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Easy Baked French Toast Casserole Recipe

This baked French toast casserole is perfect for those times when you have company or when you simply want to treat the family to something yummy to start the day.

It’s a delicious breakfast food that will keep you satisfied throughout the morning. With the warm comfort of traditional French toast combined with the ease of this recipe, you’ll want to make it often!

A Good Breakfast to Start the Day

pouring syrup over a serving of French toast casserole

Most of us have been told that it’s important to have a good breakfast to start the day out right. And I agree.

After all, you’ve gone an entire night without eating anything. For that reason, it’s important to give your body the fuel it needs.

When I start out the day with a hearty meal, I am able to resist the urge to snack. There’s an old saying that goes something like “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.”

This delicious baked French toast will definitely make you feel like royalty. It’s delicious with a side of this homemade turkey sausage and some fresh fruit.

You can also serve it with ham or bacon. Just remember that the French toast will be the star of the plate.

serving of French toast with whipped cream

Baked French Toast Casserole Ingredients

You probably have most of these ingredients in your fridge and pantry. You might need to pick up a bag of pecans, or you can substitute other nuts.

In fact, I’ve used peanuts, and they’re just as good. But I have leftover pecans from the holidays, so that’s what I used this time.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 6 slices of day-old bread (French bread, Italian bread, or any gluten-free bread)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup of milk or half-and-half (any kind of milk you have)
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour (regular or gluten-free)
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup of pecan pieces (or whatever nuts you have on hand)
drizzling maple syrup over French toast

If you want to print this recipe, please scroll to the bottom of this post. I placed a printable recipe card there for your convenience.

How to Make Baked French Toast Casserole

Gather everything you need—from the ingredients to the tools. This keeps you focused and on-task because you won’t have to stop what you’re doing to hunt for something.

First, spray the bottom of a 2-quart or 7” x 9” casserole dish. I used an oval 2-quart casserole pan this time.

Secondly, cut or tear the bread into small, bite-size pieces. Place them in the baking pan.

pieces of bread in pan

Next, in a medium-size bowl, combine the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and half of the cinnamon.

Using a whisk or fork, mix well.

whisking egg mixture

Pour this over the bread.

Gently toss the bread in the egg mixture to combine them.

stirring egg mixture into bread pieces

Then, cover the pan and refrigerate for at least an hour—longer if you have time.

I left it in the refrigerator overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350. Let the oven heat up while you finish preparing the casserole.

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, and rest of the cinnamon. Mix well.

Add the melted butter to the mixture and stir again. It should have a thick consistency.

Spread this mixture over the cut bread.

Sprinkle the pecan pieces over the top. As I already mentioned, if you don’t have pecans, you can use walnuts, almonds, or even peanuts.

Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes or until the egg-bread combination is cooked. 

Finally, remove the foil and cook it for 20 more minutes or until the top is golden brown. The bread should be soft, but the top should be crunchy. 

baked French toast casserole

Serve alone, with whipped cream, or with your favorite syrup.

Since it already has some sweetness, you won’t need much topping. In fact, you can actually eat it without anything additional.

pan of French toast, French toast with whipped cream, and French toast with syrup and bacon

More Breakfast Recipes

Since we love breakfast around here, I have several recipes that we love. Most of them are fairly quick to prepare, and all of them are easy.

If you need more breakfast ideas, take a look at these:

  • 2-Ingredient Bagels – Make this delicious breakfast food either with regular or gluten-free flour. They’re both good.
  • Easy Quinoa Bowl – This delicious quinoa bowl packs a powerful punch of nutrition, and everyone will love the mix of flavors and textures.
  • Banana Nut Muffins – Make this yummy breakfast and watch your family’s faces light up. Not only do they taste great, but also the aroma that wafts through your house is certain to pull everyone into the kitchen.
  • Easy Broccoli Cheese Quiche – Julia from Julia’s Simply Southern makes this absolutely amazing quiche that’s filling, delicious, and nutritious. What more could you ask for, right?
  • Rice Cooker Frittata – When you want a hearty and delicious breakfast but don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen, toss the ingredients into your rice cooker and let it do the work for you. You’ll be amazed by how this turns out!
serving of french toast casserole with bacon and syrup

Baked French Toast Casserole

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This delicious and hearty baked French toast casserole is the perfect way to start the day.

Ingredients

  • 6 slices of day-old bread (French bread, Italian bread, or any gluten-free bread)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk or half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour (regular or gluten-free)
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup of pecan pieces

Instructions

  1. Spray the bottom of a 2-quart or 7” x 9” casserole dish.
  2. Cut the bread into small, bite-size pieces. Place them in the baking pan.
  3. In a medium-size bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, sugar, vanilla, and half of the cinnamon. Pour this over the bread.
  4. Cover the pan and refrigerate for at least an hour—longer if you have time.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, and rest of the cinnamon. Mix well.
  6. Add the melted butter to the mixture and stir again.
  7. Sprinkle this mixture over the cut bread.
  8. Sprinkle the pecan pieces over the top.
  9. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. 
  10. Remove the foil and cook it for 20 more minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  11. Serve alone, with whipped cream, or with your favorite syrup.

Notes

If you don't have pecans, you can use any type of nut you have on hand.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 330Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 161mgSodium 175mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 2gSugar 19gProtein 9g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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marilyn

Friday 12th of February 2021

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Sandy

Friday 15th of January 2021

This would be good for supper too. I will try it!

southernhomeexpress

Friday 15th of January 2021

Hi Sandy! I agree. I love traditional breakfast food for supper ... or even lunch. Enjoy!

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