French Toast Casserole – An Easy Baked Recipe

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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.

French Toast Casserole in a white bowl with powdered sugar on top

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 in a red baking dish

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:

Ingredients Needed:

These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.

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.

French bread cut into cubes

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.

french bread cubes in a baking dish with a french toast milk mixture poured 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!

French toast casserole in a red baking dish right out of the oven

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
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French Toast Casserole

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!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast casserole, french toast, french toast casserole
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Calories: 497kcal
Author: Ashlyn Edwards

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1/2 a loaf of French bread 8 oz, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 Eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon divided
  • 1 TB Brown Sugar for topping
  • powdered sugar for topping optional

Instructions

  • 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.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, and 1 tsp of cinnamon. Pour egg mixture over the top of bread cubes, insuring that all pieces of bread are saturated. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until top is golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

Adapted from Allrecipes

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 212mg | Sodium: 415mg | Potassium: 272mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 844IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 175mg | Iron: 2mg
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French Toast Casserole in a white bowl with powdered sugar on top

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Originally published February 2015. Updated November 2019.

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13 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness this looks heavenly! My hubby’s fave breakfast food is french toast so I’ll definitely have to make this for him!

  2. I have some french bread right now that is starting to get stale. I need to make this today for an easy French Toast Casserole for breakfast. I really like this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Julie, thanks for visiting. I bet this would be perfect with french bread that’s starting to get stale. Did you end up trying it? How did it turn out?

      1. I made it this morning and I am the only that had it. My son will be getting up and trying it with my Dad and sister! It is so delicious!

        1. Oh fantastic, Julie! I hope the rest of them enjoyed the French Toast Casserole as much as you did. Thanks for trying it and letting me know how it turned out for you.

  3. In the oven right now. I had some pecans that I added at the bottom in the butter and sugar melt. Can’t wait to eat it.

    1. Hi Denise,
      Pecans sound like a delicious addition. I bet it turned out great and added a little crunch factor. Thanks so much for letting us know!

      Best wishes,
      Carrie
      Ideas for the Home by Kenarry

    1. Hi Victoria,
      You’ll find the specific quantities for each ingredient on the recipe card near the end of the blog post. For the French Toast Casserole, you’ll need 1/2 cup of butter.

      Enjoy!

      Best wishes,
      Carrie
      Ideas for the Home by Kenarry

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