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Easy Overnight French Toast Casserole

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Easy Overnight French Toast Casserole is a delicious breakfast idea that is always such a hit with the family and guests. You make this breakfast casserole the night before so you can enjoy this yummy baked french toast in the morning!

If you love traditional french toast, you will also love these unique french toast versions like our Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Roll Ups, Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole, Slow Cooker Pumpkin Maple French Toast, and Bacon French Toast Casserole.

Overnight French Toast in a baking pan

The Best Overnight French Toast Casserole

Baked French Toast is a quick and easy overnight casserole that tastes amazing and can be made the night before. I’m in love with breakfasts you can make ahead of time and simply throw in the oven in the morning or already have prepared, like Savory Breakfast Bundt Cake, or Make-Ahead Pancake Batter!

Overnight french toast is sometimes called “Baked French Toast”, “French Toast Casserole” or “Company French Toast” and it’s the perfect breakfast to make when you want to have something special to serve for breakfast but you also want to relax and enjoy the morning.  We enjoy this east breakfast regularly, but this is always a staple for any holiday breakfast in our home. We also make this any time we have guests and they always rave about this dish every time!

Ingredients You Will Need

You won’t need any fancy ingredients for this breakfast casserole. In fact, I bet you have most of these things in your kitchen already! Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for specific amounts.

  • French Bread – you can also use texas toast, challah, or brioche.
  • Eggs – you will use 8 eggs to make the base for the custard.
  • Half and Half – you can substitute whole milk for the half and half if need.
  • Milk – whole milk is preferred for this recipe, but you can use 1-2% with fine results.
  • Granulated Sugar – this is added to the egg mixture for just a hint of sweetness.
  • Vanilla – make sure you use pure vanilla extract.
  • Ground Cinnamon – the cinnamon is added to the custard mixture and the topping and gives such a nice flavor.
  • Nutmeg – we use ground nutmeg for this recipe, but freshly grated nutmeg is always a nice touch if you have it.
  • Butter – this is combined with sugar to make a nice cinnamon crunch topping.
  • Brown Sugar – The brown sugar will add a nice caramelized glaze to this french toast.
  • Corn Syrup – the corn syrup is actually optional, but we think this gives the topping a very nice consistency. However, you can leave this out with great results.

French Toast with melted butter and syrup

How To Make Overnight French Toast

One of the best things about this breakfast casserole is how easy it is to make – it only takes minutes! Here’s how to do it:

  •  Arrange your bread slices in a prepared 9×13.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, half & half, milk, vanilla and spices. Pour the mixture over the slices making sure all of them are coated well.
  • Refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours before baking.
  • When ready to bake, combine the topping ingredients and spread over the top. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

Baked French Toast Casserole with Caramelized Glaze

Can you make overnight french toast the same day?

Yes!  If you want to bake the french toast right after you make it and don’t want to wait overnight,  just make the custard and dip the bread into it letting it soak before placing the bread slices into the pan and baking. Pour any remaining custard over the bread after you have placed it in your baking dish, then cover with saran wrap and place in the fridge for 2-3 hours (the longer the better). This will give the custard time to soak into the bread even though we have sped up the process somewhat by dipping the individual bread pieces into the custard before placing them in the baking dish.

French Toast with Strawberries

Pro Tips for Success

  • Want to add some crunch? You can add chopped pecans to the cinnamon crunch topping for a praline topping. Add in 1 cup of chopped pecans.
  • Add fruit: This french toast casserole is amazing served with fresh berries instead of the praline topping if you are looking to lighten it up. We actually enjoy this served with the topping and berries!

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Fridge: Let your casserole cool completely then cover with saran wrap or transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge. It will keep for 3-4 days.
  • Reheating from the fridge: When you are ready to eat another slice of french toast casserole simply place your desired amount on a plate and zap it in the microwave until warmed through. I usually will cut a large piece of french toast into smaller pieces so that the insides heat evenly.
  • Freezing: The leftovers freeze VERY well!  Place any leftovers in an air-tight, freezer-safe container. It will keep for up to 3 months.
  • Reheating from frozen: When ready to eat, just thaw it and pop it in the oven at 350 for about 10 minutes.

Other Easy Breakfast Ideas to Try

Overnight French Toast in a baking pan

Overnight French Toast Casserole

Published By Jill
Easy Overnight French Toast Casserole is a delicious breakfast that is always such a hit with the family and guests. You make this  breakfast casserole the night before so you can enjoy this yummy Baked French Toast in the morning!
5 from 342 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 574 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 loaf french bread or thick texas toast
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cinnamon Crunch Topping

  • 1 1/2 sticks butter 12 tablespoon
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 Tbsp light corn syrum optional
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions
 

  • Prepare a 9"x13" baking dish by coating the entire inside of the dish with butter or cooking spray.  Set aside.
  • Slice the French bread, about 1-inch thick. Arrange slices in your prepared baking dish in rows, overlapping the slices. Set aside.   
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs. Add half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Whisk until well combined.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the bread slices, making sure they are covered evenly. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices making sure all the slices are completely covered.  Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
  • The next day, preheat oven to 350°F. Meanwhile, carefully flip each piece of bread over to make sure everything is nice and coated with the mixture.

Make the Topping

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix to combine.  Spoon the topping on top of the prepared bread slices.  Then spread evenly over the bread (like you are icing a cake).
  • Bake for 35 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden.

Nutrition

Calories: 574kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 14gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 188mgSodium: 703mgPotassium: 273mgFiber: 1gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 1236IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 161mgIron: 3mg
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Overnight Baked French Toast

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I would like to print this recipe, but I do not see where I can do this.

I would like to print this recipe, but I cannot see how to do this.

This looks great! Now I have to find enough people to help me eat it! Otherwise I might be staring at super large hips! I had no trouble printing!5 stars

This was super easy and delicious! Would def make again and recommend5 stars

Did not like this recipe, bread was to gooey5 stars

You didn’t use regular bread did you? That was my mistake when making these.

Made this for my family and sent to my sister also on Christmas morning, It was a Huge success!!Thank you for the easy Christmas morning breakfast!! Now eaten frequently!!

Hell! Great recipe, but TOO MANY pop up ads!  Made it hard to read the recipe.5 stars

Your version sounds lovely. In Australia we call it Bread and Butter pudding and I’ve also made it with day old bread dates and orange zest….

This recipe is wonderful. Mine turned out like bread pudding. I used a loaf of homemade white bread that I had for a week.  I made 2 changes. I added 3/4 cup of pumpkin because I needed to use it. I sprinkled the brown sugar and cinnamon on top of the bread mixture. I then cut 1/2 stick of butter into thin pads & put them on top of the sugar. Thanks for sharing this recipe.5 stars

I made this for a ladies brunch and they all wanted the recipe. I didn’t make the topping, but I did drizzle a stick of melted butter over the top before baking and I baked it until the bread was golden brown and then drizzled it with syrup and sprinkled it with powdered sugar. Served it with warm syrup. It was outstanding!!! I will be making this again and again!5 stars

Carol Anne, I haven’t tried the OVERNIGHT FRENCH TOAST yet but am hoping someone can please tell me how many pieces are considered a serving so I can adjust the recipe correctly? Thanks.

Well, I’ve never had an ad for Viagra or women’s panties while looking up a Christmas morning recipe, but hey, that’s what we’ve become. Recipe was good, easy to follow. I was a little nevous about the topping but it worked out fine.5 stars

My sister made this for our Christmas breakfast and then I made it for my family’s Christmas breakfast, both times, FANTASTIC! Making it again right now with some old baguettes, not sure it will turn out, but I’m hopeful!

Made this for a family brunch this past weekend! Best dish of the Brunch! I used sliced brioche from Fresh Market and added a bit more cinnamon to the egg mixture. Cut mine in squares rather than trying to separate the slices.5 stars

Haven’t tried the OVERNIGHT FRENCH TOAST yet but can someone please tell me how many pieces are considered a serving? Thanks.

I made this was a great hit. So easy5 stars

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