Make the perfect sweet breakfast treat for the family to enjoy with this easy breakfast casserole recipe. If French toast is one of your favorite breakfast foods, you will love this casserole dish even more!
If you love French toast and often make it for yourself or your children, you can prepare this easy casserole at home. It is a great dish to eat by itself in the morning, serving it hot with a side of syrup if you want. However, you can also have it with eggs, bacon, sausage, and any other breakfast favorites that you enjoy.
The French Toast Casserole offers a large amount of food in one baking dish, making it a great choice when you have a large family with plenty of mouths to feed. Your children will love this tasty breakfast treat because it has that sweet taste that a traditional piece of French Toast has, but it will also get them ready for the day, keeping them full for hours until their next meal.
Must-Have Ingredients to Use When Making a French Toast Casserole
Make the most flavorful French toast casserole using these ingredients:
- Stale Cubed Bread. While you can use any stale cubed bread, brioche bread is such a great choice because of its fluffy texture.
- Brown Sugar. Use the brown sugar to add a sweet flavor to your French toast casserole.
- Eggs and Milk. Add eggs to your stale bread to make it softer and to create that authentic French toast flavor.
- Vanilla Extract. Adds a vanilla essence and richness to the flavor.
- Cinnamon. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over the casserole for added flavor.
You will also need half and half and maple syrup. With these ingredients, you will get to make this quick and delicious French Toast Casserole to serve your large family for breakfast.
With only 10 minutes of prep and a baking time of 30 minutes, you can make this anytime!
Equipment Needed for the Casserole Preparation
Steps to Making the Casserole
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a 9×13 pan.
- Cut your bread into cubes. Place in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, make your custard by mixing together eggs, brown sugar, milk, half and half, vanilla, and cinnamon.
- Once mixed, pour over the bread cubes.
- Mix together the bread and custard until everything is well incorporated.
- Place your bread in the pan evenly in the 9×13 pan.
- Bake for 30 – 40 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy with as much maple syrup as you like!
Ways to Store the French Toast Casserole
You can store the French Toast Casserole by leaving it in the baking dish, covering it with plastic wrap and a sheet of foil, and placing it in the fridge. You should store the casserole within two hours of removing it from the oven to keep it fresh. It is necessary to hold the French Toast Casserole in the fridge because it contains eggs.
If you want to make this dish ahead and serve it for breakfast a few weeks later, you can store the casserole in the freezer. It stays fresh for up to five months. If you want to save space in the freezer, cut the casserole into single-serving slices, and freeze each piece individually to make space.
What to Add to the French Toast Casserole
You can add more to the casserole and make it even more enjoyable for the family. You may want to add slices of bananas, strawberries, or other fruits to the casserole dish. Some people like to add raisins or craisins to their casserole.
My family love to dust theirs with a bit of powdered sugar over the maple syrup.
Adding extras is optional, but it is a great way to customize your casserole and make it the way your children like it the most.
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French Toast Casserole
- 12 Cups Stale/Day-Old Bread Large cubes (brioche, French, sourdough, etc.)
- 8 Large Eggs
- 2/3 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Cup Whole Milk
- 1 Cup Half & Half
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- Maple Syrup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9×13 pan.
Cut your bread into cubes. Place in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, make your custard by mixing together eggs, brown sugar, milk, half and half, vanilla, and cinnamon.
Once mixed, pour over the bread cubes.
Mix together the bread and custard until everything is well incorporated.
Place your bread in the pan evenly in the 9×13 pan.
Bake for 30 – 40 minutes.
Serve and enjoy with as much maple syrup as you like!