Recipe: Overnight French Toast Casserole

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on June 11, 2009

Want a tasty, quick, easy, inexpensive yet company worthy breakfast or brunch dish? Overnight French Toast Casserole fits the bill!

This is so simple to make-and it can feed a crowd.  I especially like that it is prepared the night before and then just placed in the oven in the morning-great for when you have overnight company! You also avoid the “I’m standing at the stove making breakfast while everyone else is eating” syndrome.

I’ve even been known to make this in the camper for a quick and easy morning breakfast (remember, we camp in an RV and have an oven-wouldn’t quite work on a campfire!). You can’t beat a breakfast that cooks unattended while you enjoy your morning coffee!

Overnight French Toast Casserole

1/2 C Butter

12  slices White Bread

1 C Brown Sugar

1 tsp Cinnamon or Baking Spice

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

5 eggs

1 1/2 c Milk

-Melt margarine & pour in a 9X13 pan (I melt it in a measuring cup in the microwave)

-Mix together brown sugar & cinnamon (or baking spice)

-Wisk eggs, milk & vanilla together

-Layer bottom of pan with half the bread

-Sprinkle half brown sugar mix over the bread

-Layer second half of bread

-Pour egg mixture over all then sprinkle remaining brown sugar

-Cover & refrigerate overnight

-In the morning, cover with tinfoil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes

-Uncover and bake 15 more minutes (should be browned and set


Reduce brown sugar to 2/3 C

Use any milk substitute-powdered milk, evaporated skim milk, thinned plain yogurt

Use any type of bread. I’ve made this with slightly stale hamburger & hotdog rolls.

Cube bread and toss everything together then pour into pan. Not as pretty, but it works.

Sprinkle top or layers with nuts (this of course ups the cost)

Sprinkle powdered sugar over the top.

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j turley September 16, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I made this and it was a hit. I made it with texas toast and made one with raisins. So easy and delish!


Kelly September 17, 2011 at 11:54 pm

I used this and it was Awesome!

I also did some improvising and turned it into a chocolate/banana/peanutbutter casserole! I used a ripe banana and squished it. I layered the banana on top of the first layer of bread before sprinkling the brown sugar. I used chocolate and peanutbutter chips too. I added the next layer of bread and put more chips on top. I also added a little cocoa powder to the mix. It was heaven and a big hit at brunch.


Jessica Wolfe October 15, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Did you just put the chocolate chips on top of each layer?


Leigh Anne November 9, 2011 at 7:40 am

Making this for Bible study tomorrow!! Can’t wait to try it :)


Leigh Anne November 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm

IT WAS FANTASTIC!!! Everybody loved it. It was so easy to make too. :) Thanks for a great new recipe!!


Diane December 20, 2011 at 10:13 am

Do you think that your Overnight French Toast Casserole would work with Gluten Free Bread and Almond Milk?


Jenn @ Frugal Upstate December 20, 2011 at 10:31 am

Diane-I don’t see why not. . .


Sally December 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm

How many does this serve?


Jenn @ Frugal Upstate December 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

Sally-it does depend on how big you make your portions! It fills a 9X13 pan with a double layer of bread. . . I know I have used it to serve 6 folks comfortably.


missyyo February 11, 2012 at 2:19 am

Instead of cubing or tearing up the bread, will it still b ok if i just laid them flat down? Also, whats the difference between using brown sugar instead of reg. White sugar?


Jenn @ Frugal Upstate February 13, 2012 at 7:50 am

Missyyo-It should be fine just laying them down flat-I’ve done it both ways!


Jen July 3, 2012 at 3:17 am

I came across your recipe when searching ‘frugal french toast casserole’ on google. I tend to look at several recipes and combine. I used orange extract instead of vanilla and added frozen blueberries to the milk and egg mixture. I can not wait until morning to see how it turned out. Thanks!


Jenn @ Frugal Upstate July 3, 2012 at 8:04 am

Jen-that sounds delicious!


Jen July 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm

It was very yummy, a little soggy. I think the frozen blueberries added some extra water. I will be making this again and adjusting. Thanks!!


Sian September 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Made this with some left over tiger bread (I’m in the UK and am not sure if this is a world wide variety!) I also used 3 heaped tablespoons of custard powder instead of the eggs (husband can’t eat eggs) and it turned out great. Very rich with all that butter and sugar and I don’t think I could stomach it for breakfast but it was lovely after a roast chicken dinner! Will definitely be making it again! ( I only left it to soak for about 5 hours and that was plenty)


Jenn @ Frugal Upstate September 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Sounds yummy! (yes, it is a very rich casserole for breakfast-we save it more for special occasions)


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