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How to Make a Baked French Toast Casserole

Updated on October 20, 2017
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French Toast Bake: Fresh from the Oven
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Hearty French bread baked in a rich egg custard, glazed with caramelized brown sugar and topped with crunchy toasted walnuts, then drizzled with warm maple syrup.

Sound good?

Add a few crisp strips of bacon, a glass of orange juice and hot beverage, and you have the makings for a perfect breakfast or brunch.

Our version of the Overnight Baked French Toast Casserole Recipe is delicious and very easy to prepare. Granted, the calorie count is a bit much for the average breakfast, but this Overnight Baked French Toast Casserole makes for a wonderful holiday brunch. And the baking tray proportions feeds an army of overnight guests. Best of all, prepare a batch of French Toast Bake the night before and stash it in the frig. When morning rolls around, just pop the tray into a hot oven. The mouth watering aroma of baking French Toast will fill the kitchen and awaken everyone's appetite!

The Best Overnight Baked French Toast Casserole Recipe

The Best French Toast Bake Recipe
The Best French Toast Bake Recipe | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 Loaf of French Bread - cut into 3/4" thick slices
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 cup of Light Whipping Cream
  • 1 1/2 cups of Milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 stick of Butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup of light brown sugar - packed firmly
  • 1/2 cup of chopped Walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon Light Corn Syrup
  • Freshly Grated Nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Prepare a baking tray by buttering the bottom and sides with a tablespoon of butter. Lay out the slices of French bread along the bottom of the pan, with the edges of the bread touching its neighbors.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, light cream, milk, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix well.
  3. Now for the extra little ingredient that pushes up the flavor meters: Grate a small amount of fresh Nutmeg into the mixing bowl. Just 1/8 of a teaspoon is enough to make a huge flavor impact.
  4. Pour the Egg Custard mixture over the slices of bread, thoroughly coating each piece. Cover the tray with foil and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Early the next morning: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, butter, corn syrup and chopped walnuts. Work the ingredients with a fork (or with your fingers), then spread the mixture evenly over the bread slices.
  7. Bake for about 40 minutes or until the bread begins to turn golden brown. Serve with warmed Maple Syrup (the real stuff) and several pieces of crispy Bacon. Enjoy!
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    • deforst profile image

      deforst 

      5 years ago

      Gotta say this sounds and looks fantastic! Can't wait for Sunday to come around to try this for a leisurely Sunday brunch!

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      My method is plain and out of date. This baked recipe looks fantastic.

    • makorip lm profile image

      makorip lm 

      5 years ago

      Sorry I read this before we go to my stepdaughters for breakfast this Christmas AM. Hers is very good but now I want the French toast. Killer foodie lens!

    • jldeardorff profile image

      jldeardorff 

      5 years ago

      Driving to Cracker Barrel. Ha!

    • JoleneBelmain profile image

      JoleneBelmain 

      6 years ago

      Mmmm I love french toast. This recipe for baked french toast makes my mouth water.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Your best baked French toast sounds decadently delicious and cozy too with the edges of each piece of French bread "touching its neighbors", that just made me smile....and speaking of smiling, everyone hosting a group will be so grateful that this can be prepared in advance and just popped in the oven in the morning to be greeted with more smiles. A little bacon on the side would be very nice for the sweet and salty combo we all love....done with yum!

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      Looks really good. I like the idea of being able to make it ahead of time too.

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