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French Toast Casserole

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 6 servings

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French Toast Casserole is perfect for prepping the night before and popping in the oven for a weekend or holiday brunch! An overnight French toast bake with cinnamon, vanilla and maple and crispy cinnamon sugar topping.

french toast casserole in glass pan with glaze drizzle from a spoon

We are big breakfast lovers here.

It doesn’t matter if it’s breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner — if breakfast is on the table, we’re all in! There was no struggle to eat when this French Toast Casserole was on the table šŸ˜‰

Some of our favorites for busy mornings?

Slow Cooker Oatmeal for those mornings we just can’t get it together, these Mini Frittata Muffins for a healthy breakfast or school lunch, and these Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins for when we are running out the door, whatever the time of day.

But we also love sitting down to a relaxed breakfast or lunch on weekends, holidays, or birthdays — these Whole Wheat Pancakes often make an appearance, and The BEST Cinnamon Buns are a favorite always!

french toast casserole whole drizzled with glaze

Adding to our list of favorites today is this easy French Toast Bake, which I love most because you can prep it completely the night before you need it.

The center is soft and tender like a bread pudding, but I love a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar on mine just for that fun texture!

How to make French Toast Casserole:

  1. Start with your bread — cut it or tear it into small pieces, and throw it into a greased baking dish.
  2. Whisk up your egg mixture, and pour it over top.
  3. Stir up the streusel mixture to throw on top.
  4. At this point, you can refrigerate to bake the next day (if you’re doing this, you may want to leave the streusel and add it in the morning so it stays crunchy), or you can let it sit for a couple hours and bake right away.
  5. Serve warm or at room temperature — my kids even love the leftovers for lunches!
french toast casserole piece with pan and maple syrup in the background

What’s the best bread for French toast?

Stale bread is best for French toast because it’s a little drier, and will soak up that egg mixture before baking.

If I don’t have stale bread, I like to toast slices briefly to dry them out before adding to my pan.

In reality, you can use almost any leftover breads or baking you have to make French toast!

Brioche, or Brioche buns, leftover croissants, donuts, pancakes, cinnamon raisin bread would all be amazing, and I’m all for using up leftover bits before they’ve gone bad.

Variations on this French Toast Casserole:

  • To make this French Toast Casserole dairy free, substitute the dairy milk for almond or coconut milk and be sure that your bread doesn’t contain dairy.
  • You can swap the brown sugar for maple syrup for a maple twist on this French toast bake.
  • Add in chocolate chips, swirls of peanut butter, fresh or frozen berries, chopped bananas, nuts, or chunks of cream cheese if you want! This recipe is really an awesome one for adapting and having fun with. Let your mind go wild!
french toast casserole with syrup drizzle on white plate

What to serve with Baked French Toast:

This French toast recipe doesn’t need much for side dishes, but I love serving it with smoothies (this Healthy Strawberry Smoothie recipe and this Pineapple Smoothie are favorites), or fruit salad (this Creamy Fruit Salad RecipeHawaiian Fruit Salad, and Christmas Fruit Salad are fun ones depending on the season!), to create a more balanced meal.

Coffee is also a must!

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French Toast Casserole

5 from 11 votes
French Toast Casserole is perfect for prepping the night before and popping in the oven for a weekend or holiday brunch! An overnight French toast bake with cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup and crispy cinnamon sugar topping.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Servings 6 servings
Calories 416.58kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread (450g)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (or granulated sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Glaze

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Instructions

  • Lightly grease a 9×9" pan.
  • Cut or tear bread into 1" cubes and place in pan — it will be full and that's okay!
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla. Pour over bread in pan, doing your best to evenly distribute the mixture over the bread.
  • Using a spatula, press the bread down into the liquid the best you can.
  • Cinnamon Sugar: In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over bread.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Cover (with foil or a lid) and bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes. Remove cover and bake another 15-20 minutes until set in the middle and top is slightly crispy.
  • Glaze: stir together powdered sugar and milk and drizzle over French toast, or serve with syrup, fruit, whipped cream or yogurt as desired.

Notes

*You can bake this in a 9×13″ pan if you prefer, but the casserole will be quite thin and will require reduced baking time.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 416.58kcal | Carbohydrates: 68.16g | Protein: 16.6g | Fat: 8.21g | Saturated Fat: 2.97g | Cholesterol: 222.56mg | Sodium: 446.64mg | Potassium: 280.35mg | Fiber: 2.13g | Sugar: 29.25g | Vitamin A: 382.68IU | Calcium: 150.23mg | Iron: 3.5mg
Keywords french toast bake, french toast casserole

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. stephanie says

    OMG this french toast casserole looks amazing i’ve always loved french toast and this just put the cherry on the top.

  2. Stephanie says

    This was absolutely delicious! My kids have been begging me to make it again since Saturday, so I think I’ll be whipping up another batch soon.

  3. Nellie Tracy says

    This is the best recipe for french toast casserole I have ever had! So delicious, my family LOVES it!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      If you use this same recipe in a 9×13″ pan, then the cook time should be less, about 30-40 minutes. If you are doubling the recipe it would stay about the same

  4. Katie Leigh says

    Hello! I have all the ingredients but the French bread! Wil regular bread be ok? Normally, Iā€™d just go out and pick it up, but with Covid-19 Iā€™m only doing large online orders. Thanks!

  5. Suzy says

    Typically you find these casseroles that are for a dozen of people or more, I really love that this is only 6 servings! Just enough to feed our family! Love how simple it is to put together!

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