Overnight Baked French toast casserole is warm, comforting, wonderful and easy to make! Get all the prep work done the previous night and next morning just sprinkle the crumb and bake. Spiced with cinnamon this breakfast is the perfect breakfast you want to have during that lazy morning any weather! A warm brunch on a weekend is a delight!
My mornings usually start with a mad rush. I run around the house like a headless chicken with no clue what I’m doing and with endless list of things to do before the school bus arrives. Every morning I wish I had extra 30 minutes; I wish I had a pair of extra hands to get things done. Story of every mom right!?
This easy overnight baked French toast casserole is just that kind of breakfast where mornings will feel really good as you don’t have to do much, just plan ahead in terms of time for baking. And what comes out of the oven to the table is going to excite you. The aroma that will fills the house when the French toast is baking in the oven is like a scene that will transport you to another world.
Make ahead recipes are the best. Because on those busy mornings, one less thing to do always feels like a bonus. So the days I can get all the prep work done for the breakfast previous night so the mornings seems easy and breakfast doesn’t feel like a huge task to get done is a brilliant thing. This make ahead French toast bake is for those mornings. I prefer this dish for a nice relaxing weekend morning when I don’t have to wake up early thinking “oh I need to cook breakfast!”.
Overnight Baked French toast casserole recipe will go on a repeat mode in your kitchen like the way it has been on repeat mode in mine. The first time I made this recipe was when we had a long weekend. It was instant hit and family loved it.
Imagine Christmas morning with French toast bake!
Sitting with family on the dining table, talking about Christmas presents and waiting for the casserole to come out of the oven with the best baked French toast that is nice fresh and warm! Isn’t that just perfect way to start your Christmas morning.
For all those people who don’t have a sweet tooth just like me, here’s a note you want to read before you try baked French toast recipe.
Add about 3 to 4 tablespoon less sugar to the dish. You’ll get a baked French toast casserole that is sweet not over powering, with the cinnamon spice in it along with butter, eggs, heavy cream, milk it made a perfect casserole breakfast.
When there is bread for breakfast I always try to come up with something that is interesting than simple plain breakfast toast, or jam and butter toast. French toast along with other breakfast sandwiches is always on my list. Making French toast for breakfast is one of the easiest recipes that we all love. Take that simple French toast and turn it into top notch with this cinnamon French toast bake casserole.
Though French bread would be ideal fit to use for this simple French toast bake recipe, I used normal white bread. Any type of bread would work fine for this recipe. French toast breakfast bake uses ingredients that you would definitely have in your pantry other than the cream (or half and half if you prefer not to use cream).
- When there is left over bread that needs to be used up.
- When you are planning to have guests for breakfast.
- When you want to eat dessert for breakfast.
- And when breakfast has to be French toast then easy French toast bake is all that you need.
Like I said, once you try this you will go on repeat mode because this is the best baked French toast recipe.
How to make overnight baked French toast casserole
You first start off with slicing bread into cubes. Spread bread on the casserole. Whisk eggs, sugar, milk, cream and vanilla essence. Pour the mix over the bread and shake it well to ensure all the bread cubes are soaked in the liquid.
Crumble flour, brown sugar, cinnamon powder, salt and butter into crumbly mix.
Cover both and let it chill overnight in the fridge.
In the morning, sprinkle all the butter-sugar-cinnamon mix. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown.
Dust with powdered sugar. I do not recommend to use icing sugar here because the moment you sprinkle it, it’s vanished. For the look and for better texture on the top using powdered sugar.
Best breads that can be used to make overnight baked French toast casserole
French toast of-course is made of French bread and that’s the choice many prefer. But you can think out of the box and go a little experimental here.
Apart from French loaf you can possibly use cinnamon rolls, croissants, Challah bread, bagels, even biscuits. That’s right the digestive biscuits, broken into chunks and spread on casserole with egg-milk-cream liquid to soak it up and crumble on top.
If you are experimenting with biscuits, I recommend you to do the entire prep process just before baking and you do not want to rest in refrigerator overnight.
Can I make and bake French toast bake casserole without any overnight prep?
Yes you can. You follow the same process and the recipe as it. Instead of prepping previous night, chilling in fridge overnight, you make the whole thing in the morning or just when you want to bake. You slice the bread, pour egg-milk-cream-sugar liquid over the top, sprinkle the butter-cinnamon-sugar crumble on top and bake. It should turn out ok I guess.
Can I use cast iron to bake French toast?
Oh yes! You definitely can. That’s the goodness of these wonderful cast iron pots and pans you have. They can be used to cook on stove top and also slide them in oven for baking. It does wonders. For the quantity mentioned in the recipe you probably want to split into 2 cast irons (entirely depends on the size of the cast iron pan).
How to make baked French toast casserole non soggy?
I don’t know about you, but soggy egg-y bread is not my favorite. Few tips that you can use to make your French toast bake non soggy-
After soaking bread in the casserole overnight, you may shake the casserole to bread down any scrambled eggs on the bottom, or else you could transfer into new casserole just before baking. This ensures the egg gets spread out instead of sticking to one portion and making a scrambled egg around that portion.
Use a wide casserole or baking sheet to ensure even browning without getting soggy.
How long can I keep oven baked French toast casserole?
I’m really not an expert on food safety. So this advice has to be taken as a guideline that worked in my kitchen and my country temperature. It might vary to yours. SO please use this inputs as guideline.
So if you are thinking of preparing the casserole to let in sit in the fridge for more and 8 hours (overnight) much ahead, please remember the bread and open raw eggs (the bread is soaking in) might not be good after 2 days. I say you can let the casserole sit in the fridge for a max of 2 days only. Not any longer.
The baked French toast casserole should be refrigerated within 2-3 hours after it’s out of the oven. Cover it with foil or plastic wrap to prevent it from drying. Use it within a day.
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Overnight Baked French toast casserole is warm, comforting, wonderful and easy! Get all the prep work done the previous night and next morning just sprinkle the crumb and bake. Spiced with cinnamon this breakfast is the perfect breakfast you want to have during that lazy morning any weather! A warm brunch on a weekend is a delight!
- 1 packet French bread (or white bread)
- 7 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar (I used 3 tablespoon less from 1/2 cup)
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup heavy cream (or half and half)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter cut into cubes
Grease a 9 X 13 inch casserole or baking tray with butter.
Use a serrated knife to cube the bread into one inch pieces and put into the casserole.
In a big wide bowl beat eggs, sugar, milk, cream, vanilla extract and salt.
Slowly pour liquid over the bread, evenly over the bread. Cover with cling film and refrigerate it overnight.
In another bowl crumble flour, brown sugar, cinnamon powder, salt and butter cubes. Let the mixture be crumbly. Cover with cling film and chill it in fridge overnight.
Take the casserole out of the fridge when you are ready to bake.
Pre heat the oven to 350 degree F.
Sprinkle the butter-cinnamon-sugar mix generously over the soaked bread.
Bake for 30-35 minutes till browned.
Remove the casserole from the oven. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut out a portion of it into a serving plate and drizzle some maple syrup while the baked French toast in still warm. Serve immediately.
The baking time depends on the size of the casserole, and how deep it is. The deeper the casserole the longer it will take to bake to golden brown. Please adjust the time as per your casserole or baking tray size.