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French Toast Casserole

This recipe for traditional French Toast Casserole is the perfect way to celebrate the new movie: Almost Christmasopening in theaters nationwide on November 11th!  Today’s post is being sponsored by Universal Pictures.

Easy Classic French Toast Casserole recipe - from  This is the perfect holiday breakfast casserole- always a bit hit!

This breakfast casserole is an easy way to make French toast for the family all at once- and it’s perfect for the holidays when you can make it the night before and just pop it into the oven the next morning.  It’s super easy to prepare, and it’s a no-fuss, no-fancy kind of special meal to share with family.  The full, printable recipe is included at the end of this post.

Almost Christmas movie

I love this time of year… when new movies are debuting for the holidays.  And I always look forward to seeing any kind of new holiday-themed movie for sure.  Almost Christmas is a movie most of us can relate to– having a house full of relatives during the holidays… everyone trying to get along… attempting to manage certain family members… family gossip… and gathering as a family to cook and enjoy memorable meals.

Almost Christmas movie

Sharing special meals with family is a big part of the holidays.  And a lot of memories made at the holiday dinner table are made from shared family recipes and traditions.

A big tradition in our family is to make a big brunch for Christmas morning.  I always put together a menu that is easy (no one wants to do a lot of work on Christmas morning, right?)  This French Toast Casserole recipe comes from a well-worn recipe card that my Mom copied from my grandma back in the 70’s.

Family Recipe Card

Do you treasure things like this as much as I do?  I have a whole pile of recipe cards from my mom- many of which were copied from various family members.  I’m so thankful that my older family members cooked and baked so much- more memories to share!

Easy Classic French Toast Casserole recipe - from  This is the perfect holiday breakfast casserole- always a bit hit!

Here’s a peek at how to assemble this breakfast casserole:

Bread cubes in a pan, egg custard poured over the top, soak time, and butter/sugar/cinnamon sprinkles.  It’s so easy… which makes it the perfect holiday breakfast casserole.

Easy Classic French Toast Casserole recipe - from  This is the perfect holiday breakfast casserole- always a bit hit!

After a good soak- several hours or overnight- the casserole is baked until puffed and golden (about an hour).

Easy Classic French Toast Casserole recipe - from  This is the perfect holiday breakfast casserole- always a bit hit!

Isn’t it beautiful?

Easy Classic French Toast Casserole recipe - from  This is the perfect holiday breakfast casserole- always a bit hit!

Warm slices are topped with warm maple syrup.  It’s such a comforting choice for everyone to enjoy on a holiday morning.

About the movie: Almost Christmas tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle.

Check out the trailer below and in theaters:

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes (+ overnight soak time)

Cook Time: 1 hour

French Toast Casserole



  • 10 to 12 ounces french bread loaf, cubed
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, chopped into tiny pieces
  • 3 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Plus warm maple syrup, for serving  


  1. Spray a 9x13-inch pan (or similar casserole dish) with nonstick spray.  Sprinkle the bread cubes in the prepared pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and salt.  Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes.  Cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic down against the bread cubes to submerge them in the egg mixture.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Remove the pan from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to baking to let it warm up closer to room temperature.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Remove the plastic wrap and discard.  Sprinkle the butter pieces evenly over the casserole.  Combine the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle that evenly over the top of the casserole.
  5. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 45 minutes.  Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes.  You'll see the casserole puff up considerably- it will settle down once you remove it from the oven and it begins to cool.  Serve warm slices with warm maple syrup.

Here are a few more holiday breakfast casserole recipes you might enjoy:

16 Responses to “French Toast Casserole”

  1. postedNov 8, 2016 10:17 AM

    I love making french toast casseroles when people are in town visiting! They are such a great and tasty way to feed a crowd!

  2. postedNov 8, 2016 8:12 PM

    I’m a sucker for Christmas and holiday movies, and I especially love when they involve people being in the kitchen together! My family and I have always cooked together and make special dishes for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. We’ve never had French Toast Casserole, though, which makes me want to try it!

  3. postedNov 8, 2016 10:00 PM

    Great post, Lori, and that casserole looks positively scrumptious! I’d enjoy this any time of day!

  4. postedNov 9, 2016 3:10 AM

    Spending time with our family during Christmas and watching all the movies is our favorite! This french toast casseroles is just perfect when you have family staying over! Looks so good!

  5. postedNov 9, 2016 9:02 AM

    I love family recipes like this, and this casserole sounds like it would be perfect for us. Love that it’s so easy, too! 🙂

  6. postedNov 9, 2016 1:18 PM

    I love seeing family recipes and how the amazing foods we grew up with can be passed on from generation to generation! This sounds incredible! French toast is a classic comfort food for me!

  7. postedNov 9, 2016 8:17 PM

    French Toast Casserole is such a perfect breakfast, especially around the holidays! And I love that this is an old family recipe 🙂

  8. postedNov 9, 2016 10:50 PM

    Love old recipe cards like that, and breakfast casseroles too. Can’t wait to see this movie!

  9. postedNov 10, 2016 8:11 AM

    We make a lot of French Toast casseroles over the winter! Definitely will be trying this!

  10. postedNov 11, 2016 2:33 PM

    I would actually love some of this right now with a hot cup of coffee! YUM!

  11. postedJan 2, 2017 10:38 AM

    I have someone who is lactose intolerant. Would I be able to replace the milk with lactaid?

    • postedJan 7, 2017 6:53 AM

      I’m not familiar at all with lactaid, so I have no idea!

  12. postedSep 20, 2017 4:19 PM

    Can you make this  2 or 3 nights in advance? 

    • postedOct 3, 2017 8:01 AM

      I’d say stick with making it the night before.

  13. postedOct 8, 2017 8:50 AM

    Can I make this a head and freeze it?

    • postedOct 12, 2017 6:16 AM

      I don’t think I would do that. At least, I haven’t tried it!

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