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. 5 stars
    I’ve made this multiple times for holidays and am making it again for Mother’s day brunch. It’s wonderful as is, with double topping and with blueberries baked in too. Great option for a crowd and makes those busy holiday mornings less chaotic. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

  2. 5 stars
    At the last minute, I made this for family brunch–I was already cooking a bunch of stuff and was so busy, and this was the easiest and quickest thing to make. It was a huge hit–the one thing on a table of some impressive dishes that everyone raved about! I just doubled the topping. Thank you so much!

  3. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! I’ve tried several baked French toast recipes with lackluster results. Your’s is amazing & came out perfectly – thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    made this for easter! awesome for a relaxed morning when you make it the night before. mm mm mm yumma yumma yumma

  5. 5 stars
    I LOVE this recipe for brunches! Done multiple times for different brunch potlucks and thought I ought to rate it 🙂 Everyone loves it and I always get people asking for the recipe. Only mod I do is that I add nutmeg to the egg/milk mix as well as in the crumb topping. Thank you for the amazing recipe!

  6. 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. 🙁

  7. 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!

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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

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

    1. It does need some time for the bread to soak up the liquid–I’d allow at least 30 minutes before baking.

  14. 5 stars
    Going to go ahead and give it a 5, I know it will be this good….but do you have a recipe for the “Buttery Bourbon Sauce to serve on the Side) plus someone said they soaked the golden Raisins in the bourbon too…..I imagine this would make it so much better….(but maybe not serve to kids….it may be too strong eh?) I would love to have this recipe too….

    Thanks (1/8/20)

  15. 5 stars
    I served this last night for a crowd and it was a hit! I used the big crescent rolls from costco and used a few extra, like 8 total for a deep dish 8 x 11 so that it was really full. I baked it as directed and served the buttery bourbon sauce on. The side. Oh, and I used golden raisins and soaked them in the bourbon. Ill make this again for sure!!!!

  16. Can you assemble and refrigerate this the night before in a metal baking dish instead of glass ? Then bake the next morning? My Pyrex is fairly old so am hesitant to put a cold glass dish into the hot oven but have a brand new 9 x 13 metal casserole pan
    Thank you !

  17. Made it with French Bread I picked up on the day old rack at WalMart for just .50 each – was so good I will pick up bread at that price again & freeze just to have it on hand. I did add some left over nuts & a bit of oatmeal to topping!! I might even try it with the ever popular “”pumpkin spice” !! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  18. Can this be frozen? I want to take this to our cabin this weekend and wondered if I could make ahead and freeze so I don’t have to take all ingredients with me. I can’t wait to try it!

  19. 5 stars
    Everyone from the youngest grandchild to grandpa loved it! (and some are really picky)
    It is great just the way it is but I could see myself adding fruit to it in the future.

  20. I made this a couple of weeks ago at hunting camp.
    Everyone was in aw, they were surprised how good it was. Couldn’t get enough. They talk about it everytime I see them. This will be on the menu at camp for a long time to come.
    Thank you for sharing.

  21. 5 stars
    We had a tragic family gathering grandfather passed. Family had to go to funeral in Oklahoma as soon as we could get there…so I decide to host a breakfast for those flying out that morning. This was the best idea yet..everyone feed and on their way to safe travels and we cheared each other up. This turned out to be a fantastic dish I served breakfast meats on the side and coffee and juices. But the hit of the gathering was this oven French toast. No fuss and fast.

    1. I’m so glad it was enjoyed by your family. What I nice thing to do to bring a little joy at a difficult time.

  22. I was searching for an easy baked french toast recipe when i came across your site. While i used another site’s recipe for the bread mixture, I tried your crumble topping part of the recipe and it was phenomonal! i added pecans for some extra crunch and next time i think i’ll add some oats for extra nutrition too (kind of like apple crumble! yum!).

  23. I substituted half and along with buttermilk because I had no whipping cream and it came out wonderful

  24. Made this for an Easter brunch for 80 staff and volunteers at church. It was a HUGE hit. I used French bread and Pepperidge Farm cinnamon bread and probably used about 1 1/2 lbs.

    Many people said our buffet was as a good as a high end restaurant brunch.

    1. Sure! Prepare the casserole up until baking it (don’t bake). Cover it well with tinfoil and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator then bake as directed.

  25. Hi, this recipe looks so good and I want to make it. I’m thinking of adding bananas to the top. Should I add those at the same time of the topping?

    1. Sure, if you want the bananas to get cooked (and they will brown). Or you could serve them fresh sliced over the top at the end.

    1. Hi Tabitha, I’d at least give it an hour or more to soak into the bread, before baking, if possible.

  26. 4 stars
    This has good flavor but is way too sweet for my family. We like what I refer to as European sweet. In Europe sweets have a lot less sugar than American sweets. I loved the crunchy topping so I think I will omit the sugar in the batter the next time I make this.

  27. 5 stars
    My family lived this! I made two versions, one per the recipe and one with an egg substitute for an allergic person. One note on the egg substitute version, use less liquid than called for.