This Easy French Toast Breakfast Casserole is a perfect breakfast or brunch idea. It is delicious and easy to make ahead too! Great for weekends or even the occasional weekday when you have a little extra time.
This is is one of those comforting breakfasts that makes the kitchen smell wonderful and is like a warm hug on a cold morning.Jump to Recipe
I hope you had a wonderful holiday! We had a small celebration with our immediate family. While I missed the usual Christmas gatherings with friends, it was still special and memorable. We shared some fun meals together and competed in some holiday-themed games.
Today’s recipe is an easy one when you are looking for a tasty breakfast casserole to put together quickly. I meant to get this out before the holidays but it just didn't happen. The good news is that this recipe is perfect any time of year.
I also like to make this casserole when we have an occasional brunch. It can be made ahead and warmed up when you are ready.
If you like this recipe, be sure to check out these other fun breakfast casseroles
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- Chili Relleno Casserole with Ground Beef - A delicious southwestern casserole that works for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
- This recipe just takes a few ingredients you likely have on hand. The most important to consider is the bread.
List of main ingredients:
Bread - The bread needs to be a little dry. Stale bread is necessary to create a nice texture, soft bread will not absorb the custard as easily. Allowing bread to sit out for several hours, even overnight is a great way to make fresh bread stale quickly.
Nuts – I like to use walnuts, but pecans work well too!
Glaze - this bread pudding is best with the glaze, however, if you want to save time, you can omit and serve with breakfast syrup.
How to make French Toast Breakfast Casserole
The full recipe is below, but the basic steps are:
- Beat eggs and vanilla
- Add flour
- Add brown sugar
- Mix well.
Then you add the bread crumbs for french toast goodness.
Then top with nuts, if desired. SO GOOD!
Then you bake it,
And add a little drizzle.
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- Prepare this casserole the evening before you plan to serve it, then cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. It is better if you refrigerate it before glazing and just add glaze the next day. You can prepare the glaze ahead of time and store in the refrigerator as well.
- Cut the bread into cubes ahead of time, this not only saves time when preparing but will help the bread dry out ahead of time.
- Should be stored in a fridge covered or in an airtight container.
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- Chorizo and Egg Burritos – Delicious breakfast burritos that you can make ahead.
- Easy Bacon Quiche Recipe – A lovely breakfast or brunch idea.
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French Toast Breakfast Casserole
French Toast Breakfast Casserole
- 10-12 pieces of Texas Toast
- 2 teaspoon melted butter
- 2 cups milk
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup walnuts chopped
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons of milk or heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat Oven to 325
Chop stale bread into cubes
Beat eggs, melted butter, vanilla, cream and milk with a whisk
Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, and whisk.
Pour mixture over the bread inside the baking dish.
Press the bread down as much as you can to fully soak it then cover with foil.
Create 2-3 slits in the foil to vent.
Bake covered for 45 mins.
Bake uncovered for an additional 45 mins.
Bread pudding is done when the center no longer jiggles when you shake the pan.
Let sit for 10 mins and work on the glaze.
Add glaze to top, serve and enjoy.
Should be stored in a fridge covered or in an airtight container.
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We did the same - first Christmas with just immediate family. Baby's first Christmas was a memorable one for so many reasons. Having him. The pandemic. And having our first Christmas at home. It was super magical. I want to find a way to maybe have my parents and siblings one day come up here for a Christmas where we can all be together and be here.
And we'll make this deliciousness!!