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An Easy Recipe for French Toast Casserole

Updated on May 31, 2013
Easy and delicious!
Easy and delicious! | Source
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About the Recipe:

French Toast Casserole is a great dish to make for breakfast, brunch, or even for dinner. Best of all, it is a super-easy recipe that pretty much anyone can make! It’s as simple as whisking together a few ingredients and pouring over sliced bread in a casserole dish.

This is a dish that should be made ahead, in order for the custard to soak into the bread. Once prepared, you will need to put the casserole in the refrigerator overnight, if you would like to bake the casserole in the morning. If you want to make it for dinner, you can assemble the casserole in the morning, or at least a couple hours before you plan to bake it. It is definitely best when allowed to sit, rather than pouring on the custard and putting it straight into the oven!

About the Bread

I like to use Texas toast for this recipe. Texas toast, if you don’t know, is just very thickly sliced loaf bread. It makes a nice, thick piece of French toast and sucks up the custard like a sponge! If can’t find Texas toast, you may use pretty much any kind of sliced bread you like. You may also use other types of loaf bread or even baguettes, just slice and arrange attractively in your casserole dish. For a slightly different flavor, I suggest trying this recipe with cinnamon raisin loaf!

Serving Suggestions

French Toast Casserole is a great accompaniment to a buffet- or potluck-style brunch, but it can be the star of the show too! You can make a simple meal out of French Toast Casserole by pairing it with fresh fruit and your favorite breakfast meats (we like to cook up a big batch of turkey bacon to go with it!).

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: Serves 10-12

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf Texas toast
  • 8 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 Tbs butter, melted
  • 1 Tbs vanilla flavoring or extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • A dash salt
  • Powdered sugar, for sprinkling
  • Maple syrup, for serving

Instructions

  1. Butter a 9x13” casserole dish.
  2. In a large bowl, prepare your custard by whisking together the eggs, milk, sugar, butter, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  3. Arrange your bread attractively in the prepared casserole dish. You will likely need to cut the bread to fit into the dish.
  4. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread.
  5. Cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator overnight. If you do not have this much time, or are making this recipe for dinner, you will want to be sure to refrigerate the casserole for at least two hours to let the custard soak in before baking.
  6. When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Bake for about 1 hour, uncovered, until golden brown and puffed all over.
  8. Allow the casserole to cool slightly, then sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  9. Serve with maple syrup.

See How Easy!

Butter a 9x13" casserole dish.
Butter a 9x13" casserole dish. | Source
Arrange bread attractively in the casserole dish.  You may cut the bread however you like to make it fit best in the dish.  You should be able to fit the entire loaf of bread into the pan.  Set aside.
Arrange bread attractively in the casserole dish. You may cut the bread however you like to make it fit best in the dish. You should be able to fit the entire loaf of bread into the pan. Set aside. | Source
Place the eggs, milk, sugar, melted butter, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large mixing bowl.
Place the eggs, milk, sugar, melted butter, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large mixing bowl. | Source
Whisk the custard together thoroughly.
Whisk the custard together thoroughly. | Source
Pour the custard mixture evenly over the bread in the casserole dish.
Pour the custard mixture evenly over the bread in the casserole dish. | Source
Wrap the dish tightly in plastic wrap, then place in the refrigerator over night, or for at least 2 hours.
Wrap the dish tightly in plastic wrap, then place in the refrigerator over night, or for at least 2 hours. | Source
When ready, bake the casserole at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour, or until golden brown and puffed up all over.
When ready, bake the casserole at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour, or until golden brown and puffed up all over. | Source
Allow to cool slightly and sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Serve with maple syrup.
Allow to cool slightly and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with maple syrup. | Source

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      M.K. Bodo 4 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you!

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      Wow this French toast casserole recipe looks really good. The image of the French toast casserole looks very delicious and tasty. Now I want to have some. Your other images look really great too and they're very helpful in showing the step-by-step instructions of how to make this recipe.