- 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 8 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 cups 2% milk
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Maple syrup, optional
- Place bread cubes in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and salt. Pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
- Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Dot with butter. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the top.
- Cover and bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes. Serve with maple syrup if desired. Yield: 12 servings.
Reviews for French Toast Casserole
"Never cubed bread before in an overnight french toast. Loved the taste of that. My family loved it. Left out ALL of the salt; not needed. Used whole milk. Added a pinch of nutmeg for complexity of flavor. My adult daughter asked me to bring three trays of this to her birthday brunch party in two weeks. A nice easy basic french toast that is surprisingly satisfying. Last 15 minutes of baking time, uncovered, and the top was nice and toasty."
"I used challah and egg beaters with whole milk. I melted 3 T. butter and brushed the top thoroughly before sprinkling with cinnamon sugar. After 45 minutes, I uncovered it and baked another 8 minutes to brown the top. Very soft and tasty. Definitely reminded me if French toast."
"Family loved, will be making many times"
"I was extremely nervous making this because I cannot stand by bread soggy or even damp...turns my stomach. I had some left over texas toast bread and decided to try half a batch. I followed a tip to bake your bread on 200 for 10 minutes to dry it out a little. Seemed to work ok. I baked 50 minutes and took the foil off and baked 10 minutes longer. It was ok but not something I'll make again. There was an egg taste every so often when we took a bite. I also think some cinnamon should make it into the egg batter because otherwise it was sorta bland in the middle. When I make French Toast normally I add cinnamon in the egg batter and it tastes yummy. There were still parts that were a bit mushy but not horribly bad. Like I said I dont think the casserole is the way to go for us. Regular FT is for us. I also added more butter to the top because we love butter on FT."
"Thanks marshametoo for ways to prevent sogginess. I tried the french bread and it came out soggy which I did not like. It would be good if those sharing recipes were able to add some important notes like how to prepare the bread to prevent a soggy texture. I will give it another try doing it marshametoo's way and see what the outcome is. I wish I had read these reviews first."
"Great way to start the New Year! I swapped out the bread for a loaf of cinnamon bread, which wasn't quite stale enough. I also added about a cup of blueberries which meant we really didn't need the maple syrup. Otherwise I followed the recipe and it turned out really well. A little moist, but that was the bread. I would use this recipe again. Very simple and my whole family polished off our plates."
"We just had this for Mother's Day brunch and it was delicious! I read the other reviews first before making and found them very helpful. I did eliminate the salt as suggested. The french bread that I bought was very fresh so after cubing it I left it out to dry out, as suggested. It seemed to be taking a very long time and I needed to get it ready for the refrigerator so I put the cubed bread on 2 cookie sheets and put them into the oven on 200 degrees for 10 minutes. I turned them over and put back in for another 5 minutes. Afterwards I put them in the 9 x 13 pan for baking and stirred the egg mixture so that all pieces were coated. I also added the sugar/cinnamon mixture, covered and refrigerated overnight. In the morning I put the dotted butter on and baked. It was not soggy at all and everyone really liked it!"
"This is an awesome/ "always a hit" recipe. Doesn't even really need syrup, it's that good.I'm seeing comments about it being soggy & salty. Mine was too the first few times I tried it but try these tips.First, do not add any salt (it's optional really).Second, if you buy the sale/ soon to expire bread at the bakery that helps (& it's usually cheaper!). Also, cube the bread & let it sit out to dry for a bit. Toss it occasionally to dry it out on all sides. It really helps with the sogginess.Lastly, I like to add the cinnamon/ sugar the night before (really, the butter can go on at that time as well). It helps the casserole absorb the flavors more in my opinion.Since trying these tips, it's very rare that the center remains unevenly cooked compared to the edges but when that happens I just cook it slightly longer with the foil removed."
"Take out 2 eggs and a cup of milk. You dont want it to be soggy. You can add some cream cheese chunks and raisins to add some flavor. It taste pretty good if you bake it with some maple syrup on top but its ok too have it on the side too."
"This was good but was soggy/moist in the middle. Next time I will try in one pan size bigger. Also, be sure to add extra topping as this adds extra flavor. This was very forgiving with being able to stay in the oven longer to stay warm while rest of meal was finished."