Quick and easy Baked French Toast Casserole you can make the day before and refrigerate overnight so it’s ready to bake and enjoy in the morning.

A slice of baked french toast casserole served on a white plate with syrup and berries.

Baked French Toast Casserole

Baked French Toast is a quick and easy overnight casserole that tastes great and can be completely made ahead of time.  I’m in love with breakfasts you can make ahead of time and simply throw in the oven in the morning, like Breakfast Casserole, or Overnight Cinnamon Rolls!  This Baked French Roast reacip was adapted from Our Best Bites–one of my favorite food blogs!

Baked french toast is sometimes called “French Toast Casserole” or “Company French Toast” and it’s the perfect breakfast to make when you want have something fun and special to serve for breakfast but you also want to relax and enjoy the morning.  My guests rave about this dish every time!

It’s so flavorful and delicious–and it takes all of 15 minutes to prepare the night before.  It makes the perfect breakfast for Christmas morning, or other special holidays, or just when you have some company staying with you and you don’t want to stress in the kitchen in the morning.

How to make baked french toast (AKA French Toast Casserole):

Start by cutting your french bread into chunks and placing them in a greased 9×13” baking dish.  Next, in a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, cream, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla and mix well.  Pour the mixture over the bread crumbs.  Gently toss the mixture and refrigerate it overnight.

Process photos for making french toast casserole including pouring a milk mixture over pieces of dried bread and mixing everything together in a white casserole dish.

You can also make the topping for baked french toast ahead of time. Combine the sugars, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl.  Then cut in the cold butter and refrigerate until you are ready to bake the french toast.  Sprinkle the topping over the french toast and bake for about 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the egg mixture at the bottom is set!

Baked French Toast in a white casserole dish.

This recipe makes crispy french toast right in your oven!

Can you make french toast in the oven?

Yes!  This french toast casserole is made in the oven.  Baked french toast can be made a day in advance and results in crispy french toast made right in your oven.

How long should you bake french toast casserole?

Bake your french toast casserole at 350 for 40-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the casserole has set.

A slice of baked french toast served on a plate with berries and a fork.

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Recipe

A slice of baked french toast casserole served on a white plate with syrup and berries.
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins
Total 1 hr
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Ingredients
  

  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt (a little less if using table salt)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound loaf of french bread or cinnamon bread
  • 2 Tablespoons softened butter for greasing baking dish

For the Topping

  • 4 Tablespoons light brown sugar , packed
  • 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tablespoons cold butter

Instructions
 

  • Lightly butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13'' baking dish. Cut bread into 1 inch chunks and place in dish.
  • Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Add the cream and milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and vanilla and mix well. Pour evenly over the bread cubes.
  • Gently toss the bread around a little to make sure the top and bottom pieces all get dipped in the egg mixture. Spread out evenly, cover dish, and refrigerate overnight.
  • At this point you can quickly make the topping before hand, and leave it in the fridge overnight.

For the topping:

  • Place brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl and stir to combine. Cut cold butter into small chunks and add to the bowl. Use a pastry cutter or your hands to combine the mixture until crumbly. Cover and refrigerate until morning.
  • When ready to bake preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Uncover your french toast pan and sprinkle the topping evenly over top. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until top is golden brown and egg mixture is set at the bottom. (It only takes me about 43 minutes to bake, but time may vary depending on your oven).
  • Allow french toast to cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting it into squares.

Notes

We don't top ours with anything but fruit, because I think it's completely delicious plain! But you may want to try it with syrup, powdered sugar, whipped cream, berries, or any other toppings you'd like!
 
Recipe adapted from Our Best Bites

Nutrition

Calories: 364kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 11gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 174mgSodium: 452mgPotassium: 204mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 690IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 125mgIron: 2.4mg

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*I originally shared this recipe in June 2014. Updated December 2018.

 

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  1. 3 stars
    Was beautiful when I took it out of the oven. Baked it for the full 50 minutes and it was definitely set but within 1 minute of coming out of the oven it completely deflated and fell. Now it looks rediculous. 🙁

  2. I made this for a ‘breakfast for lunch’ potluck at work. It was a huge hit and my friend, who is notoriously picky about food, confided that she had thought she wouldn’t like it when I offered to bring it earlier I the week. She said it was delicious and that she was going to make it for her husband!

    I followed the recipe exactly but added a step of drying out the bread cubes in a 200 degree oven. So easy and delicious!

  3. Made this a few times, it’s a favorite. Everyone that has tried it loves it, it’s been described as decadent!!

  4. I think this is wonderful as is butter I used kings Hawaiian rolls as the base and think it was even better. Thanks for the recipe

  5. 5 stars
    Made it for my staff today. Rave reviews. Love the topping as it gives a nice crunch. Nothing was changed in the recipe, just made it as is.

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe several times and it is always a big hit with family and friends. I sometimes add more topping so that each piece is crunchy and sweet.

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve made this three times now and we love it!! So, the first time I made it I read the topping ingredients wrong and had added 4 tablespoons of butter before realizing my mistake…..so instead of letting it be a mistake I doubled the rest of the topping ingredients. My husband has decided that’s the correct amount of topping so that’s the way I’ve made it every time. I also used Hawaiian dinner rolls, we had quite a few left over from Christmas and I looked for a french toast casserole to use them in and this is the one I decided on!! Love love love it!

  8. It’s baking now and smells delicious. Can I individually freeze portions to be reheated for quick breakfast during the school/work week?

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