The Best French Toast Casserole AKA Oven French Toast

This is the best french toast casserole that you will find as it combines french bread, eggs, milk, half and half, with brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. This oven french toast is the perfect weekend breakfast or even holiday brunch.  

Oven French Toast

overhead shot of French toast casserole

It’s no secret that our family loves breakfast. Ty is our master chef in the kitchen when it comes to cooking breakfast. He loves whipping up the best pancakes from scratch, the best chocolate chip pancakes, funfetti pancakes, and Quiche Florentine

When the holidays hit he turns our breakfasts into real celebrations with eggnog pancakes as well as eggnog waffles, eggnog french toast, and of course Valentine’s pancakes on Valentine’s Day!

Best French Toast Casserole

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Prep Time: 10 mins

Rest time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 70 mins

Ingredients for Oven French Toast

ingredients for oven French toast
  • 12 cups Stale/Day-Old Bread, large cubed
  • 8 large Eggs
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • Maple syrup

You’ll also want to have the following tools to make it easier:

How to make french toast casserole

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease 13×9 pan.
  • Cut bread into cubes and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, mix your eggs, brown sugar, milk, and half and half. Add in your vanilla and cinnamon. This will make our egg custard. 
  • Pour over your bread cubes. 
  • Mix together bread and custard, until well mixed. 
  • Let sit for about 20-30 minutes to soak the egg mixture into the bread. 
  • Pour in 9×13 pan. 
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. 
  • Serve immediately. Tastes delicious with maple syrup on top of it!

Baking Tips and Tricks and FAQ

overhead shot of French toast casserole
  • Choose the right bread when making your oven french toast is key. Using a dense bread is best! Try French bread, or a Brioche.
  • You can a cookie sheet with a lid if you want a thinner casserole. This will reduce the baking time. 
  • Be sure you let the egg mixture really soak into the bread. This creates a soft custard delicious crust. If you are in a hurry and don’t do this, it can create a very soggy breakfast. 
  • If you want to create an overnight french toast casserole, you can do this easily. Just prep it like normal, but instead of pouring the casserole into the 9×13 pan leave in the bowl and let soak overnight in the fridge. In the morning, pull it out and spoon the bread out of the bowl into the pan. Leave the extra liquid in the bowl. 

Can you soak french toast overnight?

Yes! You can easily turn this casserole into an overnight french toast casserole. Cut the bread, mix the custard, and pour over the bread. Then let the egg mixture sit on the bread in the bowl overnight in the fridge. In the morning, spoon the bread out of the bowl (leaving the excess egg mixture behind). Pull out of the fridge as the oven preheats and bake as the recipe directs.

What to serve with oven french toast

In our family the kids love to just eat the french toast by itself, but serving it with maple syrup, a variety of berries, or nuts is a delicious treat. 

If you are looking for a great drink to go with it, try our healthy strawberry smoothie, mixed berry smoothie, or a tropical fruit smoothie

Storing Instructions

In Fridge

If you have any leftover french toast casserole you can store in the fridge for about 3 days. You can reheat in the microwave.

Freezing

If you would like to freeze this casserole you can do it prior to baking or after you cook it. You will want to wrap your casserole in plastic wrap and then in foil. This will help prevent freezer burn. 

It will keep in the freezer for about 2 months. 

When you are ready to enjoy, thaw in the fridge overnight, remove all plastic and foil. 

Once thawed, follow the directions. 

If you have precooked your casserole you will bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

horizontal picture of French toast in a bowl

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Yield: 8

Oven French Toast

oven French toast in bowl with syrup in the back

This is the best french toast casserole that you will find as it combines french bread, eggs, milk, half and half, with brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. This oven french toast is the perfect weekend breakfast or even holiday brunch.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 cups Stale/Day-Old Bread, large cubed
  • 8 large Eggs
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • Maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 13x9 pan.
  3. Cut bread into cubes and place in a large mixing bowl.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, mix your eggs, brown sugar, milk, and half and half.
  5. Add in your vanilla and cinnamon. This will make our egg custard.
  6. Pour over your bread cubes.
  7. Mix together bread and custard, until well mixed.
  8. Let sit for about 20-30 minutes to soak the egg mixture into the bread.
  9. Pour in 9x13 pan.
  10. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
  11. Serve immediately. Tastes delicious with maple syrup on top of it!

Notes

  • Choose the right bread when making your oven french toast is key. Using a dense bread is best! Try French bread, or a Brioche.
  • You can a cookie sheet with a lid if you want a thinner casserole. This will reduce the baking time.
  • Be sure you let the egg mixture really soak into the bread. This creates a soft custard delicious crust. If you are in a hurry and don’t do this, it can create a very soggy breakfast.
  • If you want to create an overnight french toast casserole, you can do this easily. Just prep it like normal, but instead of pouring the casserole into the 9x13 pan leave in the bowl and let soak overnight in the fridge. In the morning, pull it out and spoon the bread out of the bowl into the pan. Leave the extra liquid in the bowl.

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