Overnight French Toast Casserole
A french toast casserole is a great idea to get a fancy-like breakfast that is made to feed a crowd. No-fuss, low amount of dishes to clean (basically a bowl and a casserole), and no time.
Overnight breakfast casseroles are always a great option when you have to feed more than 2 people and you need a quick fix that is already pre-made. It’s a good way to use bread that is a bit old and it’s getting hard.
You can get creative and add chocolate chips, fruits or nuts to the mix before taking it to the oven. I added a handful of homemade candied pecans for a sweet and rustic touch.
Also, you can drizzle some maple syrup, honey, or chocolate syrup to get an extra decadent french toast casserole.
If you want a savory option you can try my breakfast strata with chorizo. I’d just as easy and tasty.
How to make french toast casserole?
This casserole uses the same elements that you would use in a regular french toast. Basically, you will need two major elements: Bread preferably brioche and an egg batter to compact the casserole and create the spongy result.
This egg batter is basically made of equal parts of eggs and milk (you can adapt this recipe for bigger or smaller casseroles just with this proportion ratio).
For flavor, I like to add vanilla extract, cinnamon, sugar and a pinch of salt to make all flavors stand out.
Can I freeze this French toast casserole?
Yes and no. I’ll explain.
After baking this casserole you can store it in the fridge for 24 hours, but freezed it won’t preserve the structure of the casserole and it will end up soggy.
If you want to freeze this recipe I recommend you to do it before baking. You can store it for up to 1 month then defrost it and bake it.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and I’ll see you in the next one!
- 7- 10 slices of bread
- 5 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- Candied Pecans optional
- Honey optional
Cut the slices of bread into medium size cubes. Grease the casserole and place the bread.
In a bowl mix the milk, the eggs, the sugar, the vanilla, the cinnamon, and the salt. Mix well. Pour this mix over the bread and make sure that every piece is soaked. Cover the casserole with wrap film and take it to the fridge overnight.
Remove the wrap film and place some candied pecans on top of the french toast casserole. Take it to the oven for 30 minutes at 180ºC (350ºF). Drizzle some honey on top and serve.