French Toast Casserole

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

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.

French Toast Casserole Recipe

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? This photo shows you the step by step process.

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.

Easy French Toast 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).

Easy French Toast Casserole

Isn’t it beautiful?

Overnight French Toast Casserole

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:

French Toast Casserole

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time:20 minutes (+ overnight soak time)

Cook Time:1 hour

Ingredients:

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

Topping:

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

Disclosure:  This recipe was originally part of a sponsored partnership with Universal Pictures.

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  • L Jody wrote:

    Wonder how browned breakfast sausage would work into this recipe?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Might be good!

  • Jenn@BoiledNoodle wrote:

    LOVE French toast casserole!!! Such a crowd pleaser and so easy!!

  • diane wrote:

    Can I make this a head and freeze it?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

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

  • Rachael wrote:

    Can you make this  2 or 3 nights in advance? 

    • Lori Lange wrote:

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

  • Megan wrote:

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

    • Lori Lange wrote:

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

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch wrote:

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

  • Trish – Mom On Timeout wrote:

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

  • Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious wrote:

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

  • Cathy Trochelman wrote:

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

  • Michelle | A Latte Food wrote:

    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!

  • Dee wrote:

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

  • Kelly wrote:

    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!

  • Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet wrote:

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

  • Erin @ The Speckled Palate wrote:

    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!

  • Miranda wrote:

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