French Toast Bake

Breakfast · April 18, 2018

This super delicious overnight French Toast Bake recipe takes French toast to a whole new level!Β 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!!

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 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˜‰Β One of my favorite recipes to enjoy on this day is French Toast, and more specifically this French Toast Bake.

Today’s recipe for the French Toast bake is simple to make and is beyond delicious!! It’s made from pieces of sourdough bread, covered in an egg mixture, and topped with a buttery cinnamon sugar topping. Talk about DELICIOUS, right?! 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.


Oven French Toast

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!

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4.86 from 47 votes

French Toast Casserole Recipe

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


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


  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c butter cold, 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.

Nutrition Facts
French Toast Casserole Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 580 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 220mg 73%
Sodium 563mg 23%
Potassium 256mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 74g 25%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 37g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 18.2%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 14.6%
Iron 18.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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

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    This looks amazing! We love french toast!


    This looks delicious!! πŸ™‚
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    Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!
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    I’m so in love with this. I love baked french toast!

      Lil' Luna

      Thanks, Dorothy – it is definitely a breakfast favorite. πŸ™‚


        Can u use eggnog in place of the milk
        Eggnog makes great French toast thanks Chris


    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!

      Lil' Luna

      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™‚

    Amanda Isaacson

    how many people will this recipe feed?


    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!!!!

      Lil' Luna

      Glad it still worked without having all the ingredients! It really is super delicious!

    Sandy halve

    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!

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you, Sandy! Will definitely try that next time I make it. Have a great day!


    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!


    How many ounces is the loaf of bread? Thanks!

    Jasbir @jasbeeray

    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?

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    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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      Lil' Luna

      I think homemade yeast bread would work as well, and I think white would be better. We used the wrap to keep it from drying. πŸ˜‰


    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.


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


    What size is the loaf of bread?


    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.


    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.

      Lil' Luna

      LOVE to hear that!! Reminds me that I need to make it soon too. Thanks for stopping by, and Merry Christmas!


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


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


      Ok. Nevermind. Read right past the part that said ” refrigerate overnight. ” Duh :p


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

      Lil' Luna

      Not sure which types of bread you have but any that come in the big loaf should work. πŸ™‚


    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!

      Lil' Luna

      Would love to know how it turns out! I hope it’s a hit and a new tradition. πŸ™‚


    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?

      Lil' Luna

      I think the morning before should work. πŸ˜‰

      Aimee Evoli

      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.


    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.



      Lil' Luna

      Oh, I LOVE to hear the recipe was a hit!! So glad everyone liked it and I hope your family enjoyed it on Christmas too!


      I want to make this and bring to a breakfast the next day. I might have to warm it a little when get there will this work?

        Kristyn Merkley

        Yes, You could stick it in a warm oven (low temp, if it has already been baked). It will be a hit!


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

      Lil' Luna

      Did you make this for Christmas day? If so, I’d love to hear how they were. πŸ™‚


    Does the bread need to be stale?


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


    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?


    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?


      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.


    Your basic bread pudding with a crunchy cinnamon sugar top.


    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.


    How much does this serve??


    What is the size of the loaf you use?

      Lil' Luna

      It’s a standard loaf size… I only saw one size of Sourdough from Pepperidge farm at the store. πŸ˜‰


        Thank you! You seem to be the only person to answer this question!


        Actually, you can purchase 1 pound or 2 pound size, which would be helpful to know in order for the recipe to cook correctly.


    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!!!!


    Do you have to refrigerate overnight?


    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!!!


      Did you end up freezing it? How did it turn out!? I’m looking to do the same thing!

    BobbiJo Layton

    Do you cover this when baking?

    Shirley Vander Ploeg

    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…


    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!

    Taylor Crosby

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


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


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

    Shelly Maynard

    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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    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.

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

      Lil' Luna

      It is wonderful and so tasty!!! I love the french culture!! Thanks for stopping by!

    Sandrene Broomes

    Will make this for my church father’s day brunch


    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.

      Lil' Luna

      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!


        I am so tempted to make this, but I’m afraid of it coming out soggy…

          Kristyn Merkley

          Don’t be πŸ™‚ It shouldn’t be. Hope you’ll give it a try! It really is so good!


    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!

      Lil' Luna

      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!


        It came out great. However, the top was a bit hard. Any suggestions??


          Store in a bowl and mix the bread and wet ingredients multiple times. The liquid will be more evenly dispersed.


      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


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


    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!


    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˜€

      Lil' Luna

      I’m so happy to hear that! Those a great substitutions..thanks for sharing those ideas!


    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!!!

      Lil' Luna

      It was just the regular sliced bread πŸ™‚ Hope that helps! Good luck πŸ™‚


    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!

      Lil' Luna

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


        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!

          Lil' Luna

          I’m so glad πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for letting me know!!!

    sherry williams

    All recipes looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

      Lil' Luna

      Thanks so much!! I’m glad you stopped by!!


        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
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          Lil' Luna

          It is uncovered. You only need to cover it when it goes into the fridge overnight. Thanks for giving this recipe a try..hope you enjoy it!!


            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!
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            Lil' Luna

            I’m so glad everyone loved it!! Thanks so much for trying it and letting me know!

    Amber M

    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!

      Lil' Luna

      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!


    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.


      I meant french toast bake sorry.

      Lil' Luna

      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!!!


    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.

      Lil' Luna

      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!

        Terri Palmer

        I would like to make this for my work but I am worried about the soggy bottom. What causes this & how do you fix it.

          Lil' Luna

          I’m not really sure how to avoid that. As long as you follow directions, it should come out just fine. Thanks!


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

      Lil' Luna

      You can or don’t have to. I like to drizzle a little on there, because I love syrup πŸ™‚ Hope that helps and thanks so much for stopping by!


      Vanilla bean ice cream.

    Tracey Williamson

    How many does this serve?

      Lil' Luna

      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!


    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!

      Lil' Luna

      Thanks so much for sharing!! So, glad you all liked it!


    What is the severing size

      Lil' Luna

      It depends on how big your servings are. It could feed anywhere from 9-15. Hope that helps!! Thanks so much!


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

      Lil' Luna

      I used fresh, but you could let it out. I bet that would be great, too. Hope that helps! Thanks so much! Enjoy!!

    Mary Jane

    Does this need to be covered while baking

      Lil' Luna

      No it doesn’t πŸ™‚ Hope you like it! Thanks!

        Mary Jane

        Making it xmas morning , thank you for your response , Merry Xmas to you & yours hope we love it


    .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


      I assumed heavy whipping cream is same as heavy cream! I hope! I have this in my fridge now ready for tomorrow morning!


        that’s what I have too!

      Lil' Luna

      Sorry to respond so late!! How did the recipe turn out?


    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?


      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 :/

      Lil' Luna

      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!!


    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˜‹


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

      Lil' Luna

      That all sounds wonderful!! I’m so glad you like this recipe…we love it!! Thank you for letting me know!

    Tally in hindi

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

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, you are too kind πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for giving this recipe a try and for letting me know!! I love responding back to everyone πŸ™‚


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

      Lil' Luna

      Sure! I haven’t done that, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t be ok. Hope you like!!

    Marianne S

    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!

      Lil' Luna

      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!

        Carol Shauger

        I can only locate sliced Pepperidge Farm Sourdough bread. Where are you finding unsliced?

        Thank you!

          Lil' Luna

          It is sliced, I just cut into squares πŸ™‚ Hope that helps! The sourdough bread is just thicker than regular sliced bread. Enjoy!!


            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?

            Lil' Luna

            I’m sorry, I haven’t. Has anyone else??


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

      Lil' Luna

      Yes, it should be fine, since it needs to be in the fridge overnight anyway πŸ™‚ Let me know what you think! Thank you!

    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! ❀

      Lil' Luna

      No, I’m glad you found a way to make it gluten free!! Thanks so much for sharing and giving it a try!!


      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!


    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!!!

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you so much for sharing that!! I love hearing that!


        Does it have to be refrigerated?

          Lil' Luna

          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!


    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.

      Lil' Luna

      So, glad to hear! Thanks for sharing your changes. I’ll need to try adding bananas!


    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

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you! Maybe your oven is hotter than mine. You could try baking it less and see if that helps. Let me know if you still have problems.

    Mimi Lacuna

    The best French toast ever! Great recipe..

      Lil' Luna

      I agree with you πŸ™‚ Thank you for giving it a try!


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

      Lil' Luna

      I am sorry! It shouldn’t have taken that long. Could it be your oven? Did it ever bake?


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

      Lil' Luna

      So, glad everyone liked it! How could you not πŸ™‚ Thank you for letting me know!


    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!

      Lil' Luna

      You are so welcome! Thank you for letting me know. So happy that it turned out for you!


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

      Lil' Luna

      I chill it overnight & get it out, right before I bake it. Hope you’ll give it a try πŸ™‚


    What kind of flour do you use in this recipe?

      Lil' Luna

      All purpose πŸ™‚ Hope you like this recipe! Thank a lot!


    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!

      Lil' Luna

      It is easier, to me! Let me know what you think, if you give it a try. Thank you πŸ™‚

    Robin Quiles

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

    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!

      Lil' Luna

      Yay!!! SO glad πŸ™‚ Thank you for letting me know!!


    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.


      Mine also came out like an icing i figured out why remade and it was perfect the second time…i didnt cut the butter in right the first time, it got mixed together too much. I have an old crock bowl full of primitive kitchen utensils…sure enough there was a pastry blender in there and it cut the butter in perfectly instead of mixing it all together like the first time


    Looks like bread pudding


    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!

      Lil' Luna

      Haha!! That sounds great! Thank you for trying it and I’m glad it’s a keeper!


    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?


    We have breakfast for dinner all the time. We even have it a name….brenner. Lol


    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!

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, I am so glad to hear that!! We love this recipe!! Thanks so much for sharing!


    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.

      Lil' Luna

      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 πŸ™‚ Hope that helps & hope you like it!


    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!! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the recipe!!

      Lil' Luna

      I’m sorry to hear about your dad! I hope this will cheer him up & that it is better than your brother in laws! πŸ˜‰

      Lil' Luna

      I’m sorry to hear about your dad! I hope this will cheer him up & that it’s better than your brother in laws πŸ™‚

    Kathie in Vegas

    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.

      Kristyn Merkley

      LOL! That’s a good sign!! So, glad they all liked it that much! Thank you for letting me know!


    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!!! β™‘β™‘β™‘

      Kristyn Merkley

      Sounds wonderful! I’ll have to try that! Thank you for sharing!! Glad you liked it!


    Can you freeze this and heat in oven for how long?

      Kristyn Merkley

      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!

    Aimee Evoli

    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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      Kristyn Merkley

      Sounds perfect! I’m glad you liked it! Hmm..I don’t think I have the option to add a picture. It’s been too long, LOL!


    Made this for a family function, it was so good thank you for the recipe!!

    Madison Johnston

    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.

      Kristyn Merkley

      I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for sharing your changes!


        The top was a bit hard. Any suggestions. Everything else was delish.

    Shea Peterson

    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.

    Katherine Flores

    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.

      Kristyn Merkley

      I haven’t tried in a crock pot. So, that’s a good question. I guess, we need to try it out! πŸ™‚ Glad you like it!

    Emily E

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

      Kristyn Merkley

      I do not have one, I’m sorry. I would just google what some good substitutes for the heavy cream are. Hope you find some!

    Sarah Satterfield

    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!!


    Can you reheat?


    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!


    Question β€” directions say to cut in butter into mixture until crumbly… could you please clarify this instruction!? Thanks!! πŸ€—

      Kristyn Merkley

      You just mix in the butter until the mixture is crumbly πŸ™‚ Hope that helps!


    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!


    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!

      Kristyn Merkley

      It doesn’t have to be πŸ™‚ The sourdough bread is perfect for this. You do cut it up & pour the mixture over it, cover, & refrigerate overnight, though. Hope that helps!


    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?


    So looking forward to make your do-ahead French Toast Bake. Can’t wait to try some other receipts of yours.

    Thank you,

      Kristyn Merkley

      Awe, thank you so much!! I sure hope you like them & of course all the other ones you try πŸ™‚


    Made this today and my family loved it!! So easy to make and cook.

    Erica Skinner

    Do you have nutritional info on this recipe?


    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.

    Sra. Jean-Pierre

    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


    Made this for the first time for Christmas morning!!! Was a hit!!!


    this was so delicious! and a big hit! one questionβ€” when you pour over the wet mixture, do you stir otto get all the bread wet? or will it seep up over night? thanks!


    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!

      Kristyn Merkley

      Thank you so much for letting me know! I’m so glad it turned out & that you liked it!


    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 πŸ™‚

      Kristyn Merkley

      I haven’t tried, but I’m sure it would be ok πŸ™‚ Let me know if you try it!


    What about putting some sliced apples in too?


    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?

      Kristyn Merkley

      It is a little, but not too much. I really am not sure why it would have been too soggy, if you followed the recipe. Was it edible?


        Yes it was edible for some of family others didn’t like it πŸ˜”


      Oops meant the whole hour! Not 10 minutes πŸ™ˆ


      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!!!


    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.

      Kristyn Merkley

      LOL!! Glad you could go have fun!! Thank you for sharing & I hope that helps others!

    Micah T

    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.


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


    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 πŸ™‚ My five boys and husband loved it, too. I will be making again.


    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!

    Alina Powell

    Do you cover frenchtoast bake while it’s in oven


    Should the bread absorb all of the egg mixture overnight? Mine hasn’t. Will it turn out ok?


    I this for my family this weekend and they loved it! I added the zest of one orange and it was heavenly!

    rhonda Moulder

    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 :}}}


    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!!)

      Kristyn Merkley

      I have not doubled it, but I would say in two pans, just to be safe πŸ™‚ I am so glad you like it! Hope they all like it!


    Saw this ,and cant wait to make it,l love french toast.


    Can’t wait to try the French Toast Bake


    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!!

      Kristyn Merkley

      I love to hear that!! Thank you so much for letting me know that your family loves it! And, great idea about freezing it in advance…makes breakfast so much easier!


      Do you put the topping on too before you freeze, or right before you bake? Thanks for sharing!!


    Hi there!

    We have dairy allergies. Can I sub the milk and heavy cream with canned coconut milk?

      Kristyn Merkley

      I am sure you could. I personally haven’t tried, but I don’t see why not πŸ™‚

    Jacqueline Rush

    Thank you

      Kristyn Merkley

      Thank you for stopping by!!

        Jacqueline Rush

        Hi, you bet. I love your recipes! My stomach growls each time I look them up. Thank you again

    Marie Hitchcock

    Seriously …droooooolling…..


    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

    Barbara McMillen

    Wanting to make your Easy Lemon Cake. It calls for chocolate pudding. Is that correct? Thanks!

      Kristyn Merkley

      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!!

    habibur khaliq

    What about putting some sliced apples in too?

    Boho Chic

    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.

      Kristyn Merkley

      This one is easy & so good! Let me know what you think of it! Sour dough is so good for this!


    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!!!


    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😊😊😊😊

      Kristyn Merkley

      I am so glad they liked it!!! Thank you for trying it & letting me know πŸ™‚ And, yes, it is better the next day!


    Your formula is amazing! That dish looks very attractive. I will proceed to do it now.


    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.


    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!

      Kristyn Merkley

      Thank you for leaving a comment! I appreciate it so much! I am glad you liked it!

    Village Bakery

    OMG awesome recipe!!!! I made this for the kids last night and they loved it!

    Kristen Kaster

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

      Kristyn Merkley

      It is so delicious!! I haven’t tried leaving out the cream, but milk should still work. Though, I do not know if the outcome will be the exact same.


    Why so much butter? I can’t get the crumble to crumble.

      Kristyn Merkley

      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.


    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!

      Kristyn Merkley

      Woohoo!! Sounds great! Thank you so much for letting me know. I am so glad you liked it!


    Does anyone know if I can leave it in the refrigerator for longer than 6 hours?


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

      Kristyn Merkley

      You are so welcome!!! I am glad it was a hit πŸ™‚ Thank you for letting me know!


    Is there a substitution for the milk and the cream

      Kristyn Merkley

      I haven’t tried making it without it or substituted it. I would look online for good substitutions, since I am not sure. I hope you find what you need.


    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.


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


    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!


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

      Kristyn Merkley

      You are so welcome!! And, I agree! It’s the perfect dish for company & groups! Thank you!


    SO delicious and perfect to make for brunch on the weekends!

    Katerina @ diethood .com

    Oh my, this look and sounds incredible!! Can’t wait to try it!
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    Kim - Today's Creative Life

    Such a great weekend recipe!

    Becca Olave

    Oh my goodness- I HAVE to try this!

    Kara Cook

    This looks so yummy! I love the idea of using sourdough bread. I bet it is a nice balance to the sweetness. Can’t wait to give it a try!


    This will be perfect for Sunday morning! Waking up knowing breakfast is waiting will be such a treat!

    Jennifer Lifford

    This is my go to recipe for family brunches and it’s always a hit! Love that I can do the prep work the night before. SO good!!


    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.

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