I found this recipe sometime last year and think it is just a wonderful breakfast or dinner (for those of us who like breakfast for dinner) for busy families. It literally takes only 10 minutes if that to make the night before and you just pop it in the oven in the morning. It’s also a great recipe for when you have company. I plan on making this breakfast dish Christmas morning and again the morning we leave for vacation. We’ll have so many other things to be thinking about, a full day ahead of us and a house full of family, it will be the perfect meal for breakfast.
Plus, it’s a great recipe to use my leftover bread or bread rolls. Texas Toast would also be wonderful in this recipe too. The french toast casserole turns out perfect and is so crispy on top.
Overnight French Toast Casserole
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
- 12 slices leftover bread
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)
- 1/3 cup toasted pecans or walnuts (optional)
- 1 can apple pie filling (optional)
- Melt butter and pour in a 9x 13 baking dish. Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a small bowl.
- In another bowl, whisk eggs, milk and vanilla together.
- Layer bottom of pan with half the bread pieces Sprinkle half brown sugar mix over the bread.
- Layer second half of bread. Pour egg mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly.
- Sprinkle remaining brown sugar on top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, remove from the refrigerator and cover with a new piece of foil. Preheat oven to 350 bake the casserole for 30 minutes.
- Uncover and bake 15 more minutes the French toast bake should be browned and set.
- Pour a bit of maple syrup on top and place back in the oven to caramelize for about 5-7 minutes.
* recipe from Mommy’s Kitchen.net