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Easy Overnight French Toast Casserole Recipe

Easy Overnight French Toast Casserole Recipe

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This Easy Overnight French Toast Casserole Recipe is the perfect make ahead breakfast for Sunday morning or a special occasion! Put it together the night before and pop in the oven the next morning for a delicious breakfast the entire family will enjoy.

french toast casserole

If your family is anything like ours, Christmas morning often finds you rushing to make a cup of coffee for yourself before the kids tear open all of the gifts under the tree.

By the time anyone comes up from the rummage of ripped up wrapping paper and tissue paper, we realize we are starving! Do you like classic French toast? Then you need to this recipe!

I started making this Overnight French Toast Casserole Recipe apart of my Christmas cooking routine to have ready to pop in the oven as quickly as I can get the coffee started.

This French Toast Casserole is perfect for weekend brunch, a breakfast for dinner kind of night, for busy mornings, Mother’s Day brunch, Easter, etc. You will want to enjoy this recipe with fresh berries or fresh fruit as an easy side.

This is one of my family’s favorite recipes. This overnight breakfast casserole is one of my most popular recipes, getting rave reviews every time!

My favorite part about this delicious French toast casserole? The sweet, crunchy streusel like topping! It really is next level! Some have compared this to a bread pudding or an egg custard.

Traditional French toast is such an easy recipe, but the first time I had this brunch casserole it became a go-to.

french toast casserole

How to Make My Original Recipe for Overnight French Toast Casserole Recipe:

This is a fairly simple overnight french toast casserole recipe and the kids love helping with it!

Be sure to read the printable recipe card because that is where I have the full recipe instructions, ingredient list and recommended products.

french toast casserole ingredients

First, butter the large baking dish

This next part is so fun for kids! Tear or cut your bread slices into bread cubes.

A lot of times my local grocery store will have bread on the clearance rack since it is a day or two old. That would be perfect for this recipe! I prefer using a stale bread to make this easy breakfast casserole.

Next, whisk together the large eggs, whole milk or heavy cream (if you are allergic, substitute with coconut milk, brown sugar and white sugar and finally the vanilla extract in a medium bowl. For an extra kick if you’d like, add some orange zest.

whisking eggs, cinnamon, milk for french toast casserole

Pour the egg mixture over the bread chunks.

Cover the casserole dish with tin foil tightly and put it in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake the next day.

Now you can easily bake this french toast casserole right after putting it together, but for best results, overnight is a great idea. That extra time lets the bread soak up all of the liquid mixture.

french toast casserole

Next, make the topping! The best part!

Mix together in a freezer bag or small bowl flour, brown sugar, ground cinnamon and salt. Put it in the fridge with the casserole. Before you ready to bake, sprinkle the topping over the French toast recipe.

Bake at 350 degrees for a cook time of 45-60 minutes until your easy French toast bake is golden brown. 

french toast casserole in bowls

Of course, the next and final step really bakes the dish! Serve with a drizzle of warm maple syrup and a coating of powdered sugar. You can also drizzle warmed cream cheese or melted butter over the top. If you have access to pure maple syrup, you’ll want to use that.

french toast casserole in bowls
pouring maple syrup over french toast casserole

What is the best Type of Bread for this easy french toast casserole recipe?

Day-old bread is always best and you can use:

  • Challah Bread
  • Sourdough Bread
  • Cinnamon Swirl Bread
  • French Loaf or
  • Italian Bread

Can I freeze my French Toast Casserole?

Yes! Make your casserole, cover it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and keep it in the fridge. Keep the topping in the fridge until you are ready to bake. If you are freezing your casserole, it will stay frozen for 2-3 months. Just thaw it over night in the fridge and bake as directed. 

If you are looking for some more breakfast recipes for next time, I have a ton. Breakfast is kind of my favorite thing!

french toast casserole

Overnight French Toast Casserole Recipe

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
This Easy Overnight French Toast Casserole Recipe is the perfect make ahead breakfast for Sunday morning or a special occasion! Put it together the night before and pop in the oven the next morning for a delicious breakfast the entire family will enjoy.

Ingredients

  • Butter
  • 1 loaf sourdough bread
  • 8 whole eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or coffee creamer
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick of butter cubed

Instructions

  1. Grease the casserole dish with the butter.
  2. Tear the bread into chunks and put into the casserole.
  3. Whisk the eggs, milk, cream, sugars, and vanilla in a bowl.
  4. Pour over the bread in a casserole.
  5. Cover the overnight french toast casserole and store in the fridge until you need it. Overnight is best.
  6. To make the topping, mix together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and butter in a freezer bag.
  7. Mix together until the mix is like small pebbles.
  8. Store the topping in the fridge with the casserole.
  9. When ready to bake your overnight french toast casserole, sprinkle the topping on top of the casserole and bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.
  10. The longer you bake, the crispier the casserole will become.

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This looks lovely for Christmas morning and quite easy for the kids to help out in the preparation.