Delicious Overnight French Toast Casserole is perfect for a weekend breakfast or a holiday brunch! This breakfast bake is a sweet and filling crowd-pleaser. A make-ahead dish, so you don’t feel tied to the kitchen, and you can enjoy a lazy weekend morning with your guests or family.
Overnight French Toast Casserole
Soaking the casserole overnight allows the egg, sugar, and cream mixture to penetrate the bread, which amplifies the soft, creamy texture in the center. This easy overnight french toast casserole is packed with flavor in every bite.
The brown sugar and butter crumbly topping forms a caramelized layer that is sweet and crunchy. If you prefer less sugar, you can reduce the sugar to ¼ cup for the egg mixture and the crumb topping.
- French bread, brioche, sourdough bread, or any loaf of bread desired
- Milk – whole milk, skim milk, oat milk, almond milk, or cashew milk
- Vanilla extract
- Brown sugar
What type of bread can I use?
You can use any bread for this recipe! Brioche works well, as does the cheapest loaf of bread on the shelf. In this recipe, we used French bread as its thick, crisp crust makes it ideal for soaking eggs in.
What is overnight-baked French toast?
Traditional French toast is bread dipped in a sweetened egg/milk/cream mixture and fried until the egg is cooked. This recipe is refrigerated overnight, so the sweet mixture can soak into the bread entirely and yields a soft and tender French toast that melts in your mouth.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs, adding the milk, cream, vanilla, and granulated sugar. Pour the mixture over the bread, cover it tightly with plastic wrap, and place it in the fridge overnight.
Remove the prepared baking dish from the refrigerator and let it stand at room temperature for approx. 45 mins. Stir the brown sugar, flour, and salt in a small bowl.
Grate the butter on top and cut in with a pastry cutter or fork until it looks like large crumbs. Bake uncovered for 40-45 minutes until the sides and top of the casserole are golden brown, and the inside is set.
Overnight French Toast Recipe
What is another variation I can make?
- Sprinkle pecans crushed or halved over the crumbly topping before baking.
- Add fresh berries and whipped cream to the top
- Layer sliced bananas and chocolate chips on the bread before pouring the egg mixture to give you banana chocolate French toast.
- Whisk two teaspoons of pumpkin spice into the egg mixture for pumpkin French toast.
- Whisk two teaspoons of apple spice into the egg mixture and layer thinly sliced apples on the bread for apple pie French toast.
What do I need to serve with the Baked French Toast?
This French toast can be eaten alone with no toppings or syrup, it’s that delicious, but you can add toppings like:
- Maple syrup
- Powdered sugar
- Any type of berry
- Apple Sauce
- Ground cinnamon or cinnamon sugar blend
Can I make this ahead of time and freeze it?
Yes! Transfer the baking dish to a wire rack and allow the French toast to cool completely. Next, cut the French toast to your required size and place one piece on parchment paper, layer one piece of parchment paper and one piece of French toast, and tightly wrap it with foil, or place it inside a heavy-duty freezer bag that zips up. Use within 60 days of freezing.
More Breakfast Recipes by The Blogette To Try Next:
- Maple Bacon Breakfast Pie
- Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf
- Ham and Egg Cups
- Breakfast Sausage Casserole
- California Breakfast Casserole
- Potato Pancakes
- Breakfast Bundt Cake
Overnight French Toast Casserole
- 9" x 13" Baking dish
- mixing bowls
- Pastry grater or fork
- Plastic wrap
- ½ cup butter, plus 1 tablespoon for greasing the dish
- 2 sticks of French bread
- 10 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup flour
- Spray a 9 x 13 x 3 oven-safe baking dish with an oil spray or grease the dish with one tablespoon of butter.
- Cut the bread into cubes and set the dish aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs, adding the milk, cream, vanilla and granulated sugar.
- Pour the mixture over the bread, cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.
- Remove the prepared baking dish from the refrigerator and let it stand at room temperature for approx. 45 mins.
- Preheat oven to 375°
- Stir the brown sugar, flour, and salt in a small bowl.
- Grate the butter on top and cut in with a pastry cutter until it looks like large crumbs.
- Evenly sprinkle the crumble mixture over the bread.
- Bake uncovered for 40-45 minutes until the sides and top of the casserole are golden brown, and the inside is set.
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