Recipe: Overnight French Toast Casserole

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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  1. Kelly says

    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.

  2. missyyo says

    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?

  3. Jen says

    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!

  4. Sian says

    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)


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