Overnight French Toast Breakfast Casserole

You’ll love this delicious French Toast Breakfast Casserole. It’s a great way to use up bread that’s past its prime, it comes together in a snap, and it’s a HUGE hit with my family. Throw it together the at night before you go to bed, pop it the oven when you roll out of bread, and a half hour later, breakfast is served! You’re welcome.

Overnight French Toast Breakfast Casserole

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Overnight French Toast Breakfast Casserole

The other day, I cooked a double batch of artisan bread and it didn’t turn out that great. I didn’t want to throw it out, so instead, I turned part of it into yummy garlic bread, fed some to my kids {who don’t know better…}, and then used the rest to make this delicious French Toast Breakfast Casserole! If you’ve got bread to use up too, I highly recommend this recipe. It’s quick, easy, and really tasty. It’s not that nutritious, but everything in moderation right?! I adapted the recipe I found here.

delicious overnight French Toast Casserole

Let’s make this Overnight French Toast Breakfast Casserole

The great thing about this casserole is that you can either bake it immediately after assembly, or you can cover and refrigerate over the night. Both options have their merit. If you’re organized the evening before, assembling at night is a great way to simplify busy mornings. But if you want to make it and cook it right away in the morning, that works too! Totally your call.

cut the bread into thick slices for overnight french toast casserole

To start, slice up a loaf of old bread into thick slices – around 1″ thick. Stale bread really works best in this recipe. It might sound strange, but I promise it’s the truth.

melt butter and add sugar
Melt butter and add sugar, then put the butter/sugar mix on the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan. place the bread in the pan on top of the butter.

dredge bread in egg mixture
Combine eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl. Then pour egg mixture over bread and make sure to dredge the bread through the mixture. Now you can do one of two things. You can bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Or, you can cover and refrigerate overnight then bake in the morning.


Yields 6

French Toast Breakfast Casserole

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar {I use raw sugar}
  • 1 loaf old bread, cut into 1" thick pieces {I used homemade whole wheat artisan bread}
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk, or your choice of percent
  • 1 TBS vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Combine butter and brown sugar and pour it in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Layer the bread on top, overlapping if necessary.
  3. Mix the eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon and pour over the bread.
  4. Sprinkle nuts on top.
  5. Cover the baking dish and chill overnight.
  6. In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Bake the casserole for 30 minutes or until bubbly and brown.
  8. Let stand for 5-10 minutes.
  9. Serve with maple sugar or favorite syrup {if you'd like - I thought it was great as is, but my hubs and kids liked the extra syrup}.
  10. Enjoy!
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Looking for more yummy breakfast ideas? Try these!

Bacon Wrapped Egg, Spinach, & Cheese Muffins (freeze very well!)

Eggy Breakfast Muffins (these also freeze very well!)

15 Slow Cooker Breakfast Ideas to Simplify Busy Mornings

Green Smoothies for the Freezer

This french toast breakfast casserole is absolutely delicious! Assemble it at night before you go to bed and pop it in the oven in the morning! YUM!!

 

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Comments

  1. I add diced apples and more cinnamon to my toast ( personal preference), but I don't know i've been denying myself the pleasure of pecans. Thanks for sharing your recipe, using nuts
    • Hi Laura, I have not tried to make this and freeze it. It might work. I would be most worried that the bread would end up soggy, but I don't really know. If you try it, come back and let me know! :-)
  2. Why not make things heart and vascular healthy ? Using plant based ingredients! No sugar,salt or oil. Can use maple sugar.

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