Easy French Toast Bake – Make Ahead Recipe!

Oven Baked French Toast is the perfect way to make breakfast EASIER! Thick slices of French bread, baked in a SILKY egg mixture, and baked until GOLDEN BROWN. Serve it with maple syrup and fresh fruit.

Perfect for busy mornings or a weekend brunch!

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If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

For someone who isn’t a coffee drinker or a big fan of breakfast food, I sure have a family that LOVES both.

My Pa would drink coffee all day long. Even in the summer, he would drink it at lunch. Seems so strange to me!

Any my husband and kids love bacon, eggs, and pancakes. Don’t get me wrong, they are great, but I really only crave them on the weekends.

I eat spaghetti for breakfast, so I guess I’m weird.

Trying to get a filling breakfast, that feeds a crowd is a feat. I find that casseroles are a great way to get all the foods they love in an easy to make dish.

One that doesn’t require me standing in front of a pan dipping and cooking single slices of french toast while cooking eggs in another. I don’t have time for that, for sure!

Which is why I am sharing my recipe for overnight french toast casserole with you!

You too can have a hearty and delicious breakfast with minimal prep and enjoy it with your family instead of standing while everyone else is eating.

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What is the best bread for french toast

When picking bread to make French Toast, especially make ahead French Toast, you need to remember two words.

Dense & Sturdy.

The breads that exhibit these two characteristics are Challah, French, Sourdough, and Brioche.

They have great flavor and texture on their own and can stand up to being soaked in eggs and milk overnight. That’s what you want.

No one likes bread that falls apart or is soggy!

Ingredients for make ahead french toast casserole

  • French bread
  • eggs
  • heavy cream
  • milk
  • brown sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon

How to make baked french toast casserole

STEP ONE: Prepare the baking dish. Slice the French bread into 1 inch thick slices and arrange them in the baking dish, overlapping if needed.

STEP TWO: In a large bowl, beat the eggs, milk, with the brown sugar, cinnamon, cream, and vanilla. Pour evenly over the bread. Press the slices into into the milk mixture to submerge them.

STEP THREE: Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Remove from the fridge about 30 minutes before baking and preheat the oven to 350F.

STEP FOUR: Uncover and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the egg mixture is set and the bread slices are lightly toasted and golden brown. Serve with syrup, powdered sugar, or fresh fruit.

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How long does it last?

You can store the leftovers for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Just heat in the oven at 350F for 5-10 minutes or until warmed through.

Can I freeze it?

Yes, you can freeze it before or after baking it. Simply wrap the dish in plastic wrap and then again in foil. Freeze for up to 2 months.

When ready to bake, thaw overnight in fridge and bake as directed. If previously baked, heat in a 350F oven for 20 minutes or until warmed through.

Can I make this in a crock pot?

Sure, you can! Just assemble the french toast in a crock pot dish insert, refrigerate overnight, the place in the slow cooker base and heat cook (high: 2 hrs low: 4 hrs)

two slices of french toast with bananas and pecans

Flavor Variations

Looking for a more savory twist? Add up to 2 cups cooked sausage, ham, or bacon before baking.

Like your french toast on the sweeter side? Add fruit and toasted pecans and garnish with powdered sugar or your favorite maple syrup.

French Toast Tips for No Leftovers

  • Regular white bread isn’t the best bread for this recipe, get the good stuff!
  • Don’t like big slices? Dice them into large bread cubes and continue with the recipe as directed.
  • Make sure the bread soaks up the mixture. Too much sitting in the bottom of the baking dish creates a soggy bottom.
  • If there is a lot of mixture at the bottom of the dish after soaking overnight, gently transfer the slices to a new dish and bake.
  • Make sure to use dense bread like French, Challah, Broiche, or Sourdough. It will hold together better.
  • Want healthy baked french toast? Substitute evaporated milk for the heavy cream and use fat-free or 1% milk instead of whole.

This Oven Baked French Toast is easy to make and better than the regular breakfast casseroles out there for sure!

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Other Delicious Breakfast Ideas

Baked French Toast Recipe

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Overnight French Toast

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 45 minutes

This easy baked French Toast recipe will feed a crowd without standing over the stove for hours!

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread (cut into 1 inch slices)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar (optional)
  • Maple syrup (optional)
  • Fresh fruit (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the baking dish. Slice the French bread into 1 inch thick slices and arrange them in the baking dish, overlapping if needed.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, milk, with the brown sugar, cinnamon, cream, and vanilla.
  3. Pour evenly over the bread. Press the slices into into the milk mixture to submerge them.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Remove from the fridge about 30 minutes before baking and preheat the oven to 350F.
  5. Uncover and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the egg mixture is set and the bread slices are lightly toasted and golden brown.
  6. Serve with syrup, powdered sugar, or fresh fruit.

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 slices
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 472Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 222mgSodium: 453mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 2gSugar: 33gProtein: 15g

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2 Comments

  1. Great breakfast, so easy. I did leave the cinnamon out and it was so yummy!

  2. MICHAELA KENKEL

    Made this this morning for the first day of school. Made a crazy day WAY more special!

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