Top Rated French Toast Casserole Recipes
The magic happens overnight with this easy recipe for Overnight French Toast Casserole. Chunks of crusty bread soak up the egg mixture to make a delicious custard that cooks up in 30 minutes when you pop it in your Instant Pot in the morning. Overnight French Toast Casserole will sweeten up any morning. Recipe courtesy of Instant Pot.
You can whip up this easy and delicious brunch dish on a lazy weekend morning and then store it in your freezer to feed a big brunch crowd or a bunch of hungry kids. When you cook the French toast casserole, your home will be filled with the yummy aroma of cinnamon and sugar. Drizzle the maple glaze on top to satisfy any sweet tooth. Recipe courtesy of Happy Money Saver
From its cinnamon raisin bread to its maple sausage patties, this cinnamon french toast casserole recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. This recipe is courtesy of Ready Set Eat.
Make everyday a holiday using this easy french toast casserole. No eggnog required, just all the signature winter sweets and holiday spices. Courtesy of McCormick
An easy slow cooker French toast casserole of bread cubes in a custard base with bananas and a peanut butter syrup.Recipe courtesy of Ready Set Eat
With just four household staples, you can make this gooey and delicious Instant Pot breakfast dish that is sure to wow your guests and sweeten any holiday morning. Assemble it the night before and bake it in the morning while you sip your coffee.Recipe courtesy of Spice Cravings
French Toast Casserole
With this French toast casserole, you skip the hassle of standing by the stove and pan-frying each individual slice of French toast.
Instead, you just throw everything into a dish and let the oven do the work! You can even assemble the casserole the night before and bake it the next morning.
You still get all the best parts of a slice of French toast, but with far less effort: soft and custardy middles, cinnamon-infused edges, plus an extra-crunchy toasted topping.
- You&rsquoll start out with half a loaf of French Bread and then cut it into cubes. I am going to be a stickler for this one, because while you could substitute other breads, it really just won&rsquot have that perfect flavor and texture. After you chop up the bread, then next melt some butter in a small sauce pan and stir in a cup of brown sugar. This is the bottom layer of your French Toast Casserole and it gives it an amazing caramelly flavor once it&rsquos been baked.
- Next you&rsquoll add in your bread cubes, then pour a mixture of eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla over the top.
- Pop it into the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, and you are on your way to one of the most yummy breakfasts you&rsquoll ever sink a fork in to! Really, I mean it!
Ingredients You’ll Need
For this breakfast casserole, you will need:
- white bread – I use just regular white bread that you can get at the grocery store. Nothing fancy at all. It will take about 2/3 of a regular sized loaf.
- cream cheese – I have only ever tried this with regular cream cheese, although I would guess that a less-fat cream cheese would probably work.
- eggs – I always use large eggs.
- milk – I used 2%, because that is what we keep on hand. Whole milk or 1% would probably work just fine, too.
- half and half – this is a mixture of milk and cream. You can usually find it next to the cream at the grocery store. You can also make your own mix of cream and milk.
- maple syrup – I have made this casserole with both real maple syrup and pancake syrup. I definitely prefer the real maple syrup version. But my kids, who are used to pancake syrup, prefer the pancake syrup version.
- vanilla – I am a fan of real vanilla extract.
- powdered sugar – you don’t have to sprinkle on the powdered sugar, but I always do!
Baked French Toast Casserole
Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch thick each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9X13 casserole dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices.
In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half and half, milk, sugar, vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, preheat oven to 350 °F. Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 45 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with Raspberry Syrup.
Combine butter, brown sugar, pecans, light corn syrup, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg in a medium bowl and blend well. Spread over bread as directed above.
Combine raspberry preserves, water and liqueur in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir until warm and thinned out like syrup.
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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Overnight Baked French Toast Casserole
Overnight French Toast Casserole is one way to get a delicious and well loved breakfast favorite prepared for a crowd and quickly on Christmas morning or New Year's Day. Those are two of the rare occasions where I can actually manage to remember to prep a breakfast casserole the night before.
Put it together the night before, pop it in the oven the next morning, and it's ready in about 45 minutes - just enough time to let everybody rip into their Christmas gifts, or to tame that morning after headache with a dose or two of caffeine while waiting on breakfast on New Years Day.
Managed to forget to put this together the night before? I totally understand, trust me. But, if you get up early enough, and if you have young children waiting on Santa, you will. you can still throw this together and let it rest in the fridge for just a few hours with great results. If you love Pain Perdu or good ole basic French toast from sliced bread, I think you'll enjoy this oven version. It has all of the typical flavor you find in your pan-fried version, except in an easy oven casserole form that you can stick in the oven and enjoy the festivities without any tending. Here's how to make it.
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Recipe: Overnight Baked French Toast Casserole
- Double batch of cinnamon sugar
- 1 long loaf of French bread (like Reisings)
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar
- 8 large eggs
- 1 cup of heavy cream or whole milk
- 1 cup of half and half
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 1/2 chopped pecans
- Warmed pure cane , maple, sorghum or fruit syrup
- Sifted powdered sugar
Make a double or triple batch of cinnamon sugar. Slice French bread into thick slices, about 1 to 1-1/2 inch thick. You'll want enough to layer the baking dish twice. Melt the butter and pour it into the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with half of the brown sugar and sprinkle the brown sugar generously with cinnamon sugar. Lay one layer of the French bread slices on top of the cinnamon sugar/butter mixture. Whisk together the eggs, with the cream, half and half, vanilla extract and salt. Drizzle half of the egg mixture (about 2 cups) over and around the layer of bread. Sprinkle the top of the bread with the other half of the brown sugar and more cinnamon sugar.
Add the remaining French bread slices in another layer, and press them down into the dish with the palm of your hand. Drizzle the remaining egg mixture on top and around the slices. Sprinkle the top very generously with more cinnamon sugar. Scatter about 1/2 cup of chopped pecans all over the top and cover tightly with foil. Refrigerate overnight.
The next morning, bring the baking dish to room temperature while preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake, covered, for about 35 minutes uncover and bake another 10 minutes or until firmed up and slightly crispy on top. If you prefer it with a lot more crunch, bake it uncovered the entire 45 minutes. Let rest for just a minute or so, then sift the top with powdered sugar. Cut into squares and drizzle top with warmed, pure cane syrup, maple syrup, or a fruit syrup over the top of individual squares if desired. Serve hot.
Southern skillet fried apples are especially great as a side for this casserole.
Cook's Notes: I used the long 10 ounce loaf of Reising's New Orleans Po'boy bread, which is an extra long, thinner loaf than most typical deli style French breads. If you have other leftover sandwich bread, Texas toast, homemade yeast bread, brioche, or challah, certainly make substitutions with those.
Crockpot French Toast Casserole: One of our Facebook readers, Janine stuck this in her crockpot Christmas Eve and said it turned out perfect! She used a 4-quart round crockpot and made 3 layers instead of 2, so the number of layers would depend on the size of your crockpot and the type of bread you use also. She turned it on right before bed and let it cook overnight for about 6-1/2 to 7 hours on low. All instructions are the same, except you'll need to butter the walls of the crockpot before starting to layer in. Thanks Janine!
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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:
- Start by preheating your oven to 350°F.
- Spray a casserole dish with non-stick coating or coat with butter.
- Break up bread loaf into small chunks, and add them to the greased pan.
- In a medium bowl, add cracked eggs, milk, cinnamon, and extract. Whisk until combined, and fluffy. Room temperature ingredients work better.
- Pour mixture over the bread, and use a rubber spatula to help evenly coat all pieces.
- Sprinkle the raisins to the mixture evenly.
- Bake for 30 minutes. The bread will rise slightly, and have a crisp top, and spring up once gently pressed.
EASY French Toast Casserole
Whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, butter, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.
Arrange the chunks of bread in a baking dish.
Pour wet mixture over top of bread and leave to soak for a few hours or overnight (refrigerate).
Optionally, sprinkle more cinnamon sugar on top.
Bake for 35 minutes at 375F.
- 1 French Loaf, cut into chunks
- 6 Eggs
- 1.5 cups Whole Milk
- 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
- 2 tbsp Melted Butter
- 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
- ¼ tsp Salt
- Whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, butter, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.
- Arrange the chunks of bread in a baking dish.
- Pour wet mixture over top of bread and leave to soak for a few hours or overnight (refrigerate).
- Optionally, sprinkle more cinnamon sugar on top.
- Bake for 35 minutes at 375F.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Energy – 220 kcal
Protein – 8 g (15%)
Fat – 7 g (31%)
Carbohydrates – 30 g(53%)
Fiber – 1 g
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The Most Amazing Crème Brûlée French Toast Casserole Ever
Want a brunch recipe to really impress your guests? Look no further than this insanely amazing overnight crème brûlée french toast casserole. This decadent dessert has been a staple at our family brunches for years, and with this one special tweak, we’ve managed to make it even better. Read on for the details!
Guys, I don’t know how to be chill about this recipe. Crème brûlée french toast casserole.
This decadent, magical, caramel-y sweet casserole is every bit as good as it sounds.
Crème Brûlée itself is a French dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel mix that together with toasty, buttery bread, and you have yourself one winning brunch recipe. The dish is put together in a casserole. The “french toast” soaks up the rich Crème Brûlée sauce (buttery, sugary, and warm) and is super moist and custard-y and the bottom of the bread caramelizes. Also, the top toasts to just the right eggy crisp-ness.
This is caramelized heaven in a casserole.
I have yet to meet a living soul who doesn’t cry a little as they dive in for their first bite. It smells and tastes like butter and sugar made a love child. It’s the perfect brunch dessert.
We serve it up on holidays and it is utter perfection for memorable get-togethers like Christmas morning, the morning after New Years Eve, Easter brunch, and everything in between.
This crème brûlée french toast casserole is also a great recipe for brunch because it’s the kind of thing you can make a huge tray of the night before, and have an amazing warm dessert come morning.
Actually, I made it with my mom for a recent party and there was not one bit left by the end of the festivities. I mean, guests were scraping the ooey gooey caramelized sugar off the sides and bottom of the pan.
As in, NO leftovers. Which is a real travesty. But I digress.
The amazing casserole has been a part of our family gatherings for years now.
After ages watching my mom break out the well-worn photocopy of this Crème Brûlée french toast recipe (which actually originated from the Inn at Sunrise Point in Camden, Maine, widely known for this decadent brunch dish), I have the recipe practically memorized myself.
Dare I say, this recipe is FAMOUS. At least in our family. And at a little Inn on the coast of Maine.
There’s a version of this insanely good crème brûlée french toast casserole already on my blog, but that variation is actually made with thick slices of challah, though it also works really well with a crusty bread like french bread. My mom made a discovery though, that just completely knocks this recipe out of the park, so I HAD to share the new and improved crème brûlée french toast casserole.
Well, you’ll just have to keep on scrolling to get that extra special detail!
Okay, fiiiine, it’s croissants. Store-bought croissants turn into something utterly magical when drowned in that divine crème brûlée sauce. Croissants are extra buttery and somehow become even more moist and creamy at the center, with that rich custard filling, and more caramelized, crispy, and buttery drowned in caramel sauce at the bottom.
And don’t let words like “custard” and “caramel” scare you. So long as you follow the simple steps, and really let all of the ingredients – including fresh eggs, heavy cream, sugar, etc. – marinate overnight per the recipe instructions, magic sort of just happens, and the result, straight out of the oven, is all of that decadent goodness.
I love brilliant baking sorcery! Especially when what seems complicated is actually not that complicated at all. Aaaaaand seriously freaking delicious.
This casserole beautifully reheats in the microwave. Slice it up for pre-portioned pieces for a quick breakfast, and reheat for 1 to 2 minutes until warmed through. If you like a crunchy top, broil it for a few minutes after microwaving. It still tastes delicious up to 5 days if tightly covered and refrigerated, making for a great meal prep dish!
- Pure maple syrup
- Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries
- Homemade warm berry compote
- Crunchy nuts like pecans, walnuts, and almonds
- Whipped cream