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French Toast Bake or baked french toast casserole, fresh out of the oven.
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Classic French Toast Bake Recipe 

This Classic French Toast Bake recipe is the perfect breakfast casserole for Christmas morning, or brunch during any time of the year that you have friends and family in town.   It 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.  
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 404kcal
Author: The Carefree Kitchen


  • 12-15 slices French Bread or about 1 loaf, cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 12 large Eggs
  • cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 pinch Nutmeg

Streusel Topping

  • 6 T Butter at room tempreture, cut into cubes
  • cup Brown Sugar light brown sugar
  • cup Flour all-purpose
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon


  • Instructions
  • 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!



Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 230mg | Sodium: 479mg | Potassium: 245mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 3.5mg