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Baked French Toast Casserole (Sinful)

Make ahead is key when it comes to brunch as you don’t want to be waking up at the crack of dawn to start cooking. This sinful Baked French Toast Casserole can be made the night before and will have your guests begging for seconds.

Ooey, gooey and so delicious. No need for maple syrup 🙂

Ultimate French Toast

I was first introduced to this recipe when my best friend Jodi brought it over to my potluck brunch. It smelled incredible and tasted even better.

To me, it was a cross between cinnamon buns and french toast and I knew immediately I would have to have to make this again. I tweaked the recipe (from Jodi’s cousin Lara), but the taste is the same.

Think about this. You walk into the kitchen an hour before brunch and simply pop the french toast into the oven the next morning. Your house fills with the sweet aroma of butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. You make coffee and dig in. How simple is that.

Perfect for a special brunch (Mother’s Day or Christmas for example) or just a delicious breakfast with the family on a weekend morning. I suggest serving the french toast with berries or vanilla yogurt. Or with a tropical fruit salad on the side.

Make Ahead Baked French Toast Casserole

  • This is a true make-ahead dish. Prepare the entire french toast casserole. Refrigerate overnight or up to a day. Bake the next day.
  • You can also bake the casserole the same day after it sits for an hour or two to allow the bread to absorb the egg mixture.

Ultimate French Toast

Ultimate French Toast

Ultimate French Toast
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Baked French Toast Casserole (Sinful)

Make ahead is key when it comes to brunch as you don't want to be waking up at the crack of dawn to start cooking. This sinful Baked French Toast Casserole can be made the night before and will have your guests begging for seconds. Ooey, gooey and so delicious. No need for maple syrup 🙂
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Breakfast, brunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 People
Author: Jenna

Ingredients

Bottom Layer Sauce

  • 3/4 cup Butter (12 tbsp or 1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Cinnamon

French Toast

  • 1 Challah Loaf (minus 2 large slices) white bread is ok too
  • 6 Eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups Milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

Top Layer Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 tablespoon Maple Syrup

Instructions

  • MAKE BOTTOM LAYER SAUCE: Put all ingredients in a microwave safe 9x9 oven safe dish (like pyrex) microwave on High for 1 minute, stir, then cook for another 30 seconds. If your pan is not microwave safe, use another bowl and pour the mixture into your pan.
  • MAKE FRENCH TOAST NIGHT BEFORE: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla and salt. Cut off all the crusts of the Challah loaf and discard them. Tear the bread into pieces (2" x 2" is fine). Add bread to egg mixture and mix to drench all the bread well. Pour egg-bread mixture on top of the bottom layer sauce in the 9 x 9 pan. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • The next morning, preheat oven to 350F.
  • MICROWAVE TOP LAYER SAUCE: Put all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 45 seconds, stir, then cook for another 30 seconds.
  • BAKE FRENCH TOAST: Take french toast out of the fridge and place it on a baking sheet covered in tinfoil. Pour the Top Layer Sauce over the french toast, making sure you don't spill over the edges of the dish (this is why you have the baking sheet and tinfoil...easier clean up). Bake for 50-60 mins. Check with a knife to make sure inside is not still wet. Serve immediately with berries, plain yogurt or both.

Notes

Make Ahead: This is a true make-ahead dish. Prepare the entire french toast casserole. Refrigerate overnight or up to a day. Bake the next day.  You can bake the casserole the same day after it sits for an hour or two to allow the bread to absorb the egg mixture. 
 
Nutrition values are estimates based on generous portions.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Baked French Toast Casserole (Sinful)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 844 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 28g175%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 276mg92%
Sodium 568mg25%
Potassium 355mg10%
Carbohydrates 103g34%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 100g111%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1586IU32%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 245mg25%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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