French Toast Bake

Super Delicious Overnight French Toast Bake recipe - This yummy sourdough bread is topped with brown sugar and cinnamon and baked to perfection taking French Toast to a whole new level.

I’ve blogged before about my love of breakfast foods. I could eat it any time of the day, and it’s fairly common to come over to the Merkley home on an evening and find us eating French Toast or Pancakes. Breakfast recipes are just that great! I feel like we don’t get to eat them often enough in the mornings since we’re usually in a rush, but we occasionally get to enjoy them on the weekends and holidays. One holiday we always have breakfast is on Mother’s Day. And usually I’m not the one that has to bake it!! πŸ˜‰

This is day I enjoy. The hubby and kiddos go all out to serve their mama, and I admit – I LOVE it! It’s nice to be catered to every once in awhile, and Mother’s Day is a holiday I’ve come to look forward to. πŸ™‚

One of my favorite recipes to enjoy on this day is French Toast, and more particularly French Toast Bake. It is simple to make and is beyond delicious!! If you’re looking for a great recipe to make for mom or want to pass this recipe off to the hubby so YOU can enjoy it on Mother’s Day, then here ya go.

French Toast CasseroleFrench Toast recipe - this bake is filled with sour dough and topped with cinnamon and sugar.

I think what makes it so good is the sourdough bread… oh, and the butter and the cinnamon and the sugar. πŸ˜‰ We also like to serve this French Toast Casserole with Homemade Buttermilk Syrup which is our favorite!

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French Toast Bake
Super Delicious Overnight French Toast Bake recipe - This yummy sourdough bread is topped with brown sugar and cinnamon and baked to perfection taking French Toast to a whole new level.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8-10
  • 1 loaf sourdough bread (we used Pepperidge Farm loaf)
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 TB vanilla
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup cold butter, cut into pieces
  1. Cut loaf into cubes and place evenly in a greased 9x13 pan.
  2. In a bowl, mix together eggs, milk, heavy cream, sugar and vanilla. Pour evenly over bread.
  3. Cover your pan with Saran Wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Mix together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl.
  5. Cut in butter with this mixture until crumbly and place in a Ziploc bag and refrigerate overnight as well.
  6. Take pan and Ziploc out when ready to bake. Sprinkle crumbly mixture evenly over the bread.
  7. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on how soft you like it.

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Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 9 to 2) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.

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  1. 1

    Oh my!! That looks heavenly!! We love having breakfast for dinner, too. Thanks for the yummy recipe!! Pinned πŸ™‚

  2. 2

    This looks amazing! We love french toast!

  3. 3

    This looks delicious!! πŸ™‚
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  4. 4

    Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!
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  5. 5

    I’m so in love with this. I love baked french toast!

  6. 9

    Honestly I can’t even say how many times I make this. I made a trial recipe in anticipation for house guests I had coming. It went well. um… realllllly well. This recipe is so delicious. I make my own authentic sourdough so it was a reallly good. I learned the hard way- you really do have to let the bread get stale or dry it out somehow- that was the only batch that was a little less tasty (it still got eaten). Plus the more dried out it is- the more aromatic when it’s baking. I made it when my house guests were here. AND I made a batch the day before they were leaving (driving back home) and I had this chilled for them to take. FYI- it tastes good cold AND reheated. This is going in my big recipe book as a keeper! Guess I have to keep making my sourdough. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for such a great recipe!

    • 10

      Andrea – your comment totally made my day! I’m always so thrilled to hear that someone loves a recipe as much as we do. And I’m sure with homemade sourdough it tastes even better!!! So glad it was a hit. πŸ™‚

  7. 11
    Amanda Isaacson :

    how many people will this recipe feed?

  8. 13

    I just found this on Pinterest. I had to tweak it a little for what we hand on hand – stale whole wheat sourdough, no buttermilk (used whole milk), no butter (used 2 tbsp coconut oil), but it was AMAZINGLY delicious!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!!!

  9. 15

    This was the best French toast casserole I’ve ever tried. A suggestion tho, take out about 90 minutes before baking instead of putting it in cold. Firms up a bit more. Also let sit about 8-10 minutes before serving!

  10. 17

    This sounds great! Do you use the sliced, packaged Pepperidge Farm loaf from the bread aisle? Or is this a whole loaf that you cube? Thanks!

  11. 19

    How many ounces is the loaf of bread? Thanks!

  12. 20

    Can I do this with ordinary homemade yeast bread? Would white or wholemeal bread be a preferred choice? I don’t have or know Saran wrap. What can I substitute it with?

  13. 22

    Can I use homemade yeast bread? Would white or whole meal be better choice? Also what’s the purpose of the wrap?
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  14. 24

    I made these yesterday. They were delicious but I made far too much. I added some more eggs about 12, buttermilk, oil and flour and made the nicest food I’ve ever tasted. This is thank you for your great sharing, we all loving french toast!
    But i got a problem: in your Instructions, “Cover your pan with Saran Wrap and refrigerate overnight.” why should refrigerate it overnight? Thanks.

  15. 25

    What size is the loaf of bread?

  16. 26

    I made this just the other day to take in to work and it was a huge hit! So easy to make and very yummy.

  17. 28

    I made this for brunch. Prepped everything last night and tossed it in the oven 45 minutes before guests arrived. It was delicious! It made the house smell amazing as well. Thank you for sharing.

  18. 30

    This French Toast Casserole looks Heavenly! Thanks for posting it…with company coming for Christmas, this will be perfect! =)

  19. 32

    Can this be made completely ahead of time the night before and put in the fridge? Or will it be too soggy? Looks amazing!

  20. 34

    Looks gorgeous. What type of bread could we use in the UK please zx

  21. 36

    This looks amazing! I’m making this for my family for Christmas morning, my kids and husband are all fans of french toast. And if everyone loves it this will be our Christmas morning tradition!

  22. 38

    Has anyone tried prepping this ahead of time more than just overnight? I’m looking to make for Christmas morning. Bbt we will be busy the night before was thinking about making the morning before. Any feedback?

  23. 40

    I came across this recipe on Pinterest and I’m so happy I found it! Yesterday, I attended a Christmas brunch with my run group and my French toast were a huge success!! Everyone asked me for the recipe. I made two pans and by the end if the event there wasn’t a single piece left. I can’t wait to make these French toast for my family in Christmas morning.

  24. 43

    This looks amazing! I think this will be our breakfast for Christmas Day!(:

  25. 45

    Does the bread need to be stale?

  26. 46

    This looks amazing can I make the recipe without using heavy cream and will it still taste good

  27. 48

    I would love to make this for tomorrow morning…I have a package of croissants. Do you think that would work? I have the larger croissants from Costco. If you think it would work about how many should I use?

  28. 49

    I made this over the weekend and have some concerns about it. I started cutting away at the loaf and didn’t get 3/4 through before it was too much to fit in the pan. After baking it, the top portion was delicious and amazing but the bottom was very mushy. Do you have any suggestions on how to improve?

    • 50

      I am making this right now and I am having the exact same problem. The top is great, the bottom is super mushy. I’m thinking it was due to the amount of bread. I probably should have only used half the loaf.

  29. 51

    Your basic bread pudding with a crunchy cinnamon sugar top.

  30. 52

    Made this over the weekend for a family brunch and it was a hit! Super easy to make which was the best part. Will definitely make it again. I used cinnamon raisin bread instead of sourdough and about a 1/4 c less white sugar.

  31. 53

    How much does this serve??

  32. 54

    What is the size of the loaf you use?

  33. 56

    This was great!! My family definitely loved. I’m not sure why people changed it. It was greats the way it already was. DEFINITELY will be making this again and again. I don’t agree with the comment about the stale bread. You don’t want overly hard French toast, that’s not what French toast is supposed to be. Baked for 50 min and let it sit for a few. Delicious!!!!

  34. 57

    Do you have to refrigerate overnight?

  35. 58

    Is the French toast casserole a make ahead and freezable til you need it kind of dish???? I need three ideas that I can make ahead and freeze!!!

  36. 59
    BobbiJo Layton :

    Do you cover this when baking?

  37. 60

    Searching for holiday recipes….the French toast looks like a winner…especially preparing it the night before…with a house full of company…great idea…

  38. 61

    DELICIOUS!!!! Next time I will cook for about 8 minutes less, was too well done on corners. Didn’t change a thing and it was a huge Christmas hit!

  39. 62

    Cooked the dish 30 minutes longer and the dish was still not fully cooked….

  40. 63

    This is delicious!!! A coworker made it for a staff breakfast and everyone went home with the recipe. I could drink the buttermilk syrup!

  41. 64

    If I prepared the French toast bake and kept it in refrigerator for 2 nights would it still be as good?

  42. 65

    I will have to try a half-size version of this! My guys aren’t big fans of french toast or cinnamon but it’s my favorite!
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  43. 66

    Sadly this was not a successful go in this house. I substituted sourdough with cinnamon bread and it was extremely runny. I ended up cooking it for about an hour and a half and still mushy and runny. I recommend if you use this kind of bread to spread ingredients on a cookie sheet then bake. Sad day.

  44. 67

    O my god ! This toast is wonderful. I like it because i’m a french.

  45. 69
    Sandrene Broomes :

    Will make this for my church father’s day brunch

  46. 71

    is this something I could pre-make and freeze? I have my step-children coming up in a couple weeks to stay for a couple more weeks and I’m trying to make things before hand that I can heat up for them.

    • 72

      I honestly haven’t tried that. I would maybe leave the mixture off & refrigerate that separately & add it before you bake it. Let me know if you freeze it..I’d love to know how it tastes!

  47. 73

    This recipe is PHENOMENAL. I cannot thank you enough!! We traditionally have a french toast bake for Christmas mornings and my hubby is the one who makes it– even he said this one beats the snot out of his!! Now we’re eating it pretty much every other weekend…hehehe. No regrets!! Thank you thank you thank you!

    • 74

      LOL!! I’m so glad you all like it! We love anything french toast and this is a favorite! Thanks so much for letting me know!

    • 75

      Did u use fresh sourdough or slightly stale? Did u cover when baking? How long did it bake? I want to make this but reading some people are having bad results

  48. 76

    Wow! This looks to die for! Pinning this to make for this year’s Christmas morning.

  49. 78

    I just made this for a brunch tomorrow. My “crumbles” for the top are not crumply. Its the consistency of cookie dough. Any tips? Maybe add more flour?
    Thanks for any help!

  50. 79

    This recipe was a hit at our house! Our girls can’t have dairy, so I substituted Coconut milk and coconut cream instead of dairy. I added diced bratwurst for some more flavour and substituted fancy molasses instead of butter in the topping. The whole family loved it! Thank you for the inspiration πŸ˜€

  51. 81

    Hi! This recipe looks amazing! I’m wanting to try it for a family reunion this weekend. I have one question about the bread. Did you use the pepperidge farm sourdough loaf that is already sliced–like regular bread? Or do you use the crusty sourdough boule? I live in a small town and am limited on my bread choices. But I don’t want a soggy mess πŸ™‚ Thanks!!!

  52. 83

    This looks SO delicious! We have breakfast for dinner about once every 2 weeks…and this would be a nice change from eggs and hash browns!
    I am altering the recipe a bit…because of high fat concerns, I substituted the eggs with egg beaters, and the milk with 2% milk. I decided to use the real heavy cream as it sounded like it was an important ingredient, and it was only 1/2 cup for the entire casserole. Hopefully it will come out ok! I also am not a fan of sourdough bread, so I DO like Challah bread for French toast…and found a whole loaf ( unsliced ) at my grocery store! Hopefully all these changes won’t make too much difference in the outcome!

    • 84

      I’d love to know how it turns out!! Thanks for sharing your changes! Hope you like it!

      • 85

        Holy YUMMYNESS!!! It came out fantastic! I mean, I haven’t made YOUR EXACT version to compare it to…but this was seriously great! My hubby and daughter already inform d me I WILL be making this again!
        I just wanted to get back to you and let you know how amazing it was! Thanks again for the great recipe!

  53. 87

    All recipes looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

  54. 93

    Hi! What a yummy looking recipe! I’m wanting to serve this at a Sunday morning brunch party this weekend but working with a short time limit on Saturday night (at a wedding) Id like to make it Saturday morning to refrigerate until Sunday morning. Have you ever made it a full day ahead or will the bread just absorb too much?
    Thank you!

    • 94

      I haven’t made it that far in advance, but it does need to be refrigerated overnight, so it should be ok. I wish I knew for sure :/ Let us know how it comes out, if you do make it that far in advance. Have fun!

  55. 95

    On your french toast cassarole dish, can u serve at warm temperature. Would love to take to a potluck party. Can make at home in a glass dish. But it wont be served for a 1 hr after i get there. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  56. 98

    I want to try this recipe but from what I have read in the comments there are concerns about it being soggy on the bottom. Will it be soggy or is there a way around that? Thanks in advance.

  57. 102

    Is this something you eat with syrup or without? What’s your preference?

  58. 105
    Tracey Williamson :

    How many does this serve?

    • 106

      Well, it’s in a 9×13. Depending on how big your scoops are, it could feed anywhere from 12-15 or more, if they’re smaller amounts. Hope that helps! Hope you enjoy it, as much as we do!

  59. 107

    I made the Crumb Cake French Toast for a brunch and everyone loved it!! I was afraid it might be too sweet but it was perfect….I agree with you about the sourdough bread. This one will be made again I’m sure! Thank you!

  60. 109

    What is the severing size

  61. 111

    Do you leave your sourdough out to get stale or use fresh sourdough bread? Looking forward to trying this Christmas morning!

  62. 113

    Does this need to be covered while baking

  63. 117

    .Looking forward to making this for Christmas Brunch but I can’t find the heavy cream, I have found heavy whipping cream and half and half so please help Judy

  64. 121

    Starting to make this now to take to work for Christmas morning. I forgot the recipe said to refrigerate overnight. I was hoping to not have to get up extra early tomorrow morning. πŸ™ Does it have to be refrigerated overnight?

    • 122

      Forgot too!! Made it this morning and have cooked for 20 extra minutes. A little soggy in the middle still, maybe try a few minutes longer :/

    • 123

      Sorry, to not have responded sooner! I took some time to be with family..did it turn out? I’ve always refrigerated it overnight, so I wouldn’t know the difference between not doing that. I hope it turned out!!

  65. 124

    OMG…. this is sooooo yummy!! I made this for New Years Day morning! I added some fresh ground nutmeg to the topping and to the liquid. Served with real maple syrup, whipping cream, and some pasture raised pork bacon!!! Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I am thinking that I will be making this quite oftenπŸ˜‹

  66. 125

    Oops, I forgot to mention that I also used coconut sugar in place of cane sugar in both liquid and topping!!!

  67. 127

    I made this for Christmas morning a couple of years ago but used brioche. Delicious!
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  68. 129

    Great recipe! Thank you for taking the time to not only post it but for responding to everyone! I made the recipe exactly as you wrote it and it turned out wonderful….will definitely make again and again.

  69. 131

    Can I make the French toast with bread that’s about to go stale?

  70. 133

    I have a question, I was searching Pintrest for French Toast Bake recipes and came across this one and wondering if Cinnamon Swirl bread could be used instead of the sourdough, Thanks!

  71. 139

    Is it okay leave it in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking?

  72. 141
    Lorrie Anderson Anderson :

    I made this with a loaf of Schar gluten free bread. I eliminated the cake mix, cut down the liquid by 1/2 cup, but used half n half. I also added 1/2 sugar in order to compensate for what ever amount of sweetening that the cake mix might’ve added. I used gluten free flour to make the topping…LOL – I guess I really tweaked this recipe, sorry, but it was amazing!! everyone loved it…by the way, Lucky Leaf apple pie filling is naturally gluten free – yippee! ❀

  73. 143

    I have no idea why this doesn’t have 5 stars. I have made it twice now using the exact recipe and it is absolutely delicious. Everybody loves it!!!

  74. 147

    I made this recipe recently with a few tweaks, and it was fantastic! It’s basically bread pudding. Yum! I used challah instead of sourdough, skim milk instead of whole, and 1/2 c of part skim ricotta instead of cream. It was still super rich and yummy! I also added sliced bananas in the middle. It’s now one of my brunch staples. Thank you for sharing.

  75. 149

    Thanks for the recepie. I made it and it tasted great however the top layer became so dry I could hardly cut it. How should I avoid this? The temprature and bake duration was exactly the same as what u proposed

  76. 151

    The best French toast ever! Great recipe..

  77. 153

    I have had this in the oven almost 2 hours and it just won’t cook???

  78. 155

    Made this for Easter service at church and potluck at work and everyone loooooves it! Easy and quick for kids!

  79. 157

    Prepped it the day before Easter and popped it in the oven the morning of. Came out fantastic! Cooked it closer to an hour and 15 mins and was not soggy at all. Thanks for the recipe!

  80. 159

    This looks amazing! I wanted to make it for dinner. How long would you recommend it to chill in the refrigerator before baking?

  81. 161

    What kind of flour do you use in this recipe?

  82. 163

    My mother-in-law used to make this for Christmas Brunch. She used whole pieces of bread. I think the cubed bread would be much easier to serve. Thank you!

  83. 165
    Robin Quiles :

    Made this for Mother’s Day brunch. It was a huge hit. Delicious. Cut the white sugar by 1/4 cup.

  84. 167
    Elise Hannon :

    OMG! This was sooooo good! I was a little worried about using sourdough, but it was delicious! So easy too! The topping made it! This will be my new go to for brunch! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  85. 169

    I was in the small group of people who couldn’t get it to bake, and it remained soggy until the last few minutes! However- after about 1.5 hours, it finally started turning out. After the suggested 45 mins, I covered it with foil to keep the top from drying out for the remaining time. It was good, the toppings didn’t turn out “crumbly” though. It was more like an icing, which was still good. I usually nail Pinterest recipes, this one had me triple checking to make sure I didn’t mess up! Not sure where I went wrong. It was ok. But still pretty soggy in the middle and hard on top.

  86. 170

    Looks like bread pudding

  87. 171

    Delicious! I used challah bread and baked it for 55 minutes. I served it with fresh berries and blueberry syrup. This recipe is a keeper and so easy to put together, if I can keep myself from eating chunks of the challah bread as I was making it! Thank you so much for your recipe!

  88. 173

    Think I can prep this Sat am to be eaten Sun am? I know it says to just sit overnight but would 24ish hours be ok?