Make your mornings special with this easy French Toast Casserole. It has everything you love about traditional French Toast, and is baked all in one pan!
Hi everyone! I’m Ashlyn from Belle of the Kitchen and I’m back again for our latest edition of Ideas for the Kitchen. This is where Carrie and I swap delicious new recipes once a month.
Today we are sharing recipes for warm and comforting breakfast casseroles. They are great for a hearty weekday breakfast, a special weekend brunch, or even breakfast for dinner! Today I’m sharing one of my favorite breakfast recipes, French Toast Casserole. It’s everything you love about French Toast, all baked together in one amazing pan!
Carrie shared her recipe for Pizza Breakfast Casserole over on my blog – go check it out.
When I was growing up, my older sisters did a lot of the cooking. They each had their own specialties, and my younger brother and I always looked forward to their meals. One of our favorites was always French Toast. To this day my sister Natasha makes it better than anyone I know.
We are separated by lots of land, and even an ocean (I live out in Hawaii ). So, I don’t get to scarf down as much of her French Toast as I would like. I found the best solution to missing my family is to start baking.
French Toast Casserole as a lunch or snack
I’m telling you right now that this French Toast Casserole is so good, you may find your self wanting it for not only breakfast, but also for your lunch, midday snack, dinner, and dessert as well! The bottom layer is made with brown sugar and melted butter, and tell me who doesn’t absolutely swoon over that combination?!
What you Need to Make French Toast Casserole
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Kitchen tools needed:
- 9 x 13 Baking dish
- Measuring spoons
- Liquid measuring cup
- Dry measuring cups
- Small sauce pan
- Mixing bowl
- French bread, cut into cubes
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Powdered sugar for topping, optional
The Best Bread for French Toast Casserole
You’ll start out with half a loaf of French Bread and cut it into cubes. I am going to be a stickler for this one, because while you could substitute other breads, it really just won’t have that perfect flavor and texture. The French bread is where it’s at, folks! It is called French Toast, after all.
After you chop up the bread, melt some butter in a small saucepan and stir in brown sugar. This will become the bottom layer of your French Toast Casserole. It gives it an amazing caramelly flavor after you bake it.
Next, you’ll add on your bread cubes, then pour a mixture of eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla over the top.
Pop it into the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. You are on your way to one of the most yummy breakfasts you’ll ever sink a fork in to! Really, I mean it!
So what are some of your favorite breakfast recipes? Do you enjoy cooking up something special on the weekends, or for “breakfast-for-dinner” nights? Be sure to share your ideas with us in the comments. Carrie and I would love to hear them!
French Toast Casserole
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Butter a 13×9 inch baking pan and set aside.
- In a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Once butter has melted, stir in brown sugar until dissolved and mixture is smooth. Pour mixture into the bottom of prepared baking pan and spread evenly.
- Add bread cubes to the pan, spreading over the top of the brown sugar/butter mixture.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until top is golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Enjoy!
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Originally published February 2015. Updated November 2019.