French Toast Bake

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This super delicious overnight French Toast Bake recipe takes French toast to a whole new level! Pieces of sourdough bread covered in an egg mixture, topped with cinnamon sugar, and baked to perfection! This easy French toast casserole is the ultimate holiday or weekend breakfast!!

Overnight breakfast casseroles are my favorite thing to make on weekends, or for holiday gatherings and brunches. This french toast bake is by far my most popular, but people also love my Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake, and for a savory casserole, Breakfast Strata is a winner!

Easy French Toast Casserole

Overnight French Toast Casserole Recipe

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 Belgian Waffles or Buttermilk 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!! 😉

One of my favorite recipes to enjoy on this day is French Toast, and more specifically, today’s French Toast Bake. This breakfast bake is simple to make and is beyond delicious!!

This french toast casserole is made from pieces of sourdough bread, covered in an egg mixture, and topped with a buttery cinnamon sugar topping. Talk about DELICIOUS, right?!

Cut up sourdough bread for french toast bake

What is the best bread for french toast?

This baked french toast casserole recipe calls for sourdough bread, which is my personal favorite (and the only kind I’ve ever used). But if you don’t have sourdough on hand, there are a few other options you could try!

The main idea is that you want the bread to be sturdy enough that it will hold up after being combined with the egg mixture. Thinly sliced or squishy bread (think wonder bread) can fall apart while cooking after being soaked in the egg mixture. It’s also a bonus if it’s available in an uncut loaf, because then you can slice and cube it perfectly. Here are some other options:

  • Brioche
  • Challah
  • Pullman Loaf
  • French Bread

If you try any other breads, you’ll have to let me know how it turns out!

I think what makes it so good is the sourdough bread… oh, and the butter and the cinnamon and the sugar. It’s definitely one of our favorite dishes to make for holidays and weekend breakfasts!

French Toast bake brown sugar topping

How to Make French Toast Bake:

This recipe takes a few steps but is quite simple. To begin, cut your bread or loaf into cubes and place into a greased 9×13 pan.

In a bowl, mix together eggs, milk, heavy cream, sugar and vanilla. Pour evenly over the bread. Cover your pan with cling warp and refrigerate overnight.

Make streusel topping by mixing together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in butter with this mixture until crumbly and place in a Ziploc bag. Refrigerate this mixture overnight as well.

When ready to bake, sprinkle crumbly mixture evenly over bread and bake.

Variations:

For a more savory casserole add: ham and cheese, chorizo, green chile, sausage or crumbled bacon.

For a sweet casserole add: thinly sliced apple, orange zest, sliced apricots, sliced pineapple, blueberries, chopped pecans

Overnight French Toast Bake Process Pic

TIPS, TRICKS, and FAQ

Why is my french toast bake soggy? This casserole should be soft on the bottom and crisp on the top. If you find your casserole comes out too soggy try some of these tips:

  • Soak the bread in a separate bowl: If there’s too much egg in the pan it may be left a little soggy. One way around this is to store your bread mixture overnight in a bowl. In the morning transfer the bread to the baking dish leaving behind the extra liquid.
  • Choose the correct bread: choose a dense bread such as Brioche, Challah, Pullman Loaf, or French Bread.
  • Use a lipped cookie sheet instead of a 9×13 baking dish. You will have to adjust the bake time and watch carefully.
  • Not soaking the bread long enough: You want the egg mixture to seep deep into the bread for a soft custardy center. If the mixture doesn’t have time to soak into the bread it may end up creating a soggy mess.

Can you freeze it? Yes, you can choose to freeze it before or after baking. Wrap dish with plastic wrap then foil. It can keep for up to 2 months in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat thaw overnight in the fridge, remove all the wrapping and bake. If it been prebaked cook at 350 degree F for 20 minutes. If it has not been pre-baked, cook according to recipe directions.

Can french toast casserole be cooked in crock pot? Yes make according to recipe directions. Refrigerate for 6-10 hours in the ceramic crock pot. Place the ceramic pot into the heating base, cover and cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours.

French Toast Casserole in baking dish

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French Toast Casserole Recipe

4.92 from 124 votes

This super delicious overnight French Toast Bake recipe takes French toast to a whole new level! Pieces of sourdough bread covered in an egg mixture, topped with cinnamon sugar, and baked to perfection! This easy French toast casserole is the ultimate holiday or weekend breakfast!!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Refrigerate Overnight 6 hours
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 580 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf sourdough bread
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 c milk
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 2 TB vanilla

Topping

  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c butter cold, cut into pieces

Instructions

  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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Recipe from Mormon Mavens in the Kitchen.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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    1. 5 stars
      This recipe is amaziNg!! I like to sometimes make it with pePperIdge farms cinnAmon brown sugar loafs just to take it to another leVel. Also, adding pecans is great also. I cuRrently have some in the fridge waIting to go in the crockpot Later today.

  1. 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. 😉 Thanks for such a great recipe!

    1. 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. 🙂

  2. 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!!!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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 ourcouponss.com 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.

    1. Letting it sit overnight let the bread absorb the egg mixture. It gives it almost a bread pudding texture. Definitely an important step.

  6. 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.

      1. How well does it hold up after baking and freezing? I want to make this in advance for when we have company and freeze serving sizes for easy access.

        1. Yes, you can choose to freeze it before or after baking. Wrap dish with plastic wrap then foil. It can keep for up to 2 months in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat thaw overnight in the fridge, remove all the wrapping and bake. If it been prebaked cook at 350 degree F for 20 minutes. If it has not been pre-baked, cook according to recipe directions.

  7. 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!

  8. 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?

    1. I couldn’t wait to cook it overnight. I poured the milk&begging mixture over the mixed bread bread cubes. Topped with pats of butter and sprinkled with a little cinnamon,nutmeg,and ground cloves. Than topped with the flour/butter/sugar mixture. I soaked that for one hour than baked it in the center of the oven ,not too close to the top, in a buttered dark glass Casserole dish, @ 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Uncovered.
      Came out great! P.s. In the authors photo, is the French Toast dusted with Confectioners Sugar? Looks like it. I didn’t need pan cake syrup. Sweet enough.
      11/15/17.

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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?

    1. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!!!!

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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.

  17. 5 stars
    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.

    1. 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!

  18. 5 stars
    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!

    1. 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
      Terry

  19. Hi,
    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!

  20. 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 ????

  21. 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 🙂 Thanks!!!

  22. 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!

      1. 5 stars
        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!

      1. Hello,
        I am planning to make this over the weekend but have a small question, the instructions says to bake in the oven at 350, does the pan have to covered in foil when in the oven or uncovered?

        thank you

          1. We mad this on Saturday and it was just delicious!!! Everyone loved it! So easy to prep and make!
            Thank you for your reply and thank you for sharing!

  23. 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!

    1. 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!

  24. 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.

    1. Can you put foil on it and maybe keep in someone’s oven? I haven’t made it and left it out that long, before serving it. So, I wish I knew if it would be ok? You could bake it and cover it well. Sorry, to not be more help. Hope it turns out!!!

  25. 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.

    1. It shouldn’t be. Just remember that all ovens are different, so the cooking time may be different. It is soft on the bottom, but shouldn’t be too wet, that you don’t like it!

    1. 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!

  26. 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!

  27. .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

  28. 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. 🙁 Does it have to be refrigerated overnight?

    1. 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 :/

    2. 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!!

  29. 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 often????

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

    1. I haven’t tried, but it would probably taste great. That bread isn’t as thick as sourdough, so that will be another difference. Let me know what you think! Thank you!

          1. Have you ever tried making this with gluten free bread, like Schar Artisan? If so, do any adjustments need to be made with the amount of liquid ingredients?

  32. 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! ❤

    1. I have also made it gluten free before being celiac! Wonder if it could be frozen in advance, I’m worried about wasting money on the bread if it won’t turn out. Have you tried freezing this in advance gf? Thanks!

  33. 5 stars
    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!!!

        1. I haven’t not refrigerated it, so I’m honestly not sure. Setting overnight helps it to all absorb. You could always try?? I’d love to know. Thanks and good luck!

  34. 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.

  35. 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

  36. 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!

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

  38. 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!

  39. 5 stars
    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!

  40. 5 stars
    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!

  41. 4 stars
    I made this for a brunch potluck at work, and it was a huge hit! I made it all the night before (10 minutes to put together – amazing!), so it would be cool enough to bring in the morning, warmed it in the microwave on low for 10 min and it was so moist and delicious. The one modification I did make, was to cut the sugar in the custard to 1/2 cup and I think if I made it again, I’d cut it even more to 1/4 cup. I’m not used to super sweet French toast and with the brown sugar in the topping, I think less sugar in the custard still works super well. Thanks so much for the great recipe!

  42. 5 stars
    Hello, I’m trying this recipe and just curious how ‘eggy’ one is to expect this to come out? OR how hot the dish should get before being ready to consume. I wouldn’t want to serve uncooked egg and I’m unsure if this is even a valid concern.

    1. This specific recipe isn’t too eggy, like french toast usually is. Since it is baked, you shouldn’t be too worried about any uncooked eggs 🙂 Hope that helps & hope you like it!

  43. My dad recently had to have his hand/wrist amputated due to an accident at work, and I am currently waiting to put mine in the oven to take to him tonight for dinner! I am sure he will love it!!! Looks delicious!! My brother in law makes a French toast bake, so I’m hoping mine is better than his!! ???? Thanks for the recipe!!

  44. 5 stars
    I made this for a get together with friends a few months ago. It was a HIT! (So much so, we have another one this weekend and I was told this is what I need to bring!) Thanks for sharing it.

  45. 5 stars
    Just tried this recipe my topping didnt turn out cause i overmixed it into dough then learned what cut in the butter ment and redid it with my old primitive pastry blender i use as a decor piece and it came out perfect lol. My 12 year old daughter made a suggestion that put this dish over the edge of amazing…i fried up a package of bacon and crumbled it on top of the dish half way through baking…yummy gooey sweet bacon wonderfulness!!! ♡♡♡

    1. I would make it up until the last 2 steps. Add the topping on right before & just cook according to directions. Keep an eye & you may need to cook a little longer, since it was frozen. Hope you enjoy!

  46. Boy,does my house smell so good! This was so easy. Followed your recipe, but tweaked it a little. I didn’t wait overnight. I waited one hour. I used a mixture of breads beside the week old Sour dough, cubed them and put them in a buttered Casserole dish. Poured the milk & egg mixture over the bread cubes. Sprinkled with Cinnamon, Nutmeg and a pinch of ground cloves, and dotted the top with butter. Then I added the flour/sugar/butter topping.
    Baked in a preheated oven, uncovered, ( thank goodness you didn’t need a water bath ) at 325 degrees because I used a dark Casserole dish for 45-50 min. Let it sit awhile to proof. It was extreamly good. May be even better in the morning cold. Like pudding. How can I add a photo?
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  47. This recipe was absolutely fantastic! I found that it was even better when I let it sit overnight, baked it, let it sit overnight again, and then baked it again at a lower heat. It has more of a bread pudding consistency and gives the flavor more time to set in.

  48. I am making this for my family on Thanksgiving morning! So fingers crossed. But I assumed the amount for the vanilla was a typo. If I put 2 tbsp of vanilla that would seriously be the entire bottle! So I used 2 tsp instead.

  49. 5 stars
    Not sure if this question has been asked. Can i cook this overnight in the crockpot? Would I put it all in them cook on low. Christmas eve I don’t usually go to be until well after midnight and we’re up by 7:30 or 8. We really love this recipe and have made it our Christmas morning tradition.

  50. Is there a dairy free version of this recipe? Normally trading milk for almond milk is easy but not sure about the heavy cream…

  51. I was trying to figure out what time to host our Christmas get together so i could plan the food, and i found this recipe and immediately called my sister and told her that we were having brunch because i HAVE to make this. Looks so good! Cant wait to try it!!

  52. I never have the right kind of breads for these on hand! I make my own multigrain bread, regularly. Do you think I could use that and it’d turn out? This sounds delicious!

    PS- so fun you have 6 kiddos! I love hearing of bigger families! We are expecting our 8th!

  53. Question — directions say to cut in butter into mixture until crumbly… could you please clarify this instruction!? Thanks!! ????

  54. 5 stars
    This is our Christmas morning breakfast tradition! I love that it can be prepared the night before and cooking while everyone spends stockings. It’s a favourite of the whole family! Thanks for the recipe!

  55. I want to make this for Christmas and was just wondering about the bread. I know it should be stale. Was wondering do I cut the bread and then leave it out uncovered over night or what is the best way to do that? Probably a dumb question, lol. I will have hungry people so I don’t want to mess it up! Thank you so much!

  56. This looks delicious! Planning on making it for Christmas morning – question, do you cube the bread before drying it out or dry the whole loaf and then cut it?

  57. 5 stars
    I made this today for Christmas Eve breakfast and it was very good. I especially love that it can be made the night before. I will be making this again! I made it exactly as the recipe described, even down to the type of bread (24 oz Pepperidge Farm Sourdough). I baked it in a heavy french white Pyrex dish and it took about 50 minutes.

  58. Every Christmas morning, this is my go-to recipe. It’s a huge hit in our home, as it allows us to prepare it the night before, and Christmas morning, bake while we enjoy opening our presents. Bake some bacon on the side, and top with pure maple syrup (whipped cream & vanilla ice cream as an added treat) and we are set!

    Thank you for posting with all of the additional details. ^_^
    Happy Mom

  59. 5 stars
    this was so delicious! and a big hit! one question— when you pour over the wet mixture, do you stir otto get all the bread wet? or will it seep up over night? thanks!

  60. 5 stars
    I just did this for Christmas morning. I was a little concerned reading some of the comments of sogginess in the middle but it turned out perfect! We cooked for an hour and used a little less than a whole loaf of fresh sourdough bread (probably 85-90% of loaf). I was very excited with how well this turned out and the whole family loved it. So glad I found this version to use!

  61. Hi Kristyn, this recipe looks amazing! Do you think I can replace the sourdough bread with brioche? I would like to make this as a new years brunch.. let me know your thoughts!! Thank you 🙂

  62. 4 stars
    Hi! Very easy to make. The top turned out delicious! The bottom part of my French toast bake turned out really mushy at the bottom and I cooked it for a whole 10 Minutes. Is that just how it normally turns out or is there something I needed to do? Any suggestions?

    1. I could not find unsliced sourdough bread, but my local store had very thick slices of white bread. I was concerned about mushiness or that the center of the bread might be dry. So I cut the bread into big chunks, put it into the bowl with the egg mixture and blended for a bit, then put it into the prepared pan and continued. It turned out just excellent!!!

  63. 5 stars
    I made sure I had all the ingredients on hand to prep this last night and pop it in the oven this morning BUT I had too much fun last night and it’s been forever since this old lady has been out to celebrate NYE…so zero prepping happened when we got home. I put it together this morning and let it sit for 25 min max while I made the topping, made coffee, fed the cat, fed the dog and waited for my oven to come up to temp. It still came out delish even though it didn’t sit overnight and my kids, hubs and I loved it! I know a couple people were curious about not leaving it overnight so there you go, it totally still works.

  64. 5 stars
    As a single father of two kids, plus college and work, I don’t get much time to cook before its time to put the kids to bed. I was really glad that I could make this tonight and then cook it in the morning. I will have to let you know how well it comes out, but after reading all the comments bellow I am sure that it will be a new hit in my house.

  65. Hi, Kristyn!
    “Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on how soft you like it.”
    350 Degrees, right?

  66. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! It was so good. It made the house smell real good too. It is so quick and great for Sunday mornings when we are in a hurry to get to church 🙂 My five boys and husband loved it, too. I will be making again.

  67. 4 stars
    Just wanted to let you know that I make this almost weekly, it’s sooo delicious! I actually use a dozen eggs and a little extra milk because we like all our bread pieces to be in the liquid AND it gives it a touch more protein. I also reduce the sugar a little more every time; it’s a good discipline;) Thanks for sharing this scrumptious treat! Btw, my phone wouldn’t let me click the fifth star, but that’s what I rate this as!

  68. iam going to try and make this for a baby shower coming upwe are giving for one of the young girls in our grace group :}} its a brunch :}} so iam sure all the ladies will love it :}} by the way this is her first baby :}}} thank you sharing all your yummy recepies and look forward to trying this one for sure :}}}

  69. I’m making this recipe for a large crowd and was thinking about doubling it. Will that work, or should I just make two pans? (I already did a test batch and it was delicious!!)

  70. 5 stars
    I love this breakfast! I make it a week or two in advance and freeze it without baking it. Take it out the day before and put it in the refrigerator. I have an amazing breakfast to bake the next morning with no mess! Definitely make the buttermilk syrup. That is absolutely delicious! I always have small containers in the freezer for other breakfasts. I quick trip to the microwave, and it’s ready! Thanks for a new family favorite!!

  71. hey, I have allways enjoyed your hungarian goulash. I tend to experiment with the cheeses. I s called goulash because it started close to hallowween and a goul was ahungered? goull- goshh–goulashe

    1. Could you let me know the exact recipe name you are talking about? I have a lot of lemon recipes & the ones I looked up, I didn’t see chocolate pudding in the ingredients, so I am not sure which recipe it is. Thank you!!

  72. I’ve tried to make a cinnamon toast bake and failed but somehow it still tasted ok. I need to follow a recipe so I’ll try following this one. I don’t have all the ingredients, but I really feel like some cinnamon toast right now or something similar to it. And I like french toast, but what like it a little crispier so this looks like a good recipe. So I’ll attempt it with whatever ingredients I have lying around. lol. Let’s see if I can try this today. Oh, and trying this with sour dough bread would probably taste really good. The next time I get sour dough I’m definitely trying this.

  73. 5 stars
    I made your French Toast Bake for breakfast this morning and it was absolutely delicious!!! The topping was soooooooo good and then on our serving I sprinkled a little bit of powdered sugar and added some syrup. A keeper of a recipe for sure!!!

  74. 5 stars
    My sunday school class LOVED this delightful breakfast… it was a hit… thanks to your generosity to share… Will make again and oh by the way it’s better the day after????????????????

  75. 5 stars
    I am making this tonight for tomorrow. Half batch cuz it’s just my hubby & I. I’ve made baked french toast before but sliced not cubed. This looks very yummy. I am going to follow your directions but add some chopped pecans on top. I love them on Baked French toast. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

  76. I don’t usually leave comments, but this was easy to make and delicious. It also heated up easily in the microwave for leftovers the second day for breakfast!

  77. Looks delicious! Can’t wait to give it a try! Just wondering, is the heavy cream mandatory? Or will more milk suffice? Thanks!! 🙂

    1. Did you use cold butter? It should crumble..I wish I knew why it isn’t. Since, it’s spread over the whole pan, you need that much to cover it. You could add less, if you’d like. I wish I could be more help.

  78. 5 stars
    Yum!!! Made it this morning and it was fabulous! The only thing I did different per another comment – pulled the pan out of the fridge and let it sit out about an hour and a half, and once it was ready, I let it sit for about 15 minutes. I also let it sit under the broiler for extra crunch. Thank you for sharing this. I will be sure to make it again! BTW, I made this with 1.5 loaves of French bread ( not baguette) that I had purchased the same day I prepped it (yesterday), and it was excellent!

  79. 5 stars
    I made this with Brioche bread and it was delicious!!! Everyone has been giving it rave reviews! Thanks so much for the recipe!!! <3

  80. Just curious, could you leave this in fridge longer than overnight. Thinking of making it Friday afternoon for an event I have Sunday morning, just don’t have time on Saturday to do it.

    1. Oops, I read other comments after I posted my question and got my answer. Sorry, should have read thise first ???? Excited to try it out.

  81. 5 stars
    The French Toast Bake is amazing. The first time I had it a friend made for us while we were on a girls retreat and I loved it. I made it this morning and I used challah instead of sourdough bread, I don’t think there was any difference in consistency or taste. My husband loved it!

  82. 5 stars
    This is my all-time favorite breakfast dish for large groups. Its so easy to searve and feed lots of people. Thanks for sharing!

  83. 5 stars
    I first had this recipe at a baby shower. It was to die for! I’ve since made it several times. It’s the perfect breakfast on a lazy Sunday morning.

  84. 5 stars
    We have guests in our home frequently, and this and your coffee cake recipe have been a life saver. It feeds a lot and is soooo delicious. Thank you for making my life easier!

  85. 5 stars
    French toast is my favorite & I love how this can be made the night before. It made the morning so easy, knowing breakfast is made. It made the house smell so good & my whole family loved it!

  86. I plan on making this for a baby shower. Wondering What the easiest way wpuld be yo double the recipe or cook two at once?

  87. 5 stars
    I made this the other night with some leftover dinner rolls (from the big costco bag). It was the perfect bread consistency (a few days old) and soaked up the egg mixture so nicely. I layered some cooked cinnamon apples in between layers and cooked for 1 hour in the oven. I only made an 8×8 pan and there was definitely too much egg mixture left over, so if i repeated i’d definitely reduce to no more than 2 cups of liquid and just 5 eggs. perfectly delicious, especially paired with an apple cider syrup and bacon.

  88. I cooked this recipe for a bRunch i had at my house. I used cinnamon chip bread from a local bakerY. There was zero leftovers and is now a staple for brunch from now on.

  89. 5 stars
    This recipe has been a go-to for our family since I discovered it!
    Some alterations we have tried are:
    -Adding cinnamon OR APPLE PIE SPICE to taste TO the egg mixture
    -adding a POUND of cooked breakfast sausage and increase eggs by 2
    -adding 2 cups of frozen BLUEBERRIES and increase eggs by 2 (this is our family’s FAVORITE!!!)

  90. 4 stars
    I like the convenience of this make ahead casserole. It was good but i will add some cinnamon to the bread and egg mixture as well as doubling the cinnamon in the topping next time. Just because we like cinnamon a lot. It presented well. I served it with breakfast sausages and a frUit plate.

  91. 5 stars
    I love Make ahead dishes and we love breakfast for dinner. I used the round sourdough loaf, cubed it and put it all together. It has a crunchy sweet topping that really makes for a good french toaSt bake!

  92. I made this for my son and his wife which they loved. So I made them another one that they could cook in the morning. However they did not make it and it is now a day later. Will it still be okay to eat.

  93. This looks Amazing and I plan to make it tomorrow for our work potluck! Cant Wait! One question THough, what kind of milk did you use? I See a lot of COMments mentioning buttermilk but I just want To make Sure so I dont mess it up! Thank you!

  94. 5 stars
    I made this recipe according to the instructions. I used a loaf of La Brea sourdough bread. It turned out divine and was a hit at the party I where I shared it. I served it with buttermilk syrup (my own recipe).

  95. 5 stars
    This is also great if you Use gluten free flour and Gluten Free bread. I do not soak the gluten Free bread overnight because it gets way too soggy and doesnt hold up. You can toast the gluten Free bread a bit before you toss it with the egg MIXTURE. I add the egg mixture about 10 minutes before I cook it. It turns out great and no one knew it was Gluten free. Just make sure you use gluten free flour and vanilla extract.

  96. 5 stars
    It it was pretty good. Ha had it for Thanksgiving brunch and everyone loved it. I did use sourdough bread but it was fresh so I cut it into bite-size pieces and I put it in the oven at 350 Fo for about 15 minutes just to get the bread toasted. I c I cooked as directed in about 15 minutes came out perfect. Co could not have been easier. Will probably make for our Christmas brunch because it such a hit.

  97. 5 stars
    I made this recipe for a breakfast for a family brunch. Everyone lived it. I used a Challa loaf aNd it was awesome. Will def make again.

  98. 5 stars
    I’ve had great experience using the croissant rolls from Sam’s Club Bakery. Half of a pack (6) is the perfect amount for one loaf of bread. Then i can use the other half for sandwiches or a savory Breakfast casserole.

  99. 5 stars
    This French toast bake was a hit with my family. I loved that it was ready for me, come time to bake. It tasted so delicious, with the perfect amount of cinnamon! I can’t wait to make this for my extended family.

  100. 5 stars
    I used a round sourdough loaf and worked out fine. Everyone lIked it and asked for the recipe. I served with berries and whipping cream. Thank you for the easy recipe. I had most ingredients on hand.

  101. Hoping to make this for brunch in a few weeks. I might do a trial run, if i wanted a half barch do yiu think its safe to just half All the ingredients?

    Thanks!

  102. 5 stars
    I made this for thanks morning! My famiky cane from california and i wanted to make them something super yummy. I picked the french toast bake and everyone loved it. I will for sure be making this again real soon. Probably christmas morning. ??

  103. 5 stars
    I can’t say enough nice things about this recipe. I just bought my first home with my boyfriend and we had my family over for brunch and to see the place. normally my family is not a sweet breakfast type, however, I presented this as a “side dish” (we are Italian, most of our side dishes are normally the main dish size) and they loved it. My ma has raved about it for days now. The best part was getting to do this the night before and the day of I just had to pop in the oven. Bravo to this recipe!

  104. 5 stars
    This casserole is so delicious! I baked mine 1 hour, because we like it crunchy. I will definitely make it again soon and share the recipe with my friends. It’s perfect for busy morning. The only thing I will change cut back on the white sugar.

  105. 5 stars
    I made this today for a breakfast my husband had with his networking group. My house smells amazing and The casserole tastes delicious! It was so easy and so delicious. I’ll definitely be making this for our Christmas morning brunch!

  106. 5 stars
    Looks amazing… I can’t wait to try iT! One question: do you think I can double the recipe and bake it in a large lasagna pan?

  107. 5 stars
    This was awesome! I modified based on what I had on hand and time: loaf of french bread that I left out for about a day; all 2% milk with No cream; and only had it refrigerate for about 3 hours. It took about a full hour to cook through. I have 6 kids – all loved it, no leftovers. I will make this again and again – thank you!

  108. I noticed once your bread was all cubed up in the pan, it looks yellow. There are some plain pieces iN there that seemed Untouched But mOst all in the video the bread is yellow. Did you butter the bread as it sits overnight?

  109. 5 stars
    i accidently used 12 eggs instead of 8. I didn’t pay attention. it was so delicious! Also, I made homemade blueberries on the side because it has bread pudding flavor to it. i drizzled it with syrup. It is a big hit in our house. thank you!

  110. 4 stars
    I like this recipe a lot more than Paula Deen’s Praline french toast. I had a smaller loaf so I didn’t use all of the egg or butter/sugar mixture. Even then, I would’ve lightly drained it because I like a drier french toast. Not a huge fan of the bread pudding consistency that so many baked french toast recipes yield. This is perfect. Not too sweet and not too dry. My french bread was so stale i could hardly cut it with my serrated knife lol. I think this made a difference as to how firm the whole thing got. thank you for sharing! This is now going in the recipe box. 🙂

  111. 5 stars
    I’ve actually made this with Sweet Bread loaf. the bread is drier and took less time for it to be on the stale side. Cut back some on the sugar also. I used a bit of maple syrup added to the egg mix. comes out perfect every time. I bring it to work on Christmas eve for our crew and bake it while we work. its a tradition now…Thanks so much for sharing. its always a big hit!! oh, using maple syrup in the mix eliminated the need to use it after its baked.

  112. We love this recipe and have used it many times! We have varied it just a little and love this addition….would love to know what you think 🙂 We make the recipe as per the directions, and then in the morning, we dump two cans of apple pie filling into a 9X13 (or larger) baking dish, then dump the soaked french toast on the top, add the butter cinnamon crumble and bake. We love this and have called it “Apple Fritter Breakfast Cassarole”

  113. 5 stars
    Made this for a family Christmas brunch and it was a big hit. I had to make this for someone lactose intolerant so substituted coconut milk and coconut cream. I doubled the brown sugar and cinnamon in the topping and added cinnamon to the egg mixture as well. plenty sweet and no need for syrup.

  114. Love This! I used a whole grain skinny French bread instead. I also added some small cubes of cream cheese. My mom makes a French toast casserole and my husband doesn’t like the texture because it gets soggy. The skinny loaf stayed firm and everyone loved it! I’ll definitely be making this again!

  115. 5 stars
    deliSh!! I used stuffing bread as i it left over from Thanksgiving. I Also Screwed up my topping and ended up with a paste. So in the MORNING i used my cheese grater and grated it on top! Baked 350 covered for 45 Min and at 400 UNCOVERED for 15! Awesome!!!

  116. 5 stars
    I make A French A French toast casserole every year for Christmas , DeDecided to give your recipe a try so i made this recipe with Pepperidge Farm baked apple with Carmel bread .. have used other Pepperidge farm breD and it works well with this recipe the topping made this , it was amazing I would definitely will make this again!

  117. 5 stars
    Extremely delicious!!!!!

    Does anyone know if its *SAFE* to make andceat a couple days ahead of TimE? Not—does it tastE well—but is it *safe* tO eat if I Made it a few Days ahead of time? (I.e., the eggs)

    Thanks!

  118. 5 stars
    Made this for christmas morning. can we say yummy! Family loved it! very simple to make ahead. Our store was out of sourdough bread so we used brioche. Will definitely have again.

  119. 5 stars
    I Have been Making this for aboit 2 YEars now !:) i always make it for My overnight guests ans its a huge hit everytime!:) its so good! I make it exactly like the recipe Says to. and it turns out peRfect everytime!:)

  120. 5 stars
    I have been making this Recipe for more than three years, the whole family loves it! I have to say I don’t think I have ever made it with traditional bread. We always try to find interesting breads to use. One you my sister found apricot bread, it was full of dried apricots and we used vanilla egg nog with it that year. This recipe never fails me. This Christmas we used Madagascar bourbon vanilla bread and new England Blueberry (two separate days), again everyone loved it! Thanks for the great recipe. Oh yeah, this works out great for our family vacations as well.

  121. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! My family asks for it every holiday. What i love is that u can make breakfast the night before and then just pop it in the oven in the mornin and sit back and drink your coffee!

  122. 5 stars
    i made this for christmas morning breakfast and everyone loved it!!! it was gone in a flash! my kids want me to make this regularly not just for holidays. thank you so much!

  123. 5 stars
    Awesome! This was the first time we’ve ever tried making a french toast bake and this was so delicious 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  124. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe twice and it was DELICIOUS . Everyone loved it. I used the sour dough bread, and I added CINNAMON to the egg MIXTURE as well. Great for anytime of year.

  125. 5 stars
    I made this with cinnamon brioche twist and it was amazing!!! this was for a weekend retreat. what little there was left over reheated well and the primarily male group loved it.

  126. 5 stars
    I love french toast and this was delicious! I baked it for 1 hour because i like french toast well done. The lefTovers were Good heaTed In the microwave. I am planning to make this the next time family comes To visit.

  127. 5 stars
    Family loved it. Making to take on trip to mountains and wanting to make ahead of time do i freeze before i cook it or after cooking it to take with us.

  128. 4 stars
    I made This last week and it was a big hit for us!!! It was like a meal prep meal on sunday, i put it in the oven Monday morning! The kids anD i had breakfast for a few Days!

  129. I had this at my daughters house the past two christmases. it is wonderful! I plan to make it for a send off for a co-worker. do you think it would work in a crockpot?

  130. 5 stars
    This was a very easy dish to make and a favorite in my house. I used regular white bread for this recipe and I didn’t soak my French toast overnight. It turned out very good! I will definitely make this again.
    Thanks for the recipe

  131. 4 stars
    I’ve made this twice now and it tastes DELICIOUS!

    However, mine always burns a little on the bottom. 🙁 Has anyone else had this problem? How do i avoid that? I want to make it again for this easter!

  132. 5 stars
    thanks for french toast bake recipe .we used challah bread and 1/2 cup sugar followed recipe baked for about 10 minutes longer.oh boy tasty and filling.this recipe makes plenty of good large slices.dipped mine in maple syrup.this recipe is nice for any day or a holiday or to bring to a friend.really enjoyed!

  133. 5 stars
    This was a perfect fathers day Breakfast. Being able to prepare it the night before saved me. My husband is an early riser (and im not) so this was a great fit for me. I got up, popped it in the oven, snoozed on the couch until ready – and got to be the hero! I made it exactly as written and baked for 45 minutes. I used a large bakery lof of sourdough bread that i cubed up, then baked for about 15 minutes in the oven to make it ‘stale’. I Did preare it in a bowl, just in case there was extra liquid, but there wasnt. It all absorbed into the bread. Hubby loved it! Thanks for sharing ♥️

  134. 5 stars
    Just made this last week with challah bread(store was out of soursough) and it was easy to make, and tasted amazing!

  135. 5 stars
    This recipe is nothing short of amazing! JuSt wow! Definitely a go-to from now on! Good call on the sourdough bread!

  136. 5 stars
    this was Goo It’s my third time making it but this time i uSed anzio & sons bakery club rolls and it was delicious

  137. 5 stars
    You guys. This as phenomenal!! For personal preference, I didn’t use Cinnamon, but otherwise I followed the recipe and IT WAS AMAZING!!!!! will definitely be making again!

  138. 5 stars
    We loved this! We had never had a French toast bake before and my husband is saying it needs to go in our rotation! My toddler devoured hers as well! Thanks for the recipe!

  139. How well does it hold up after baking and freezing? I want to make this in advance for when we have company and freeze serving sizes for easy access.

  140. Just wanted to letyou know how EXCITED i am to try this recipe. That being said i did make a few additions to spice it up a little. First i rehydrated some raiSins i haD. I added cinnamon to the egg and milk miXture. Second i had a block of cream cheese to whick i added brown sugar to. I am Using brioche bread. Ill top it with the cinnamon CRUMB TOPPING and i may add some nUts for some crunch. Ill let you know how it turns out.

  141. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I made a regular batch and a pumpkin batch. I had to substitute the milk for coffee creamer because I ran out, lol but it worked.