French toast casserole is a wonderful buttery breakfast treat covered with a sweet praline pecan topping and all with the comforts of cinnamon and nutmeg.
The Perfect Breakfast
But, who’s kidding? It’s not only the perfect breakfast, it’s perfect for weekend breakfasts, and pretty much an anytime meal. It’s definitely my favorite thing to eat in the mornings.
You can make it for Mother’s Day (she will love you), Christmas morning (we did that last year and everyone loved it), or even on busy mornings. It’s a favorite way to get moving.
A Sweet French Toast Breakfast
My friend Beth, who is an absolutely fantastic cook, shared this recipe with me, and boy am I thankful.
I had a hard time putting down my fork after taking a bite. I can safely say this is the best French toast I’ve ever eaten.
Beth serves the sweet French toast breakfast dessert around the holidays and it’s a breakfast you won’t soon forget. And, we love those memorable holiday breakfasts.
Overnight French Toast Casserole
I made the recipe in the evening, refrigerated it overnight, and pulled it out the next morning to get it ready and into the oven.
During November and December, I’ve shared quite a few recipes and Beth has contributed several–and they are all delish!
She always amazes me with her willingness to help others and her love of cooking. And, that girl can cook!
What Ingredients Do I Need For The Easy French Toast Casserole?
- French bread
- Whole eggs
- Half and half
- Vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground nutmeg
- Chopped pecans
- Light brown sugar
- Light corn syrup
Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.
How Do You Make The Baked French Toast Casserole?
- Slice French bread into one-inch slices and place them into a 9″ x 13″ greased baking dish. Overlap each piece when adding to the dish.
- In a large bowl, add the eggs and beat.
- Next, add the half and half, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and mix well.
- Pour the mixture over the French bread. Lift each piece and spoon the wet mixture over the bread, making sure to cover all of it.
- Cover with tin foil and place in the refrigerator overnight.
- The following morning, grab a medium-sized bowl and add the softened butter.
- Next, add the brown sugar and corn syrup and cream together.
- Add the pecans, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix well.
- Spread over the French bread and bake approximately 45 minutes or until the French bread is golden brown.
Some readers like to see the step-by-step instructions, so be sure to follow along if you’d like to.
Start by slicing the loaf of French bread into one-inch slices and place them into a greased casserole dish.
What Kind Of Bread Is Best?
PRO TIP: Beth suggested getting the French bread at Costco or Walmart because it tends to be a little denser and won’t soak up quite as much of the egg mixture. It’s the best bread to choose for this recipe.
You can slice it and add it to the casserole dish like I did, or cut it up and use bread cubes.
You can use sourdough bread or Challah bread if you’d like to, they will just taste a little bit different.
Next, add the eggs to a large bowl. Whisk the eggs. Pour the half and half into the bowl and mix well.
Whole milk, heavy cream, or two-percent will work just as well.
Add the granulated sugar and vanilla extract to the bowl.
Now, add the cinnamon and nutmeg and mix well.
Pour the egg mixture over the top of the bread. Lift the bread and spoon the mixture between each piece.
Cover with tin foil and place in the refrigerator overnight.
This next day French bread is so worth the wait. And, you won’t have to do as much work in the morning.
When you get up the next morning, grab a medium bowl, and add the softened butter, light corn syrup, and brown sugar and cream together.
If you want to add a little bit of zing, you can add some orange zest to the mixture.
Add the chopped pecans, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and mix well.
Finally, spread the butter mixture over the French toast and bake for 45 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and toasty.
As soon as it’s done baking, it’s ready to serve.
I’m tellin’ ya, this is one of the best breakfast dishes I’ve ever eaten. You will want to make this part of your holiday traditions.
Top with some maple syrup and you’ve got one decadent breakfast bake. But, be sure to make plenty, because people will be asking for seconds.
We took a trip to Vermont this year and discovered a maple tree farm that makes pure maple syrup. And, a drizzle of maple syrup on your French toast is good stuff.
Here’s the machine that uses reverse osmosis to make purse maple syrup. And, it is delish. And the best part? No added sugar at all.
Sugarbush Farm is a fun place to visit.
Your local grocery store should have some other brands to choose from, as well.
Other holiday treats you’ll love:
- Pecan pie cheesecake bars are another delicious dessert that is perfect for the holidays.
- Praline pecans are easy to make and are on the top of everyone’s wish list.
- Pecan cinnamon roll recipe is another great addition to any breakfast. Plus, there’s no waiting around for dough to rise in this simple recipe.
- How can you go wrong with pecan pie brownies? You can’t. They. Are. Awesome.
- Pecan pie is one of those desserts that is a must at every family holiday gathering. This is my dad’s go-to recipe.
- If you’re looking for another overnight breakfast casserole hashbrowns, sausage, and eggs, from Pillsbury, will do the trick. And, if you’re on the hunt for more breakfast recipes, besides this easy baked French toast casserole, you can find plenty at Taste of Home.
French Toast Casserole Recipe
French toast casserole is a delicious and easy breakfast dish that will have your family begging for more.
The best part is, it’s incredibly simple to make and will become a family favorite.
Whether you’re feeding a crowd or just looking for an easy weekday breakfast, this recipe is sure to please. You don’t need to wait for Sunday morning, get the recipe now!
- 1 large French bread loaf
- 8 eggs
- 2 cups of half and half
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 Tbsp. light corn syrup
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- Maple syrup for pouring on top
- Slice the French bread on the bias and place it into a 9" x 13" greased casserole dish, making sure each piece overlaps the other.
- In a large bowl, add the eggs and beat them.
- Next, add the half and half, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt and mix.
- Pour over the French bread. Lift each piece and spoon the mixture over the bread, making sure to cover it all.
- Cover with tin foil and place in the refrigerator overnight.
In the morning, remove the tin foil and preheat the oven to 350-degrees.
- Add the softened butter to a medium-sized bowl.
- Next, add the corn syrup and brown sugar and cream together.
- Add the chopped pecans, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix.
- Spread the topping over the French bread and bake for 45 minutes at 350-degrees or until the top is golden brown.
- Top with maple syrup.
I made the French toast in the evening, refrigerated it all night, and pulled it out the next morning to complete the recipe with the praline topping, and bake it.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 591Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 268mgSodium: 365mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 2gSugar: 35gProtein: 11g
Nutrition is approximate.