Overnight Cinnamon Baked French Toast Casserole

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This Overnight Cinnamon French Toast Bake is an easy breakfast casserole full of cinnamon and brown sugar! It’s a simple way to make french toast for a crowd and it’s perfect for making ahead! One of my favorites for holiday breakfasts!

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Overnight Cinnamon Baked French Toast Casserole

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve made this Baked French Toast Casserole. It’s a classic in our family for an easy breakfast when we’ve got family in town and especially for holidays. We love it so much, I’ve made several variations, like my Cinnamon Apple French Toast Casserole, Birthday Cake French Toast Casserole and Banana French Toast Casserole. All are wonderful overnight casseroles that are easy to put together and perfect for making ahead!

Ingredients

This version is great because everyone is guaranteed to love it. It’s got the classic flavors of french toast and is made with pretty simple ingredients:

  • Loaf of Bread – You’ll want a pound sized loaf to cut into chunks. Sourdough is my favorite, but French bread would work too.
  • Eggs
  • Milk – Whole milk or 2%
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Sugar – This recipe uses both white and brown sugar.
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Cinnamon – Is there such a thing as too much cinnamon?

You’ll also need a few other things for the streusel, including some flour and butter.

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How to Make Baked French Toast Casserole

The first thing you’ll want to do is cut up your loaf of bread into about 1 inch chunks and spread them evenly in the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan.

Next, combine the other casserole ingredients and whisk everything together so that it’s well combined. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread, trying to wet all of it.

Cover the casserole and store it in the fridge for several hours or overnight.

While it’s in the fridge, you can also pre-make the streusel topping. Combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt, then cut the butter into the mixture until it forms crumbles. Leave it in a bowl and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake the casserole.

When you’re ready to make the casserole, preheat the oven and crumble the pre-made streusel topping over the casserole.

Bake the casserole from about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on whether you want a softer or firmer texture. When it’s ready, serve it with fresh fruit, powdered sugar and some syrup.

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Great Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole

The final casserole is wonderful! The streusel topping is part of what makes it so good and there’s plenty on top of this! Each bite is addicting.

And with the ease of making it and the fact that you can make it the night before, it’s perfect for busy mornings or holidays when there’s a bunch of things going on.

I hope you love it!

More Breakfast Recipes

Easy Fluffy Homemade Waffles
Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole
Easy Homemade Monkey Bread
Fluffy Homemade Pancakes
Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake

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Overnight Cinnamon Baked French Toast Casserole

Overnight Cinnamon Baked French Toast Casserole: easy to make and so incredibly good! Perfect for a holiday make-ahead breakfast or brunch.

  • Author: Life, Love and Sugar
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 10 Servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

CASSEROLE

  • 1 pound loaf Sourdough Or French Bread
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups (480ml) milk (whole or 2%)
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup (104g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (36g) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

TOPPING

  • 3/4 cup (98g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (169g) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (112g) butter, cut into pieces

Instructions

1. Grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish and set aside.
2. Cut bread into 1 inch chunks and spread evenly in the bottom of the casserole dish.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, sugars, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread, getting all the bread wet from the mixture.
4. Cover the casserole and store in fridge for several hours or overnight.
5. To make the streusel topping (this can be made ahead and refrigerated), combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add butter and cut into the dry mixture until it all comes together to form a crumble. You can store this mixture in the fridge overnight if you’d like.
6. When you’re ready to bake the casserole, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
7. Crumble the streusel topping evenly over the top of the casserole, covering as much of it as you can.
8. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Bake less time for a softer, more moist texture. Bake longer for a firmer, less moist texture.
9. When casserole is ready, serve warm with syrup and other toppings such as powdered sugar or fresh fruit.

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Recipe modified from Pioneer Woman

Enjoy!