slices into bite-size pieces and arrange in an even layer into a greased 13- by 9-inch baking dish.

2. For the custard, whisk eggs in a large bowl, then add the rest of the ingredients and blend well. Pour the custard evenly over the bread. Press the bread slightly to moisten all of it.

3. Cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours. If baking right away, allow to sit for one hour at room temperature so the bread can absorb the custard.

4. When ready to bake, remove casserole from refrigerator and set aside for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

5. Blend together the dry ingredients for the topping and sprinkle over the casserole. Then cut butter into pats or pieces and evenly distribute them over the topping.

6. Bake for about 50 minutes, until the casserole is puffed, golden brown and set.

7. Remove from oven and cool for about five minutes before serving. Can be topped with powdered sugar and/or fresh berries and served with warm maple syrup.

Recipes and photos provided by The Homestead Bed & Breakfast.

Easy Baked French Toast Casserole

Easy Baked French Toast Casserole is a reader and family favorite for most of the holidays. Fans are making these for Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving morning, Mother’s Day and even 4th of July. Definitely, a must try no matter the season!


Easy baked french toast casserole has always been my favorite breakfast and it only needs a little prep work. Smoothies are great. Cereal is super kid-friendly. Eggs are simple. But when I’m ready to spend just a few extra minutes in the kitchen I go for the french toast. Or waffles. I adore homemade waffles!

I love the flavor of the cinnamon. And it involves bread, why wouldn’t I be in love? I love the way the top bakes all crispy with golden flakes of sugar. Mmm…. it’s just a marvelous way to start the day. Not to mention that the smell is super amazing!

I may or may not have been able to eat this whole pan by myself. Just sayin’!

I would throw on some pecans like a lot of varieties do by my hubby has a hard time eating different types of nuts. He’s not completely allergic but they really make his throat all itchy and then he’s miserable. I don’t like to start off our day on the wrong foot so I try to make him happy. I’ve found others ways to do that besides food too. Wouldn’t you know!

I’ve also recently created another variation, in muffin cup form. You can check them out here.

I know there are thousands of easy baked french toast recipes out there but my blog here on the internet won’t be complete until I share my Easy Baked French Toast Casserole Recipe. So here it is friends.

  • The simplicity
  • The flavor, made with crusty french bread, real milk, eggs, and vanilla.
  • Works for all occasions. This is a holiday favorite or a traditional weekend breakfast.

Please do me a favor and eat this with Pure Maple Syrup. I know it’s crazy expensive but it’s worth it! Rant over. Buy whatever you want and just make this soon. *wink*

We hope your family enjoys Easy Baked French Toast Casserole as much as ours! Don’t forget to leave your feedback. Let me know what you think!

ATTENTION: For the BEST results with this recipe, you’ll want to use a crusty bread. If not, your casserole will be soft and mushy. If you don’t have any stale or crusty bread, around you can toast up any bread in the oven for a few minutes to give it some crisp.

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9×13 Baking Pan: The perfect baking pan, it has high sides and bakes evenly. Plus when you cut into it you get picture perfect squares.
Maple Syrup: I like to serve my French Toast Casserole with Real Maple Syrup. Serve up the good stuff, please!
Vanilla Extract: Here again, use the good stuff. Don’t ever go for the imitation. The real vanilla extract is so amazing.

Joanna Gaines Shares the Recipe for One of Her 'Favorite' Breakfast Dishes at Magnolia Table

Joanna Gaines is back in the kitchen for the second season of Magnolia Table, and she&aposs sharing a sweet recipe to start the day.

The former Fixer Upper star, 42, showed how to make the French Toast Crunch from the restaurant she owns with her husband Chip, 46, in their hometown of Waco, Texas. The dish consists of "rich French toast coated in a housemade caramel cornflake crunch with fresh whipped cream and strawberries," according to the Magnolia Table menu.

To make it at home, Joanna dips thick slices of brioche in a custard made of eggs, heavy cream and vanilla, then presses them into a mixture of caramel-coated cornflakes before cooking on a hot cast-iron griddle (the full recipe is on the Magnolia website.)

"The French Toast Crunch on this episode is hands down one of my favorite things on the menu at our restaurant," Joanna wrote in an Instagram post teasing the episode. "I can&apost wait for you to try it yourself!"

How To Make French Toast Casserole

French toast casserole is a cross between french toast and bread pudding. It is usually prepared the night before and baked the next morning for breakfast. However, this recipe can be prepared the same day because the whole process only takes about 40 minutes!

This French Toast Casserole recipe uses the following ingredients:

You’ll notice that there isn’t any sugar listed in the ingredients. That’s because you can pour maple syrup over your baked casserole or top it with icing as we did in this recipe.

However, if you desire a sweeter recipe, you can add 1/4 cup of sugar to the batter when preparing.

Supplies/tools needed are:

Recipe Steps:

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray a casserole dish with non-stick coating or coat with butter.
  3. Break up bread loaf into small chunks, and add them to the greased pan.
  4. In a medium bowl, add cracked eggs, milk, cinnamon, and extract. Whisk until combined, and fluffy. Room temperature ingredients work better.
  5. Pour mixture over the bread, and use a rubber spatula to help evenly coat all pieces.
  6. Sprinkle the raisins to the mixture evenly.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. The bread will rise slightly, and have a crisp top, and spring up once gently pressed.

  • The ultimate breakfast comfort food
  • Totally decadent and indulgent
  • Stuffed with sweet cream cheese
  • Topped with a crumb cake-like streusel
  • Perfect for anyone who loves lots of texture and flavor in each bite
  • A delicious Christmas/holiday/special breakfast recipe
  • Easy to prepare and feeds a crowd
  • A great make-ahead brunch option

25 French Toast Casserole Recipes to Feed a Crowd

Breakfast just got a whole lot easier with these 25 French Toast Casserole Recipes! Great for an easy brunch option and perfect for feeding a crowd, just pick your favorite flavor!

When we have company staying with us, I love to have easy recipe options for the morning. That way everyone can roll into the kitchen at their own pace, I’m not scrambling to keep everyone fed making food to order.

One of my favorite morning dishes is a great french toast casserole recipe! They’re so easy to make and everyone always leaves the table satisfied. The only hard part is choosing which recipe for french toast casserole to make first!

These 25 French Toast Casserole Recipes to Feed a Crowd will take the stress out of your morning!!

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These classic french toast casserole recipes are some of my all-time favorites. My family likes french toast casserole in just about every flavor under the sun, but these ones hold a special place in my heart. From sweet to savory, they’re sure to hit the spot with your morning crowd!

    – I love dipping my breakfast meats in syrup! This casserole is everything I want in one bite! – A classic recipe you can’t beat! – This casserole is SO good! Everyone comes back for seconds!! – How can french toast get better? Add a little cream cheese into the mix! – I love the rich flavor of this french toast casserole recipe!

These french toast casserole recipes are totally fruit-tastic! I love to serve these casseroles any time of year but they’re especially popular in the spring and summer months when berries are at their peak season. But classic breakfast flavors are a hit all year long!

    – This casserole is like having dessert for breakfast!! – I love the bright citrus flavor of this french toast paired with those yummy blueberries! – Forget the donuts, I want this french toast casserole! – Berries are my favorite at breakfast time!! – I love this individually portioned version of french toast for brunch!

What’s easier than a French toast casserole overnight recipe?! Prep everything before going to bed and in the morning all you have to do is pop everything into the oven. This a great option when you want to spend time with your holiday company or your favorite breakfast companions.

    – Coconut and almond if one of my favorite morning flavor combinations! – Decadent and crazy good! This french toast is so easy to make! – A breakfast mashup for the ages!! – Rich chai and vanilla together is my favorite way to start the day! – A little bourbon in your french toast is always a good idea!

Let your slow cooker do the work! These crockpot french toast casserole recipes may be the easiest thing you’ve ever made for breakfast. Just pick your favorite flavor and get crocking!

    – I love the little crunchy bits in this french toast! Such a great texture!! – Who doesn’t love a cinnamon roll in the morning? This french toast is everything! – My kids go crazy for this easy breakfast casserole! – Your favorite breakfast recipe just got even easier!! – Bright raspberries and fruity peaches make this french toast taste amazing!

The holidays are made for family and friends. Good thing these french toast casserole recipes are too! Start your day with your favorite seasonal flavors – like eggnog, gingerbread, cranberry, and pumpkin – for a comforting breakfast that’ll have everyone asking for seconds!

    – All the baking spices in this french toast are going to make your house smell amazing! – Perfect for fall, this french toast recipe is always a hit! – Forget Panettone after dinner! Have it at breakfast instead!! – This classic holiday flavor combination – Rich and creamy and oh my gosh so good!

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