This recipe for easy French Toast Casserole is a traditional overnight french toast casserole recipe given to me by my Mom. Recipes from Mom are the best, aren’t they?
French Toast Casserole
This French Toast Casserole is an easy way to make French toast for the family all at once- and it’s perfect for 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, not-fancy kind of special meal to share with family. The full, printable recipe is included at the end of this post.
A big tradition in our family on holiday mornings is to make a big brunch. I always put together a menu that is easy (no one wants to do a lot of work on a holiday morning, right?) This Easy French Toast Casserole is perfect for Easter brunch. We also make it often for Christmas morning.
This recipe comes from a well-worn recipe card that my Mom copied from my grandma back in the 70’s. 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!
How do you make French Toast 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.
The best part about French Toast Casserole is that you can make it the night before! After a good overnight soak, the casserole is baked until puffed and golden (about an hour).
Isn’t it beautiful?
Warm slices are topped with warm maple syrup. It’s such a comforting choice for everyone to enjoy for a special breakfast or brunch.
Click below to watch a short video showing you how to make French Toast Casserole, then scroll to the bottom of the post to print out the recipe and make it at home.
Here are a few more breakfast casserole recipes you might enjoy:
- Easy Sausage Breakfast Casserole by Recipe Girl
- Overnight Strawberry Eggnog French Toast Breakfast Casserole by Boulder Locavore
- Farmer’s Casserole by Recipe Girl
- Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole by Hoosier Homemade
- Egg- Mushroom Kielbasa Bake by Recipe Girl
French Toast Casserole
Prep Time:20 minutes (+ overnight soak time)
Cook Time:1 hour
- 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
- Spray a 9x13-inch pan (or similar casserole dish) with nonstick spray. Sprinkle the bread cubes in the prepared pan.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Disclosure: This recipe was originally part of a sponsored partnership with Universal Pictures.