Deliciously Easy French Toast Casserole

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French Toast Casserole – How to make a deliciously easy French toast casserole, a make ahead recipe that’s perfect for a crowd and makes a quick breakfast on busy mornings.

slice of French toast casserole on white plate with maple syrup and fork

Sometimes on weekends, and especially on holidays and birthdays, we’ll make blueberry buttermilk pancakes or our favorite recipe for cinnamon French toast. A French toast casserole is a win win for those special times when we don’t necessarily feel like going to all the work of making actual French toast.

A good French toast bake pairs really well with eggs and bacon, or better yet, eggs and sausage. It adds a little sweet treat to breakfast time.

While you can make this overnight French toast without the topping, it won’t be nearly as good. The topping is super quick to mix up, and you can just crumble it right onto the casserole before baking.

I love a deliciously easy breakfast casserole, don’t you? Especially when it involves maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

baked French toast casserole in white baking dish, baked and ready to serve

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WHERE CAN I FIND THE FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE RECIPE?

If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the delicious recipe for French toast casserole – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

WHAT BREAD SHOULD I USE TO MAKE AN OVERNIGHT FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE?

While you can use sourdough, Texas toast, challah bread, French bread, or really any other type of fresh baked bread, I used a regular loaf of plain old butter bread. Butter bread is a type of sandwich bread (or white bread) you can find at just about any store.

making French toast bake with cubed sandwich bread and pecans in white baking dish

This recipe is simple, so you can hopefully either use what you already have or easily find what you need while you’re at the store.

CAN I MAKE THIS FRENCH TOAST BAKE GLUTEN-FREE?

Yes, you can. Just substitute in your favorite gluten-free bread in place of the regular sandwich bread included in the ingredients.

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE AN EASY FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE

This is a fairly simple overnight French toast recipe. There are really only 3 steps (4 if you count the topping) to getting this casserole ready to go in the oven.

whisking eggs, milk, and spices in large measuring cup while making an overnight French toast casserole
  • Cube the bread and place it in a greased 9″x13″ baking dish, along with the pecans. You can layer the bread cubes and pecans so everything’s blended well in the dish.
  • Then just whisk together the eggs, milk, real maple syrup, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and pour this mixture over the bread and pecans. Make sure all the bread is good and soaked.
making French toast casserole in white baking dish
  • Cover and chill in the fridge for a good 4 to 6 hours or more. Overnight is best.
  • Before baking, mix up your topping and just crumble it on as best you can. It’s a really moist mixture, so it’s more like clumps of cinnamon brown sugar.
  • Then just bake.
adding a brown sugar cinnamon topping to French toast casserole in white baking dish before baking

And that’s it! It’s easy peasy to make.

CAN I LEAVE OUT THE PECANS? OR USE SOMETHING ELSE?

I get it. Not everyone’s a fan of nuts. You can totally leave out the pecans altogether.

OR you can add a different kind of nut like walnuts.

baked French toast casserole with topping in white baking dish

DO I REALLY HAVE TO CHILL THE CASSEROLE OVERNIGHT?

While it’s best if you do, you don’t have to. But let me just say, that the flavors will be at their best after chilling for at least a few hours.

If you’re in a hurry, didn’t have time to plan ahead, and need to make it now, that’s ok. Just mix it up, make sure the bread is moistened well with the egg mixture, add the topping, and bake it.

slice of easy French toast casserole on white plate with fork and maple syrup, white baking dish with easy breakfast casserole

CAN I FREEZE FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE?

You can freeze a French toast bake. While I recommend covering it well and freezing it after it’s already been baked, you can also freeze it before baking (though I’d add the topping later before actually baking it).

Keep in mind it’ll keep longer in the freezer if it’s already been cooked.

Just be sure you have plenty of time for it to thaw and re-heat when taking it out of the freezer. Allow time for it to thaw in the fridge; then cook or re-heat.

slice of cinnamon French toast casserole on white plate with maple syrup

MORE FRENCH TOAST RECIPES FOR YOU TO ENJOY

April J. Harris has a delicious recipe for blueberry French toast casserole (or bread and butter pudding). And cook up a batch of make ahead stuffed French toast with Mommy Hates Cooking.

Check out all our breakfast recipes for more easy breakfast ideas.

bite of French toast casserole on fork with white plate and gooey slice of French toast bake

KITCHEN TOOLS YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE FRENCH TOAST BAKE:

9″x13″ Baking Dish

Mixing Bowl or Liquid Measuring Cup and Whisk

Reusable Food Wraps – for covering and chilling.

Aluminum Foil – for baking.

sliced French Toast casserole in white baking dish

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French Toast Casserole

How to make a deliciously easy French toast casserole, a make ahead recipe that’s perfect for a crowd and makes a quick breakfast on busy mornings.

Course Breakfast, Casserole
Cuisine American, Breakfast, Breakfast/Brunch
Keyword easy breakfast casserole, French toast bake, French toast casserole, French toast casserole recipe, overnight French toast, overnight French toast casserole
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Chill Time 6 hours
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 345 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Casserole:

Topping:

Instructions

  1. Cube the bread into small 1-inch cubes, and layer with the pecans in your baking dish.

  2. Whisk together the eggs, milk, real maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

  3. Pour the egg mixture over the bread and pecans in the baking dish.

  4. Cover and chill for a good 4 to 6 hours or overnight.

  5. When you’re ready to bake the casserole, remove it from the fridge, and pre-heat the oven to 350°F.

  6. Meanwhile, mix the sliced butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon together in a small mixing bowl.

  7. Crumble or clump the topping over the entire casserole.

  8. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil, and bake at 350°F for about 25 to 30 minutes. Then uncover and bake it for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.

  9. Once it’s thoroughly cooked through, remove it from the oven and let it cool for just a few minutes.

  10. Then slice and serve with powdered sugar and maple syrup.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*20 ounces was about 22 slices of the butter bread I used.

**Be sure to use real maple syrup. Table syrup will likely change the recipe.

Nutrition Facts
French Toast Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 345 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 138mg46%
Sodium 527mg23%
Potassium 215mg6%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 365IU7%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 213mg21%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

18 thoughts on “Deliciously Easy French Toast Casserole”

  1. I would like to try baking this in a Bundt pan and inverting it after for presentation. Have you tried this? Should I sprinkle the crumb topping into the pan first so that it comes out on top?


  2. Love this for serving to a larger group instead of cooking 2 pieces at a time! I used day old French bread and really liked the slightly chewy crust. Great recipe just as it is, but I can also see lots of options for add-ins in the future, as well! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Do you think this will work if baked in a chafing dish pan and then transported to the office for a breakfast meeting – added to the chafer once at work to keep hot?


  4. My family loves French toast so my thought was that they would love this French toast casserole. We were having a big family weekend, plans were to make 4 Christmas morning wife savers for 33 people. I decided that I would try one of these to see if we should make 2 of them instead and I am so glad I made a trial casserole the week before. I made it, served it for breakfast to my husband and adult kids. Everyone hated it and it went in the garbage. My husband eats anything; his comment was “It is like vomit in your mouth!” It was a texture thing for all of us, too mushy and spongy for my family. I even tried to fry it which didn’t make it any better. Instead I made the Christmas morning wife savers and Fireman’s sausage breakfast casserole. It was a huge hit!

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