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The best Overnight French Toast casserole bakes into the most delicious breakfast of brunch dish that you can make the day before and cook for your crowd in the morning. Easy, quick, and filled with french toast flavor--no flipping needed!
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Table of Contents
  1. about Overnight French Toast Casserole
  2. Why We Love French Toast Overnight Casserole
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Overnight French Toast
  7. How to Make Overnight French Toast In The Slow Cooker or Instant Pot
  8. Tip From Our Recipe Developer
  9. How to Store French Toast Casserole
  10. Frequently Asked Questions
  11. Other Easy Casserole Recipes
  12. Overnight French Toast Casserole Recipe

Overnight French Toast is the perfect breakfast for a lazy weekend morning. All you have to do is mix up the eggy custard the night before, then soak your bread in it overnight.

In the morning, simply pop it in the oven and enjoy! This recipe is easy and delicious, and the buttery, cinnamon-toasted topping will definitely become a family favorite.

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about Overnight French Toast Casserole

Our Overnight French Toast bake takes the traditional French toast and turns it into a casserole with far less effort than frying and flipping individual pieces!

Filled with the same flavors of the classic stovetop slices, this easy-to-make morning meal takes 10 minutes to prepare simply by covering a bread base with a custard mixture, allowing it to soak overnight and baking it the next day with a buttery cinnamon-sugar topping sprinkled on top.

This easy French toast recipe, just like my french toast muffins, is perfect for feeding a crowd, but instead of preparing bite-sized portions, a french toast overnight casserole can be assembled in a single pan.

Serve your overnight baked French toast casserole with a side of syrup, fresh fruit, or a dusting of powdered sugar; it’s a delicious dish made with minimal effort but never disappoints.

Why We Love French Toast Overnight Casserole

  • Quick and easy to prepare in 10 minutes.
  • Uses simple kitchen staple ingredients.
  • Tastes like traditional French toast but is made with minimal work.
  • As the casserole sits, the bread absorbs the custard so it’s super soft and moist in the middle.
  • Perfect make-ahead dish for a lazy morning meal, holiday brunch, or easy weekday breakfast.
Overnight French Toast ingredients

Ingredients

  • French bread or Italian bread
  • Eggs
  • Whole milk
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Butter

Substitutions and Additions

  • Bread Base: Feel free to swap the French or Italian bread with challah, brioche, sourdough, or another uncut loaf as long as it is sturdy enough to hold up after being combined with the egg mixture.
  • Serving Suggestions: I love serving my baked French toast with maple syrup, banana slices, fresh berries, powdered sugar, greek yogurt, or even a dollop of homemade whipped cream.
  • Add Some Spices: Add some freshly grated nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, or apple pie spice to the custard mixture. 
  • Make With Other Milks: Instead of using dairy milk, you can use your favorite milk alternative. Try experimenting with oat milk, coconut milk, almond milk, or soy milk.
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  • 9×13-inch baking dish
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Plastic wrap
  • Pastry blender or 2 forks
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How to Make Overnight French Toast

  1. Make The Egg Mixture: Mix together eggs, milk, heavy cream, sugar and vanilla.
  2. Prepare The Pan: Place the bread cubes into the baking pan and pour the egg mixture on top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Make The Topping: Mix together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Bake: Sprinkle the cinnamon mixture over the bread and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45-60 minutes.
  5. Serve: Serve warm and enjoy!

How to Make Overnight French Toast In The Slow Cooker or Instant Pot

You can easily make your overnight French toast in the crock pot. Simply follow the steps according to recipe directions, but assemble the bread base in your ceramic crock pot instead of a baking dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Place the ceramic pot into the heating base, cover, and cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours.

Check out my Instant Pot French Toast recipe when you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to wait overnight.

Tip From Our Recipe Developer

  • Use fresh, thick pieces of bread.
  • Serve while warm! This dish is best served right out of the oven.

How to Store French Toast Casserole

  • To Store: Store any leftovers, covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
  • To Reheat: Reheat the French toast in the oven or microwave.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze my overnight French toast bake?

Yes, you can freeze your casserole either before or after baking. Wrap the completely cooled baking dish with plastic wrap then foil. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat, thaw overnight in the fridge, remove the wrapping, and bake. If your French toast casserole has already been baked, reheat at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. If it has not been baked, bake it according to the recipe directions.

Why is my French toast casserole soggy?

This overnight French toast casserole should be soft on the bottom and crisp on the top. If your bread base seems too soggy, you may not have soaked the bread long enough. Make sure your egg mixture has completely seeped into the bread to create a soft custardy center before baking.

Can you make overnight french toast the same day?

I know it sounds counter-intuitive to make overnight French toast the same day, but you don’t have to let it sit in the fridge overnight. If you are pressed for time, you could prepare your dish in the morning and bake it in the afternoon for brunch or at night for brinner (breakfast for dinner). As long as the bread has enough time to soak in the egg mixture (at least 4 hours), it should be ok.

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Overnight French Toast Casserole

Serves — 8
The best Overnight French Toast casserole bakes into the most delicious breakfast of brunch dish that you can make the day before and cook for your crowd in the morning. Easy, quick, and filled with french toast flavor–no flipping needed!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Chill 4 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 loaf French or Italian bread
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Topping

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter cold, cut into pieces

Instructions
 

  • Using non-stick cooking spray or butter, grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • Place the bread cubes into the baking dish.
  • In a bowl, mix together eggs, milk, heavy cream, sugar and vanilla. Pour evenly over bread.
  • Cover your pan with plastic wrap tightly and refrigerate overnight.
  • In a medium bowl mix together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Using a pastry blender or 2 forks, cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly. Cover and store in the refrigerator overnight.
  • In the morning, preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Remove the pan from the refrigerator. Sprinkle the cinnamon mixture evenly over the bread.
  • Bake for 45-60 minutes until the bread is as soft as you prefer and the top is beginning to get golden brown.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: Store any leftovers, covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
  • To Reheat: Reheat the French toast in the oven or microwave.
Tips:
  • Use fresh, thick pieces of bread.
  • Serve while warm! This dish is best served right out of the oven.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 728kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 218mg | Sodium: 470mg | Potassium: 332mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 910IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 3mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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