Baked French toast casserole is such a bistro breakfast dish!
It is slightly sweet, a bit custardy, a warm casserole that is crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Are you ready to learn how to make baked French toast casserole? Join me in the bistro kitchen!
This recipe is amazing, especially for the weekend. Prepare this recipe and surprise your family for a Sunday brunch or breakfast.
You can make this recipe with all sorts of different bread. You can use:
- Sandwich bread
- Soft buns
- Milk bread
No matter which bread you choose it is always good to use stale bread. This will absorb the custard way better than fresh bread.
This is another great recipe that you can adjust to your liking and add your own personal twist.
French Toast Casserole ingredients
To make this breakfast casserole recipe you need about a handful of ingredients. Have the following ingredients ready when you start this recipe:
- Sliced sandwich bread
- Maple syrup
- Vanilla extract
How to make baked French Toast casserole
To make this casserole dish take a baking dish and brush with butter or with a cooking spray.
Take about 9 or 10 slices of bread, I used whole wheat sandwich bread. Cut the bread in half on the diagonal. Set aside.
Take a large measuring cup or bowl. Take the eggs and whisk before you add the milk and cream. Stir again.
Then add the cinnamon, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Keep stirring until well combined. Dip the bread triangles in the custard and put them in the baking dish.
Pour the remaining custard over the bread and let the custard soak for at least 20 minutes. You can put the dish in the fridge and let it sit overnight.
In the meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350℉. Then cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Take out of the oven and remove the foil.
Bake for another 15 to 20 minutes or until the bread is nice and brown and the custard set.
Decorate with icing sugar and berries like blueberries, blackberries or raspberries. Serve your breakfast casserole directly.
Why is my baked French toast soggy?
The only reason is that the bread to custard is incorrect. You have too much custard so the custard can’t set.
If your bread is drowning in custard take the excess custard out. You can leave the casserole longer in the oven but keep it covered longer to prevent the bread from burning.
The bread should be crispy and browned and the inside should be creamy.
Can French Toast casserole be reheated?
You can absolutely reheat baked French toast casserole. If you have leftover casserole the best way is to reheat it in the oven.
- Oven – Heat your oven to 325℉ and cover the oven dish with foil and heat for about 20-25 minute
- Microwave – you can also heat the dish in the microwave. Cut the casserole in small portions like 2 or 3 slices of bread. Microwave a portion for 2 to 3 minutes
Should you toast bread before making French toast?
It is not necessary to toast the bread before you make the baked French toast casserole but it is advisable to use stale bread.
You want dry bread with not too much moist in it. When you leave slices of bread out on a slicing board for a couple of hours it will dry out as well.
What is the purpose of vanilla extract in baking?
This recipe contains vanilla extract but why do you use vanilla or vanilla extract in sweet baked goods?
The answer is simple vanilla or vanilla extract enhances all the other flavors in the recipe. It gives the recipe depth.
Without it, baked goods taste flat and bland.
I hope you enjoy this French toast casserole as much as I do!
- 8-9 slices of sandwich bread
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup cream
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ½ tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup fresh blackberries (optional)
- 2 tablespoons icing sugar (optional)
- Take a baking dish and brush with butter or with a cooking spray
- Take about 9 or 10 slices of bread. Cut the bread in half on the diagonal. Set aside
- Add the eggs to a measuring cup and whisk. Add the milk and cream, whisk again
- Then add the cinnamon, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Keep stirring until well combined
- Dip the bread triangles in the custard and put them in the baking dish
- Pour the remaining custard over the bread and let the custard soak for at least 20 minutes
- Preheat your oven to 350℉. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Take out of the oven and remove the foil
- Bake for another 15 to 20 minutes or until the bread is nice and brown and the custard set
- Decorate with icing sugar and berries. Serve your breakfast casserole directly
- You can put the casserole dish in the fridge and let it sit overnight
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 247Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 231mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 7g