This Overnight French Toast Casserole Recipe is the perfect make ahead breakfast for Christmas morning or weekend brunch! Put it together the night before and pop in the oven the next morning.
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!
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 or even as a breakfast for dinner recipe!
My favorite part about this recipe? The sweet, crunchy streusel like topping!
How to Make this 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 scroll down to find the full, printable recipe!
First, butter the casserole dish.
This next part is so fun for kids! Tear or cut your bread into tiny pieces.
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!
The best type of bread to make a french toast casserole? French, Sourdough or Challah.
Next, whisk together eggs, milk, sugars and finally the vanilla extract.
Pour the mixture over the bread. Cover the casserole dish with tin foil tightly and put it in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake.
Now you can easily bake this french toast casserole right after putting it together, but trust me overnight is the best. That extra time lets the bread soak up all of the delicious cinnamon milk mixture!
Next, make the topping! My favorite part!!
Mix together in a freezer bag or bowl flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Put it in the fridge with the casserole. Before you ready to bake the french toast casserole, sprinkle the topping over the top.
When you are ready to enjoy, bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.
Of course, the next and final step really bakes the dish! Serve with maple syrup and powdered sugar.
Can I freeze my French Toast Casserole?
Yes! Make your casserole, cover it tightly 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.
- 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
- Grease the casserole dish with the butter.
- Tear the bread into chunks and put into the casserole.
- Whisk the eggs, milk, cream, sugars, and vanilla in a bowl.
- Pour over the bread in a casserole.
- Cover the overnight french toast casserole and store in the fridge until you need it. Overnight is best.
- To make the topping, mix together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and butter in a freezer bag.
- Mix together until the mix is like small pebbles.
- Store the topping in the fridge with the casserole.
- 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.
- The longer you bake, the crispier the casserole will become.
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