September 27, 2023Review Recipe
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This easy French toast casserole is a tasty make-ahead breakfast or brunch that your entire family will love! Whip up this casserole the night before and then just bake in the morning to enjoy a wonderful hot breakfast.
French Toast Casserole Recipe Ingredients
For The Bread:
- 10 cups of 2-day-old French bread
- 6 eggs
- 1½ cups of whole milk
- ½ cup of half and half
- ½ cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of almond extract
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon of allspice
- ⅛ teaspoon of salt
- ½ cup of chopped pecans
- Powdered sugar
For The Crumble Topping:
- ¾ cup of light brown sugar
- ½ cup of salted butter, very cold
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Substitutions And Additions
NUTS: The nuts add a nice crunch to the casserole, but they can most certainly be left out if you do not prefer nuts or in the case of any nut allergies.
VANILLA: Don’t love the taste of almond extract? No problem! Just use vanilla extract instead for a wonderful hint of flavor.
BREAD: This easy baked French toast casserole recipe calls for 2-day-old French bread, but you can use other types of leftover bread.
Just be sure you’re using sturdy white bread that will hold up well in the casserole.
Basic packaged white bread will become too soft and mushy in the casserole, so opt for a very firm bread.
Brioche would be delicious. It does need to be two days old for the best results.
APPLE PIE SPICE: If you don’t have allspice on hand, you can use apple pie spice instead.
How To Make French Toast Casserole
OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS
This casserole makes a great meal to take to a friend. Just make the casserole in a disposable aluminum foil pan, cover it with a lid or plastic wrap, and deliver with baking instructions for the family to have a hot breakfast to eat the next morning.
STEP ONE: Prepare a 9×13-inch baking dish by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray. Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes and place them in the dish.
STEP TWO: In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs, whole milk, half and half, sugar, almond extract, cinnamon, allspice, and salt together.
STEP THREE: Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes into the casserole dish, making sure to soak all of the pieces.
STEP FOUR: Sprinkle the chopped pecans over top of the casserole.
STEP FIVE: In a separate mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, cold butter, and cinnamon using two knives to cut the mixture together until crumbly.
Sprinkle over top of the casserole.
STEP SIX: Cover the casserole dish with foil and refrigerate overnight.
STEP SEVEN: When you’re ready to cook the casserole, start by preheating the oven to 375°F.
Bake the casserole uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown and the center of the casserole is no longer jiggly.
If the casserole is not quite done after 40 minutes, continue cooking in 5-minute increments until it is ready.
STEP EIGHT: Remove the casserole from the oven and let sit for five minutes before serving.
Letting it sit for five minutes after baking will give it extra time to firm up so that you don’t have a soggy texture.
STEP NINE: Sprinkle powdered sugar evenly over the top of the casserole and serve with maple syrup.
Serving French Toast Breakfast Casserole
Since butter and syrup are favorite French toast toppings, they are perfect on this casserole!
Either place softened butter pats on top of each slice of the casserole, or pour on a little melted butter, then add a generous amount of pure maple syrup.
You can also add a dollop of freshly whipped cream to the warm casserole.
We love fresh berries served alongside the casserole. Try blueberries, sliced strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, or a mix of several different berries.
Easy breakfast recipes are always a favorite. For a savory option, check out our sausage breakfast casserole.
If you’re an Instant Pot fan, you won’t want to miss our Instant Pot French toast recipe.
How To Store French Toast Casserole
IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftovers of this French toast bake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
IN THE FREEZER: You can prepare this easy overnight French toast casserole and freeze it to thaw and bake it later.
Just put the casserole together as instructed, then wrap the dish well in plastic wrap and then foil. Place the casserole in the freezer for up to one month.
To bake, thaw the casserole overnight in the refrigerator, then bake as instructed in the recipe.
TO REHEAT: Place slices of the breakfast casserole on microwave-safe plates and heat in the microwave in 20-second increments until warm.
The Best French Toast Casserole Recipe
This overnight breakfast casserole is a perfect way to start any morning, especially on a special occasion. Enjoy this warm, sweet, satisfying breakfast with a cup of coffee, and have a lovely day!
French Toast Casserole Recipe FAQs
First, you need to make sure you are using older bread that is firm enough to stand up to the mixture. Fresher and softer bread contains too much moisture and will not soak up the egg custard, leaving the casserole with a less desirable texture.
Second, under-baking can be another reason for a soggy casserole. If the casserole is not yet set, but the top is browning very quickly, lay a piece of foil on top to slow down the browning process and allow the casserole more time to cook.
You can freeze leftovers of the casserole, but you can also make this dish ahead of time and freeze the entire thing. Thaw and bake as instructed when you are ready to enjoy it.
A hearty bread such as French bread or brioche is the best bread for this casserole. A softer bread will end up soggy and not stand up to the custard mixture in this recipe.
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French Toast Casserole Recipe
- 10 cups French bread, cut into cubes (2-day-old loaf)
- 6 eggs
- 1½ cups whole milk
- ½ cup half and half
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup pecans, chopped (optional)
- powdered sugar, for the top
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup salted butter, cold
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray, set aside.
- Cut the 2-day-old loaf of French bread into cubes and place them in the bottom of the baking dish.
- In a separate large mixing bowl, combine eggs, whole milk, half and half, sugar, almond extract, cinnamon, salt, and allspice. Whisk together well.
- Pour egg mixture over the cubes of French bread in the baking dish, making sure to soak all pieces as you are pouring. If using optional pecans, go ahead and top the bread mixture with ½ cup pecans.
- In a separate medium mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, cold butter, and cinnamon. Use two knives to cut the mixture together until crumbly. Sprinkle over the top of the french toast casserole.
- Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
- When ready to cook the french toast casserole preheat the oven to 375°F. Uncover and place on the middle rack in the middle of the oven and cook for 35 to 40 minutes. Check to make sure the center of the French toast casserole is set and not jiggly.
- Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes to allow it to completely set.
- Sprinkle powdered sugar over the top of the casserole and serve with maple syrup.
- This casserole makes a great meal to take to a friend. Just make the casserole in a disposable aluminum foil pan, cover it with a lid or plastic wrap, and deliver with baking instructions for the family to have a hot breakfast to eat the next morning.
- If the casserole is not quite done after 40 minutes, continue cooking in 5-minute increments until it is ready.
- Letting it sit for 5 minutes after baking will give it extra time to firm up so that you don’t have a soggy texture.