This Classic French Toast Bake recipe is the perfect breakfast casserole for Christmas morning, Easter morning or brunch recipe any time of the year. It's made with simple ingredients like French bread, eggs, maple syrup and everyday baking spices.
This overnight french toast bake can be made a couple of days ahead of time but if you're in a time crunch, I'll give you some tips on how to make it the day of too. This is one of the best breakfast or brunch recipes. Add some homemade buttermilk syrup, berry syrup or sweetened strawberries and whipped cream and you've got yourself a breakfast feast that everyone will love.
- Classic French Toast Bake Video Tutorial
- Baked French Toast Recipe
- How to Make this French Toast Bake Recipe - Overnight or last Minute
- Ingredients in Classic French Toast Bake
- Variations of this French Toast Bake to try:
- How to Store This French Toast Bake
- Classic French Toast Bake Recipe
- More Overnight French Toast Recipes
Classic French Toast Bake Video Tutorial
Baked French Toast Recipe
It's almost impossible not to love this sweet and buttery oven-baked french toast casserole, topped with cinnamon and brown sugar streusel. It is warm, inviting, easy to throw together, and tastes great with other breakfast recipes like mini quiche, a fruit tray, or oven-baked bacon.
You can use this recipe to make as an overnight French toast bake recipe, letting your prepared breakfast casserole sit in the refrigerator overnight so all you need to do in the morning is pull it out to room temperature, pre-heat your oven and bake. I've even made this 48 hours in advance, and it still turns out perfectly.
How to Make this French Toast Bake Recipe - Overnight or last Minute
Overnight: This is the ideal way to bake this as long as you have the time. The extra time in the fridge allows for all of the egg mixture to soak into the bread.
Morning Of: If you don’t have time for an overnight casserole, you can still make it work - just give yourself an additional 20 minutes.
- Add the 1” bread cubes to a large bowl and pour the egg and milk mixture over. Toss lightly and let sit at room temp for at least 10 minutes.
- Toss again and let sit for at least another 10 minutes or so before you put it into your baking dish.
- You can now add your streusel topping to your oven baked french toast and bake as directly in the original recipe.
There are several types of bread that will work for this recipe. French bread (day old works best), Challah bread, Cinnamon Rolls (day old), or Texas Toast.
Ingredients in Classic French Toast Bake
- French Bread - day old bread works best because it soaks up liquid better
- Milk - any kind that you have on hand will work
- Eggs - this is what binds the whole casserole together
- Maple Syrup - you can also substitute an equal amount of brown sugar
- Vanilla - extract or imitation will work fine
- Butter - we recommend room temp and cutting into small cubes
- Brown Sugar - we use light brown sugar
- Flour - all-purpose flour
Variations of this French Toast Bake to try:
- Add your favorite berries on top of the French Toast Bake before adding the streusel topping, and bake as directed.
- For a cream cheese stuffed variation, divide your bread and egg mixture in half. Spread half of the bread mixture evenly into your baking dish, then dollop 2- 8oz packages of cream cheese evenly over the top. Be sure your cream cheese is room temp so it’s easier to work with. Then cover with the rest of your bread, your streusel topping and bake as directed.
How to Store This French Toast Bake
- If you have any leftovers, wrap well in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- To reheat, you can warm individual portions in the microwave, or else cover the top with aluminum foil (so that it doesn't brown too much) and reheat in a 325-degree oven for about 15 minutes, or until warmed through.
Classic French Toast Bake Recipe
- 12-15 slices French Bread or about 1 loaf, cut into 1" pieces
- 2 cups Milk
- 12 large Eggs
- ⅓ cup Maple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 pinch Nutmeg
- 6 T Butter at room tempreture, cut into cubes
- ⅓ cup Brown Sugar light brown sugar
- ⅓ cup Flour all-purpose
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- The day before you want to serve this, spray a 9 by 13" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Cut or tear the French bread into 1" pieces and place them evenly in your baking dish. (The bread should be about even with the top of your baking dish.)
- In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs and whisk to break them up. Add the milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg and whisk again until all the ingredients are combined.
- Pour your egg mixture evenly over the bread, covering as much of it as possible. Use a fork to gently stir your bread and egg mixture together.
- Cover with saran wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least 4 hours to allow time for the bread to soak up all of the liquid.
For the Streusel Topping
- In a medium-size mixing bowl, add the room temperature butter, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Stir or mix with a fork until the streusel has ¼" pieces. You can also use a standing mixer with the paddle attachment on low speed, making sure to stop the mixer once you have ¼" pieces.
Baking the Classic French Toast Bake
- In the morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Take the baking dish out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature. Be sure the baking dish has a chance to come up to room temperature before putting it in the oven so that your baking dish doesn't crack.
- Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the bread and egg mixture and put into your preheated oven. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the top and edges are light golden brown.
- Remove from the oven, and cut into 12 portions once it has cooled slightly. Serve with whipped cream, berries or your favorite syrup. Enjoy!
More Overnight French Toast Recipes
- Mixed Berry French Toast Bake with Cream Cheese
- Coconut French Toast Bake
- Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast Bake
- Apple Cinnamon French Toast Bake
- Strawberries and Cream French Toast Bake
- 4th of July French Toast Bake
- Blueberry French Toast Bake
- More Breakfast Casseroles
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This overnight french toast bake recipe uses simple ingredients like French bread, eggs, maple syrup and everyday baking spices and is easy-peasy to put together ahead of time, or just make and bake. This baked french toast casserole makes for the perfect Christmas morning breakfast, or brunch during any time of the year.