An Easy Recipe for French Toast Casserole
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!
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!).
- 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
- Butter a 9x13” casserole dish.
- In a large bowl, prepare your custard by whisking together the eggs, milk, sugar, butter, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
- Arrange your bread attractively in the prepared casserole dish. You will likely need to cut the bread to fit into the dish.
- Pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread.
- 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.
- When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Bake for about 1 hour, uncovered, until golden brown and puffed all over.
- Allow the casserole to cool slightly, then sprinkle with powdered sugar.
- Serve with maple syrup.